Every moment in nature is happening for ones, there is no repetition, it is dynamic. Understanding this dynamism is science. We at Nidus believe that science in incomplete until it is communicated. One of the biggest hurdles is – how to communicate? To break this historical barrier we provide this platform to the budding naturalists to explore their potentials in science communication. These are not just articles but stories experienced during the journeys of our members, readers and our team depicting interesting natural history observations and findings.
Mite Pockets really Pockets the Mites – By Girish Gowda
Mite Pockets in Skink… During one of our recent field explorations with Nidus, we were bit worried about ticks as this landscapes has lots of
Bhigwan – Bird’s Paradise
If you are looking around for a good destination to watch or photograph birds near Pune in Maharashtra, you must visit Bhigwan wetland. It is
Snakes give us goosebumps. But why and how? A few get them through fear and few with excitement. During the lockdown online talk
Introduction to Caecilians
Have you ever heard about caecilians? Do you know the animal in the image below? Caecilians are limbless amphibians which are burrowing hence rarely seen.
A Secret Forest: The Hidden Lives of Agumbe
Look beyond the king cobra — under the rocks, in the gaps of roots, trees crevices, in gurgling streams and puddles — to discover a
Why We Need to Save Amboli from Ourselves
For years, Amboli was one of Western Ghats’ best keep secrets. But as tourism grows, there’s a need to be more mindful — of how
In the Laterite Plateaus of Maharashtra, Rock Bottom is a Wonderful Place
The rocky outcrops of the northern Western Ghats are often considered wastelands when they are hotbeds of endemic diversity These rocky outcrops are unique features
Dark Waters: The Disappearing Myristica Swamps
Exploring these intriguing freshwater swamps reveals many reasons why we need to preserve them. They host not just a primitive family of plants, but also
Don’t Kiss and Tell: The Unusual Breeding Behaviour of Humayun’s Wrinkled Frog
How a melodious call in Amboli led to a research paper on an amphibian in the Western Ghats The frogs of the genus Nyctibatrachus are endemic
A new species of wood snake emerges in the Western Ghats, mottled in grey-brown
by Aathira Perinchery, Mongabay, 20 April 2020 Scientists had previously noted slight differences in markings of the ground-dwelling Perroteti’s wood snake in the northern and
The Thackeray That Was Involved in a Case of Mistaken Identity
by Sahana Ghosh, The Wire, 15 November 2019. The next time you hear something about the Sri Lankan cat snake’s (Boiga ceylonensis) population from India,
Rare two-headed snake rescued from Kalyan
by Badri Chatterjee, Hindustan Times, 8 August 2020 A rare two-headed Russell’s Viper was rescued from Kalyan’s Gandhare Road area on Thursday. Experts said the
The Indian dragons we know so little about
by Aathira Perinchery, Mongabay, 30 June 2020 A recent study on two subspecies of the water monitor in the Andaman and Nicobar islands reveal there’s
Why shrikes have black bands on eyes?
What is the similarity here between this baseball player and Bay-backed Shrike? Those black lines near eyes. But why do they wear it?
To bee or not to bee… by Dr. Prasad Kamath
The Green Bee-eater… On a late morning walk through the Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, the air was filled with thrilling bird sounds, when suddenly we saw
Amboli – The Heaven in Distress…
Amboli is a famous hill station and monsoon tourist destination in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. Renowned for its famous waterfall and picturesque landscapes, this