Saturday, July 12, 2014

Indian Hump Nosed pit viper (Hypnale hypnale) near Mollem National Park, Goa, India.

Seeking blessings for Guru Pournima

I did seek blessings from my mentors and teachers today morning on occasion of Guru Pournima just the way I do every year. And then realisation dawned upon me that I did miss out on paying my respects to nature itself and its denizens who have taught me much…and continue to do so every single moment. I will pay my respects in my own way to nature too. You should too!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

And herping for the monsoons of 2014 has begun. Hoping our work here in the Northern Western Ghats and that of our colleagues and co researchers contributes to conservation science and awareness and goes beyond academics.  Image by Shilpa Avate

Chorla Ghats 'Do not Litter' campaign 2014

The beginning of the Do not litter Chorla Ghats campaign organised by Parye Patrakar Sangh had a good response- more importantly because like minded people from the media, Government officers from Forest Dept, Police and Excise, concerned MLA's and local youth leaders, environment activists and nature lovers from all walks of life stopped and supported our cause and understood the need for conservation of the Chorla Ghats region.Thank you Nilesh Shetkar Gopinath Gawas and Raghoba Lau Pednekar for organising this. let us keep the momentum in the weeks to come.

I appeal to our supporters, patrons, friends and well wishers…and all those who value wildlife, verdant forests and free flowing fresh water streams…to speak up, intervene, act and voice your opinion against littering of forest habitats in your neighbourhood green patch, a forest nearby or a Protected Area.

 Remember, every piece of unwanted litter, garbage,discarded plastic and broken glass bottle adds to the irreversible damage caused to area where it is done. 
This monsoons, let us not just be mute spectators, let us act to make a difference.