Untitled Post A new book on Freshwater Fish of Sri Lanka has been launched few days ago. The book contains more than 300 photographs of all the 92 different Freshwater fish that record in Sri Lanka except for Martinstine’s Goby. 27 Estuarine fish and 23 exotic species. This book is a major publication on country’s Freshwater fish after the book published by Mr.Rohan Pethiyagoda ...

Protect rivers from Sand Mining – environmentalists welcome president’s moves President Maithripala Sirisena, who himself took on the Environment portfolio, will halt sand mining in Polonnaruwa from today (February 1). He has also ordered his officials to evaluate sustainable river-sand mining and look into alternatives. There has long been small-scale sand mining in the flood plains around Manampitiya Bridge in Polonnaruwa but operations rose sharply some years ago as demand ...

Illegally kept baby elephant found from temple An elephant calf being kept in the temple premises of popular monk Uduwe Dhammaloka without a license has been raided by a team of Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) officers on the evening of Thursday 28th of January. According to the wildlife officers, the elephant calf is only about 2 and half years old and believed to be snatched from ...

‘Birding with the 3rd eye’ “Birds’ welfare comes first” is the message of the FOGSL photography exhibition. This article has been published on SundayTimes on 07.12.2014 - http://www.sundaytimes.lk/141207/plus/birding-with-the-3rd-eye-130738.html Dushantha Wasala’s photograph “The Battlefield” showing a mid-air fight of Malabar Pied Hornbills was the overall winner of the “Birding with the 3rd Eye” exhibition. Sandaruwan Abayaratne, S.N.P. Rodrigo, Dr. Gihan Rajeev and Dr. Sudheera Bandara won first ...

Awarded as Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) 2014 I’ve been awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) on November 2014. TOYP is an effort to recognize the young people (under 40) who excel in different fields and I received the award for the ‘Environmental Leadership’. I take this opportunity to THANK all those who guided and supported me in doing related environmental work that contributed on getting this award..!! ...

I spy with my little eye a bird! This article was published on 31st of August 2014. http://www.sundaytimes.lk/140831/plus/i-spy-with-my-little-eye-a-bird-115448.html ‘Wild in Ruins’, Lester Perera’s exhibition celebrates both wildlife and archaeological sites  Well known wildlife artist and leading naturalist Lester Perera is ready with his next exhibition of wildlife art under the theme ‘Wild in Ruins’. Among the colourful paintings of birds using watercolours and acrylics, the exhibition contains black and white ...

Environmentalists hope Sirisena will honour pledge The lack of a minister for the environment in the new government has dismayed environmentalists even though they largely view the change in regime as being beneficial. Just days before his election, President Maithripala Sirisena signed a public pact presented by the Environment Organisations’ Collective (EOC), and the grouping hopes the new leader will honour the terms of the pact, ...

Deluges strike at valuable coral reef The intense rainfall that fell across the country a few weeks back left an unexpected victim: coral reefs. Marine and Coastal Resources Conservation Foundation member Upali Mallikarachchi has revealed that some parts of the Bar Reef marine sanctuary at Kalpitiya have begun bleaching. Bleaching is one of the worst destructive natural phenomena faced by corals worldwide. It occurs when coral ...

Peacocks’ tragic dance of death on expressway Drawn to cleared roadsites, the beautiful birds are falling victim to predators of steel Huge warning boards recently erected at the Matara end of the Southern Expressway carry an unusual caution: “Danger – Peacocks Ahead”. Large warning board on Southern Expressway near Matara (C) Sajeewanie Kodippili “After the Galle-Matara stretch of the Southern Expressway opened in March we found ...

Peacocks’ tragic dance of death on expressway Drawn to cleared roadsites, the beautiful birds are falling victim to predators of steel Huge warning boards recently erected at the Matara end of the Southern Expressway carry an unusual caution: “Danger – Peacocks Ahead”.  Large warning board on Southern Expressway near Matara (C) Sajeewanie Kodippili “After the Galle-Matara stretch of the Southern Expressway opened in March we found ...

Commando four-wheel rally upsets environmentalists but Army is gung-ho A four-wheel-drive motor rally organised along east coast early next month has raised concerns among environmentalists. Commando 4×4, the six-day rally planned to start on August 4, is being organised by the Commando Regiment under its “Experience Sri Lanka with Commandos” project. The rally will start from Point Pedro in Jaffna, ending at the Commando Regiment Training school at Uva ...

Commando four-wheel rally upsets environmentalists but Army is gung-ho A four-wheel-drive motor rally organised along east coast early next month has raised concerns among environmentalists. Commando 4×4, the six-day rally planned to start on August 4, is being organised by the Commando Regiment under its “Experience Sri Lanka with Commandos” project. The rally will start from Point Pedro in Jaffna, ending at the Commando Regiment Training school at Uva ...

Young Lankan scientist makes life-saving snakebite discovery A landmark discovery by a Sri Lankan scientist could save thousands of lives lost through snakebite the world over. A snakebite victim’s life often hangs in the balance in the minutes during which doctors watch for symptoms of poisoning before injecting the person with anti-venom as the remedy itself could cause severe allergic reactions that can cause immediate death. Not every snakebite ...

Young Lankan scientist makes life-saving snakebite discovery A landmark discovery by a Sri Lankan scientist could save thousands of lives lost through snakebite the world over. A snakebite victim’s life often hangs in the balance in the minutes during which doctors watch for symptoms of poisoning before injecting the person with anti-venom as the remedy itself could cause severe allergic reactions that can cause immediate death. Not every snakebite ...

Beaming in from space on ‘silent killer’ drought Lanka to benefit from Indo-Chinese satellite aid  Sri Lanka has been selected as the first regional country along with Cambodia to benefit from space technology in early predictions of drought – and political rivals India and China are co-operating with the United Nations to develop the mechanism. News of the initiative came from a two-day forum on Space Technology Applications ...

Beaming in from space on ‘silent killer’ drought Lanka to benefit from Indo-Chinese satellite aid  Sri Lanka has been selected as the first regional country along with Cambodia to benefit from space technology in early predictions of drought – and political rivals India and China are co-operating with the United Nations to develop the mechanism. News of the initiative came from a two-day forum on Space Technology Applications ...

Lanka pinpointed as winner if reefs conserved An Acropora coral about 6 inches regrowing on Artificial Concrete Coral Structure (c) Arjan Rajasuriya Stronger storms, rising seas and flooding are placing hundreds of millions of people at risk around the world – in Sri Lanka and other countries a major part of the solution lies off-shore, according to a new study that finds coral reefs reduce wave energy ...

Lanka pinpointed as winner if reefs conserved An Acropora coral about 6 inches regrowing on Artificial Concrete Coral Structure (c) Arjan Rajasuriya Stronger storms, rising seas and flooding are placing hundreds of millions of people at risk around the world – in Sri Lanka and other countries a major part of the solution lies off-shore, according to a new study that finds coral reefs reduce wave energy ...

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