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    Vol XXXVII No. 2, February 2017

    On the Cover

    A resident breeder from Pakistan and India to south China and Southeast Asia, the Plain Prinia, also known as the White-browed Wren-warbler, is typically found in wet lowland grasslands, open woodlands, and scrub. Like most warblers, this small olive-brown bird is insectivorous and fairly vocal. The bird striking a nonchalant pose on this issue’s cover was photographed in Wyanad, Kerala. In the coming days, birders and ornithologists will need to be a part of the tide of wildlife supporters who will strengthen the conservation community.

    Photographer

    Abhijith A. V./Entry – Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2014

Cover Story

A Somewhat Desultory Philippic On The Occasion Of World Environment Day

It should be a day to celebrate the planet. This year, Bittu Sahgal and Lakshmy Raman felt forced to remind India that we are being deflected from the true purpose of life by hurtling blindly towards an imagined monetary nirvana, oblivious to the fact that shaking our exquisite nation’s ecological foundation threatens the economic future that seems to guide virtually every short-sighted decision that is responsible for unravelling the fabric of our subcontinent.

Feature

Oceans – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Globalised industrial fishing is taking a vicious toll on the world’s oceans. We need to collectively rethink our attitudes towards the food we eat, suggests Siddharth Chakravarty.

Conservation

A River Dolphin’s Ear-View Of India’s Waterways Development Plans

Our national inland waterways ambitions spell doom for the endangered Gangetic river dolphin unless better sense prevails and vital mitigation measures are taken, warns Nachiket Kelkar.

Commentary

Why Was I Given The Power To Think?

When I see a frog, beetle, or skink that has found a spot on this planet to call its own I am overcome with gratitude and gobsmacked with wonder. How can things be so utterly beautiful and so miraculously functional all at once?

Scaly Tales

Giri’s Bronzeback Tree Snake

Rahul Alvares describes the Giri’s bronzeback snake and explains why it has been classified as a separate species.

Talkin' Tigers

In The Garden

Jennifer Scarlott on all of the ways that the beauty of the world we live in makes itself seen and heard, touched and smelled, in the smallest, most ordinary and often fleeting moments.

Did You Know?

Glass Frogs

A glass frog’s translucent skin allows you to peek inside its body.