Forest trails and untold stories: Mansur shrub, Landour, Mussoorie

Every step I take towards exploring the wilderness in the nature and forest, fills me with enchantment to ken many unfolded stories. Each rock, each pebble, each flower, each plant and their association with different life forms must have a distinct story to tell. Stories which will never be heard of, some lost stories andContinue reading “Forest trails and untold stories: Mansur shrub, Landour, Mussoorie”

Firefly appearance in Landour, Mussoorie!!

It’s first week of August and fireflies visited me again in the dark hours around midnight today. Although, I was getting reports of firefly sightings in and around Mussoorie, I didn’t witness them until one firefly entered my bedroom through the nearby Oak forest and flickered around. Last year on 4th of August, 2020, IContinue reading “Firefly appearance in 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”

Whipcord Cobra Lily: Plant mimicry

It’s normal for one to get startled when they encounter Cobra Lily for the first time in the wild. The trumpet shaped flowers along with whip-like tongue resembles as if a Cobra snake is lurking out and with its tongue. It’s monsoon in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand and Cobra lilies are in full bloom in the thickets,Continue reading “Whipcord Cobra Lily: Plant mimicry”

Featured on Feedpost top 20 wildlife conservation blog website in 2021

I am happy to share with you all that my blogsite ‘Dr. Chandrima Debi’s Blog http://www.chandrimadebi.com is featured among top 20 wildlife conservation blogsite in the world according to #feedspot. I thank you all for your faith, support, motivation and encouragement. Without your support this milestone could not be achieved. Top 20 Wildlife Conservation BlogsContinue reading “Featured on Feedpost top 20 wildlife conservation blog website in 2021”

A lamented realm!!

As we celebrate World Environment Day,Ecological Restoration they say;Busy in conferences and meetings today,Making this day nice and gay!! Busy making policies, since 1972,Year passing by, it’s 2022;How many more occassions do you need,To understand, enact and rebuild. And temperature soars highAir conditioners sway,Purchasing drinking water;Oh!! loadshedding again today. While we are discussingAnother wilderness isContinue reading “A lamented realm!!”

Biodiversity around me: Landour, Mussoorie

Three years ago, little did I know about the biodiversity in and around Mussoorie. I relocated to this beautiful hillside of Landour just after marriage and was deeply fascinated by the beautiful landscape and rich biodiversity. The whistling Himalayan breeze blowing through the tree leaves endows life and hope in each and every corner ofContinue reading “Biodiversity around me: Landour, Mussoorie”

Collared Owlet / Collared Pygmy Owl: Landour, Mussoorie

Today while hiking, I spotted this little owl camouflaged in the woods. The profused branches stealthed the little bird from casual eyesight. The Collared owlet (Glaucidium brodiei) also known as the Collared Pygmy Owl is the smallest Owl in Asia. This cute little bird of prey can be easily identified by the help of eyeContinue reading “Collared Owlet / Collared Pygmy Owl: Landour, Mussoorie”

Bustling wildlife amidst pandemic: Himalayan Goral

While human beings are under lockdown during corona pandemic, the wildlife is thriving in different parts of the world. This small hillside of Landour, Mussoorie is also bustling with different species of Himalayan birds and animals. One can experience spotting wildlife in most unexpected terrains and mountain tracts. It happened so, when I had toContinue reading “Bustling wildlife amidst pandemic: Himalayan Goral”

A ray of hope: Landour, Mussoorie

While most part of the country is facing soaring temperatures, this hillside of Landour, Mussoorie is recieving hailstorms and rains. The temperatures have suddenly dropped and the hillslopes are covered with thin icesheets due to hail. This meteorological phenomena has also relieved the trees and forests which were under fire since few days. The forestContinue reading “A ray of hope: Landour, Mussoorie”