Monday, January 2, 2017

Greetings of the New Year!!
Living with Pythons 2017.
‘Living with Pythons’ is a nationwide initiative kick started in 2017 by Nirmal U Kulkarni, Goa based herpetologist and wildlife photographer to create awareness and instill appreciation about India’s 3 Python species. These include the Indian Rock Python (Python molurus), Burmese Python (Python bivittatus) and Reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus).
Together, these snakes represent some of the largest snake species of the world. While the Reticulated python is now acknowledged as one of the largest snakes in the world, the Burmese python is a near threatened species in its range in Burma. Illegal skin trade and habitat loss have taken a heavy toll and one ray of hope is forest of North East India where few populations survive.
The species found in Goa, and across the Indian mainland commonly, The Indian Rock python has been now accepted as threatened due to human reptile conflict and habitat loss.
This initiative aims to thus promote acceptance, awareness and understanding about these python species through conservation outreach and field based herpetology techniques.
The initiative aims to achieve these objectives through on field discussions, engagements with communities, youth and Forest Department personnel.
This project will also contribute to creating awareness on the issue of human- snake conflicts that are key to python survival in human dominated rural and urban landscapes.
A specific target group of reptile enthusiasts and amateur snake handlers and rescuers in the states of Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra will also be sensitized on these ecologically important species.
Beside which the initiative proposes to address a need for a common protocol for Python rescue and release, as it will help minimize and address issues relating reptile-human conflict and provide vital answers to this growing challenge especially in urban India.

The illustration for the logo has been done by wildlife artist Nitesh Parulekar while the design has been executed by Printer’s Devils, Porvorim, Goa. The illustration is the head representation of the Indian rock python.

On a personal level, Nirmal Kulkarni, Team Lead and herpetologist states that he has dedicated the year 2017 for the cause of Indian python species and seeks support from the public to support this initiatiave.

Thanks and cheers


Nirmal Kulkarni
Team Lead
‘Living with Pythons’



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

ECHIS CONSERVATION HUB
 Conception of ECHIS:
I have envisaged the Echis Conservation Hub as a means of creating a platform for students, nature enthusiasts and wild life researchers in a semi urban landscape. The Echis Conservation Hub is located in Nachinola village, a quiet hamlet situated in the heart of Bardez taluka 10 kilometres away from capital city of Panjim and 5 kilometers from Mapusa city in Goa. 
Among our many objectives, the most important one is to set up a permanent conservation research base and nature reference and reading library that can be used by researchers and students.
Even though I will lead activities here, this is essentially your base and together we must aim to put into place-
3 different habitats for young students to study
a) Pond ecosystem.
b) Stony laterite ecosystem.
c) Mixed moist forest ecosystem.
 A self sustained vegetable patch and fruit trees plot.
 A small holding facility for injured and rescued urban wildlife.
 An Art Gallery that will house artefacts, art and images inspired by nature that will sustain the space.
hope to see you all here soon.
cheers
nirmal 

Friday, November 4, 2016

“Will the people of Belagavi take Mahadeis water or conserve their own?”
Finally a hard hitting question that we need to address in this crisis. 
http://allaboutbelgaum.com/…/dont-steal-someone-elses-wate…/

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Fire crackers are definitely a bane for urban wildlife as well as infants and elders. Eyes hurt, throats and heads ache soon after. Earaches too. Add to that the noise and smoke pollution and its a deadly combination. Besides which pets are severely affected, at times permanently I am told. And then there is the mindless waste of money....to create noise and smoke... I wonder why and how people who indulge in this act enjoy it. I am at a loss of words.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Vazra Sakla falls. Chorla Ghats. 2016.
For over a decade and a half I have been witness to the rebirth of these majestic meter falls that cascade 146 meters to revive the Valavanti river during the South West monsoons. This later joins the Sankhli tributary of the Mhadei- Goa's lifeline. My work and that of my team to document this regions ecological, cultural and anthropological diversity continues…and these falls provide the much needed push to carry this work forward.