Spanish town fights back against dog poo by parcelling it up and POSTING it back to the owner.

The volunteers ascertain the name of dog after striking up conversation with the owner before parcelling up the mess and sending it back to them.

A council spokesman said: ‘With the name of the dog and the breed it was possible to identify the owner from the registered pet database held in the town hall,’ reports the Telegraph.

The volunteers scoop up the mess and package it in a box with town hall branding.

It is marked ‘Lost Property’ and delivered by courier to the pet owners’ address.

The campaign has been a huge success with a 70 per cent drop in the amount of dog mess found on the streets.

In a week in February Brunete posted 147 parcels back to unsuspecting owners.The town has 10,000 residents.

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Drought forces animals to move out of forests..!!

Hundreds of villages in Maharashtra are facing an acute shortage of potable drinking water because of dried-up water bodies and tanks, depleting ground water levels. Many villages are getting drinking water once in four days.
The water crisis is a problem not only for people but also for wild animals. As most natural water resources have either dried up or their water level has shrunk, particularly in the forest areas, the movement of animals such as deer, in search of water has increased mainly. The deers are reportedly moving out frequently to nearer villages to quench their thirst
Elephant, tigers, deer, bison, gaur, sambhar, etc., are struggling to ease their thirst as the water bodies are getting dried up inside wildlife reserve, forest area in the state.
Deers have started migrating in search of greener pastures and water sources. The low moisture content in the soil due to high temperature is not adequate to facilitate the growth of fresh fodder.

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Monkeys on rampage in the city

Forests are natural habitat to many types of animals. Trees are their habitat, their environment, their source of food and their protection from enemies. That is why where there is deforestation; many animals are left without shelter. This then means that they have to find somewhere else to live.

Recently monkeys came out of the trees en masse. A flock of monkeys was observed in few areas of the city. City dwellers sometimes enjoy their antics, but having the animals around is not all fun. They raid agricultural fields. They beg for food, and they’ll steal it if given half a chance. They hassle passersby.

Excessive human intervention in the forests has led to depletion of green cover in many areas. Illegal encroachment of forest lands for housing and agricultural purposes, extensive cutting of forest trees and plantation of exotic tree species in place of natural food plants forced monkeys to invade the city which provided a wide range of food for them.
The improper disposal of wastes also account for the prevailing human-monkey conflict in the study area. Careless dumping of kitchen wastes and garbage in the open areas provides easy food for the monkeys, which results in their frequent visits to the urban areas.

Forestland will continue to be turned into human habitat, and monkeys will have nowhere to go but into the cities. Once habituated to living among people, with the possibility of a food supply and the lack of primary predators in the urban environment, monkeys will continue to increase in number and to be difficult to dislodge.

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Tamhini-Sudhagad ‘WLS’….!!!

The famous Tamhini ghat in Pune district (49 hectares) have been selected as the sites for the new reserved forests. Two additional areas -Ujani dam in Pune district and Sewri are also proposed to be conserved as wetland areas.
Announcing this here on Thursday, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said the state government will make a recommendation for this sanctuary to the Centre. In order to stop poaching of wild animals, the state government would be strengthening the wildlife protection force. No construction will be allowed in these areas. Apart from conservation of wildlife areas, the government also wants to promote wildlife tourism. While more facilities for tourism will be provided, these would be allowed only outside the buffer zones. Presently, there are no internationally recognized wetland areas in the state.
Tamhini ghat is a place that offers breathtaking views and a peace, calm environment with lush green dense forests and grassy valleys.
Tamhini is a rich dense forest area spread which comes under Western ghats. The forest is moistdeciduous. It is teeming with biodiversity and is home to various endengered birds, Snakes, moths and butterflies. It is Heven for breeding colonies of Velture, Lepord, Barking dear etc.

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Adverse Effect of Artificial Calls on Birds

Birds use sound vocalization for communication. Bird Vocalization serve the function that have direct connection to fitness, for example, say in giving warning alert to predators, defending critical resources, and attracting mates. The tight link with fitness makes such sounds suitable for studying the impact of natural selection on vocal variation and the consequences for evolutionary change in acoustic signals. Vocalization is a prime communication means for majority types of birds.
Now days there are various instruments to create artificial bird sounds, causing hear damage and changes in feeding, mating and communication ability in birds. These calls can also attract predators which creates a negative effect on birds. Some birders are not genuine bird-lovers. They can’t even recognize the birds by their types. They just come to enjoy nature and to pursue photography. Impatient Birders can’t sit for hours waiting for birds to come out and use unnatural means like play pre-recorded birdcalls to attract birds. The artificial calls are acceptable to the extent when used by professionals. But regular and un-professional use of artificial bird vocalization creates hindrance among birds and they stop responding to calls after some period of time. Hence they gradually stop responding to real calls as well which take a particular bird away from mating and its other natural activities.
Anthropogenic noise has often been cited as the reason some species of birds are being stressed and pushed out of their preferred habitats, impacting their health and increasing mortality. Hence these applications have to be used responsibly, only as a good educational tool. Technologies are invented to make lives easier of living beings so their use should be done for betterment of the nature not against the nature.



Do we care for innocent animals?

A deer, which had lost its way near the hilly terrains of Lonavala, found dead after getting entangled in the barbed wires of a bungalow on Monday. Animals need green patches for breeding but due to urbanisation animals have been forced to move towards populated areas. To build our homes we are disturbing animals’ habitats (homes). Do we care for these innocent animals?