The worldwide focus on charismatic species has meant that people have become poorer for the lack of quality content on other equally interesting life-forms, as well as social and ecological matters impacting our lives. This forms a crucial gap in telling nature’s story in its entirety. ‘On Assignment’ is a carefully co-ordinated process to bring you offbeat stories from nature with fresh and well-researched content.

A Tale of Predators, Prey and Parasites

February 15, 2021

A few years ago, I was observing a Common Mormon (Papilio polytes) butterfly pupa on a curry leaf tree (Murraya koenigii), or kari bevu as it is called in Kannada, […]

100 Days, 100 Seeds

December 01, 2020

A good portrait is not just a visual representation of a person or an element of nature, but also reveals the very essence. My quest for this ‘essence’ draws me […]

My Butterfly Story

September 15, 2020

It was a day like any other, five years ago, but little did I know that it would change my life forever. My neighbour, who happened to be my high […]

Reading, Naturally: Books on nature to inspire children

July 15, 2020

The climate crisis we’re facing may be one of the biggest threats we will see in our lifetimes, and in those of the generation after us. Around the world, including […]

Waterfowl Census 2020: A Volunteer’s Account

May 15, 2020

On a bright morning on the 4th day of the new year, an energetic, inspired, yet concerned group of citizen volunteers and birdwatchers gathered at Venkatappa Art Gallery for a […]

The Kali Butterfly Survey

April 01, 2020

Butterflies form an important part of our beautifully balanced ecosystem. The abundance of butterflies (along with bees) in certain habitats is an excellent indicator of a thriving ecosystem. The various […]

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