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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

ButterflyIndia & IndianMoths Meet 2017 : Garo Hills, Meghalaya 15-22 Oct 2017

Destination: Butterfly and Moth India Meet at Garo Hills, Meghalaya

Dates: 15 to 22 October 2017 (8 Days/7 Nights)

Minimum/Maximum number of people: 5/10 people

Meet cost per person: Rs. 18,000/-.

Special rate of Rs 16,000/- for students based on production of valid ID. Limited seats for students.



Areas being visited: Balpakram National Park, Siju Wildlife Sanctuary, Baghmara and Rewak Reserved Forest.

Specialties: Currently recorded 350 species of butterflies and 448 species of moths.

Organised by: DiversityIndia, Indian Foundation for Butterflies, Titli Trust and NatureMates supported by Siju Ecotourism and Conservation Society (SECOS) and Karawani Ecotourism and Conservation Society (KECOS).

• Focused on butterfly watching during the day, moth watching during the night.

• Theory sessions on butterfly and moth identification.

• Sessions on butterfly and moth data recording through BOI/MOI websites.

• Visit to Siju Caves.

• Presentation by local community conservation organisations, SECOS/KECOS.

• Meet being led by Sanjay Sondhi, Titli Trust.

For more information, write in to: Sanjay Sondhi at sanjay.sondhi1@gmail.com, or Arjan Basu Roy at naturemates@gmail.com or visit http://www.titlitrust.org/About_Garo.html

Literature on the area: Book titled “Butterflies of the Garo Hills”. More information at http://www.titlitrust.org/Garo_Hills_Book.html

And a paper on the Butterflies of the Garo Hills at http://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/bibliography/publications-butterflies-of-the-garo-hills

Inclusions & exclusions:

The cost includes

-Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
-Three vegetarian meals and tea per day.
-Pick up and drop off at Guwahati (Non-AC sumo).
-Transfers to camp sites and field visits.
-Local guide costs.
-Community fee, park entry fee and cave entry fee.

The cost excludes:
- Any kinds of personal expenses such as: tips, telephones bills, laundry and beverages
-Domestic and international airfare and train fare to and from Guwahati
- Insurance and Medical claims
- Food during the drive from Guwahati to Baghmara & return to Guwahati.
- Camera charges at Balpakram National Park.

Accommodation:

Accommodation at the Siju Tourist lodge will be on twin sharing basis, consisting of  mix of tents and cottages. Siju Tourist lodge has electricity facilities for charging cameras batteries only.

Accommodation at Karwani will be at home-stay/guest houses on twin sharing basis (with Indian commode).

The accommodation at Balpakram National Park Forest IB/FRH on twin sharing basis. Be prepared to rough it out!

Meals:

Three meals will be providing you during your entire trip- breakfast, lunch and dinner and morning and evening tea. Packaged lunch in the field, wherever necessary.

Meal timing: Meal timing on all days (tentative). Morning tea: 6:00 am, Breakfast: 6:30 am. Lunch: 1:00 pm (packed lunch, if in the field). Evening tea: 4:00 pm and Dinner: 7:00 pm.

Payment Schedule:

A 50% advance payment for booking your place and the balance 50% to be paid one month before the actual meet. A 15% of the total cost will be deducted if you cancel your visit after making payment. 100% refund will be made if the organizers cancel the tour on account of unforeseeable reasons.

Payment:

Payment to be made to
Bank account name: Vikash D. Sangma
Bank account number: 20306697108
Bank: State Bank of India, Baghmara Branch
IFSC Code: SBIN0004885

Send confirmatory email after payment to Sanjay Sondhi (sanjay.sondhi1@gmail.cm) or Arjan Basu Roy (naturemates@gmail.com)

Detailed Schedule:

15 October 2017 (Sunday): Depart from Guwahati by noontime. Proceed to Baghmara via Siju. Night halt at Karwani. 8 hour drive. Pick up at Guwahati airport.

16 October 2017 (Monday): Butterfly watching at Karawani stream of Baghmara Reserve Forest. Night stay at Karwani. Moth watching in the night at Karwani.

17 October 2017 (Tuesday): Butterfly watching at Panda or Halwa Ambeng. Night halt at Balpakram National Park. Moth watching in the night at BNP.

18 October 2017 (Wednesday): Butterfly watching at Moheshkola stream. Night halt at Balpakram National Park. Moth watching in the night at BNP.

19 October 2017 (Thursday): Butterfly watching at Balpakram National Park. Proceed to Siju Wildlife Sanctuary by 1:00 PM. Night halt at Siju.

20 October 2017 (Friday): Butterfly watching at Siju WLS. Visit to Siju Cave. Moth watching in the night. Night halt at Siju.

21 October 2017 (Saturday). Butterfly watching at Rewak RF and Siju WLS. Moth watching in the night. Night halt at Siju.

22 October 2017 (Sunday Butterfly watching at Rewak RF. Proceed to Guwahati after lunch at 12 AM. Arrive at Guwahati by 8 pm.


Monday, November 14, 2016

SpiderIndia Meet 2017 : Announcement

Note this page is going to change frequently over next few weeks. So keep visitng frequently.

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 naturemates@gmail.com / vijay@diversityindia.org

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 dragonflyindia-subscribe@yahoogroups.com 

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:
dragonflyindiameet@gmail.com
Prosenjit Dawn prosenjit.dawn@gmail.com
9830335664
Arjan Basu Roy naturemates@gmail.com
9874357414

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 www.devalsari.org. 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
& DRAGONFLYINDIA MEET
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
(KAS)
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
biodiversity)
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