1.Asian Waterbird Census 2021, which was seen in the news recently, is to be conducted in which state?
[B] Tamil Nadu
[C] Andhra Pradesh
Explanation: The annual waterbird census is to be conducted in the state of Andhra Pradesh, by the state forest department. The regions included are the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, areas near Godavari estuary, Kolleru Lake, Atapaka Bird Sanctuary and Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary in Krishna estuary. Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and Wetland International will provide technical support. ©navclasses
2.How many wildlife species are under recovery programme for critically endangered species in India?
Explanation: The Standing Committee of National Board of Wildlife (SC-NBWL) has recently approved the advisory for management of Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) in the country. The Committee also approved the inclusion of Caracal, a wild cat found in some parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat, in the list of critically endangered species. At present, there are 22 wildlife species under recovery programme for critically endangered species. ©navclasses
3.Which species found predominantly in North America is recently found to be at the verge of extinction?
[A] Bald Eagle
[B] Polar Bear
[C] Western monarch butterfly
[D] American Alligator
Explanation: In a recent annual study and winter count by Xerces Society, it is found that number of western monarch butterflies has been falling down rapidly. The count is found to be less than 2000 and the insect is said to be in the verge of extinction. This butterfly is most familiar in North America and is a well-known pollinator species. ©navclasses
4.‘Arribada’ is a term related to which species?
[B] Sea Turtle
Explanation: Arribada is a term used to describe the mass migration of sea turtles, where large groups of females assemble at a nesting site on the beach. Recently, the Olive Ridley turtles have started laying eggs in the beach in this nesting season. The nesting season which usually begins in November was delayed by a few weeks this year, due to changes in climate conditions due to the cyclones Nivar and Burevi. ©navclasses
5.Recently, Scientists have discovered the oldest DNA on record from the fossil of which ancient animal?
Explanation: Recently, Scientists have recovered the oldest DNA on record. It has been extracted from teeth of mammoths found in north-eastern Siberia that existed to 1.2 million years. This is seen as a major breakthrough in understanding the evolution of species and determine the characteristics of extinct species. ©navclasses
6.Nagarahole Tiger Reserve is situated in which Indian state/UT?
[B] Andhra Pradesh
Explanation: Nagarahole Tiger Reserve, formerly known as Rajiv Gandhi (Nagarahole) National Park, is a wildlife reserve in Karnataka. It is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It is named after the river Nagarahole, which is the Kannada term for ‘Serpent River’. The reserve was recently engulfed in a major forest fire, leading to the destruction of several acres of forest covers. ©navclasses
7.As per a recent study, the warming of oceans is proved to have affected the metabolism of which species?
[A] Sea Turtles
Explanation: As per a recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports, the warming of oceans is said to have affected the metabolism of sharks. The sharks reared in the warmest temperatures weighed less than those raised in average temperatures. The baby sharks are at risk of being born smaller, without the energy needed to survive. ©navclasses
8.Which state is set to start planting of ‘seabuckthorn’ shrubs?
[B] Uttar Pradesh
[C] Himachal Pradesh
Explanation: In the recent budget, the Himachal Pradesh government has decided to start planting seabuckthorn in the cold desert areas of the state. It is a shrub which produces an orange-yellow coloured edible berry, which has been widely used for treating stomach, heart and skin problems. The shrub is found in dry areas such as the cold deserts of Ladakh and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. ©navclasses
9.What is the name of the global experiment, which aims to measure the impact of reduction in ambient human sounds in Oceans?
[A] International Human-Ocean Experiment
[B] International Ocean Sound Experiment
[C] International Ambient Sound Experiment
[D] International Quiet Ocean Experiment
Explanation: The International Quiet Ocean Experiment was originally formed in 2011 to create a time series of measurements of ambient sound in different ocean locations. Recently, a team of scientists from the International Quiet Ocean Experiment (IQOE), have been undertaking experiments to understand and measure the impact of the reduction in ambient human activity due to the Covid-19 lockdown, in oceans. ©navclasses
10.As per recent data, the population of which species has doubled in the Chilika lake?
[C] Cat Fish
Explanation: Chilika Lake is India’s largest brackish water lagoon, which is spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Odisha. As per a recent data release by the State Forest and Environment Department, the number of dolphin populations in the lake has doubled this year compared with last year. The state’s Chilika lake is known for its Irrawady dolphins. ©navclasses