Events in May 2011

Croc Bank Weekend Summer Camp


Madras Crocodile Bank

Every weekend from the 8th of April to 2nd of July 2011

Contact Details:
Email: or
Mobile: +91-9840675175.

Despite the multitude of summer camp options open for kids, finding something close to home but far enough from the mundane is difficult. Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, fondly referred to as Croc Bank, has some interesting activities planned for young aspiring naturalists this summer. The in–house herpetology experts, reptiles themselves and the croc bank environ are used to the fullest to sensitize the young minds on issues relat...ed to ecosystems and reptile conservation.

The two-day long summer camps offer an opportunity for youngsters to interact with herpetology experts, gain theoretical and practical know-how of the reptile world and additionally, enjoy the charms of reptiles in their slightly more active, nocturnal avatar. Be it trekking through the scrub jungle with the Irulas looking for snakes or visiting the nearby flying fox colony or being launched into the world of traditional medicines, there is never a dull moment for enthusiasts. Also, there are the certificates and goodies to take home.
For those of you, who feel that these camps are a great way for your kids to spend their summer, please contact Gayathri Selvaraj, Education Officer, Madras Crocodile Bank.

Pangot and Corbett

May 20-May 23, 2011


20th May: Early departure from Delhi. Arrive Pangot for lunch. Afternoon short trek to Baggar through the dens forest of Rhododendron and Oak for Bird Watching. Sundowners by the stars. Overnight stay ay Jungle Lore Birding Lodge.

21st May: Birding around Pangot. Morning birding at Vinayak and afternoon around Cheena Peak. Overnight and Sundowners by the stars.

22nd May: Early morning drive to Corbett, stopping enroute at Corbett Falls. Afternoon birding or Safari in Corbett. Dinner at the Gol Ghar. Overnight Tiger Camp

23rd May: Morning birding or safari. After lunch Leave for Delhi.

Rs 9,500 per person

Costs includes:
All stay and meals as mentioned above on double sharing.

Safari in corbett

We do a car pool and share the cost of petrol

Kanha - Wildlife Photography in the Jungles of Central India

May 26-May 31, 2011

Contact Rahul Sachdev  at

   9371207202 Mobile

   9167587372  Mobile

Here are the highlights of the trip.

1. 6 exclusive Jeep Safaris in the park with a max of 3-4 people per gypsy to give ample space to each participant.
2. Stay at one of the best resorts in Kanha (Bundela Safari Lodge)
3. Sessions on wildlife photography with attention to every participants style.

The trip cost will cover transport cost from Nagpur-Kanha-Nagpur or Jabalpur-Kanha-Jabalpur.

Following is the detailed Itinerary.
26th May, head for Nagpur/Jabalpur as convenient (Train. Guys flying in can fly in on 27th morning as well)
27th May, Morning Cabs from Nagpur/Jabalpur to Kanha and then have an afternoon Safari. Evening discussion about the safari and a session with some tips and tricks for wildlife photography.
28th-29th, Morning and evening Safaris in the forest with evening one-on-one photo review sessions for everyone.
30th Morning Safari and breakfast. Wrap up meet and then transfer to Nagpur/Jabalpur.

Please note that people coming in from Delhi/Mumbai/Pune/Bangalore have convenient flights/trains for Nagpur/Jabalpur. If you need any assistance in booking these, plesae drop me a message.

Costing For the trip: 14500 INR per person for Indian Nationals. Very few seats left..

BNHS Programs


June2-June 5, 2011 at Guhaghar


Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22871202, 22821811 or e-mail at

A nature camp to enjoy the season’s bounty in Guhaghar (Dist. Ratnagiri), Konkan. Guhaghar is a coastal village with a picturesque stretch of sand about 40 km from Chiplun. Enjoy your meals with Alphonso Mangoes, and one gala dinner with "UNLIMITED ALPHONSO MANGOES" on the last day.

Places to visit: Dapoli, Panhali kaji caves, Keshavraj trail, boat ride in Vasishti River for Marsh Crocodiles and otters; nature trail at Modka Agar dam and cave exploration.

Reporting: Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 6:30 a.m., Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 6:50 a.m. and Vashi Junction at 7:10 a.m. We will return on 5th June, Sunday by late evening.

Accommodation: 4 persons in one non-ac room. A/c can be arranged at extra cost.

Camp fees: 5150/- for members 5750/- for others


Events in June 2011

BNHS Celebrates World Environment Day-5th June, 2011

One of most popular and most celebrated eco-days globally, the World Environment Day (WED) today has become a platform for environmental awareness within the local communities. It began in 1972 and has grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. This is also a day for people from all walks of life to come to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.

This year India has been chosen at the Global Host for WED and the theme of the year is “Forests: Nature at Your Service”. Based on this theme, the BNHS in collaboration with Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF) and United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) has organized a three-day (2-4 June) exhibition at CST and Churchgate stations. The exhibitions will be primarily run by volunteers who will interact with more than 3000 commuters in a day. The aim of the exhibition is to sensitize Mumbaikars about the deterioration of Mumbai's environment. The exhibition includes themes like Urban Biodiversity, Air, Water and Noise Pollution, Green Zones of Mumbai, Extinct wildlife of Mumbai, Citizens Initiatives, Death of Mumbai's Seashore, Mangroves, Magic of 3Rs and so on. A special focus of the exhibition is on littering and spitting issues within the railways
compartment and on tracks. The visitors to the exhibition will pledge online for changing their lifestyle towards greener lifestyle. The closing ceremony will be held at BNHS's Conservation Education Centre at Goregaon on 5 June which includes a book launch of Green Guide for Teachers- A project sponsored by MMR Environment Improvement Society
and Dorabji Tata Trust. All are invited to attend these events in huge numbers.


Exhibition on Mumbai's Environment
Dates: 2-4 June 2011
Venue: CST and Churchgate stations
Time: 9.00 a.m- 8.00 p.m.

Closing Ceremony
Dates: 5 June 2011
Venue: Conservation Education Centre, Goregaon
Time: 5.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.

Propix invites you to
Making Pictures - Photography Workshops - 4th & 5th June

Saturday, June 4 at 9:30am - June 5 at 6:30pm
Location  Bangalore

Making Pictures - Photography workshop, spanning two solid days of hands on training sessions, balanced with class room learning, covering everything you will need to know about photography. The workshop addresses everything, like mastering the fundamentals of
exposure, composition, aesthetics, photography gear, handling lighting situations outdoors and in the field, basic studio and location lighting, and also constructive peer review.

It really does not matter, if you have a few days, months, or years of experience, because, we always have something that you can learn. it doesn't matter what type of camera you use, so long as it allows you control of the aperture and shutter. It doesn't matter whether your interest is wildlife photography, nature, portrait, street, still life, or commercial, you will find that the Making Pictures Series Of Photography Workshops will fit your needs, perfectly. You will learn to tell a story, with your picture.

For additional details, please visit

Elsie Gabriel Young Environmentalists invite you to

Herbal garden education- Tree plantation-Vermicompost site
Saturday, June 4 · 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Vermicompost Garden site,Opp BG house,Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai-76

Tree Plantation on World Environment day eve June 4th 2011.

Let us do what we can to make things better for us this World
Environment day. Young Environmentalists Programme along with Rodas & Meluha ecotel Powai, and the Hiranandani Group is organizing a “Tree Plantation Drive” in the Vermiculture garden [opp BG house]inside Hiranandani Gradens Powai on June 4th, World Environment day at 4pm onwards.

We need you to join our efforts, Dedicate some time towards eco field day on WED! Tree plantation,Herbal garden education, Vermicompost site visit on World Environment day by Young Environmentalists Programme.

Why the citizens involvement? We say “Since this would develop and generate a special bond between the citizens and its trees, mother nature, conservation etc. Mass movements require the support of citizens.”
Why plant trees? The importance of plantation will also be shared with the people who plant the tree, as trees control air and noise pollution, prevent soil erosion, help water harvesting, provide herbs and fruits, shade, home for many living creatures and more importantly the only rock solid solution to curb global warming in the quickest way.
Learning experience-Join the Team and help plant herbs, avenue tree’s, shrubs, creepers,fruit bearing trees like guava, Peepal, Jamun, Anar, Mango, Sitaphal, Chikoo, Imli, Shahtoot etc to improve the habitat of birds around and develop a tree garden as a good birding place. It is an ideal event and learning programme for both citizens and students.
Educationists please do kindly confirm your institutes participation so that they collect their EVS worksheets and participation certificates too by being involved in the event.
Herbal Garden-Come know the ecological and organic benefits of a herbal garden, learn about the species and their food/medicinal values. 

Citizens, students, Team volunteers and hotel Staff will take part.  Such causes require more and more awareness so spread the good word,it also helps in conservation. Lets unite to Combat climate change.  Lets make a difference.

How to Get Involved Planning the Event: People can join our group event and know more about the event schedule and location.For more info-call 9967347511.
Event Host: This event is hosted by Meluha and Rodas ecotels & the Young Environmentalists Programme in association with Hiranandani Group to support World Environment day.

BNHS invites you to

*NATURE’S BOUNTY CAMP IN KONKAN* A nature camp to enjoy the season’s
bounty in Guhaghar (Dist. Ratnagiri), Konkan.
Guhaghar is a coastal village with a picturesque stretch of sand about 40 km from Chiplun.
Enjoy your meals with Alphonso Mangoes, and one gala dinner with "*UNLIMITED ALPHONSO MANGOES*" on the last day. *Places to visit:*
Dapoli, Panhali kaji caves, Keshavraj trail, boat ride in Vasishti
River for Marsh Crocodiles and otters; nature trail at Modka Agar dam and cave exploration. Reporting: Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 6:30 a.m., Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 6:50 a.m. and Vashi Junction at 7:10 a.m. We will return on 5th June, Sunday by late evening. 

Dates:2-5 June, 2011 Camp fees: 5150/- for members 5750/- for others
Call at Hornbill House 22871202, 22821811 or e-mail at
Upcoming BNHS Camps:- 1. Tadoba National Park 15th to 18th June 2011

Vidyanagar Nature Club, Dhaval S Patel invites you for

Cycle-a-thon, (Cycle Rally) on World Environment Day 2011  

Sunday, June 5 · 7:30am - 10:30am
From Bhaikaka statue, Vallabh Vidyanagar to 'Amul' Dairy Anand. Let us Burn Fat, Not Oil, Cycling will keep both You & Earth fit. Participants will depart on their bicycles from Bhaikaka Statue V V Nagar, precisely at 07:30 am and wil reach 'Amul' Dairy Anand, where
there will be screening of an Environmental Documentary. 
Motto of this Event is to encourage usage of bicycles for shorter distances rather than using fuel guzzling vehicles.

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