Monday, November 14, 2016

SpiderIndia Meet 2017 : Announcement

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Much awaited 1st SpiderIndia Meet announcement is here:

Date 17-19 February 2017
Venue: Kolkata

We plan to visit ZSI Spider collection, do some field work, presentations in the evening and plenty of time for networking with fellow Spider enthusiasts. 

Program Starts at 9.00am on 17th February 2017 and will be finished by 6.30pm on 19th February 2017.

Day 01 Starts at 9.00am ZSI Visit : Evening presentation.
Day 02 Ecopark and Banabitan Visit : Evening presentation
Day 03 CKBS or Botanical Garden Visit : Taxonomic Workshop / Presentations : Concluding Session (end by 6.30pm)

This is a tentative plan. May change. But starting and finishing time will remain same.

Stay at Jadavpur
All presentations and workshops at NM office, Bijoygarh.

This meet is organized on non profit basis and expected expenses including stay, simple food, local travel and park entry fees is going to be Rs. 4000/- (2500.00 for participants who are having own arrangements for stay at Kolkata.) Please register by paying Rs. 3000/2000 as advance, remaining payment (Rs.1000/500) at the time of meet. A limited number of scholarships are available for students.

We have limited seats so book yours by quickly registering for the meet. For registration forms or any questions contact /

This is an event of DiversityIndia and organized by Nature-Mates Nature Club, Kolkata.

See you at the event.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Report :: DragonflyIndia Meet 2016 :: Gorumara National Park, West Bengal

ProsenjitDawn, Arjan Basu Roy, Vijay Barve

The third DragonflyIndia meet was held from 26th August to 29th August, 2016 at Gorumara National Park, West Bengal. The scientific gathering already started in Kolkata as the participants arrived there before the meet. Total 23 participants from 8 different states and one from Sri Lanka participated in the meet. 

The meet initiated with an introductory session of the participants, followed by several oral presentations, workshops and field visits. The four days meet featured two plenary talks about general Odonata taxonomy, biogeography and distribution in West Bengal; two complete workshop on Preservation and Identification of Odonata Specimens and Outreach for Odonates; four participants’ presentations about cytogenetics and behavioural biology of damselflies and one guest lecture on Past, Present and Future of Odonatology in Sri Lanka. Special discussions about larval studies, field identification and photography were everydays' routine programme. 

Most important part of the meet was the regular field visits to different habitats of Gorumara National Park and a Mid-meet field visit to Samsing, Neora Valley National Park which resulted in listing of total 66 species of odonates, more than 115 species of butterflies, 90 species of birds and many more faunal groups. The recorded odonates during the meet include Coeliccia c.f. renifera which is new state record for West Bengal and few more rare species such as Agrionoptera insignis, Amphithemis vacillans, Coeliccia bimaculata etc. 

The four days meet was quite successful with a pleasant sunny weather throughout except the morning in Samsing that was visited by a sudden break of heavy rain.

With four colourful days the meet ended up in a successful gathering of odonate enthusiasts. On behalf of the organizing committee I convey our heartiest greetings for the participants for their cooperation and patience. I want to congratulate all my seniors and friends from DiversityIndia and Nature Mates-Nature Club, Kolkata for such a successful event. Thanks are also due to the International Dragonfly Fund and Worldwide Dragonfly Association for their every support. We will look forward for the next meet to be more successful and fruitful.

To get information of future DragonflyIndia meets keep visiting this blog or become member of DargonflyIndia yahoo group by sending empty email to 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

DragonflyIndia Meet 2016: Gorumara National Park, West Bengal

The meet was great success. Here is the report.
 Agrionoptera insignis Male

Place: Murti, Gorumara National Park, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal.
Dates: 26th to 29th August, 2016 (4D/3N).
Registration fee: 2500/- per person including food, stay and local transport (ex New Mal Junction). 
Small bursaries are available for student participants on first come first serve basis.
Capacity: 25 people maximum.

Mortonagrion aborense Male

We are happy to invite you in the third DragonflyIndia Meet in northern part of Bengal. Gorumara National park, situated in the Indo-malayan ecozone consists Terai-Duars savanna and grasslands of the tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrub-lands biome and Lower Gangetic plains moist deciduous forests of the tropical and subtropical moist broad-leaf forests biome covering an area of about 80 sq. Km. Primarily famous for housing a good population of Indian one horned Rhinoceros, this park also hosts several interesting species of plants, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Some of them includes Painted frog, Tokay Gecko, King Cobra, Indian Peafowl, Pied Hornbills, Leopards, Gaur, Elephants and many more.

Agriocnemis clauseni Male

During the meet we will get a chance to explore the area in search of the flying jewels, Dragonflies and Damselflies. Daytrips to several water bodies and rivers and forest will reveal some interesting findings to us for sure. A daylong trip to Samsing, outskirts of Neora Valley National Park, will take us to the Eastern Himalayan foothills as well. The meet will feature field identification guidance and workshop by renowned odonatologists Parag Rangnekar and David Raju, data collection methods and ecological studies of odonates by Pankaj Koparde and several other talks and student presentations.

This time DiversityIndia is going to work shoulder to shoulder with Nature mates – Nature Club, Kolkata and the West Bengal Forest Department to organize the meet with a great success and International Dragonfly Fund is encouraging us with a partial financial support.

Amphithemis vacillans Male

The meet will definitely be exciting for all the nature lovers because not only odonates but varieties of butterflies and birds are also there to catch your eyes.

For registrations contact:
Prosenjit Dawn
Arjan Basu Roy

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

DiversityIndia Meet 2016 : Moths and Butterflies : Devalsari Uttarakhand

Place: Devalsari (Deolsari), Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand 
Proposed Dates: 2-5 June 2016 (4D/3N) 
Costs Rs.7500/- per person including food, stay and local transport (ex Dehradun), guide fees, community fees and a butterfly brochure. (Small scholarships available for deserving candidates.)
Maximum capacity: 15 people 

We propose to organize a DiversityIndia meet to learn and document biodiversity of Devalsari region with special focus on Moths and Butterflies. We will set Moth Screens every night to attract moths and nature trails to document Butterflies and other biodiversity during daytime. Sanjay Sondhi a moth expert, who has done extensive research in the region will be conducting training on moth identification. The main focus is going to be systematic documentation of biodiversity, especially Moths and Butterflies. Devalsari, tucked away in the Aglar Valley, in Tehri Garhwal District, the home of the Jaunpuri's. The snow-capped peaks of the Mahabharat range in the Middle Himalayas, looming in the distance, marvelous deodar, oak and rhododendron forest, surrounded by terrace fields of Bangsil, Mauldhar, Udarsu and Naogaon villages.

The Pali Gad stream flows through Bangsil into the Aglar River, winding its way through a forest landscape with altitudes varying from 1,200 m at Thatyur up to 3,048 m at Nag Tibba, the highest peak in the area. The Shiva Temple at Devalsari, is said to have been built in the 1800's, is surround by tall deodar trees.
The local partner for this DiversityIndia meet is the Devalsari Environment Protection and Technology Development Society, a local youth group that is committed to promote nature-based livelihoods and promote nature conservation. More about them can be seen at Devalsari is home to an array of biodiversity.

Mammals: Leopard, Barking Deer, Giant Red Flying Squirrel, Himalayan Water Shrew, Goral, Wild Pig, Black Bear, Otters...all this and more can be seen here.

Birds: Special birds that can be seen here include Chukar Partridge, Striated Laughingthrush, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Black-faced Warbler, Whiskered Yuhina, Golden Bush Robin, Mrs Gould's Sunbird, Fire-tailed Sunbird and lots more...

Butterflies: Some of butterfly specialties are Common Punch, Siren, Brown Argus, Jewel Fivering, Stately Nawab, Western Courtier, Fawn Hairstreak, Silver Hairstreak and Albocerulean amongst many other West Himalayan Specialties.

Contact Sanjay Sondhi (or Arjan Basuroy) for registration.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Parthenos Vol 3 (1) : October 2015 Published

  • Book Review - Birds of Paradise by Dr. Amol Patwardhan
  • Wild Vet - Paraplegic Marmoset by Dr. Deepa Katyal
  • NGO Watch - RAWW by Pawan Sharma
  • Photo Feature - Dr. Sudhir Gaikwad
  • Vacation in north Kerala - Bicheesh Balan
  • A New Species- Dr. S. Kalesh & C.G. Kiran

Friday, August 1, 2014

First National Workshop on Odonatology & DragonflyIndia Meet 2014

First National Workshop on Odonatology
Hislop College, Nagpur, Maharashtra (16-19 August 2014) 

Program schedule
16 August 2014 (Saturday)

5.00 pm: Workshop registration
6.00 pm - 7.30 pm: Ice breaking session and other socio-academic activities (Introduction of participants, History of
DragonflyIndia, Documentary screening; RA, KAS, PR, PK)
7.30 pm onwards: Dinner

17 August 2014 (Sunday)

6.30 am – 8.30 am: Field visit around Nagpur (DR, RA, KAS, PR, PK)
8.30 am - 9.30 am: Registration (Workshop/symposium) (distribution of workshop kits) and breakfast
10 am - 11.30 am: Formal inauguration of symposium
11.30 am - 12.00 am: Tea break
12.00 pm - 1.30 pm: Symposium paper presentation (on Odonates)
1.30 pm- 2.30 pm: Lunch
3.00 pm – 5.00 pm: Session II
Workshop Symposium
3.00 - 4.00 pm: Biology and Taxonomy of Odonata
Guest lecture
4.00 – 5.00 pm: Odonata identification in field and
lab (PR)
Oral paper presentation (Tropical biodiversity)
5.00 pm: Tea break
5.00 pm - 7.00 pm: Photo/ poster-presentation
7.00 pm onwards: Dinner

18 August 2014 (Monday)

6.30 – 9.00 am: Field visit to Ambazari lake, Nagpur (DR, AT, KAS, PR, PK, RN, PD)Workshop Symposium
9 am - 10 am: Rest & Breakfast 9 am -10 am: Breakfast
10 am -10.30 am: The India Biodiversity Portal, a
platform for documenting and organizing species
information (TV)
10.30 am – 11.30 pm: Building species pages and
mapping distributions for Odonates on the India
Biodiversity Portal (TV, RP, RG and participants;
Interactive session)
11.30 am – 12.00 pm: Spatial data collection and
its use in science (VB)
10 am -12 pm: Session III
One guest lecture and Paper presentation (Tropical
12.00 – 12.30 pm: Tea 12.00 – 12.30 pm: Tea
12.30 pm - 1.00 pm: Techniques in Odonata
surveys (PK)
1.00 pm – 1.30 pm: Participants presentations
12.30 pm - 1.30pm – Session III
Paper presentation (Tropical biodiversity)
1.30 pm - 2.30 pm: Lunch
2.30 pm - 3.30 pm: Valedictory function (Symposium participants)
3.30 pm – 7.00 pm: City visit, social activity, miscellaneous talks in workshop
7.00 pm onward: Dinner

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Butterflies and Moths of Pakke Tiger Reserve

by Sanjay Sondhi, and Krushnamegh Kunte. 

Full citation of the book:

Sondhi, S., and K. Kunte. 2014. Butterflies and Moths of Pakke Tiger Reserve. Titli Trust (Dehradun) and Indian Foundation for Butterflies (Bengaluru). vi+202pp, all in full color.

Download sample pages here.

This book covers 379 butterfly species and 83 moth species from northeastern India. This is the second book in the Northeast India Natural History Series (the first being the Butterflies of the Garo Hills). This series seeks to popularise the biodiversity of northeastern India with a view to promote community-based eco-tourism, and thereby incentivize local communities to protect their forest habitats and to support conservation action. Since 2007 we have been surveying butterflies and moths of Pakke Tiger Reserve in western Arunachal Pradesh, which is part of the globally recognized Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspot. This book is a product of intensive surveys in and around this protected area. It has been published with generous and full funding from the Forest Department, Government of Arunachal Pradesh. This book is published on a not-for-profit basis, and the publishers and authors will not receive any commercial benefit from its proceeds. The contributory proceeds from this book will go entirely to the Pakke Tiger Conservation Foundation for the welfare of the forest department staff and local communities involved in the conservation efforts at Pakke. You can find out more about the conservation efforts and community-based eco-tourism initiatives at Pakke by visiting or by emailing Sanjay Sondhi.

ORDERING COPIES OF THE BOOK: Copies of the book may be ordered from the Divisional Forest Officer, Pakke Tiger Reserve, or from the authors:

Sanjay Sondhi, Dehradun: Ph: +91 9412-052-189.

Krushnamegh Kunte, Bengaluru (=Bangalore): Ph: +91 80 2366-6085 (office), -6086 (lab), +91 9483-525-925 (mobile).

Contributory amount: Rs. 500 (Rs. five hundred), plus shipping costs. 20% discount on orders of six copies or more.

You may pay for the books by bank transfer in Pakke Tiger Conservation Foundation's bank account:

Account holder name: CM, Pakke Tiger Conservation Foundation
Savings Bank Account Number: 31273268569
Bank Name: State Bank of India
IFSC code: SBIN0007840

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