Events in November 2010

Nature Education Program

2nd Workshop on Herpetology and Captive Maintanence of Reptiles

Dipak Mitra invites you
Friday, November 19 at 9:30am - November 21 at 5:00pm
Location    Calcutta Snake Park
Hello Friends!
This November, Reptile Instinct, an initiative by Calcutta Snake Park is coming out with a unique program that will give its participants an opportunity for hands on experience into the ever declining natural world. Posted below is the brief.

Reptiles are widely misunderstood. They hardly ever get justice for their actions. Hence it is only through awareness that people will learn to respect nature and its components. Reptile Instinct, an initiative by Calcutta Snake Park, focuses on building a network of people, who single-mindedly work towards creating a platform for conservation of wildlife, world over. This requires young people to experience the work, trials, successes and efforts that are being made at the grass root level. Pursuing this vision, the initiative engages Volunteers, from the world over and of different aspirations, to contribute and grow together with the facilities and efforts. The works assigned to the volunteers are planned and extensive. This includes research and conservation studies that will have to be completed during the stay, immense skill dependent work that contributes towards the growth and success of the particular initiative. In return, this will generate more revenue which may increase the work force for the various activities and efforts and enhance the ongoing research work.
Workshop focusing on the following topics:
1. Reptile Ecology
2. Field herping Techniques
3. Survey Methodology
4. Captive Husbandry and management of reptiles
5. Snake bite first aid.
6. Plenty hands-on experience !!

Total duration of workshop: 19th November to 21st November 2010

Assembling at: Calcutta Snake Park at 10am

How to reach: Please see website:

Who can attend?
The workshop is skill and knowledge oriented. Anyone can participate. Age, sex, occupation no bar.

Accommodation: Separate Ladies and gents dormitories available.

(For more information and to register, please write to Suvrajyoti Chatterjee in or call Dipak Mitra on +91 (0) 9674278568)


Vishwajeet Naik invites you
Sunday, November 28 at 6:00pm - December 5 at 5:00am
Location    HOUSE OF ART

The details of the workshop are as below:
• Understanding Camera fundamentals (Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO)
• Using Your Camera's Automatic Settings for Eye-Catching Outcomes
• Photography Lighting and understanding effects of lighting
• Basic Photography Composition
• Still/product photography session
• Portrait photography session
• Fashion photography session
• Architectural Photography session
• Sports and wildlife photography session
• Night photography sessions including light painting
• Black and White Photography
• Learning Basics of Image editing (PHOTOSHOP)
• Analyzing students work

Butterfly Fest at Vasai Fort on November, 27,2010.

Nikhil Disoria invites you
Saturday, November 27 · 6:00am - 12:30pm
Location    Vasai Fort, Mumbai
Hi all,
SPROUTS is Organising a Butterfly Fest at Vasai fort.
You all must have heard of the Vasai Fort, a construction standing for
over 400 years, just outside Mumbai. Since, much of the original fort
building has been damaged and a dense forest has grown inside the huge
...fortress (originally build to encompass the seven fishing villages in
and around Vasai), the place is a good habitat for many birds, frogs,
butterflies and other small creatures. The fort provides shelter for a number of species of birds which were once common in the Mumbai city, but have been displaced due to the growing population and pollution.
Also found in the fort is a huge diversity of butterflies. A famous spot
where over 100s of striped tiger, crow, pansy and other butterflies roost during winter. But butterflies are juts one of the highlights of the place. You can get to see some interesting flora too in the fort!
The outing fees are Rs.100 + transport for members and Rs. 125 + transport for non-members.
Please confirm your participation latest by November 22,2010. Please note, it is mandatory to register and pay advance to attend the outing, so that suitable resources can be arranged.
Everyone is requested to carry some snacks and a water bottle. Please wear camouflaging clothes red ,yellow and other bright colours are not advised. Wearing perfumes,jewellery or other expensive things like ipod should be avoided. Also cap and sunglasses are advised.
Payments for Bookings to be done in full cash advance at SPROUTS Earth Shop, 5, Pawar Shops, Rani Sati Marg, Malad (East), Mumbai 400097, Tel: 28784889. You can also do an online cash transfer to Anand Pendharkar 000-401-535-219 - ICICI Bank Nariman Point Branch and send an email to with names, age, gender & place of origin.
Meet at the Vasai Road Railway Station Ticket Counter (West) at 7.30
am on November 27,2010.
The trail will continue till 12 noon.

Beach Walk at Navagaon on November, 20,2010.

Nikhil Disoria invites you
Saturday, November 20 · 6:30am - 12:00pm
Location    Navagaon beach, near Arnala (Virar), Mumbai
Dear Friends,
SPROUTS is organising a Beach-Walk at Navagaon beach, near Arnala (Virar). The Navagaon beach is being monitored by volunteers of the Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra (SNM) Group and they have found it to be one of the few turtle nesting sites in North-Western Maharashtra.
The beach is fairly unpolluted and has a large floral and faunal diversity - some probably yet to be identified! In continuation of our last few year's Beach Walks, SPROUTS takes the opportunity to explore the marine
life of the beach and also our favourite avifauna.
Event Date: November 20, 2010.
Timings: 7:30am-12:00noon
Meeting Point: Virar S.T Depot (West) at 7:00am
Outing Fees: 150/- (including light tea & snacks, Study Material,
Expert Guidance) *The above cost will not include Mineral water, Other
Beverages, to and from Transport etc.
Last Date for confirmation: November 15, 2010.
Please carry sufficient water (2lts), food (fruits, sandwiches, thepla),
headgear (cap/hat), closed shoes, rainwear/umbrellas...
Hope to see all of you and maybe we can also enjoy the early winter migrations!
Payments for Bookings to be done in full cash advance at SPROUTS Earth Shop, 5, Pawar Shops, Rani Sati Marg, Malad (East), Mumbai 400097, Tel: 28784889.
You can also do an online cash transfer to Anand Pendharkar 000-401-535-219 - ICICI Bank Nariman Point Branch and send an email to with names, age, gender & place of origin.

Island Ecology Workshop

Gerard Martin invites you
Monday, November 22 at 7:00am - November 27 at 12:00pm
Location    Andamans
Andaman and Nicobar Islands!

The Andaman Islands are an almost fabled archipelago with clichéd sun-kissed beaches, blue waters and incredible coral reefs. However, there is a lot more that is spectacular on these islands! There are mangrove forests, intertidal zones and rainforests as well and all these habitats are dependent on each other, as are the flora and fauna that live within them.

We will explore four separate habitats, ...better understanding the dynamics at play within them and how they affect each other. Along the way, we will build skills in surveying techniques, canopy access, snorkeling and scuba diving.

We’ll be staying at the premier conservation and research body on the islands- The Andaman and Nicobar Environmental Team’s field station and get involved with their experiences, work and endeavors. The field station is located with mangrove forests and inter-tidal zones adjoining it and the five-acre campus is a well-preserved rainforest!

The workshop will encompass a lot of learning skills, experiencing new ecosystems and getting numerous photo opportunities. We’ll see many species that are unique to the islands and some that are adapted specifically to life in island habitats.

One day will be dedicated to snorkeling and another will be spent scuba diving to better experience the coral reefs and also build skills.


Understanding Island Ecologies
Mangrove walks- Searching for specialized animals
Intertidal Zone- Understanding this unique niche
Visits to the reef
Looking for crocodiles
Herpetofaunal surveys
Photography sessions
Ecology presentations
Canopy access
Snorkeling for marine life
Scuba Diving
Loads of hands on experience
Night surveys

Andaman and Nicobar Islands Environmental Team (ANET)
The Andaman and Nicobar islands are a chain of some 300 little known archipelagic islands situated on the eastern rim of the Bay of Bengal. Closely guarded by the Indian Government, they remain a pristine tropical island paradise, complete with stunning coral reefs, crystal blue waters and unspoiled equatorial rainforest. Most extraordinary, many of the islands are a bastion for some of the last remaining aboriginal tribes on earth that continue to shun all contact with the outside world. The Andamanese, as these tribes are collectively known as, inhabit a significant percentage of the islands in fully protected areas that remain completely off limits to the general public.

Shortly after setting up the Croc Bank in the 1970s, the Whitakers realize there were needs for basic herpetological and other ecological work in the then much neglected islands. Over the next several years Rom, together with Satish Bhaskar and Alok Mallick, set about crafting a strategy to effectively address these issues. The Andaman and Nicobar Environmental Team (ANET) was conceived in 1989 and shortly thereafter five acres of land was purchase and a base station constructed in Wandoor, on the southern tip of South Andaman island.
ANET has since carried out extensive work on marine turtles, herpetofaunal biogeography and a host of other biological studies. In addition, ANET has been actively involved in the broader ecological and social spheres including work on natural resource utilization, socioeconomics and the management of protected areas.
As one of the most capable NGOs in the region, ANET played a pivotal humanitarian and disaster relief role in the Nicobar Islands after the infamous 2004 tsunami devastated the region. Today, although still very active in the reptile arena (with a recently described genus of Agamid named at the base to prove it!) ANET has a very broad curriculum of environmental development work, including marine and terrestrial components. ANET is the only environmental research base in the islands and remains one of the Croc Banks most exotic and luxurious projects – our very own Treasure Island!

Program Dates- 22nd to 27th November, 2010.

For further details or to register please get in touch with Conan on 9449010673 (

Rainforest Ecology Workshop

Chetana Purushotham invites you      
Friday, December 3 at 8:00am - December 5 at 7:30pm
Location    Agumbe Rainforest Research Station, Karnataka
Cobras, Canals and Carabineers
A Rainforest Ecology Experience

Unfairly called the Cherrapunji of the South, Agumbe possesses a lot of its own unique charm and enigmas. Known primarily for the almost unfathomable rain and the clichéd and touristy ‘Sunset Point’, this sleepy town of Malgudi Days fame remains a tiny dot on the highway between Shimoga and Mangalore.

Geographically, the area is a small and low basket in the Western Ghats and consists of very unique flora and fauna. One of the few lowland evergreen forests in the Western Ghats, Agumbe is a naturalist’s dream, offering excitement and discovery at every corner.

This December, Gerry Martin will be taking a group of enthusiasts over to the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station to provide them with a learning experience by getting involved with the various projects that the Research Station is conducting. There will also be skill-building sessions where individuals can learn various techniques in wildlife field biology.


Stream Exploration
Radio Tracking
Canopy Access
Survey Techniques
Night Surveys
Camping Out
Waterfall Hike
Plenty of Photo Ops
Various learning presentations

Topics will include:

Reptile taxonomy, rainforest ecosystems, snakebite first aid, radio telemetry, king cobra breeding biology, etc.

Who can attend this workshop?

Anyone who is 12 years and above and interested in Nature can attend this workshop. It is open to children and adults. The age range on our workshops has been as large as between 12 and 60 years old! All levels of dialogue, interest and skills are addressed and accommodated.

Accommodation and Logistics:

The group will travel via overnight bus to Agumbe on the 2nd of December. The bus departs from the Majestic Bus Stand in Bangalore at 10 PM. We will be staying in tents at the field station. There is a common dining area and the bathrooms and toilets are permanent structures with hot and cold running water.

We will return early in the morning (usually around 5 AM) on the 6th of December.

For further details or to register, please get in touch with Conan Dumenil. 9449010673/


Events in December 2010

Wildlife Photo exhibition in Nagpur

Parag Deshmukh invtes all to participate in a photo exhibition:

Srushti Paryavaran Mandal, an NGO from Nagpur is conducting a wildlife Photo exhibition cum competition on the first death anniversary of Raju Harkare, who was an avid wild lifer, an excellent birder and a photographer.

We are looking for photographs on wildlife, or landscape, or a picture of a rare species. for more info please visit

Last date to submit photos is 15th Dec 2010

Renowned photographer Baiju Patil will be the judge and Mr.Fateh Singh Rathod will distribute the cash prizes and also will show a presentation of his work on tigers on the concluding day i.e 26th at Ravindranath Tagore Art Gallery, Ambazari, Nagpur. Event will be held on 25th and 26th Dec.2010

for more info you can call on 9922429040, 9370182568
or email

Amoghavarsha JS invites you to
Landscape photography workshop   
Friday, December 17 at 9:00pm - December 20 at 7:00am
Location    Sharavati valley
    Add color to your landscape photography skills. Hone your passion for nature and landscape photography in a classroom set in the middle of the Western Ghats in the Sharavati Valley. Get to photograph some of the most mind-blowing landscapes in ever witnessed.

Spend time in one of the most pristine bio-diverse areas of India. Photograph India's tallest waterfall at Jog, the beautiful valley of Sharavati, the Prehistoric rock formations of Yana and breathtaking backwaters of Linganamakki. This workshop aims at perfecting landscape shots, with a focus on conserving fragile ecosystems. Not only do you learn how to get the WOW shots, but you also spend time in places that provide most unique and breathtaking photographic opportunities.

More details at

Pritesh Nandvikar invites you to a

Nature trek to Rajmachi (Lonavala)   
Monday, December 27 at 2:30pm - December 29 at 5:30pm
Location    Rajmachi (Lonavala)  

Dear friends,

Wild explorers (WE) formerly known as WRRACC (Wildlife Research Rescue & Conservation Club) is a nature club, registered under WWF (World Wide Fund) which work for conservation of wildlife and nature. The main emphasis is given to the rescue & rehabilitation of the wild animals. Now WRRACC is serving since almost 5 years after an establishment in the year 2005. Today the club has more than 10 confirm committee & several members through online club subscription. Although the main activity is wild life rescue & rehabilitation especially snakes, the club also conducts various activities related to wildlife and nature conservation & adventure.

WE is organizing 3days 2 night nature trek to Rajmachi (Lonavala).

Rajmachi (Udhewadi) is a small village in the rugged mountains of Sahyadri in India. There are two forts which were built by Shivaji Emperor during 17th century. It is a famous spot for trekking. It is about 15 km treking distance from Lonavla. Rajmachi fort is a strategic fort overlooking Borghat(ghat between Mumbai and Pune) which was a historical trade route. Rajmachi peak has two fortified structures - the Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan fort. Rajmachi can be reached by 2 ways, the tough route from Kondivade village near Karjat and the other easy but long way route from Lonavala. In rainy season this place is filled with giant waterfalls and greenery.

The details are as follows:
Type of trek: Medium
Cost: 800/- per head
Cost includes:
Travelling to & fro by bus (ST)
Food during the outing. (Except 1st meal)
Morning/ Evening tea/coffee with breakfast.
Afternoon/ Night simple vegetarian meal.

Nature information during the outing.
Snake information session.
Nature games.
Night trail.
Nature & wildlife photography session.
Jungle surviving techniques. & many more….

Things to carry:
Shoes (additional small foot wear), Rainwear (optional), cap, glassware, mosquito/ insect repellents, personal medicines.
Don’t carry handbags, sacs are recommended.
*Please inform the coordinators prior about specific health problems or any allergic reactions.
Please don’t leave any plastic or papers behind which can harm the nature.
Don’t carry any valuables during the trek.
Follow the instructions given by the coordinators during the trek.
Authority will not be responsible for loss of any valuables viz. Camera, mobile. Walk man, ornaments etc.
Participants should report on time.
for registration & further details kindly contact
pritesh 9820317199
saurabh 9821958362

Enchanted India invites you

December 3 at 8:00pm
Location    Gir and Little Rann of Kutch  

We - Nik (Nikhil Devasar) and Dicky (Aditya Singh)- have been into wildlife travel in India for over 15 years. Both of us are accomplished naturalists, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. If we take you somewhere you can be assured that we have been there and done that many times over. The only lodges and camps that we use are those that we are very closely associated with. This is why we have the confidence of offering you the best possible rates and services. We have all the ingredients to blow your mind and we put them together to create the perfect recipe for an unforgettable wildlife adventure. Best of all, we do it without making a dent in your pocket.
28th Nov, Sunday: Our tour starts as we arrive into Ahmedabad and are transferred to the waiting cars and drive to Gir Lion sanctuary. We arrive at the lodge by Lunch. After lunch we set out for an afternoon of birding around the lodge which is set amidst a mango orchard. Apart from Birds and the famous Asiatic Lions, Gir also has one of the largest leopard populations in any park in India, making it a good place to spot different big Cats. Overnight stay at Lodge. Meals Lunch and Dinner.

29th Nov, Monday: We spend our day with morning and afternoon game drives in the park with naturalists. Other wildlife to look out in Gir are the four horned antelope, Indian gazelle, spotted deer, blue bull, wild boar, wolf, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle cat, and other small mammals.

The Kamleshwar dam in the middle of the park is also home to a record number of marsh crocodiles. Return for Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge. Meals Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
30th Nov, Tuesday: Explore more of the Gir national park with another round of morning and afternoon safari for Lion tracking. Look out for other mammals and birds that are part of this park and landscape. Overnight stay at Lodge. Meals Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
1st December, Wednesday: We leave early with packed breakfast for the Little Rann of Kutchh. Far from being ‘little’, the Little Rann of Kutch boasts of being one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in India. It sprawls over some 4950 sq km and is an abode of saline desert plains, arid grasslands, rocky and thorn scrubs, lakes, swamps and not to forget the diverse wildlife species. After lunch we venture out for an afternoon safari in the Rann to get a taste of the vastness and diversity of the place. Overnight at Lodge. Meals Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
2nd December, Thursday:
We leave at day break with packed breakfast for our morning safari. With the unique landscape, the Rann provides for us with an unending possibility of exploration. Apart from being home to the highly endangered Wild Ass, Little Rann is a resting site for migratory birds and breeding grounds for some of the largest flocks of Greater and lesser Flamingoes. The Rann is also the roosting site for thousands of Cranes. Return to the Lodge for lunch. After Lunch we again head out for the Rann. We return as the cranes are coming in to roost. Relax and unwind and overnight stay at the Lodge. Meals Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

3rd December, Friday: We spend our last morning again with a safari in the Rann admiring and taking in this unique piece of landscape which boasts of such a wide range of wildlife. After the safari we head back to the Lodge to shower and pack. We then head back to Ahmedabad for our onward journey by rail/ flight. Meals Breakfast

Cost of Tour: Rs 24,400/- on Double sharing
All stay and meals as mentioned
All entrances and safaris
Does not include:
Mineral Water
Flying Kingfishers or any other booze

Contact details:
Indian Adventures Eco Tours Pvt Ltd.
F-313, Lado Sarai, New Delhi - 110030.
Telephone: 011 44128785
Nik: 09810008625 –
Dicky: 09414030221 -

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