Thursday, November 25, 2010

Nature's Trail Asola Wild ilfe Sanctury

Asola bhatti wildlife sanctuary
Conservation Education Centre
New Delhi

Asola Wildlife Sanctuary is considered the breathing lung of the cosmopolitan city of New Delhi. It was established in 1992 with the aim to protect the wildlife in the area between Delhi and Surajkund (Delhi-Haryana border).

55 Students and two teachers of our school Ms Manjula Agarwal and Ms preeti Goel visited As olla wild life sanctuary on 20th November, 2010. We went by school bus. Dr. Ahmad and his colleagues welcomed us. Dr Ahmad interacted with the students about the food chain, ecosystem, role of plants and animals with the students. After that students were divided into two groups. The name of first group was kept Lion and for other group Finches.

He also instructed how can you help to conserve abwls? Some precautions were also given like not to take any eatables, no noise, water bottle can be taken, note down about the animal and plants.Both groups were guided by two different persons and went for nature trail separately. This took One and a half hour where students saw Plants like Neem, Peepal, kattha, Keeker, Desi babul, grasses like Sachcharum spotanum, spider flower jungle Ber, etc. Animals seen were Praying Mantis, Butterflies spiders, Termites, Grasshoppers 2 species of Birds like Greyy Francolin, parrots, Blackbuck and Neelgai. He also told about the uses of Amaltas plant Leaves are used as Anta acid. Fruit of this flower is known as Drumsticks which are used as vegetables. The nutrient value of 12 gms of it is equal to 4 bananas/4oranges. Lantana camera flowers wee shown to us. Fruit of which is used in making medicine.

He told about Blubull Largest antelope of India. Males have permanent horn. Females have deciduous horns. Wood peckers are Dr. of jungle. Harpoon is present on their beaks. He also talked about Vultures. They help in cleaning of dead animals.
Termites mound was shown to us. A termite is a social animal. They have three types of members. King which lay eggs. One Queen survives for six years. She lays eggs only and control maintain mound. Rest of the family members are wo
rkers which are busy in collecting food, cleaning of mound, and caring of queen.
Acacia roung leucopolia is a native plant of Asolla. Leaves are used as fodder. Bark is used as tannin Latex is used as gondh. The sanctuary also now has two large enclosures for their very successful Blackbuck and Chital or Spotted Deer conservation, rehabilitation and breeding. We also obviously visited the blackbuck and spotted deer enclosures.
Pond eco system is also their. It has Hydrilla plant, Lemma (the smallest plant),Eicchornia, Snails etc.


Ms Preeti Goel-The surprise to find a wild life sanctuary in Delhi was overcome by the pleasure during the trip to Asolla. .It was well maintained. The person in charge Dr. Ahmad Indian forest Officer was very enthusiastic and explained every thing in detail. For the first time I heard a good remark about Termites. There nature friendly behavior was awesome. The use of medicinal plants in various ailments was also explained in detail. We saw many birds and animals like blackbuck and Neel Gai in the wild life sanctuary. It was successful, enjoyable and very educational trip.

Parth Arora IX-C: Our Trip was a mind sharpening and mind mining trip. We saw many tremendous species of butterflies and birds that we often see in our daily life. Here we gained knowledge about different kinds of trees, herbs, shrubs, grasses and also the termites. Unfortunately we were unable to see those massive wild life of sanctuary but Black Buck became Man Of The Match. At the end of our educational trip we saw a video clip shown by them “VANISHING VULTURES”. It was really an adventurous and educational trip by our club.

Vishnu Priya IX-C
Our visit to Asolla Bhatti wild life sanctuary was very educational and enjoyable. When we reached their, we were warmly welcomed by the Forest Officer, Dr, Ahmad. Then we were divided into two groups. Our group was named as Tiger. During our nature’s trail we saw different species of plants which we had not seen ever before although we were not able to see many animals but we were successful in watching blackbuck, the second fastest animal. We saw termites and also the excreta waste of Neelgai. After our one and half hour nature’s walk we saw the movie which was on vanishing vultures. We really get to know very interesting facts their which would have never been possible any where also. For me it was an unforgettable nature’s walk.

Organisms visible at Asola

Diwali-Festival of lights

Diwali is the festival of lights, not noise, and therefore firecrackers should not be a part of celebrations.Crackers are very costly and splurging money on them is sheer waste. -Maximum number of burn cases, fire incidences is being reported in the Diwali season due to the firecrackers. Firecrackers are made up of paper which comes from cutting of trees. So, avoid crackers, save trees. - As child labour is involved in fireworks industry, you are encouraging this social menace by buying crackers.

Harmful effects of firecrackers

1) Health hazards: Burns, deafness, Nausea and mental impairment. Many people die in explosions in factories manufacturing fire-crackers.

Firecrackers can cause hearing loss, high blood pressure, sleeping disturbances and sudden exposure to loud noise can cause temporary or permanent deafness or even result in heart attack.

2) Sometimes, rocket-crackers set fire to huts, heap of dry grass etc. this happen mostly to country side

3) Noise pollution: firecrackers make noise more than the allowed decibel limit for human being.

4) Smog caused by firecrackers may be harmful to inhal

e can cause difficulty for rivers because of reduced visibility.

5) It increases the Pollution in environment.

6)The effluent, colourful and deafening crackers come out of the tiny hands of over one and half lakh children compelled to toil day and night in suffocating worksheds, anticipating death or mutilation due to the explosive nature of the material they handle.

In our school Vasuendhara the eco club launched Cracker free Diwali campaign.

Enlightened by our message of environment protection, Class VII and VIII students have vowed for firecracker-less Diwali this year.

Awareness campaign in the form of lectures through power point presentation has been conducted by us in schools for class! X and X.

Also, we have distributed pamphlets in nearby areas of our school spreading the words about benefits of celebrating Diwali without firecracker. These pamphlets were designed by students of our eco club. Pamphlets were placed on different bulletin boards to sensitize the children of senior classes.

All these measures have created an atmosphere for awakening children and their families about ill-effects of firecrackers.

Enjoy the Deepawali with care. Take care of you and your family.