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  1. 1. BI-MONTHLY PROGRAMME JULY-SEPTEMBER, 2011Weekend TrailsJULYSun, 10th Nature Trail to Nagla ForestWed, 13th Nature Walk at Shilonda TrailSun, 24th Vasai Fort Natural History TrailSun, 24th Nature Walk to Sálim Ali PointFri, 29th Healing Wild Animals – An illustrated talk by renowned veterinarian Dr Arun JoshiSat, 30th Matheran TrekAUGUSTSat, 6th Nature Walk at Shilonda TrailSun, 7th Malshej Ghat TrailThu, 11th Base forest trail at KarnalaSun, 14th Pre-Independence Day Heritage Tree WalkMon, 15th Monsoon Forest Trail from CEC to culvert 17, SGNPSun, 21st Butterfly Bounty at Ovalekar Wadi, ThaneLocal CampsJuly15th-17th MONSOON CAMP TO MATHERANFri-SunAugust13th -15th FOREST AND FORTSSat-Mon19th-21st NATURE CAMP AT GREAT INDIAN BUSTARD SANCTUARY NANNAJFri-Sun27th-28 th MONSOON CAMP AT MALSHEJ GHATSat-SunSeptemberKAAS - MAHARASHTRA’S VERY OWN VALLEY OF FLOWERSBatch-I: 3rd-4th Sat-SunBatch-II: 10th-11th Sat-SunNational CampsSeptember WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES OF GOA- Batch IIOctober BIRD IDENTIFICATION CAMP AT POINT CALIMERENovember KEOLADEO NATIONAL PARK – BharatpurDecember KHIJADIA BIRD SANCTUARYDecember LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH2012January KANHA NATIONAL PARKINTERNATIONAL CAMPS2011August AFRICAN SAFARI- KENYAOctober A WORLD OF ITS OWN-MADAGASCARNovember Himalayan Kingdom- Bhutan2012January THAILANDCEC-Mumbai Programmes Coniferous Forest of Himalayas INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF FORESTS, 2011
  2. 2. July- August, 2011Dear Friends Recently we organised a seminar on, Importance of Trees jointly with the National Society of the Friends ofthe Trees. The Hornbill house auditorium was packed to capacity with tree-lovers. Mr. Atul Sathe, our enthusiasticPRO had displayed a famous poem written by poet and film personality, late Harindranath Chatopadhyay. It wastaken from a volume of Verse on Trees, dedicated to Dr. Richard St. Barbe Baker, founder of the Man of the Trees. TREES Each time a tree is felled, God’s body cracks Bled beyond humane sight, which hardly sees… Alas! The very handle of the axe Felling His trees is tortured out of trees. Pardon, O trees! The way they have behaved. Who, void of mercy, have been slaying you… You must be saved, you surely shall be saved By men whose hearts are merciful and trueA galaxy of speakers spoke on different aspects of trees and their importance in everyday life. We also honoredmembers of Save Rani Baug Committee who struggled hard to save 150 year old botanical garden at Byculla fromdamage and destruction. All over India the process of development is taking a heavy toll of age-old trees and manyvigilant citizens are coming forward to save them. In Gujarat more and more cities are declaring their heritagetrees and are trying to make them a tourist attraction. Recently I spent a few days in Panchgani near Mahabaleshwar. On the main market road there are very oldtrees which are beautifying the road. We shall write to the Panchgani municipality to save them at any cost. In manyold educational institutions in Panchgani spacious grounds are covered by old trees. In 5 acre forest of Anjumani-Islam high school I saw a pair of Orange Minivet and Asian Paradise Flycatcher. Moral Re-Armament camp (MRA) atPanchgani wants to have joint projects with BNHS in study of birds. They have 70 acres of land covered with lushgreen trees and well laid out gardens. They have recorded 120 species of birds visiting their campus. When theytook over the land a few decades back there were hardly any trees but over the years a large number of trees havebeen planted and nurtured well. Panchgani is the place where Mahatma Gandhi spent a few days in the past. He alsoplanted a Gold mohur tree here but the tree did not survive very long. I was told that wood of this tree is preservedin the Mahatma’s memory. This is a tree-planting time, and I hope that that you will be planting a few trees for a better quality of life.Dr. Ashok S. KothariHon. Secretary, BNHS
  3. 3. JULY, 2011 INDEX10th July NATURE TRAIL TO NAGLA FOREST Explore the lesser known forest of the Nagla Block of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Situated to the north of the Bassein Creek, Nagla Block is considered to be one of the WEEKEND PROGRAMMES highly rewarding walks for birding near Mumbai, covering a good range of woodland species and a few wetland species along the creek side. During the rains this forest comes to life with a variety of life forms, like Tortoise Shell Beetle, Shield Bug, Bracket Fungus, Veiled Fungii, Maiden Hair Fern and many more. Grade: Easy Group leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri & Mr. Asif Khan Charges: Rs. 570/- for member and Rs. 620/- for non-member (Charges include transport and BNHS expertise). Reporting: Bus will leave from Goregaon (Oberoi Mall) at 5.30 a.m. Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 6.00 a.m., Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 6:20 a.m., Thane (Cadbury Jn.) 6.40 a.m. Patlipad bus stand (Hiranadani Junction on Ghodbunder rd.) 7.00 a.m. Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22871202, 22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com LCOAL CAMPS Note: Kindly carry adequate water, breakfast and lunch. Be prepared for rains.13th July NATURE WALK AT SHILONDA TRAILWed This trail is a pleasant walk through bamboo groves. With the monsoon in full force, the trail will be enjoyable. This trail leads through fine forest and ending at the stream. Reporting: Members to meet at the SGNP main gate at 7.30 a.m. Group Leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri Charges: Rs. 150 and Rs. 200/- for others (Charges includes BNHS expertise only). Registration*: Call Hornbill House at 22871202/22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com. NATIONAL CAMPS Note: Participants have to buy the entry ticket at the main gate. Kindly carry adequate water and packed breakfast. Be prepared for rains.24th July VASAI FORT NATURAL HISTORY TRAIL Vasai Fort, formerly known as the Bassein fort is a perfect place to witness a unique blend of the natural history, along with its historical significance. The place has a vast variety of butterflies, and other insects. During the monsoon one can see good number of flowering plants like Commelina, Spiral ginger, Balsam. You may also see Asian Openbill, Baya Weaver, Brahminy Kite, Asian Palm Swift and several other species. Group leaders: Mr. V. K. Paralkar & Mr. Vithoba Hegde Charges: Rs. 570/- for members and Rs. 620/- for others (Charges include transport and BNHS expertise). Reporting: Bus will leave from Goregaon (Oberoi Mall) at 5.30 a.m. Dadar T.T. (near INTERNATIONAL CAMPS Chandu Halwai) at 6.00 a.m., Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 6:20 a.m., Thane (Cadbury Jn.) 6.40 a.m. Patlipad bus stand (Hiranadani Junction on Ghodbunder rd.) 7.00 a.m. Please carry adequate water and packed breakfast. Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22871202, 22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com24th July NATURE WALK TO SÁLIM ALI POINT The BNHS will be arranging a nature trail in association with Times of India as a part of “Take Care, Take Charge” campaign. Situated at an elevation on the border of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, this Point affords a view of the entire BNHS land and the adjoining National Park. Nature trail during the monsoon is always rewarding and refreshing. A perfect time for watching butterflies, birds, frogs, reptiles and monsoon plants. Group leader: Mr. Nikhil Bhopale Booking: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 CEC Charges: Rs 50/- per head for member and Rs. 100/- for non-member. Meeting Point: Members to meet at CEC, Goregaon (east) at 7.00 a.m. Be prepared for rains. Please carry adequate water and packed breakfast. 3
  4. 4. INDEX29th July HEALING WILD ANIMALS – An illustrated talk by renowned veterinarian Dr. Arun Joshi: Dr. Joshi is a graduate of Bombay Veterinary College, 1965 batch with post graduation in Veterinary Pathology. He worked as a Veterinary Officer in Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Maharashtra and then with Ciba Geigy Research WEEKEND PROGRAMMES Centre in Goregaon, Mumbai, where he looked after the animal house. His work primarily involved in Toxicology. He has treated elephants, tigers, lions, hippos and chimpanzees. On one occasion he had to amputate a tiger’s tail. His talk will cover his work on a number of species of animals and birds, including sketches made by him. You are welcome with your family and friends. Venue: BNHS auditorium in Hornbill House. Time: 6.00 pm30th July MATHERAN TREK Trekking through the densely forested hills during rains is a unique experience. Myriad life forms are seen during this time in the misty, cloud laden forests. Watch out for Malabar Whistling Thrush, Orange-headed Thrush and Puff-throated Babbler; Stink- horn Mushroom, Jewel Beetle, Begonia and Balsam flowers. Trek Grade: Difficult Age Limit: 14-60 years LCOAL CAMPS Group Leaders: Mr. Nikhil Bhopale and Mr. Vinod Patil Meeting point: Bus will leave at 6.30 a.m. from Dadar, (near Chandu Halwai), 6.50 a.m. from Chembur, near Diamond Garden and Vashi Junction at 7.10 a.m. Participants will return by late evening. Charges: For members Rs. 500/- per head and for non-members Rs. 600/- per head. Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22871202, 22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com Please carry adequate water, breakfast and pack lunch. Be prepared for rains. NATIONAL CAMPS AUGUST, 20116th Aug NATURE WALK AT SHILONDA TRAIL If you have missed this trail, here once again we take you for a pleasant walk through bamboo groves. With the monsoon in full force, the trail will be enjoyable. This trail leads through fine forest and streams. Reporting: Members to meet at the SGNP main gate at 7.30 a.m. Group Leaders: Mr. Vinod Patil & Mr. Sanal Nair Charges: Rs. 150 and Rs. 200/- for others (Charges includes BNHS expertise only). Registration*: Call Hornbill House at 22871202/22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com. Note: Participants have to buy the entry ticket at the main gate. Kindly carry adequate water INTERNATIONAL CAMPS and packed breakfast. Be prepared for rains.7th Aug MALSHEJ GHAT TRAIL Misty hills of Malshej Ghat are 154 km from Mumbai; Malshej has a good variety of monsoon flora like the Balsam, Kokan Pinda, Marsh Star, Habenaria orchid, Purple Smithia and several more. Charges: Rs 720/- for members and Rs 820/- for non-members (Charges include transport and BNHS expertise). Reporting: Bus will leave from Goregaon East (Oberoi Mall) at 5.45 a.m. Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 6:30 a.m., Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 6:50 a.m. and Birla College, Kalyan at 7:40 a.m. Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri Note: Please carry adequate water, breakfast and pack lunch. Be prepared for rains. CEC 4
  5. 5. 11th Aug BASE FOREST TRAIL AT KARNALA INDEXThur Enjoy the view of the green carpeted hills of Karnala, and an enjoyable walk through the lush base forest of the Sanctuary. Perfect time to see wild flowers, birds, and other fauna. Grade: Easy. Meeting point: Bus will leave at 6.30 a.m. from Dadar, (near Chandu Halwai) 6.50 a.m. from Chembur, (near Diamond Garden) and Vashi Junction at 7.10 a.m. WEEKEND PROGRAMMES Booking: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 Group Leaders: Mr. Nikhil Bhopale and Mr. Vandan Jhaveri Charges: Rs. 490/- for members and Rs. 590/- for non-members. Please carry adequate water, breakfast and pack lunch. Be prepared for rains.14th Aug PRE-INDEPENDENCE DAY HERITAGE TREE WALK Time: 8 am to 10.30 am Due to members’ demand once again a Heritage walk has been arranged jointly by the BNHS and the Rotary Club of Bombay Seacoast. The walk will start from the 100 years old Banyan tree near the entrance of the Horniman circle. The walk will cover old trees of Horniman Circle, trees around St. Thomas Cathedral (1718,1st Anglician Church and oldest British building in Mumbai), Chrysophyllum trees near Flora fountain, trees of High Court garden, Mumbai University garden and if possible the participants shall LCOAL CAMPS visit the garden of the Indian Institute of Science. Meeting point: Main gate of Horniman Circle Garden, on Mumbai Samachar marg. Group Leaders: Dr M R. Almeida, Mr. Santosh Yadav & Mr. Vandan Jhaveri. The tree walks are arranged under the guidance of Dr Ashok Kothari, Hon. Secretary, BNHS. Charges: Rs. 50/- for Members & Rs.100/- for others.15th Aug MONSOON FOREST TRAIL FROM CEC TO CULVERT 17, SGNP. This area is less disturbed as visitor’s entry to this part of the park is prohibited. A special permission will be taken from the Forest Department to visit this area. Good NATIONAL CAMPS time to see wild flowers, butterflies and other forest life. Come to enjoy the green forest in full monsoon glory. Grade: Medium Group leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri. Booking: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 Charges: Rs 50/- per head for member and Rs. 100/- for others. Meeting Point: Members to meet at CEC, Goregaon (east) at 7.00 a.m. Be prepared for rains. Please carry adequate water and packed breakfast.21st Aug BUTTERFLY BOUNTY AT OVALEKAR WADI, THANE. Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast while you watch hundreds of butterflies flitting around. This is the only open-air butterfly garden near Mumbai teeming with several species of INTERNATIONAL CAMPS butterflies. On a good day one can spot Dark Blue Tiger, Brown King Crow, Blue Mormon, Blue Oakleaf, Common Baron, Great Orange Tip and Many more. Group Leaders: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar Charges: Rs. 520/- members Rs. 620/- non members (Cost includes travelling, breakfast and expertise). Reporting: Bus will leave from Goregaon (Oberoi Mall) at 5.45 a.m., Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 6.30 a.m., Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 6:50 a.m., Thane (Cadbury Jn.) 7.10 a.m. Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22871202, 22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com CEC 5
  6. 6. WEEKEND CAMPS INDEX MONSOON CAMP TO MATHERANOne of the few places in the world, where vehicles are not permitted, Matheran, during the monsoonsis transformed in to a green getaway. A walk along the red laterite paths through thick misty foresttrails is unforgettable. Here you can see White-cheeked Barbet, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Vigors’s WEEKEND PROGRAMMESSunbird and Nilgiri Flowerpecker, Malabar Parakeet, Orange-headed Thrush, White-rumped Shama,Gold-fronted Leafbird and several more. If it’s sunny, this is the best place to see butterflies like BlueMormon, Blue Oakleaf, and reptiles like Green Vine Snake, Bronze Backed Tree Snake and DeccanBanded Gecko. Good place to see the state animal of Maharashtra - Indian Giant Squirrel. Grade:EasyDates: 15th – 17th July 2011Group Leaders: Mr. Asif Khan Charges: Rs.2510/- for members and Rs. 3110/- for others.Accommodation: 4 Sharing Charges include: Transport (Ex-Neral), accommodation, food at campsite, entry fee to Matheran and BNHS expertiseReporting: Neral railway station at 10.30 am, in front of the booking office Registration*: Call atHornbill House 22871202/ 22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com Be prepared forrains. Note: - Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants. Be prepared for rains. LCOAL CAMPS NATIONAL CAMPS FOREST AND FORTSThe BNHS “Forest and Forts camp” will take participants through three different forts and habitats.Day 1 - Avchitgad: Situated near Roha village, the fort is 130 kms south of Mumbai. Good time to seebutterflies, birds and flowering herbs. Night stay at Mahad (twin/triple sharing).Day 2 - Raigad Fort: The capital of the Maratha Empire, Raigad is a hill fortress situated at about2,700 ft above sea level. The panoramic view of the Western Ghats from the top is truly breathtaking.Good time to see wild flowers, reptiles and butterflies. Night stay at Kshanbhar Vishranti (twin/triplesharing A/c accommodation). INTERNATIONAL CAMPSDay 3 - Karnala Fort: During the climb one can see wild flowers like Impatiens and Rock Begonia;hear birds like Malabar Whistling Thrush, Black-hooded Oriole and much more. Participants can seethe aerial acrobats of Dusky Craig Martin at the summit. Participants will reach Mumbai by late evening.Grade: Difficult.Dates: 13th -15th August 2011Group leader: Mr. Nikhil BhopaleCharges: Rs. 4150/- for members and Rs. 4750/- for others.Accommodation: In Hotels on twin/triple sharing basis. (A/c accommodation in Kshanbhar Vishranti).Meeting Point: Bus will leave from Goregaon (Oberoi Mall) at 5.45 a.m., Dadar T.T. (near ChanduHalwai) at 6.30 a.m., Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 6:50 a.m., Thane (Cadbury Jn.) 7.10 a.m. CECRegistration*: Call at Hornbill House 22871202, 22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.comNote: - Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants. Be prepared for rains. 6
  7. 7. NATURE CAMP AT GREAT INDIAN BUSTARD SANCTUARY - NANNAJ INDEXNannaj is situated just 20 kms from Solapur. Best place to see one of India’s endangered birds, GreatIndian Bustard. Nannaj has variety of birds like Sykes’s Lark, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, PaintedFrancolin, Buttonquails, Indian Courser, Indian Eagle Owl, and Wooly-necked stork. Also mammals likeIndian Jackal, Wolf and Black Buck are seen here. WEEKEND PROGRAMMESDates: 19th-21st August 2011Camp Charges: Rs. 3700/- for members and 4300/- for others (includes food, accommodation and localtravel)Group Leader: Mr. Nikhil Bhopale & Mr. Sujit NarawadeReporting: Solapur Station at 8.00 a.m. on Friday morning. Members are advised to take overnight busor train that reaches Solapur. Camp will conclude on Sunday at 5.00 pm.How to reach Solapur: From Mumbai, Siddheshwar Express leaves at 22.35 hrs and reaches Solapurnext morning around 06.50 hrs. While returning to Mumbai Husain Sagar Express leaves Solapur at20.50 hrs (10 mins halt) and reaches Mumbai next morning at 05.30 hrs Siddheshwar Express startsfrom Solapur at 22.45 hrs and reaches Mumbai next morning at 07.00 hrs Participants will be droppedat Solapur Station at 17.00 hrs.Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22871202/ 22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com.Note: - Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants. Be prepared for rains. LCOAL CAMPS NATIONAL CAMPS MONSOON CAMP AT MALSHEJ GHATMalshej Ghat, known for the misty hill tops and ice cold cascades is 154 km from Mumbai.Malshej has a good variety of flora and fauna. One can see the Maharashtra’s state animal- IndianGiant Squirrel here. During the night, special study sessions will be held to study moths, as this placeattracts a good variety of moths.Date: 27th-28th August 2011Group leaders: Dr. Shubhalaxmi and Mr. Vandan JhaveriCamp Charges: Rs. 2900/- for members and Rs. 3500/- for others. (cost includes transport, accomodation & food)Accommodation: In MTDC (Malshej Ghat) on twin sharing basis. INTERNATIONAL CAMPSReporting: Bus will leave from Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 6:30 a.m., Chembur (near DiamondGarden) at 6:50 a.m. and Birla College, Kalyan at 7:40 a.m.Registration*: Call Hornbill House at 22871202/22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com.The group will return to Mumbai on Sunday by late evening. Be prepared for rains.Note: - Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants. Be prepared for rains. CEC 7
  8. 8. KAAS - MAHARASHTRA’S VERY OWN VALLEY OF FLOWERS INDEXKaas is popularly known as the Valley of Flowers of Maharashtra. The plateau is situated about 22 kmfrom the Satara. Visited in right season, Kaas has an enchanting view of carpets of flowers of differentshades. One can see a variety of ground orchids like the Habenaria, insectivorous plants like Droseraand Bladderwort, rare plants like Ceropegia, orange carpets of Murdania, purple carpets of Catkins and WEEKEND PROGRAMMESpink carpets of Balsam – such is a spectacular sight at Kaas. Birds like Malabar Lark, Common Buzzard,Bonelli’s Eagle and Crested Bunting are also seen. Stay will be in Satara.Dates: 3rd-4th September 2011; 10th-11th September 2011Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri & Dr Vidyadhar OgleCamp Charges: Rs. 3700/- for Members and Rs. 4300/-for others (Ex- Mumbai).Reporting: Bus will leave from Goregaon East (Oberoi Mall) at 5.45 am, 6.30 a.m. from Dadar, (nearChandu Halwai), 6.50 a.m. from Chembur, (near Diamond Garden) and Vashi Junction at 7.10 a.m.Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com Note: - Roomsharing will be separate for male and female participants. Be prepared for rains. LCOAL CAMPS NATIONAL CAMPS NATIONALS CAMPS September, 2011 WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES OF GOA - BATCH-II 26TH – 29TH SEPTEMBER 2011Chorla Ghats region of the Western Ghats of Goa has been acknowledged as a Mega Biodiversity Hotspot.Just a stroll outside the eco-cottages at Wildernest can reward the participants with a variety of lifeforms. Birds like Malabar Grey Hornbill, Flame-throated, Yellow-browed, Grey-headed and Black Bulbul,Dark-fronted Babbler can be seen during this camp. Apart from birds other wildlife like Indian GiantSquirrel, Sambar and Cheetal; snakes like Hump-nosed Pit Viper, Green Vine Snake, Bronze-backed TreeSnake can be seen easily. During this camp, we will be exploring Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Mollem INTERNATIONAL CAMPSNational Park and Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary.Dates: Batch-I 20th – 23rd September 2011(FULL); Batch-II: 26th - 29th September, 2011Accommodation: Wildernest Resort (4 star category)Please check the website: www.wildernest-goa.comCharges: Rs. 9,500/- (includes twin-sharing accommodation in eco cottages, all meals, slide-show onwildlife and bio-diversity, swimming pool facility and pick-up and drop-off from Thivim Railway Station onthe Konkan railway).Registration: Call at Hornbill House 022-22871202/ 22821811Group Leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri.How to Reach: Konkan Kanya Express (10111) Starts from Mumbai CST at 23.05 hrs, and reachesThivim at 10.40 hrs.Return: Konkan Kanya Express (10112) Reaches Thivim at 17.36 hrs (2 min halt) reaches Mumbai at05.50 hrs. CECMeeting Point: Thivim railway station at 10.45 hrs, drop back to Thivim Railway station at 16.30 hrsNote: - Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants. Registration: Call at HornbillHouse 022-22871202/ 22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com 8
  9. 9. BIRD IDENTIFICATION CAMP AT POINT CALIMERE INDEX October, 2011 Also know as Cape Calimere, Point Calimere is a low land area of the Kaveri (Cauvery) river delta, which houses the BNHS center for the study of bird migration – the only one of its kind in India. Learn about bird migration through bird banding, taught by BNHS Deputy Director, scientist and WEEKEND PROGRAMMES Ornithologist Dr. Balachandran, and also learn the fine art of bird identification from the co-author of the upcoming BNHS publication “Field Guide to the birds of Indian Subcontinent”, Mr. Nikhil Bhopale. Point Calimere is a refuge to migratory birds like Great Knot, Red-necked Phalarope, Bar-tailed Godwit, Oriental Partincole, Blue-face Malkoha, Brown-breasted Flycatcher, Sandwich Tern, Oriental darter, and a lot more.Group Leader: Dr. Balachandran, Dr. Satyaselvam & Mr. Nikhil BhopaleCost: Rs. 8,000/- members and Rs. 9,000/- for others (cost includes: Pick up and drop from/toVedaranyam, local transport, stay, food, BNHS expertise and tracker/trapper’s charges)Note: 10% of the cost will go as donation to the bird migration study center.Accommodation: Basic accommodation in Dormitories and forest rest house (bedding will be provided).Dates: 25th-29th October 2011Meeting Point: Vedaranyam bus stand.How to get there: Volvo buses are available from Chennai and Trichy. LCOAL CAMPSRegistration*: Call at Hornbill House 22871202, 22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com KEOLADEO NATIONAL PARK - BHARATPUR November, 2011 Formally known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Keoladeo is a paradise for birds and birdwatchers alike. It is listed as an IBA (Important Bird Area) and is a World Heritage Site. Although small, (29 sq. km.) it is a NATIONAL CAMPS home to more than 375 species of birds out of which more than 132 breed inside the National Park. Birding here is a rewarding experience with sightings like Lesser and Greater White-fronted Goose, Comb Duck, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Spotted Crake, Water Rail, Oriental Darter, Lesser Adjutant, Sarus Crane and Common Crane, Greater Spotted Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Red-headed Falcon, Brown Fish Owl and a lot more. DATES: 23rd to 26th November 2011; Group Leader Mr. Asif Khan Camp fee: Rs. 11,250/- for Members and 11, 850/- for others [Includes accommodation, all meals, pick up and drop at Delhi railway station]. Accommodation: Twin sharing at the Hotel Sunbird, which is just a few hundred yards from the main gate. Reporting: Pick up New Delhi Railway INTERNATIONAL CAMPS station at 9.00 hrs Drop at New Delhi Railway Station at 14.00 hrs How to reach: (1) Mumbai-Delhi: Mumbai Rajdhani (12951) Dep. 16.40 hrs and Arrives in Delhi next day at 08.30 hrs, Swaraj Exp. (12471) Dep. 07.55 hrs and Arr. 04.30 hrs. Other trains like Dehradun Exp (19019), LTT HW AC SUP (12171), and Amritsar Exp. (11057). (2) Delhi- Mumbai: Mumbai Rajdhani (12952) Departs from Delhi at 16.30 hrs, Paschim Exp. (22926) Dep. 16.55 hrs. Other trains like Ag Kranti Rajdhani (12954). Participants can also fly to Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi which is situated about 20 Km from the meeting point (New Delhi Railway Station). Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22871202, 22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.comNote: - Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants. For all days packed lunch will CECbe provide since we will be spending the entire day in the par 9
  10. 10. KHIJADIA BIRD SANCTUARY INDEX December, 2011Khijadia Bird Sanctuary is situated about 12 Km from the city of Jamnagar. With aunique ecology of having sea water on one side and fresh water on the other, it is oneof the best birding spots in India. Bird-watchers can find a wide variety of birds with WEEKEND PROGRAMMESsome notable species like Black Ibis, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Great Thick-knee, CommonGreenshank, Grey Francolin, Imperial Eagle, Indian Pond Heron, Little Tern, Black-tailedGodwit, Comb Duck, Common Crane, Common Teal, Dunlin, Garganey, Marsh Harrier,Northern Pintail, Shoveler, Eurasian Wigeon, Pale Harrier, Demoiselle Crane, Sanderlingand Darters. MARINE NATIONAL PARKOne of the first of its kind in India, the Marine National Park in the Gulf of Kutchincludes 42 islands, Narara being one of the islands. A visit to the Marine NationalPark can offer a variety of Marine Flora and fauna like Sponges, Octopus, Starfish,Brittle Star, Sea Urchin, and fishes like Gobi, Target Perch, Puffer Fish and a variety ofsea slugs. This place attracts good number of migratory birds too.Dates: 10th -13th December 2011; Group leaders: Nikhil BhopaleCamp Charges: Rs. 9,000/- for Members and Rs. 9,600/-for others LCOAL CAMPS(Ex- Jamnagar). Accommodation: Twin SharingReporting: Jamnagar railway station at 09.30 am. Drop off on the last day afterlunch at 1.00 pm.How to Reach: Jamnagar can be accessed by train, the SAU JANATA EXP (19017)leaves Bandra at 17.35 hrs and reaches Jamnagar the next day at 09.30 hrsRegistration*: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail atbnhs.programmes@gmail.comNote: - Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants. December, 2011 NATIONAL CAMPS LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH Famous as the last refuge for the Indian Wild Ass, Little Rann of Kutch is a large salt marsh situated in Gujarat. The Little Rann of Kutch is a birding paradise and a Ramsar Site too. Birding at the lakes and marshes is very rewarding. In winter, demoiselle and common cranes are seen in large numbers. Flamingos, pelicans, storks, ibises, spoonbill, a variety of ducks and other waterfowl are also seen. The Rann is also the hunting ground of raptors like the short-toed eagle, aquila eagles, six species of falcon, buzzards and three species of harriers. It is one of the few places where hundreds of harriers could be seen roosting on open-ground at night. And INTERNATIONAL CAMPS of course, a perfect place to see the Indian wild ass. The main carnivores of the Little Rann of Kutch are the Indian wolf, desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and hyenas. The elegant blackbuck (Indian antelope), Nilgai or blue bull and Chinkara (Indian gazelle) are other mammals seen here. Dates Batch I - 28th-31st December 2011 Batch II - 1st – 4th January 2011 (on Demand) Group leader: Mr. Nikhil Bhopale; Camp Charges: Rs. 12,500/- for Members and Rs. 13,100/-for others (Ex- Ahmedabad). Accommodation: Twin Sharing Reporting: Ahmedabad railway station at 9.00 am. Drop off at Ahmedabad at 7.00 pm How to Reach: Ahmedabad is well connected by air and rail. Rail: one can CEC take the BDTS JODHPUR EX (19065) which leaves Bandra terminus at 23.25 hrs and arrives in Ahmedabad on the next day at 08.10 hrs Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com Note: - Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants. 10
  11. 11. January, 2012 INDEX KANHA NATIONAL PARK It is believed that it was the forest of Kanha National Park that WEEKEND PROGRAMMES inspired Rudyard Kipling to come up with “The Jungle Book”. Explore the low-lying forests of Sal, interspersed meadows and tropical moist dry deciduous forests of Kanha with the BNHS. This season offers the sightings of the majestic Tiger, Indian Bison or Gaur - India’s largest Bovid, and Sambar, India’s largest deer. The park is the only place in central India where the threatened Swamp Deer or Barasingha are surviving. Other animals like Blue Bull, Four- horned Antelope, Barking, Spotted and Mouse Deer, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Sloth Bear, Honey Badger and Indian jackal can be seen. Besides animals January is a good time for birds like Crested Hawk-eagle, Spotted Owlet, Red-collared Dove, Eurasian Thick- LCOAL CAMPS knee, Bar-headed Goose, Hoopoe, Brown Fish-owl, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, and many more.Date: 8th-11th January 2012Group leaders: Mr. Asif KhanCamp Charges: Rs. 14,900/- for Members andRs. 15,500/-for others (Ex- Jabalpur). NATIONAL CAMPSAccommodation: Twin sharing basis in MogliResort.Reporting: Jabalpur station at 9.30 am. Dropoff at Jabalpur at 7.30 pm How to Reach: Jabalpur is well connected by rail. Rail: one can take the JBP GARIB RATH (12188) which leaves Mumbai CST at 13.30 hrs and arrives in Jabalpur on the next day at 06.00 hrs and LTT RXL JAN EXP (15268) which leaves Mumbai CST at 15.50 hrs and arrives in Jabalpur on the next day at 08.55 hrs. Jabalpur is INTERNATIONAL CAMPS also connected by air. Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com Note: - Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants. CEC 11
  12. 12. INTERNATIONAL CAMP - 2011 INDEX August, 2011 AFRICAN SAFARI- KENYA WEEKEND PROGRAMMESAfter ten successful members’ camps to Kenya, once again the Bombay Natural History Society bringsyou the BNHS Kenya Safari. With over 200 species of birds and 30 species of mammals, Kenya is boon fornature lovers. Experience the thrill to watch animals like Wildebeest, Giraffe and Gazelles running acrossthe pains of the Masai Mara. The participants can see animals of the African Savannah like African Lion,Cheetah, Hook-lipped and Square-lipped Rhinoceros, Cape Buffalo, Striped and Spotted Hyena, NileCrocodile, Zebra, Oryx and the largest land animal- the African Elephant. Besides these one can see thelargest bird, Somali and Common Ostrich, huge flocks of lesser and greater flamingos, Secretary Bird,Superb Starling, White-headed Barbet, Vulturine Guinefowl, Helmeted Guinefowl, Southern GroundHornbill, Kori Bustard, Woodland Kingfisher and many more. Truly an unforgettable experience.Dates: 12th – 21st August 2011Camp Fee: Rs. 1,17,800/-Group Leader: Mr. Asif KhanPayment schedule: 1st Installment (non-refundable) Rs.45,000/- before 12th July, 2011 LCOAL CAMPSFinal payment should be done on or before 18th July, 2011Camp fee includes: Economy Class Airfare on Kenya Airlines Normal Visa and processing charges. Full board accommodation All Game park entrance fees. Three Meals a day while on Safari. 1 Liter of mineral water per person per day. Professional driver guide. NATIONAL CAMPS Game drives as per itinerary. Insurance for the said period upto 70 yrs. BNHS expertisePrice does not include: Drinks such as sodas, beers and dry snacks not forming a part of group menu. Any sightseeing not mentioned on the programme. Expenses of a personal nature laundry, and telephone calls. Tips and gratuities. Services other than those specified in “Camp fee includes”Requirement: Yellow fever vaccination at least 10 days before the travel date. INTERNATIONAL CAMPSRegistration: Call at Hornbill House 022-22871202/ 22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com CEC
  13. 13. OCTOBER, 2011 INDEX A WORLD OF ITS OWN-MADAGASCARSituated about 450 km off the cost of East Africa, across the Mozambique Channel is the Republic ofMadagascar, due to its long isolation from the other continents Madagascar is well known for its WEEKEND PROGRAMMESendemism, approximately 80% of all plant and animal found in Madagascar are endemic, due to whichit is sometimes referred to as the “eighth continent”. Primates like the strange looking Aye-aye, andmany lemur species like Bamboo, Weasel, Mouse, Verreaux’s, Red-ruffed, Black and Dwarf Lemur, Fanaloka(carnivore found in eastern Madagascar), Narrow Striped Mongoose. Madagascar is also home to abouthalf of the world’s 150 or so Chameleons including the worlds smallest chameleon- Leaf Chameleon,other reptiles like Madagascar Leaf –nosed Snake, Madagascar Hog-nosed Snake, Spear-nosed Snake,Malagasy Cat-eyed Snake are also found here. Madagascar is home to about 258 bird species out ofwhich 115 are endemic to Madagascar birds like Madagascar Sparrowhawk, Grey-headed Lovebird,Malagasy Kingfisher, Madagascar Blue-pigeon, Red-tailed Vanga, Madagascar Nightjar, Pied Crow,Madagascar Kestrel and Many more are found here.Dates: 5th – 16th October 2011Camp Fee: Rs. 1,41,300/-Payment schedule: LCOAL CAMPS1st Installment (non-refundable) date- 15th May 2011 Rs. 57,000/-2nd Installment date- 15th June 2011 Rs. 48,000/-Final Installment date- 15th July 2011 Rs. 36,300/-Cost Includes: Economy Class Airfare on Air Mauritius with taxes. Local flight from Tana to Tuléar. Twin sharing accommodation All Transfers and travel by Pvt. Vehicle. NATIONAL CAMPS Entrance fees for the parks and reserves. 1 Litre mineral water per person per day. Insurance for the said period upto 70 yrs. BNHS expertisePrice does not include: Drinks such as sodas, beers and dry snacks not forming a part of group menu. Any sightseeing not mentioned on the programme. Expenses of a personal nature laundry, and telephone calls. Tips and gratuities.Services other than those specified in “Camp fee includes”. INTERNATIONAL CAMPSGroup Leader: Mr. Nikhil BhopalePlease note –1. Minimum pax – 152. Package cost may vary due to change in Airfare and Airport Taxes(presently calculated as on 28th Feb), Fuel Surcharges, Increase Land Package cost due to increase in park and lodge fees (presently calculated @ EURO 1 = INR 62.00)etc, which may come in effect at the time of travel. Rate may change with the change in the Euro rate (presently calculated @ EURO 1 = INR 62.00).3. The Madagascar Visa is free on arrival, however if there are any changes in the immigration rules and the visa is not free then the same would be applicable and will be borne by the participants.4. If the no. of passengers is less than 15, supplement charges will be applicable. CECRegistration: Call at Hornbill House 022-22871202/ 22821811 or e-mail atbnhs.programmes@gmail.com 12
  14. 14. NOVEMBER, 2011 INDEX HIMALAYAN KINGDOM-BHUTANBhutan is a small landlocked country situated in eastern Himalaya; the eastern Himalayas have beenidentified as the global biodiversity hotspot. This Himalayan kingdom is home to a variety of wildlife WEEKEND PROGRAMMEScomprising of birds like Beautiful Nuthatch, Red-billed Leiothrix, Red-faced Liocichla, Blue-winged, Black-faced and Grey-sided Laughingthrush, Grey-throated Babbler, Brown and Red-headed Bullfinch, Brown-throated Treecreeper, Ward’s Trogon, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Black-throated, Great, Brown and FulvousParrotbill, Slender-billed Scimitar-babbler, Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Long-billed and Bar-winged Wren Babbler,Streaked-breasted Scimitar-babbler, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Shortwings, White-winged Grossbeak,Collard Grosbeak and Long-tailed Thrush. Among butterflies there are Purple Emperor, Large Silverstripe,Six-bar Swordtail, Panther, Glassy Bluebottle, White Commodore and lot more.Dates: 6th-13th November 2011Group leaders: Mr. Nikhil BhopaleCamp Charges: Rs. 54,500/- for Members and Rs. 55,500/-for others.Cost Includes: LCOAL CAMPS Kolkata to Paro Airfare Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing All local transport from Paro to Paro as per itinerary Permits in Bhutan Local Profession Bird Guide NATIONAL CAMPS Reporting: Members will report at Kolkatta International Airport on INTERNATIONAL CAMPS 6th November 2011 at 6.00 am. Drop How to Reach: Kolkatta is well connected by air and rail; however participants are requested to arrive in Kolkatta one day prior to the date of the camp. Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com Note: - Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants. CEC 13
  15. 15. January 2012 INDEX THAILANDBNHS offers an exclusive birding tour to give you glimpses of Thailand’s exotic avian diversity ofabout 923 bird species. We will be visiting Thailand’s first National Park, the Khao Yai National Park WEEKEND PROGRAMMESdominated by dry evergreen and semi evergreen forest, followed by Thailand’s largest National Park,the Kaeng Krachan, with its lush tropical broad leaf evergreen forest which is a home of six hornbillspecies and has a diversity of about 400 birds.Duration: 8 days 7 nights 5th Jan: Assembled at Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai at 2200 hrs. 6th Jan: Arrival at Suvanabhum Airport Bangkok at 0600 hrs. Drive to Lame Pak Bia (3 hrs from airport), Phetchaburi province which is Spoonbill Sandpiper site (On the way will have B.fast) Proceed to Hotel for check in. After Lunch, bird watching in the King Project Lame Pak Bia and the rice field, bird such as Black-capped Kingfisher, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Common Snipe, Oriental Pratincole, Scaly-breasted Munia and more. LCOAL CAMPS Meals: B/ L / D; Overnight: A and B Resort 7th - 8th Jan: Kaeng Krachan National Park Morning/afternoon/full day birding – Possible sightings Black Baza, Black-thighed Falconet, Grey-rumped Treeswift, Orange- breasted Trogon, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Ocharaceous Bulbul, Stripe-throated Bulbul, Green Iora, Green-eared Barbet , Banded Kingfisher, Blue Pitta, Brown Hornbill, Red-breasted Bee-eater, Pin-tailed Parrot-finch, Wreathed Hornbill, Flavescent Bulbul, White-browed shrike- Babbler and Ratchet-tailed Treepie. NATIONAL CAMPS Also, White- handed Gibbon, Dusky Leaf Langoor can be seen. Meals: B / L box / D; Overnight: A and B resort 9th Jan: Kaeng Krachan - Khao Yai After breakfast in morning, drive to Khao Yai (5 hrs), Lunch on the way. Hotel check in. Birding inside the Park. Meals: B / L / D; Overnight: Juladis hotel 10th - 11th Jan: Khao Yai National Park Morning and afternoon bird watching and mammal watching inside park Red-headedTrogon, Black-throated Laughingthrush, Buff-breasted Flowerpecker, Scaly-breasted Partridge, White-crowned Forktail and Long-tailed Broadbill. Mammals like Sambar Deer, Red Manjack, Civet, Black GiantSquirrel, Variable Squirrel Mongoose, Jackal and Wild Dog can be seen. INTERNATIONAL CAMPSMeals: B / L / D; Overnight: Juladis hotel12th Jan: Khao Yai - Suvanabhum AirportAfter breakfast birding out side Park. Back to hotel and then drive 2 hrs to Suvanabhum airport.Meals: B / L; Enjoy the Thai hospitality with the local bird expert, Mr. Parr.Group leaders: Mr. Nikhil BhopaleDate: 5th Jan 2012 50 12th Jan 2012Camp Charges: Rs. 77,000/- for member and Rs. 77,600 for others (ex-Mumbai)Booking advance: Rs. 30,000/- (Non-refundable)Reporting: Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai at 2200 hrRegistration*: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com CECNote: - Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants. 14
  16. 16. Tour Cost Includes: INDEXEconomy Class Airfare from Mumbai-Bangkok-Mumbai.All Hotel accommodation on twin sharing with all Meals as per the ItineraryAirport TaxesThailand Departure Tax WEEKEND PROGRAMMESSingle Entry Visa to Thailand,All transfers and sightseeing by Van, Coach and services of English Speaking Guide.Tour Cost Excludes:* Any expenses of personal nature like laundry, tel. calls, tips, porter-ages, mineral water, drinks,excess baggage, mini bar cost etc.* Any overseas medical insurance fees* Any ECR charges - Rs 750 p.p.* Any meals other than those specified* Any sightseeing other than those specified* Any personal program before, after or during the tour* And all other services not mentioned in the tour cost includes LCOAL CAMPSPlease Note:* Hotels will be subject to availability - else in similar category will be provided* We are not holding any air seats and hotel bookings at this point of time.* We are not responsible if air schedule changes for whatsoever reason* The airfare provided is based on 15th May 2011, and is subject to change* Any surcharges / conversion rates come into force the will be imposed accordingly.* Any increase in fuel charges & Apt taxes may lead to hike in tour price* Passport should be valid for minimum 06months at the time of travel. NATIONAL CAMPS*NOTE: If you are registaring for any programmes, it is assumed that you have read and agreed to all BNHS rules and guidlines. Kindly download the camp form and send a filled copy when you registar for any camp INTERNATIONAL CAMPS CECKAAS LAKE 15
  17. 17. PROGRAMMES @ CEC- MUMBAI FOR REGISTRATION Download Forms: www.bnhs.org / Call 9594953425, 9594929107, 9323738622/ Email cecbnhs@gmail.com2-3 July 2011: Be a Scientist for a Day: Moth StudiesAs part of our year long Citizen Science Project which involves monthly survey of flora and faunaof BNHS Nature Reserve (BNR). We are announcing the moth studies module, join to learn thedark yet fascinating world of moths. Venue: CEC-Mumbai. Time: 6.30 p.m. (first day) to 6.30 a.m.(second day).Fees: Rs. 500/- per Adult (includes evening & morning tea and dinner). Registerbefore: 1 July 2011. Group Leader: Dr. V.Shubhalaxmi and Mr. Sachin Chorge, Education Officer.3 July 2011: Be a Scientist for a Day: Insect Studies As part of our year long Citizen Science Project which involves monthly survey of flora and fauna of BNHS Nature Reserve (BNR). We are announcing the Insect survey module, join to learn the dark yet fascinating world of insects. Venue: CEC-Mumbai. Time: 7.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. Fees: Rs. 250/- per person. Register before: 1 July 2011. Group Leader: Dr. V.Shubhalaxmi and Mr. Sachin Chorge, Education Officer.10 July 2011: Monsoon Naturewatch@ Kharghar Hills , CBD BelapurMonsoon is the best time to see witness the boom andbloom in natural world. Join us for joyous trail to study themyriad life forms at your own pace. Kharghar hills verypopular among morning walkers and nature lovers.Venue:Kharghar Hills Time: 7.30 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. Fees: Rs. 60/- perAdult & 50/- per Child. Meeting Point: Entry gate at base ofKharghar Hills. How to reach: Take Rickshaw from Khargharstation or Belapur station to Kharghar Hills. Registerbefore: 5th July 2011. Group Leaders: Dr. V.Shubhalaxmi and Mr. Julius Rego, Chapter Co-ordinator17 July 2011: Be a Scientist for a Day: Plant Survey/Reptile-Amphibian SurveyAs part of our year long Citizen Science Project which involves monthly survey of flora and faunaof BNHS Nature Reserve (BNR). We are announcing the plant , reptile and amphibian surveymodule, join to learn about monsoon flora and fauna. Venue: CEC-Mumbai. Time: PlantSurvey(7.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.), Reptile-Amphibian Survey (6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.). Fees: Rs. 250/- perperson. Register before: 10 July 2011. Group Leaders: Plant Team: Ms. Renee Vyas and Mr. RahulKolekar, Education Officer, Reptile-Amphibian Team: Mr. Viral Mistry and Ms. Priti Choghale, Sr.Education Officer.16-17 & 23-24 July 2011: Green Guides Training ProgrammeDo you have passion for working outdoors? Would you like tohelp us with our programmes by being “Green Guides of CEC”?If your answer to these is yes, please sign up for our uniquetraining programme. Every year we train bunch of natureenthusiasts to work with us. Till now more than 300 individualshave been trained of which are more than 50 committed GreenGuides are currently working with us. The 4- day (twoweekends) module include broad subjects like natural history,environment education and nature conservation. We use handson training and participatory learning approaches followed by a job handling phase known as“Shadowing”. The participants learn about nature walks, slide shows, project works, educationmaterial development, communication skills, programme planning, budgetary preparation, crisis
  18. 18. management and much more. Participants are enrolled on payroll of green guides on successfulcompletion of ‘Shadowing Phase’.Venue: Conservation Education Centre, Mumbai; Time: 9:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. Charges: Rs.3990/- per (Fee inclusive of two resource manuals: In Harmony with Nature and Green Guide,food and refreshment, certificate and mentoring during shadowing phase). Register before: 5 July2011. Contact: Ms. Priti Choghale, Senior Education Officer for details24 July 2011: Grassland Watch @ Talawe, NerulTalawe is popular hangout for birds even during monsoon.This vast open grassland has interesting wild patches whichare worth observing and studying. Join us to study thegrassland ecosystem and get introduced to its inmates.Time: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Fees: Rs. 60/- per Adult & 50/-per Child. Meeting Point: NRI Complex. How to reach: Take anauto from Nerul station and alight on Palm Beach Road.Register before: 18th July 2011. Group Leaders: Mr. RahulKolekar, Education Officer and Mr. Julius Rego, Chapter Co-ordinator24 July 2011: Nature trail @ Yewoor, ThaneSpend the morning exploring the monsoon flora of Yewoor forest, part of Sanjay Gandhi NationalPark and appreciate the wonderful trees along the beautiful trail. This is also the best time towatch wild flowers and insects around Mumbai and Thane. So come join us. Time: 7:30 a.m. to10:30 a.m. Fees: Rs. 60/- per head (participants will have to buy their own entry ticket to thepark). Meeting Point: Yewoor patona pada bus stop. Register before: 20th July 2011. How toreach: Catch TMT bus from Thane station to Yewoor, patona pada and get down at the last stop.Group Leaders: Mr. Kaustubh Bhagat, Education Officer and Mr. Raghuram, Chapter Co-ordinator30 July 2011: Be a Scientist for a Day: Bird SurveyAs part of our year long Citizen Science Project which involves monthly survey of flora and faunaof BNHS Nature Reserve (BNR). We are announcing the bird survey module, join to learn aboutbreeding of birds. Venue: CEC-Mumbai. Time: 6.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. Fees: Rs. 250/- per person.Register before: 25 July 2011. Group Leaders: Dr. Ketaki Marthak, and Mr. Kaustubh Bhagat,Education Officer. 7 August 2011 Monsoon Magic@CEC Do you want to enjoy rains in Mumbai? Want to wade through crystal clear streams? Your quest ends with CEC. Come and have a bash of rains with us. Every pore of BNHS Nature Reserve oozes with life, every grain, every stone, every branch and every stream has a story to tell. Come and explore and enjoy the monsoon in the forest and see how the magic unfolds. The half-day interactive and educative programme that includes nature trails and optional activities such as Gardening, Crab study, Fungi study, pond study, monsoon flora count and wildlife quiz.Venue: CEC-Mumbai; Time: 8:30 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. Charges: Rs. 500/- per Adult & Rs. 450/- per child (Fee inclusive of breakfast and study materials for adults and souvenirs for kids), Register before: 30th July 2011. Contact: Mr. Rahul Kolekar, Education Officer for details.
  19. 19. 14 August 2011: Nature trail @ Manpada Manpada is a small trail to the hillock on the Thane- Ghodbunder road. It is situated on Thane side the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). Enjoy the monsoon flora and fauna along the trail. Watch the dazzle of butterflies and other treasure troves of nature. One can have a bird’s eye view of the adjoining spread Thane city and the creek.Venue: Manpada. Time: 8:00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Meeting Point: Manpada Entry point of SGNP near Tikuji ni wadi. Charges: Rs. 60/- per head. Please note participants have to buy their own entry ticket of Rs. 20/- each. How to reach: Take StateTransport or BEST Bus going to Borivali/ Mira Road/ Bhayendar from Thane Station. Get down atManpada Bus stop. Alternative catch the TMC bus going to Tikuji-ni-wadi. Register before: 5August 2011.14 August 2011: Be a Scientist for a Day: Plant SurveyAs part of our year long Citizen Science Project which involves monthly survey of flora and faunaof BNHS Nature Reserve (BNR). We are announcing the plant survey module, join to learn aboutmonsoon flora . Venue: CEC-Mumbai. Time: 7.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. Fees: Rs. 250/- per person.Register before: 7 August 2011. Group Leaders: Ms. Renee Vyas and Mr. Rahul Kolekar, EducationOfficer15 August 2011: Nature Trail @ Rabale forest , Navi Mumbai A fantastic place to have a mini trek with adventure filled walk. A small stream will lead us towards green valley. We can see number of birds, large number of insect diversity, and also we can explore insect ecology. Join us for a boulder trek in Rabale Forest. Time: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Fees: Rs. 60/- per Adult & 50/- per Child. Meeting Point: Rabale telephone exchange, opposite Rabale railway station. Register before: 10 August 2011. Group Leaders: Mr. Rahul Kolekar, Education Officer and Mr. Julius Rego, Chapter Co-ordinator15 August 2011: Be a Scientist for a Day: Bird SurveyAs part of our year long Citizen Science Project which involvesmonthly survey of flora and fauna of BNHS Nature Reserve (BNR).We are announcing the bird survey module, join to learn aboutbreeding of birds. Venue: CEC-Mumbai. Time: 6.30 a.m. to 10.30a.m. Fees: Rs. 250/- per person. Register before: 10 August2011. Group Leaders: Dr. Ketaki Marthak, and Mr. KaustubhBhagat, Education Officer.21 August 2011: Monsoon Naturewatch@ Artist Village, CBD BelapurSpend the morning appreciating the mesmerizing forests of Artiste Village. The tiny hillockharbours interesting life forms which become alive during monsoon. Venue: Artist Village, CBDBelapur. Time: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Fees: Rs. 60/- per Adult & 50/- per Child. How to reach: Takean auto from CBD Belapur station and alight at water tank. Register before: 15th August 2011.Group Leaders: Dr. V.Shubhalaxmi and Mr. Julius Rego, Chapter Co-ordinator
  20. 20. FREE ! FREE! FREE!20 – 21 August 2011: Workshop on Green Lifestyles for Housing Societies @ CECClimate change probably the most talked about and the least understood topic. Everybody agreesthat climate change has an impact on their life, but most ask the question “What can we do tomitigate the impacts. As right said, conservation should begin at home, so for first time an uniquetwo-day workshop has been planned in collaboration with Department of Environment, Govt. ofMaharashtra for housing societies under the project title “Combating Climate Change throughCommunity Action”. The workshop is first among the series of workshops to come.The workshop deals with small actions that help one make a small contribution in battle againstthe climate change. The topics covered under the workshops include vermicomposting, wastesegregation, rainwater harvesting, reducing carbon footprint, ALM formation, tips on plantationand energy audits. The outcome of the workshop is to form a group committed individuals who inturn will inspire others and have a multiplying impact. The participating housing societies will beprovided with resources and tools to bring out change in their respective societies. If you are onesuch concerned individual who wants to bring out this change in his/her housing society you cansign up with your partner. Venue: Conservation Education Centre, Mumbai. Time: 9:00 a.m. to6.00 p.m. Available Seats: 50 Eligibility: Any two individuals from one housing society may apply.Only BNHS members can apply who are above 18 years. Register before: 12th August 2011.Contact : Mr. Kaustubh Bhagat, Education Officer for more details.27-28 August 2011: : Be a Scientist for a Day: Moth StudiesAs part of our year long Citizen Science Project which involvesmonthly survey of flora and fauna of BNHS Nature Reserve (BNR). Weare announcing the moth studies module, join to learn the dark yetfascinating world of moths. Venue: CEC-Mumbai. Time: 6.30 p.m. (firstday) to 6.30 a.m. (second day).Fees: Rs. 500/- per Adult (includesevening & morning tea and dinner). Register before: 20 August2011. Group Leader: Dr. V.Shubhalaxmi and Mr. Sachin Chorge,Education Officer.28 August 2011: Be a Scientist for a Day: Insect SurveyAs part of our year long Citizen Science Project which involves monthly survey of flora and faunaof BNHS Nature Reserve (BNR). We are announcing the insect survey module, join to learn thedark yet fascinating world of insects. Venue: CEC-Mumbai. Time: 7.30 a.m-9.30 a.m. Fees: Rs.250/- per Adult. Register before: 20 August 2011. Group Leader: Dr. V.Shubhalaxmi and Mr.Sachin Chorge, Education Officer.31 August: Be a Scientist for a Day: Reptile-Amphibian Survey As part of our year long Citizen Science Project which involves monthly survey of flora and fauna of BNHS Nature Reserve (BNR). We are announcing the reptile and amphibian survey module, join to learn about lizards, snakes and frogs. Venue: CEC-Mumbai. Time: 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Fees: Rs. 250/- per person. Register before: 25 August 2011. Group Leaders: Mr. Viral Mistry and Ms. Priti Choghale, Sr. Education Officer.
  21. 21. Online Courses @ CECCEC is happy to announce the second batch of its certificate online courses in -Leadership Coursein Biodiversity Conservation (LCBC100- online) and Basic Course in Entomology (BCE100- online).These yearlong courses are interwoven with face to face and online learning through field andvirtual applications.1. Leadership Course in Biodiversity Conservation (LCBC100- online): The course syllabusIncludes 12 modules on Introduction to Biodiversity, Ecology, Floral Diversity, Insect Diversity,Marine Diversity, Diversity of Herpetofauna, Mammalian Diversity, Bird Diversity, Issues andEnvironmental Concerns, Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Law, SustainableDevelopment. Final camp to Goa. Course Fee: Rs.8990/- per head (inclusive of inaugural andclosing camp at CEC). Discount for undergraduates: Rs. 6990/-. Course Co-ordinators: Dr.V.Shubhalaxmi, Ms. Priti Choghale.2. Basic Course in Entomology (BCE100- online): The course syllabus includes 12 modules onInsect Introduction, Butterflies and Moths,. Grasshoppers and crickets, Cockroaches and PrayingMantids,5. Stick Insects and Leaf Insects,Wasps, Bees, Ants, Bugs, Beetles, True flies, Dragonfliesand Damselflies, Termites, Miscellaneous Insect Groups . Final camp to Amboli. Course fee:Rs.6990/- per head(inclusive of inaugural and closing camp at CEC). Discount for undergraduates:Rs. 4990/-. Course Co-ordinators: Dr. V.Shubhalaxmi, Mr. Sachin Chorge.Did you know? Our course certificates have been accepted by international universities asextension of an additional study year, inspite of non-accreditation from Mumbai University! FREE! FREE! FREE! GREEN GUIDE FOR TEACHER On the auspicious day of World Environment Day, the BNHS launched “Green Guide for Teachers”- a ready reference for all environmental educators. The book is compiled by Dr. V.Shubhalaxmi. It is available in English and Marathi for free distribution among secondary school teachers all over Maharashtra.The book has been financially supported by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (English version) and MMR Environment Improvement Society (Marathi version). The book content includes sections on ; Did You Know (includes 226 facts),National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries (includes 12 popular national parks and sanctuaries),Threatened Flora and Fauna (includes 44 species),Trade in Wildlife (includes 198 facts), Environmental Issues (includes 16 issues), Green Projects (includes 22 projects), Green Deeds (109 facts and eco- calendar)For a free copy please send request letter on school letter and collect the copy from CEC-Mumbai.Copy also available for sale at BNHS offices for Rs. 350/- each copy. For details contact: Ms. DeepaFernandes, Administrative Officer.
  22. 22. BOOK A DAY TRIP TO BNHS NATURE RESERVE (BNR)A unique, fun and educational programme is organized for schools, colleges, families andcorporates. This monsoon the BNR is the most happening place in Mumbai. A group of 25-75individuals can visit BNR by prior booking. The programme then offered is a combination of theme-based outdoor and indoor activities. This includes a nature trail, hands on experience in forestnursery, study forest plots, quiz, games and much more. Call us today. For details and bookingscontact Ms. Ishrat Shaikh, Administrative Assistant.

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