Here is a unique opportunity to hear stories from the dirt tracks of the jungles: to smell the earth through people who have made forests a part of their lives. ‘From the Field’ showcases people like ecological historians, wildlife researchers, or forest department staff, and the challenges they face in their daily lives and professions. Learn from their insights on a broad spectrum of topics, gained through extensive studies and hands-on experiences.

As the Wild Mango Tree Saw It

June 01, 2019

It was the end of a long hot day in the Kagneri reserve forest of Sakleshpur, Karnataka. As dusk neared, the relentless summer sun slowly began to ease. A gurgling […]

The Darkness of the Evergreen Forest

April 15, 2019

The Biligirirangan Hills (BR Hills) in south east Karnataka are home to the Solega people, and also to over 250 species of birds. In this article, we take a look […]


January 15, 2019

Commensalism is a relationship between two species where one species benefits and the other species neither benefits nor is harmed. Such relationships exist in the natural world between various species. […]

Crypt Digger or Cryptic Species? – the tale of the honey-badger in Bannerghatta

October 01, 2018

“I have never seen this animal in this forest, in all my 15 years of experience!” As a seasoned forest watcher who has traversed every trodden path and otherwise in […]

Neelakurinji: Sandur’s surprise

August 15, 2018

Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes sp.) is a small herb that flowers gregariously once in 12 years in regions of the Western Ghats like Bababudan Hills, Chikmagalur, Nilgiris, and other parts of Kerala […]

The Winning Story of Leopard Cubs

July 15, 2018

Sometime in January 2014, in the middle of the night, I saw three six-month-old leopard cubs playfully jump around. Just a few moments later, oblivious to our camera traps, their […]

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