Wetland Ecosystems including Inland Wetlands

SACON ENVIS Centre on Wetland Ecosystems including Inland Wetlands


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Dead fish found floating in lake - The Hindu - December 12, 2016

A large number of dead fish were found floating in S. Papparapatti lake on Rasipuram main road near Attayampatti on Saturday. Following the recent rains, the lake accounted for reasonable storage of water. Due to the inclement weather and mixing of sewage in the lake water, a large number of fish died in the last few days. Foul smell emanating from the water pose health hazard to the people living nearby. The locals and environment activists have urged the concerned officials to take immediate steps for the removal of the fish and clean the tank water.



White coot sighted at Polachira wetlands - The Hindu - December 15, 2016

Heavy rain over the past few days has seen a familiar problem crop up dramatically: frothing in Varthur lake.


Mandapam forest range personnel collect 98 sea turtle eggs- The Hindu - December 14, 2016

The Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park has recorded the maiden collection of sea turtle eggs this season as the Mandapam forest range personnel collected 98 eggs from a nest at Mukundarayar Chathiram, near Danushkodi in the early hours of Tuesday.


Citizen-led project helps change scientific view of frog species - The Hindu - December 22, 2016

Trading their offices and urban confines for the rain-drench forests, a group of ‘frog enthusiasts’ teamed up with researchers to change the scientific view over the Sholiga narrow-mouthed frog.


Monsoon failure, cyclone delay arrival of sea turtles- The Hindu - December 20, 2016

The poor North-East monsoon and the Vardah cyclone are said to have affected the arrival of sea turtles in the coastal area of Nagapattinam although Forest Department has made all arrangements for collecting the eggs for their safe hatching.


Rushikulya rookery beckoning Olive Ridley turtlesThe Hindu - December 24, 2016

Nature has made the Rushikulya rookery coast in Ganjam district of Odisha conducive to mass nesting of Olive Ridleys, which is expected to occur by last week of February.


Vedanthangal sees spike in arrival of winged visitorsThe Hindu - December 27, 2016

Waterbodies at The Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary have been replenished by the recent rain during Cyclone Vardah and are attracting thousands of migratory birds.


Varthur lake froth spills onto road- The Hindu - December 17, 2016

Scientists give new lease of life to endangered fish species - The Hindu - December 5, 2016

In their latest breakthrough, Central Institute of Brackish Water Aquaculture (CIBA) scientists have bred Etroplus canarensis, a breed of fish assessed by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as endangered because of its restricted distribution.


First polluted river in the world discovered - Times of India - December 4, 2016

TORONTO: Scientists have discovered what could be the world's first polluted river, contaminated about 7,000 years ago by Neolithic humans who may have been producing copper metals from ores.


Residents protest against degradation of lake - The Hindu - December 02, 2016

After remaining mute spectators to the continued degradation of Devanur lake in the city, residents of the surrounding localities gathered near the waterbody on Thursday and staged a demonstration to draw the attention of the authorities to its deplorable condition.


Coots are jet black birds with snowy white beak and a white streak on the head. During a birdwatching exercise along the Polachira wetlands near here late last month, a team of birdwatchers from the Quilon Nature Society sighted a white coot.