Tiger watch whiskers Schedule

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Tiger Watch brings to you a wildlife conservation event - WHISKERS that seeks to bridge the gap between urbanites and people working at the grassroot level in the field of biodiversity conservation. WHISKERS will be held at Maharashtra Nature Park, Sion (Mumbai) on 27th and 28th March 2010.

Please see the event poster at: http://landofthewild.blogspot.com/2010/03/whiskers-its-time.html.

The event schedule is available at: http://www.landofthewild.com/schedule.pdf

You could e-mail us on tigerwatchevents@gmail.com for any queries. We look forward to seeing you.

Warm Regards,
WHISKERS Team
Call us: 09920438775/ 9820969960

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Tiger watch whiskers Schedule

  1. 1. WHISKERS 2010 EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday, Mar 27 Sunday, Mar 28 10:30 Introductory talk by Ashutosh Mahadevia Interactive session: Problems of Large (Sec. Tiger Watch) Carnivore Conservation by Vidya Athreya 11:30 Film screening: Curbing the Crisis Film screening: Mindless Mining 12:30 Film screening: The Ridley’s Last Stand Film screening: Curbing the Crisis 13:30 Film screening: S.O.S Save Our Sholas Film screening: The Last Migration – Wild Elephant Capture in Sarguja 15:00 Interactive session: Wildlife Corridors - A Interactive session: Gharial Conservation Viability Assessment by Ovee Thorat by Suyash Katdare 16:00 Film screening: Shores of Silence – Whale Film screening: Curbing the Crisis Sharks in India 17:00 Interactive session: It’s all about the hiss Slide show: Land of the Wild - Wild by Kedar Bhide India's photographic sojourn by Sachin Rai All day long Photography Exhibition & Sale; Theme: Photography Exhibition & Sale; Theme: Feline Reflections Feline Reflections All day long Livelihood matters: Sale of products and Livelihood matters: Sale of products and handicrafts made by the Moghiya tribe handicrafts made by the Moghiya tribe
  2. 2. WHISKERS 2010 EVENT SCHEDULE FILMS Curbing the Crisis Duration: 28mins An investigation into organized poaching in and around Ranthambhore by Tiger Watch, Curbing the Crisis contains shocking revelations that reflect how deep and grim the problem of wildlife trade is. The rare clandestine footage of confessions made by poachers belonging to the Moghiya tribe is sure to leave one feeling disturbed but not completely out of hope as Tiger Watch now works with this tribe to ensure that they have an alternate livelihood option. S.O.S. Save Our Sholas Directed by: Shekar Dattatri | Duration: 24mins India's Western Ghats are home to rare species found nowhere else on the planet, but they've been ravaged and systematically destroyed over the decades. All thats's left of once extensive forests and grasslands are scattered fragments. S.O.S Save Our Sholas provides a glimpse into the amazing diversity of life in the 'shola' forests of the southern Western Ghats. The film also illustrates some of the pressing problems that beset this fragile landscape and seeks to inspire viewers with examples of conservation successes that came about because of people's action. The film aspires to stimulate a renewed interest in the conservation of the Western Ghats, which are the birthplace of most south Indian rivers, and a lifeline for hundreds of millions of people in peninsular India. Mindless Mining Directed by: Shekar Dattatri | Duration: 12mins A film about the damage inflicted by a huge iron ore mine on the rainforest and rivers of Kudremukh, Southern India. Shown in surrounding villages and to community leaders, the film
  3. 3. WHISKERS 2010 EVENT SCHEDULE generated overwhelming public and political opposition to the mine. The film was submitted as evidence in a public interest petition filed with India’s Supreme Court and conservationists won a major victory when the court ordered that the mine be closed by 2005. The Ridley’s Last Stand Directed by: Shekar Dattatri Duration: 45mins A poignant look at the lives and times of the Olive Ridley. Tens of thousands of these sea turtles visit the coast of Orissa, in India, to mate and nest. As a species they have been around for millions of years, but today these gentle giants of the sea are in conflict with man. During the last six years, over 75,000 dead ridleys have been washed ashore on the beaches of Orissa. The Ridley’s Last Stand provides rare insights into the natural history and conservation of these mysterious creatures. Will the ridley go the way of the dodo and the passenger pigeon…or can we save it with timely action? Shores of Silence – Whale Sharks in India Directed by: Mike Pandey | Duration: 24mins It is a landmark film which brought about major legislative changes to protect whale sharks worldwide. This documentary depicts the needless killing and harvesting of whale sharks by poor Indian communities. In response to the film, the Indian government introduced legislature to ban fishing of whale sharks, declaring them endangered species and protecting them under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. This gives whale sharks equal status to other endangered species such as tigers and rhinoceroses. Internationally, the film helped to bring the whale shark global protection under CITES. The film won 11 international awards including The Wildscreen Panda, also known as the Green Oscar. Recently, the film received four stars from the Hindustan Times. The Last Migration – Wild Elephant Capture in Sarguja
  4. 4. WHISKERS 2010 EVENT SCHEDULE Directed by: Mike Pandey | Duration: 54 mins This film was the first Asian film to win the world’s most prestigious award – The Green Oscar – Panda Award at the Wildscreen, 1994. It subsequently went on to win seven other international awards. The Last Migration depicts a 42-day wild elephant capture operation in Madhya Pradesh, India. Driven out of their home range in Bihar, due to excessive deforestation; a herd of wild elephants migrated to eastern Madhya Pradesh 300 kms away; where the sterile teak plantations, devoid of diversity, could not sustain the herd. Desperate for sustenance they went on a rampage and created havoc amidst the terrified tribals of the remote district of Sarguja – where elephants in the wild have been unheard of, for more than a century. Since 1988, 45 people had been killed by the herd and unabated devastation of their fields and homes left the villages bereft of their livelihood. The herd was finally captured in 1993. The film portrays the man-animal conflict and its repercussions; the tussle between the ancient pachyderm and the tribals of the forest, which is a manifestation of a deeper and more vicious cycle; the disruption of the balance in Nature, on which rests the harmony of existence – the devastation of this critical framework, by mankind’s relentless and unsustainable obsession with power and development.
  5. 5. WHISKERS 2010 EVENT SCHEDULE INTERACTIVE SESSIONS Wildlife Corridors - A Viability Assessment Speaker: Ovee Thorat | Duration: 45 mins Ovee Thorat will give a presentation on Corridor Viability Assessment between Ramgarh Bishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary and Ranthambhore National Park, containing introduction to the concept of Wildlife Corridors. The talk will focus on the project carried out at Tiger Watch for Crossing the Line Films. It will also bring in the story of tiger Broken Tail and his extraordinary journey through the study area of the project. The talk is intended to address the need for wildlife corridors and their importance for continued existence of the natural world. It’s all about the Hiss Speaker: Kedar Bhide | Duration: 45mins The best time to know everything about snakes – in & around Mumbai! Kedar Bhide, who is a renowned herpetologist will share his experiences working with snakes within our city along with interesting stories about rare snakes found deep in the forests of Arunachal as well as the threats to the survival of these beautiful and misunderstood creatures. Problems of Conserving Large Carnivores Speaker: Vidya Athreya | Duration: 45 mins Not everyone loves the tiger and bear and the wolf: how do people that live with these animal cope? Learn about the complexities associated with conservation in India with Vidya Athreya, a carnivore ecologist who works extensively on human-leopard conflict in Maharashtra. Gharial Conservation Speaker: Suyash Katdare | Duration: 45mins
  6. 6. WHISKERS 2010 EVENT SCHEDULE Tiger Watch has been conducting Gharial expeditions across River Chambal since January 2008. Suyash Katdare, the Project Coordinator, will talk about the findings of these expeditions, especially the latest one that happened in December 2009. The session will cover various aspects like the threats that the Gharial faces, the mindsets of the people, the current conservation scenario prevalent in the region. Slideshow: Land of the Wild - Wild India's photographic sojourn Speaker: Sachin Rai | Duration: 45-60mins This slideshow will showcase India’s unique biodiversity and introduce the audience to the country’s amazing wilderness, with its varied hues and moods. Sachin Rai is a well-known wildlife photographer who will present his journey through different landscapes in India right from the rainforests to the deserts. He will also discuss with the participants on how photography can be a medium to document and facilitate conservation objectives of individuals and organisations.
  7. 7. WHISKERS 2010 EVENT SCHEDULE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION The exhibition will enable Tiger Watch to raise funds for several of its activities as part of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the organisation. Two leading wildlife photographers – Dr. Dharmendra Khandal and Sachin Rai will showcase some of their best works. About Dr. Dharmendra Khandal As a field biologist with Tiger Watch, Dharmendra Khandal has strived to curb wildlife poaching and trade in and around Ranthambhore. Dharmendra has also initiated wildlife research and monitoring programmes. He is an excellent photographer and his work documents the behaviour of some of the rarest wildlife species that exist both within and outside Protected Areas. About Sachin Rai Stepping into the photography scenario more than a decade ago, Sachin has passionately explored far and wide corners of the country to capture vivid images of wildlife ranging from tiny beetles, rare herpeto-fauna to the mighty beasts of forests and deserts. His photographs have found their way into a variety of magazines, newspapers, books and calendars. He has very liberally shared his evolved sense of design for making films, developing literature or presentations to facilitate conservation objectives of several organizations. Apart from a special mention, Sachin received the Sanctuary Asia - ABN Amro Award for the Photographer of the Year (2007) and also the Joint Second Prize for Photography at the same event. He has also received a Special Mention in the Better Photography Wildlife Contest in January 2009. In the same year, Sachin received two Special Mentions at Sanctuary Asia’s Photography Competition. In his words, "Exploring the wonders of wilderness is a fervor I cultivated since childhood. Wildlife Photography gives me immense pleasure and contentment and I would like to spend all my life chasing my passion and initiating people into this marvellous world!"

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