Naturalist’s fever

Pachmari Biosphere Reserve                                                                        Pic: Abhijna DesaiOf the many fevers a naturalist could get, ‘Blues fever’ is the strangest. This makes pupils sway rapidly and eyes squint, makes them walk on haunches and their communications turn into Morse code. This fever was acquired during a Butterfly Survey at Satpura after an introduction to the Blues family…Read more Naturalist’s fever

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The Dairy Project

There was a herd of cattle reared on a stalk of grass, yes you read it right; on a single stalk of grass and two herdsmen were tending milk on the go. Dairying has been known to mankind much before civilization but we are talking about the dairying which began even before mankind evolved! Ants…Read more The Dairy Project

A Dog’s Day

We had been wading for an hour on a trail that passes through a Dhole pack’s home range, and just then a vehicle trotted bringing news about the dogs around. I checked with Giovanna and Alfredo if they would be okay to go off the forest-roads and look for the Dholes and for Manan it…Read more A Dog’s Day

The Moth talks

On the super-moon 2016, after watching the most spectacular moonrise on River Denwa in Satpura, Bejoy and I walked under the moonlit skies that poured whiteness onto forested pathway and the sight was euphoric. We walked past some overgrowth of lantana and heard clicking sounds in the air around a bush, the sound was like…Read more The Moth talks

Walking in Bear country

Our briefings before a walk in Satpura is around Sloth Bears, and most guests who walk would expect to see birds perched or mammals running away or the smaller creatures like spiders, dragonflies, butterflies, scorpions or interesting shrubs and trees, what excites in their wish list to see would be a colubrid. We were walking…Read more Walking in Bear country