Forestry for kids: Saving Deodar and Oak forest from invasive vines

Vines and climbers are certain plant species which climb by tendrils or hooks or aerial roots or twining or creeps on the ground. Besides being ornamental, these vines are a component of the biodiversity and help sequester Carbon. But it is observed that few of the climbers, act as semi-parasites on the plants they clingContinue reading “Forestry for kids: Saving Deodar and Oak forest from invasive vines”

Ecological indicators of season change (2): Ferns!!

With the onset of winters, the ferns have turned brown in the lesser Himalayas. The winter Himalayan breeze blowing through the mixed forests of Oak- Pine and Rhododendron signals the arrival of winters to the ferns, which grow alongside the moss laden tree barks and  hillslopes of this quiet hillside of Landour, Mussoorie. With theContinue reading “Ecological indicators of season change (2): Ferns!!”

Ecological indicators of season change (1): Cobra Lily fruiting

The month of September has begun and the Cobra-lilies have started fruiting in the hillside of Landour, Mussoorie. The fruiting of the Cobra-lilies indicate culmination of rainy season and onset of the fall. This phenomenon is nature’s own way to signal changing season. The bright red coloured fruits can draw attention of anyone passing by.Continue reading “Ecological indicators of season change (1): Cobra Lily fruiting”

Viridescent hillside: Landour, Mussoorie!!!

Waterfall on mountain slope, Flowing with might and strength On the rocks, into the valley, Paving way through rugged terrain.. @chandrimadebi It’s been days that I went into the verdant mountains and valleys as the hillside of Landour, Mussoorie is experiencing heavy rainfalls alongwith severe landslides and thunderstorms, So, one fine morning I finally decidedContinue reading “Viridescent hillside: Landour, Mussoorie!!!”

Avian visitors of Oak tree (Quercus leucotrichophora): pollination ecology

The incredible task carried by wildlife in executing pollination is exemplary. Pollination in plants is a crucial aspect in reproductive cycle of flowering plants. Wind and water also play role in the pollination of many plants, but to witness wildlife getting engaged in pollinating is a fascinating experience in itself. How the appealing flowers, theirContinue reading “Avian visitors of Oak tree (Quercus leucotrichophora): pollination ecology”

Bauhinia vahlii… Largest creeper and a wonder plant!!

With the onset of monsoons, the largest creeper in India, Bauhinia vahlii also known as Camel’s foot climber, locally known as Maloo climber is in full bloom along the hillslopes in the lesser Himalayas. The flowering in this plant species starts from the month of April – June. Bauhinia vahlii or Panera vahlii is aContinue reading “Bauhinia vahlii… Largest creeper and a wonder plant!!”

Whose forests are these?

Few days back, while travelling down the hills towards city I stumbled upon this majestic Langur sitting on the branches of an big Oak tree. Our eyes met for few moments and then it looked away. The Langur turned his head away looking into the human settlements in the hills once covered with dense forests.Continue reading “Whose forests are these?”

Forest fire in Uttarakhand: Are we ready to tackle future forest fires?

This is one of the worst years in the history of Uttrakhand where frequent forest fires has been witnessed in various parts of the state. It’s been three years, I am residing in the hillside near Landour, Mussoorie and every year I have observed forest patches under flames in this side of the lesser Himalayas.Continue reading “Forest fire in Uttarakhand: Are we ready to tackle future forest fires?”

Passive degradation of Himalayan ecology: Oak trees in Landour, Mussoorie

As soon as one enters the small hillside of Landour, Mussoorie; the old Oak trees, Pine trees and Deodar welcome everyone with open arms. The whistling Himalayan breeze blowing through the tree leaves endows life and hope in each and every corner of this beautiful hillside. With the changing seasons these evergreen trees always addContinue reading “Passive degradation of Himalayan ecology: Oak trees in Landour, Mussoorie”

Tree of Midnight Horror: Oroxylum indicum

It was one fine evening, I was taking a brisk walk amidst forest fringe village of a remote district of Assam, India. The weather was pleasant and I could feel the cold breeze coming from the mighty river Brahmaputra, which can be seen from a distance. Through the lush green fields, I could see someContinue reading “Tree of Midnight Horror: Oroxylum indicum”