Why the Internet is Both Nature’s New Blessing and Curse (Or, a Thank You)

So before the summer I gave a TED talk. It was about a lot of things. I mentioned this blog, and also Project Noah, and a lot of things that had been bothering me for some time, and some things that had been giving me hope, too. But there's no point repeating my speech here,… Continue reading Why the Internet is Both Nature’s New Blessing and Curse (Or, a Thank You)


Contemplative Cormorants

Two Little Cormorants sit on what appears to be a submerged light pole in a reservoir in a Coorg coffee plantation. Coffee offers much more support for biodiversity than its more homogenous counterpart, tea, largely due to its requirement of shade trees and sometimes mixing with other crops, such as pepper. Unfortunately, those self-same trees… Continue reading Contemplative Cormorants

Open Wide

When at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, we got scarily close to this appropriately-named mugger crocodile. Believe it or not, its open mouth was not a gesture of defiance or defense but rather the position it was in the entire time. These crocodiles tend to be frighteningly still for long periods, before a sudden flash of movement… Continue reading Open Wide

Bright-eyed and Soggy-tailed

On a recent walk to Sungei Buloh we stumbled across this Plantain Squirrel who apparently hadn't scurried away to shelter as fast as we had in the downpour of five minutes earlier.

White-eye Window

An Oriental White-eye peeks out from behind branches in Kullu, India. This bird was an unexpected surprise on our last day there. I was returning from a trek on my own when I noticed movement in a bare tree ahead - and voila.

Little White

A Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), commonly spotted in flooded paddy fields, lakes, rivers, and most bodies of fresh water, keeps watch for prey by the banks of a reservoir in Bangalore, India. Slightly larger and with black feet to its yellow is the Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia); largest of all is the Great Egret -… Continue reading Little White


The African lion is perhaps the most overly romanticized and/or brutalized animal on the Masai Mara. The classically shaggy mane of hair gracing the males is instantly recognizable. While it is true that in fact female lions are the primary hunters for the pride, male lions are often relied on for sheer brute force. Infanticide… Continue reading Savannah

A (Slightly Late) Hyena Halloween

In honor of Halloween (and no, it is NOT a day old), here's a hyena, the actual scariest predator on the African savannah. These guys will literally steal food from lions. They're highly efficient killers, and are most definitely not scavengers - though they will take opportunities when they see them and forage on kills,… Continue reading A (Slightly Late) Hyena Halloween