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Snake Catcher | Snake Rescue in Surat

Today early morning cleaning staff was going about the errand in the society as usual, when they spotted a snake in the compound. They called in the Supervisor and informed the community via online message to avoid going towards the compound corner. They started making noise when I went to see.

Snake had made it’s way into the compound via the trees overhanging on the wall. In the backyard there are many trees and a waterhole. Snake used to roam about in that place usually in monsoon. They tried to contact anyone who would help rescue the snake. After about 10-15 minutes they didn’t seem to be able to find any way out.

I stepped in to avoid anyone taking wrong action against the snake. I made some calls to the animal rescue teams and one of them told they will find someone in our area and update. After 10 minutes I got a call from one of the nature volunteer and he asked for address. They reached in about 15 minutes.

The snake had hidden behind some steel planks near the wall. We waited around to see if the snake didn’t escape anywhere. Once they came in, they asked for the person who saw it. Asked for the size and colour. First plank was removed and nothing seen. People were doubting if it had left from somewhere. After removing the second one, snake jumped right out it and started to crawl ahead.

One of the volunteer just tried to hold it but it went pass by. Another volunteer held it from the tail and slowly started to let it flow. Within a minute he got good control on it and it was moving freely. Meanwhile they asked for pillow cover and one of the occupant provided them. They let the snake slip into the pillow cover and tied it properly. They just left after that.


Few people resort to hurting the snake, which is actually not required.

Whenever you spot a snake or someone around you spots any snake, try to remain calm and inform animal rescue team immediately. Do not hurt or overcrowd the place to avoid any accident. Provide all details clearly about the snake, location and keep a watch on the snake.

To call Snake rescue team in Surat try below organization as they are doing commendable work :


Prayas Team Environment Charitable Trust

“C-110/Commercial Complex”,
Udhna Udyognagar Sangh, Central Road No. 10, Opposite Bank of Baroda,
“Udhna”, Surat, Gujarat, INDIA.
Pincode: 394210

Phone – 9825119081

http://www.prayas-india.org/


Surat gets rolling with E-bus prototype launched

Highlights

  • Surat City has well established Public transport system under City Bus link as well as BRTS.
  • BRTS is well managed corridor with separate lanes for buses running with GPS controlled system.
  • Citizens can check live tracking of buses on Sitilink app as well as on Google Maps.

To add color to the existing bus network within the city, E-Bus have been rolled out as a prototype. On successful implementation of Electric buses in the city will ensure sustainable development as well as reduce carbon footprint of the city. This is will add to the overall green energy contribution and usage of the city. By using public transport, citizens can do their bit in contributing to the development of the city as well as reducing their own personal carbon footprint.

Almost all corners of the city are covered by existing bus network and new routes are added every month based on demand and usage. Major busy bus routes have buses running every 15-30 minutes depending on the hour of the day.

With the expansion of city as well as growth in population, Surat needs to add new cutting edge technologies and solutions to keep abreast in the growth and development of city. Electric buses are one novel solution alike.


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Gir 2020 : Increase in Lion population in Gir, India

The population of lion in Gir, India increases by 27.74% to 674 in 2020 from 523 in 2015.

Gir National Park located in Gujarat, India is home to Asiatic lion and home natural habitat of lions in India. The forest area is spread across 30000 km2 in 2020 from previously recorded 22000 km2 in 2015. Every 5 years the survey is conducted to count the number of lions and keep the health of ecosystem in check.

This year the counting was done during Fullmoon i.e. on 5-6th June 2020. Around 1400 officials were involved to do a complete survey of the vicinity.

YearLions
1990284
1995304
2001327
2005359
2010411
2015523
2020674
Lion Population in Gujarat, India

When water becomes a crisis

When something as basic as water becomes a crisis, it speaks a lot about us !

When fresh water is distributed on basis of your ability to pay for it, you are creating a dearth for a lot of people who will be devoid of their basic right to drink clean water. They will be forced to live with unhygienic water and at times fight for a bucket of drinkable water.

That situation is the lowest we hit as urban dwellings. We look at the world through our glasses that show us a movie on repeat devouring us of the reality. We will be served with a facts manipulated to bend the truth. We will be a lost society.

We must act now and be considerate about the amount of water we use and waste. If we stop wasting water we reduce the burden on the corporations and thus helping those who can benefit from it. Everytime you open the tap, be aware that the water that goes into the drain might satisfy someone’s thirst.

Be thoughtful. Be accomodating. Be considerate.

Why you must watch Wildlife : Resurrection Islands by Nat Geo featuring Bertie Gregory

Hope Storytelling Freshness. Number one reason why you must watch Wildlife series Resurrection Island by Nat Geo is simply because it’s awesome and only few shows or episodes come closer to it with respect to story telling, hope, videography and freshness brought in by Bertie Gregory. Now that you know that there is this awesome series by Nat Geo about Wildlife pertaining to resurrection where the animals come back from the dead or in this case near local extinction, it’s time to know what makes this series so awesome.

Resurrection Islands. This series is based on Wildlife near Islands of South Georgia, where animals were hunted in large number for commercial purpose driving them into near extinction. Later with conservation efforts and new policies, wildlife thrived in this place and now it is one of the best locations for wildlife observation, film-making and story telling. It speaks of hope on a large scale completely undoing the damage done by us. Following quote by Bertie summaries it well.

“If given the chance nature can bounce back on a scale you are not going to believe.”

Bertie Gregory, Wildlife Film Maker
WILDLIFE : RESURRECTION ISLAND BY NAT GEO FEATURING BERTIE GREGORY

Storytelling is spot on. Under this series animals like Fur Seals, Macaroni Penguins, Albatrosses, King Penguins are covered in detail. There are moments in the series that tell us about fighting spirit, survival tenacity, mutual love, loyalty, care and overcoming the obstacles in life with every might, power and strength you have got. The story of life-long companionship by Albatross makes us wonder about our emotional and moral fibre. Flying alongside Albatross sure seems like a wonderful experience. The way King Penguins go through tough experiences of weather, ocean and encounter with predators is inspiring on its own. How they feed their chicks makes us ask are we doing good enough for our own kind. Life is so organised for the Penguins under so much chaos.

Wildlife through cinematic experience. Grab some popcorns and get ready for the cinema-tic experience of the wild. Bertie takes us through a ride of cinematic experience with amazing background music. In the episode about Macaroni Penguins the shots which are taken at ground level makes you feel you are walking besides them. The way they jump on the rocks and walk ahead through greens, doesn’t feel like it is happening in nature real time but it’s as if those animals are in for a show and they are giving a perfect shot. Definitely that’s what makes Bertie an awesome filmmaker and adds some more cherry on top of this show.

Lot of lessons taught. The concept of dynamic souring is explained very well. The lifespan and lifestyle of these animals are covered in detail. Their traits and behaviours are showcased to teach and train the next generation of biologists, environmentalists, wildlife photographers & filmmakers, policy makers and historians.

Protection of environment is our responsibility. A lot has been achieved till now but a lot more is yet to be done. Nature needs to be protected and everything within it. We as humans for once need to realize that we are one of the many species on this planet and our goal should be as a contributor in the ecosystem and not merely a consumer. Now is the time to take things into our hands and form protective measures for wildlife and fauna likewise and conserve nature in its original sense.

Passionate, young and charming Bertie Gregory brings in completely new energy into narration and story telling. His young fresh voice and amusement about the nature, animals and wild brings a certain kind of joy in you and makes you feel as if you are on the ride alongside him. The kind of exhilaration and feelings experienced by Bertie are like your own and that’s why it connects closely to you. He has put in lot of efforts along with his team behind the scenes just like most of the wildlife filmmakers. Such kind of work is symbol of passion, interest, dedication, hardwork, discipline and intense research. You are going to fall for his happy laugh.

Without going further into more details about each episode and what’s in it for you to enjoy, we request you to go take a glimpse of some episodes only to find yourself watching entire series. Share us your favourite moments in the series in the comment section below.


Bird Watching in Surat | Black headed ibis return to the city

07-May-2020 | Surat

Black-headed Ibis have started to visit Surat since a week. They seem to be getting reading for the oncoming Monsoon season. Every year these birds come to breed in the small numbers near the ponds, waterhole, mushy areas in the city.

Black-headed Ibis are these distinct birds with a devilish look and long beak. They remind us of the fact that birds were closely related to dinosaurs in some time in the past.