Patience, passion and moments like these With his camera as his constant companion, Riaz Cader’s love for wildlife has taken him places. Catch his maiden photography exhibition Eye on the Wild, on May 30, 31 at the Lionel Wendt  Time to frolic: A leopard on the white sands of Wilpattu Riaz Cader has followed his passion for wildlife from a young age. Taking his camera ...

Celebrating Biodiversity Day with කොස් කොත්තු & පොළොස් කට්ලට් The world celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity each year on 22nd of May. In Sri Lanka atleast 3 events were held to mark this important day paying attention to the Earth’s Biological Diversity. The main event was organized by the Ministry of Environment (Biodiversity secretariat) and Ministry of Agriculture commissioning a food outlet ‘Hela Bojun’ that promotes food made ...

Sri Lanka still a hub for seahorse trade? The 60kg of dried seahorses that two Chinese were attempting to smuggle out of Sri Lanka last week were intended to satisfy the myth of aphrodisiacal benefits that seals the fate of 150 million wild seahorses a year globally. The species cannot sustain such a casualty toll, conservationists say. The hundreds of slaughtered seahorses were concealed in the baggage of two Chinese ...

Tour of Trees in Colombo Today morning (17th.May) the National Trust Sri Lanka (NTSL) conducted a Tour of Trees in Colombo making the participants aware of the varied selection of large trees that are hardly noticed within the city environment. Though urbanized, Colombo still has lots of large trees where some of them are over 100 years. Vihara Maha Devi Park (formerly Victoria Park) and its suburban ...

Energy – Make it Bird Friendly..!! On World Migratory Bird Day this weekend (9-10 of May), Sri Lanka celebrates the 200 birds that migrate to the island annually and become an important part of this country’s biodiversity. These birds fly thousands of kilometres, even crossing great oceans, in order to reach their destinations during the two-way journey. They are vulnerable to dangers lying in their path that ...

Plans to setup National Parks at North Conservationists plan for setup new National Parks. Also stresses the importance of genuine and thorough protection for these areas and not simply labelling them “national parks”.  The government has stretched out a hand of protection of the threatened wildlife across the north, from the ragged ponies of Delft to birds that breed only on a single islet in the Adam’s ...

Lanka safe from major quakes but “home” plate is splitting Geologists claim Sri Lanka has very little chance of experiencing a major earthquake but point out the importance of preparedness given the disaster in Nepal. A bulldozer clears debris from collapsed houses following the earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal. REUTERS An earthquake usually occurs when two blocks of the earth suddenly slip past one another, hit each other or break apart ...

The buzzing Vesak decoration on the 6th floor Decorations adorn many buildings at Vesak – but the staff of an office in Dehiwela found a special decoration covering one of their 6th floor The curtain of bees covering the Dehiwela office building window windows: a close look revealed it was a swarm of bees spread like a curtain across a part of a large glass window. The bees ...

..beneath the Vesak Full Moon…!! Today is Vesak. I was awakened until late last night trying to complete the Vesak Lanterns. Then I spot Vesak Full Moon-  The sky was clear and the whole area was glowing with the light spreading by the moon relatively undisturbed by the lights of the vehicles, houses etc.. There are vesak lanterns, pandols and various other forms we use ...

‘Weli katussa’ species unique to Sri Lanka Three young researchers have determined that Sri Lanka has its own species of fan-throated lizards – creatures that puff out an extraordinary frill around their throats to warn off intruders – and that in fact the island has two distinct varieties. Until now it had been assumed that the fan-throated lizards found in Sri Lanka were the same as in ...

Two froggy sisters make news The Kandyan Dwarf Toad, dubbed the world’s rarest toad, has become a more select amphibian with the discovery that it shares its genus with only one other species, not two as previously thought. The toad, a member of the Adenomus genus, was discovered and last seen in the 1870s and had been thought to be extinct until it was found again ...

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 ...

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