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Saturday, April 04, 2020

Ranjit Lal

Lal is an author, environmentalist and bird watcher.

What to read to counter viral pseudo-scientific information?
Sat, Apr 04, 2020

Books by Richard Dawkins, Jay Griffiths and Tara Westover can help enlighten us about the natural world.

How to introduce children to birdwatching
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Always do it with experts, but prepare for some confusion and questions you can’t answer

Did we bring COVID-19 on us?
Sun, Mar 22, 2020

As coronovirus rampages through the world, an animal kingdom representative says the epidemic is ‘poetic justice’ and presents a charter of demands for a likely truce — ‘leave us and our habitats alone, stop pumping noxious gases into the air’ etc — and issues a warning: ‘Destroy us and destroy yourself’.

The many joys that songbirds bring
Fri, Mar 13, 2020

Birders and nature-lovers will wake up at unearthly hours to listen to the famous morning “chorus” of birds.

Why we must not look down on creatures that clear the mess around us
Fri, Mar 06, 2020

The cleaning squad of animals, whose lives' work is to clean up, is dedicated to the idea of recycling.

Down in Jungleland: A look into Monarch butterflies’s survival tactics
Fri, Feb 28, 2020

The annual migration of the Monarch butterfly in the US is one of Mother Nature’s technological triumphs. And their fight against predators, parasites and habitat degradation a triumph of their will.

Part II: The Art of Living
Thu, Feb 20, 2020

There is much to learn from our feathered friends and neighbours.

Down in Jungleland: Life lessons that birdwatching can help you imbibe
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

Part I of a series on what birds can teach us, Schooled by Avians.

A gentleman among birds
Fri, Feb 07, 2020

The black redstart stands out in the rude rabble of Delhi.

What do animals’ tails say about them?
Sun, Feb 02, 2020

Most animals, like monkeys, dogs, cats, cheetahs and hippos put their tails to good use, and even have fun with them.

The Vegans Are Coming
Sun, Jan 19, 2020

Or, what scares plants the most.

Voices in the Wilderness
Sun, Jan 12, 2020

Forest stalwarts remain unsung; we need to acknowledge what they do.

Bringing the World Home
Sun, Jan 05, 2020

Keeping a dog or cat as a pet needs to be made mandatory. When my sisters and I arm-twisted our parents into getting us our first dog, we had no idea what we were getting into, but it changed our lives forever.

Memories of Sambhar
Thu, Dec 19, 2019

The death-scarred lake once bristled with birds of all feathers

Down in Jungleland: Four Legs and Our Tongues
Sun, Dec 08, 2019

We use the names of animals derogatorily, but find it insulting if someone calls us by their names

Down In Jungleland: A Clean Bill of Health
Sun, Dec 01, 2019

Learning a thing or two about cleanliness from the animal world.

Down in Jungleland: Get Down and Dirty
Sun, Nov 24, 2019

Children learn to love nature only by stepping into the wild

Down in Jungleland: A thought on the environmental legacy we are burdening children with
Sun, Nov 17, 2019

Sixteen-year-olds today will be 17 next year, which will give the politicians just one more year to clean up their act.

Wild Himalaya book review: In High Places
Sun, Nov 17, 2019

Stephen Alter’s exhaustive biography of the Himalayas is an exceptional tribute to the world’s mightiest mountains

Hop, Skip and Jump
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

Of hares and cavorting bunnies.

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