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BNHS Programs, Nature Camps And BNHS CEC Programs For September-October 2010

BNHS Programs, Nature Camps And BNHS CEC Programs For September-October 2010

BNHS Programs, Nature Camps And BNHS CEC Programs For September-October 2010

Dear Sir / Madam,

Please find below BNHS programs, nature camps and BNHS CEC programs for September-October 2010. Kindly cover them in your listings / brief news columns. Kindly cover the nature trails atleast one week in advance and nature camps atleast 2 months in advance.
Regards,

Atul Sathe
Public Relations Officer, Bombay Natural History Society,Mumbai
Tel: 91-22-22821811
Website: www.bnhs.org 
 

September 2010
 

Sun 12th – Nature Walk at Leopard Trail
Do not miss the exhilarating experience of walking in the forest stream and to see a myriad flora & fauna at their best after this year‘s abundant rains. Perfect time to see butterflies, birds and wildflowers. Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri and Mr. Hemant Tripathi Registration: On the Spot. Charges: Rs. 50/- for members and Mr. Rs.100/- for non members. Meeting Point: BNHS CEC. How to reach: Take bus number 343 from Goregaon (East) railway station or Dindoshi bus Depot to Film city bus stop and walk down to BNHS CEC (2 mins walk through the forest gate). You can also hire a rickshaw.
 

Tues 14th – “Bringing a forest back to life” – A Talk by Atul Kulkarni
Actor Atul Kulkarni bought a degraded land in Satara district 7 years ago and has restored it to its pristine glory with the help of his friends and relatives. Mr. Kulkarni will share his experiences on restoring a forest, the problems faced and how they were resolved through efforts and passion for nature. The talk will be followed by a presentation on forest land restoration by consultant Ms. Ketaki Ghate. The talk will illustrate how individuals with reasonable resources and passion can successfully give a helping hand to nature. Venue: Hornbill House at 6.30 pm. All are invited with their family and friends.
 

18th-19th Sat-SunNature trek to Rajmachi

Situated on the crest of the Sahyadris, Rajmachi is famous with trekkers for its lush green cover and scenic beauty.  Here, there are two forts namely 'Shrivardhan' and 'Manoranjan'. During the climb, one can see the fascinating caves of Kondivade. Caves harbour colonies of Lesser False Vampire Bat. The climb is usually accompanied by the “school boy’s whistle” of the Malabar whistling Thrush. At the top one can witness the acrobatic flight of Dusky Craig Martin and the graceful Black Eagle. Grade: Difficult. Duration of Trek: Four hours for one way climb. Group Leader: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri Booking: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 Charges: Rs. 1300/-. Meeting Point: Bus will leave from Goregaon (Oberoi Mall) at 5.45 a.m., 6.30 a.m. from Dadar, (near Chandu Halwai), 6.50 a.m. from Chembur, (near Diamond Garden) and Vashi Junction at 7.10 a.m. Participants will return after lunch and will reach Mumbai by late evening on Sunday.
Note: Stay and food is arranged with the villagers. Please carry your own bedding or sleeping-bag, and make your provision for breakfast and lunch for the first day. Carry adequate water. Come in proper footwear for trekking. Be prepared for heavy rains.

 

Sun 19th – Butterfly Bounty at Ovalekar Wadi
Learn about butterflies and how to photograph them from the author of the “The Book of Indian Butterflies”, Mr. Isaac Kehimkar. Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast while you watch hundreds of butterflies flitting around. This is the only open-air butterfly garden around Mumbai teeming with several species of butterflies. Reporting: Bus will leave from Goregaon (Oberoi Mall) at 5.45 a.m., Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 6.30 a.m., Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 6:50 a.m., Thane (Cadbury Jn.) 7.10 a.m. Group Leaders: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar Charges: Rs. 475/- members Rs. 575/- non members (Cost includes traveling, breakfast and expertise). Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 

Sun, 26th – Monsoon trail at Malshej Ghat

With the overwhelming demand for this nature trail, we once again plan to take you to misty hills of Malshej Ghat. 154 km from Mumbai, Malshej has a good variety of monsoon flora like the Topli Karvi, Balsam, Kokan Pinda, Marsh Star, Habenaria orchids, Purple Smithia and several more. Charges: Rs. 700/- for members and Rs. 800/- for non-members (Charges include transport and BNHS expertise). Reporting: Bus will leave from Goregaon East (Oberoi Mall) at 5.45 am Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 6:30 a.m., Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 6:50 a.m. and Birla College, Kalyan at 7:40 a.m. Note: Be prepared for rains. Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan. The group will return to Mumbai by late evening. Please carry adequate water, breakfast and pack lunch. 
 

25th-26th Sat-Sun – Kaas – Maharashtra’s very own Valley of Flowers
Kaas is popularly known as the Valley of Flowers of Maharashtra. This plateau is situated about 22 km from the Satara. Visited in right season, Kaas has an enchanting view of carpets of flowers of different shades. One can see a variety of orchids like the Habenaria, orange carpets of Murdania, violet-blue carpets of Balderwort and pink carpets of Balsam – such is the spectacular sight at Kaas.  Birds like Malabar Lark, Common Buzzard, Bonelli’s Eagle and Crested Bunting are also seen. Kaas is a perfect place for nature photographers. Stay will be in Satara. Camp Charges: Rs. 3500/- (Ex- Mumbai). Reporting: Bus will leave from Goregaon East (Oberoi Mall) at 5.45 am, 6.30 a.m. from Dadar, (near ChanduHalwai), 6.50 a.m. from Chembur, (near Diamond Garden) and Vashi Junction at 7.10 a.m. Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri & Mr. Hemant Tripathi. Note: Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants. Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 
October Sun 3rd – Trek to Sankshi Fort
Situated at height of about 700 ft; this fort is over 470 years old and gives a view of the Karnala fort and Manikgad.  A good time to see butterflies like Blue Bottle, Glassy Tiger, Plains Cupid, Great Orange Tip; birds like Brown-headed Barbet, Shaheen Falcon, Pied Cuckoo and hill slopes swathed with wild flowers.  Reporting: Bus will leave from Goregaon East (Oberoi Mall) at 5.45 am, at 6.30 a.m. from Dadar, (near ChanduHalwai),  6.50 a.m. from Chembur (near Diamond Garden), Vashi Junction at 7.10 a.m. and Panvel (ST stand) at 7.50 a.m.  Charges: For members Rs. 550/- per head and for non-members Rs. 650/- per head. (Charges include transport and BNHS expertise) Group Leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri & Mr. Suarabh Rane. Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Note: Be prepared for rains, carry adequate water, breakfast and pack lunch. Trek grade: Medium.
 

8th–10th Fri-Sun – BHIMASHANKAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY – weekend camp
Walking through the densely forested hills is truly memorable. Get to know the trees, shrubs, flowering herbs, butterflies and other insects. Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the finest forests of the northern Western Ghats range. Abode of the endangered Indian Giant Squirrel, this wildlife sanctuary has an array of fauna and flora. Camp Charges: Rs. 4300/- (includes food, accommodation [4/5 sharing per room] and travel from Mumbai to Mumbai) Reporting: Bus will leave from Goregaon East (Oberoi Mall) at 5.45 am,   at 6.30 a.m. from Dadar, (near ChanduHalwai), 6.50 a.m. from Chembur (near Diamond Garden) and Vashi Junction at 7.10 a.m. Group Leaders: Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi & Mr. Vandan Jhaveri. Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Note: Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants. 
 

Sun 10th – Monsoon Trek to Prabalmachi  
At about 980 ft, there is a well wooded lower plateau called Prabalmachi. Here we come across a hamlet of the Thakar tribe where you see a good use of natural resources for livelihoods. Perfect time to see wild flowers like Helicteres, Murdania, Senecio, Begonia and Konkan Pinda and a possibility to see the insectivorous plant Drosera. Birds like Black-headed Oriole, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Puff-throated Babbler and several more are seen. A clear sky may allow a good sighting of the majestic Black Eagle or Crested Serpent Eagle soaring on warm air currents. Trek will conclude at Prabalmachi and not the summit (Kalavantin). Reporting: Bus will leave from Goregaon East (Oberoi Mall) at 5.45 am,  6.30 a.m. from Dadar, (near Chandu Halwai),  6.50 a.m. from Chembur (near Diamond Garden) and Vashi Junction at 7.10 a.m. Charges: For members Rs. 500/- per head and for non-members Rs. 600/- per head. (Charges include transport and BNHS expertise) Group Leaders: Mr. Asif Khan & Mr. Husain Tinwala. Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Note: Be prepared for rains, carry adequate water, breakfast and pack lunch. Trek grade:  Medium.
 

Sun 17th – Trek to Peb
Sitiuated at a height of 2100 ft, Peb fort is located on northern side of the Matheran range. The fort is also named as ‘Bikatgad’. Good time to see Crested Hawk-eagle, Shaheen Falcon, Jewel Beetle, Signature Spider, Golden Orb Spider, a host of wild flowers and much more fun. Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 Reporting: Bus will leave from Goregaon East (Oberoi Mall) at 5.45 am, at 6.30 a.m. from Dadar, (near ChanduHalwai), 6.50 a.m. from Chembur, (near Diamond Garden), and Vashi Junction at 7.10 a.m.  Charges: For members Rs. 500/- per head and for non-members Rs. 600/- per head. (Charges include transport and BNHS expertise) Group Leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri and Mr. Saurabh Rane. Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Note: Be prepared for rains, Carry Adequate water, break fast and pack lunch Grade: Difficult
 

29th-31st Fri- Sun – The Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary-Nannaj
Nannaj is situated just 20 kms from Solapur. Best place to see India’s most endangered bird, Great Indian Bustard. Nannaj grassland has variety of birds like Larks, Pipits, Sandgrouses, Eagles, Harriers and mammals like Indian Jackal, Wolf and Black Buck. Group Leader: Mr. Sujit Narawade and Mr. Asif Khan Camp Charges: Rs. 3000/- (includes food, accommodation and local travel) Reporting: Solapur Station at 8.00 a.m. on Friday morning. Members are advised to take overnight bus or train that reaches Solapur. Camp will conclude on Sunday at 5.00 pm. How to reach Solapur: From Mumbai, Siddheshwar Express leaves at 22.35 hrs and reaches Solapur next morning around 06.50 hrs. While returning to Mumbai Husain Sagar Express leaves Solapur at 20.50 hrs (10 mins halt) and reaches Mumbai next morning at 05.30 hrs Siddheshwar Express starts from Solapur at 22.45 hrs and reaches Mumbai next morning at 07.00 hrs Participants will be dropped at Solapur Station at 17.00 hrs. Note:  Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants.
Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 
NATURE CAMP

 

October 2010

 

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary,
One of Kerala’s premier wildlife reserves is situated in the Annamalai Hills, south of the Palghat Gap in the Western Ghats. The 285 sq km stretch of thick forest has several rivers, including the Parambikulam, the Sholayar and the Thekkedy. Thickly forested with stands of bamboo, sandalwood, rosewood and teak. Here you can see the famous Kannimari teak tree, the largest in Asia. Fauna includes tigers, leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears, elephants, wild boar, barking deer, spotted deer, langurs and macaques. Parambikulam is also home to Kerala’s largest population of gaur. Besides these, civet, chevrotain (mouse deer), pangolin, crocodile, jungle cat, porcupine and some 140 species of birds are found in the sanctuary.
Dates: 1st Batch : 6th – 9th October (Few seats left)
           2nd Batch : 11th – 14th October (on demand)
Accommodation: Dormitory (basic amenities)
Charges: Rs. 6500/- (Includes pick and drop-off to Coimbatore JN STN)
Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Group Leaders: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar and Mr. Nikhil Bhopale.
Meeting Point: Coimbatore Jn railway station at 7.30 hrs. Note:  Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants. 
 
Dodita – An Autumn Trek in the Himalaya
Dodital is a high altitude lake in Uttarakhand at 3,024 m. This crystral clear lake is in the midst of thick forest of Oak, Rhododendron, Fir and Deodar. Another name for this lake is Dhundital meaning Lake of Ganesha. One side of the lake is guarded by a high ridge called the Darwa Top, which gives a panoramic view of high peaks of Garhwal. Good opportunity to see the region’s rich Himalayan flora and fauna. Perfect time to see Himalayan Monal, Koklas Pheasant, Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush, Bearded Vulture and butterflies like Queen of Spain, Blue Apollo, Painted Lady, Indian Red Admiral and lot more.
Dates: 16th-23rd October 2010
Trek Grade: Difficult. Physical fitness is necessary for the trekking during the camp, ponies might not be available. Luggage will be carried by the porters.
Meeting Point: Birla Temple, Cannaught place, Delhi at 9.30 pm.
Cost: Rs. 17,000/-
Group Leaders: Mr. Nikhil Bhopale & Mr. Asif Khan
Accommodation: twin/ triple sharing
Note: Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants.
Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
November 2010 
 

BUTTERFLY WATCH Camp in Duars of West Bengal.
Eastern India is home to more than 800 species of butterflies which makes it a hot spot for butterflies, not only in our country but in the entire oriental region.
Learn the fine art of photographing and identifying these elusive flying gems from an expert.
 

CHILAPATA WILDLIFE SANTUARY:
Chilapata Forest is a dense forest near Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary in Dooars, Jalpaiguri District. It is about 20 km from Alipur Duar. The forest forms an elephant corridor between Jaldapara and the Buxa Tiger Reserve.
 

BUXA TIGER RESERVE:
The park is located at the north eastern corner of Duars plains of North Bengal bordering Bhutan and Assam. Situated at an altitude of 2600 ft above sea level the forest mainly comprises of deciduous forests, which are densely wooded and is home to some of West Bengal's most varied flora and fauna.
Here we go Butterflying in the Jayanti and Moorti River beds.
Dates: 3rd -7th November 2010 (Few seats available) 
           8th – 12th November 2010 (2nd batch on demand)
MEETING POINT: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) railway station.
Cost: Rs. 13,500/- (15 limited seats available per batch)
Group leaders: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar and Mr. Nikhil Bhopale
Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
NATURE CAMP at Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS)
Agumbe situated 560 meters above sea level on the Sahyadri ranges (Western Ghats), a World bio-diversity hotspot is aptly called the Cherapunji of South India as it receives an average rainfall of 7000-8000 mm annually. The Agumbe Rainforest Research Station is set up by Romulus Whitaker, where he caught his first King Cobra 35 years ago. The main objective of ARRS is to study and conserve the rainforests of south India using the King Cobra as the flagship. Learn how to identify forest birds and their calls from an expert
Dates: 1st Batch 20 to 23 November (3 seats available)
           2nd Batch 24 to 27 November (few seats available)
Accommodation: Dormitory (very basic facilities)
Please check the website: www.agumberainforest.com
Charges: Rs. 4700/- (includes accommodation in dormitory, all meals, and pick-up and
drop-off from Udipi Railway Station on the Konkan railway). Matsyagandha Express (2619) 0442 hrs. Pick up at 7.00 a.m. Drop-off at Udipi Railway Station at 1530 hrs. Matsyagandha Express (2620) at 1600 hrs, to Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai.
Group Leaders: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar and Mr. Nikhil Bhopale.
Note: Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants.
Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
December 2010
Wildlife Sanctuaries of Goa – Biodiversity Hotspots of the Western Ghats
With requests from members, we once take you to this enchanting place.
During this camp, we will be exploring Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary. The region has been acknowledged as a Mega Biodiversity Hotspot of the Western Ghats Range and has also been recognized as an Important Bird Area.
Dates: 6th – 9th  December 2010
Accommodation: Wildernest Resort (4 star category)
Please check the website: www.wildernest-goa.com
Charges : Rs. 9000/- (includes twin-sharing accommodation in eco cottages, all meals, slide-show on wildlife and bio-diversity, swimming pool facility and pick-up and drop-off from Thivim Railway Station on the Kokan railway).
Group Leaders: Mr. Asif Khan & Mr. Vandan Jhaveri
Meeting Point: Thivim railway station at 10.45 hrs.
Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
SUNDARBANS- Land of the Royal Bengal Tiger
The Sundarbans are located in the river delta of Brahmaputra and Ganga in the Bay of Bengal. 102 islands are situated in this world’s largest river delta. Approximately, 40 per cent of the Sundarbans is in India’s state of West Bengal.
The Sundarbans are the largest mangrove forest worldwide; they cover 60 per cent of India’s total mangrove area. Almost 90 per cent of all Indian mangrove species are found here.
Of course, the Tiger is the flagship species of Sundarbans, where it roams in the marshy areas and is often seen swimming across the channels. Moreover, Sundarbans is the best place to see the Saltwater Crocodile and Water Monitor Lizard. With more than 180 bird species found here in winter, January is the perfect time to see the migratory birds.
DATES: Batch I- 24th to 27th of December (few seat remaining) 
            Batch II- 28th to 31st of December (On demand)
Camp fee: Rs. 9000 [Includes accommodation (3/4 sharing), all meals, pick up and drop at Howrah railway station.

Group Leader: Mr. Asif Khan.
Meeting point: Pick up near Howrah railway station (Kolkata) near Yatri Niwas morning 08.00 hrs. Note: - Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants.
Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Great Rann of Kutch – The Birding Paradise of India
Explore the areas bordering the Great Rann of Kutch and other interesting places like, Banni, Chari-Dhand for birdwatching and finding fossils.  Winter is the perfect time to watch a variety of migratory birds that come to these places in thousands.
Good  time to see Common Crane, Short-eared Owl, Greater Spotted Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Laggar Falcon, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Sykes’s Lark, Indian Courser, Indian Bustard, Crab Plover, Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Oystercatcher, Great Thick-knee, White-naped Tit, White-bellied Minivets, Painted Sandgrouse, Sirkeer Malkoha, Rufous-fronted Prinia, buntings, Grey Hypocolius, Graceful Prinia, Red-tail Wheatear, warblers and lot more.
Some of the mammals seen here are Jackal, Indian Fox, Hyena, Nilgai, Chinkara, Jungle Cat, Hedgehog and Mongoose.
Batches: 1stBatch   28th- 1st December/ January. (few Seats Remaining) 
              2ndBatch  2nd- 6th  January 2011 (on demand)
Charges: Rs. 9000/- (Charges include transport from Bhuj railway station and back, local travel, entry fee, all meals and accommodation twin-sharing basis).
Note: Room sharing will be separate for male and female participants.
Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Meeting Point: Bhuj Station at 8.00 hrs.
Group Leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri and Mr. J K Tewari.
 
January, 2011
Andaman Islands
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a union territory of India lies in the Bay of Bengal. It consists of about 527 islands both small and large. The coastline of the Islands stretches for about 100 km. The area of the Islands is about 8,293 square kilometers. Of the total land area 92% of the land is covered with rain forests. Of the 527 islands, only 38 islands are inhabited by humans. These Islands have good numbers of endemic flora and fauna. This trip covers North, Middle and South Andaman.
Dates: 17th – 27th January 2011 (Few seat available) 
           20th – 30th January 2011 (Second batch on demand)
Reporting: Port Blair airport. Kindly book your flight at the earliest to avail tickets at cheaper rate.
Group Leaders: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar and Mr. Nikhil Bhopale.
Camp Fee: Rs. 26000/- {Includes visits to Anthropology Museum, Central Jail from inside with sound & light show, Mount Harriet, Wandoor National park (Jollybuoy / Redskin Island for snorkeling),  two nature trails at the base of Saddle Peak, evening visit to Ramnagar beach, Ross & Smith Island, Mud volcano, Lime Stone cave, Chidiyatapu, night stay at Havlok Island, Elephanta and Radhanageri beach}
Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
March 2011
Garo Hills- Meghalaya
The north-eastern state of Meghalaya is situated in the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot. The word Meghalaya literally means “The Abode of Clouds” in Sanskrit. With about 45% of the state being forested.
Garo Hills is one of the most biodiversity rich sites in Meghalaya. The forest is mostly Sal and Teak. One can also see the endangered insectivorous pitcher plant and the rare Lady’s slipper orchids. Garo hills is home for several species of mammals like Hoolock Gibbon, Capped Langur, Assamese Macaque, Hoary-bellied and Orange- bellied Squirrel, Leopard Cat, Elephants. Birds like Red-headed Trogon, White-winged Duck, Olive Bulbul, Flavescent Bulbul, Mountain Bamboo Partridge, and also Chestnut-fronted Shrike-babbler (only record from India is a specimen collected from the Garo hills).
A weeks visit in the right season will reveal between 150 to 200 butterfly species, like Four Bar Swordtail, Orange Awlet, Silver Royal, Marbled Map and lot more of these flying jewels  could  be seen.
Dates: Batch I- 12th- 17th March’ 2011 
           Batch II- 19th-24th March’ 2011 (On- Demand)
Cost: Rs. 18,150/-
Group Leaders: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar & Mr. Nikhil Bhopale
Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
INTERNATIONAL CAMP
Sri Lanka – Exploring the Emerald Island
February 2011

Bird watching in Sri Lanka is a delight for any committed birding enthusiast. More than 450 species of birds, with nearly half of them migrants and more than 30 endemics to the island. The island has some of the most fascinating locations including coastal wetlands, rainforests, and the soaring peaks of the hill country where one can find an array of wildlife.
 

The Muthurajawela Marshes are situated between Negombo Lagoon and Kelani River, the Marsh together with the Negombo Lagoon form an integrated coastal wetland eco-system that is biologically diverse and teeming with life. A breeding population of the endangered Estuarine Crocodile is found here. Globally threatened Grey Slender Loris is extremely rare in Muthurajawela. The Fishing Cat is often seen.
 

SINHARAJA RAIN FOREST which can be described as a Tropical Lowland Rainforest. Singharaja is a rich treasure trove of nature with a great diversity of habitats and a vast repository of Sri Lanka’s endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Birdwatching in this ecosystem is particularly interesting because it is home to 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie.
 

Yala National Park comprises of several major habitat types including dunes, scrub forest, riverine forests, rocky out-crops, secondary forests and coastal lagoons with mangrove forests.  This diverse collection of vegetation provides home to many species of animals including sloth bear, herds of elephants, buffalo, Sambar and the endangered leopard sub-species, which found only in Sri Lanka. Other carnivores found in the park include Ring-tailed Civet, and the endemic Golden Palm Civet. Brown-capped Babbler, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Sri Lanka Wood Shrike, Sri Lanka Green Pigeon, Sri Lankan Junglefowl can be spotted in Yala’s riverine forests.
 

BUNDALA  NATIONAL PARK is a mix of scrub jungle and sand dunes bordering the sea. Bundala & Tissa wetlands are home to winter migratory birds and large flocks of flamingos. All five endangered species of marine turtles visit these shore for laying their eggs. This one of the best place to see the migratory birds.

Kitulgala Forest Reserve. Oscar-winning classic `The Bridge over the River Kwai’ by David Lean was filmed in this fascinating place.  Birds like Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lanka Spot-winged Thrush, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot can be easily spotted here. Smaller mammals includes the endemic & endangered Purple-faced Leaf Monkey, Grizzled Giant Squirrel, Layard’s Striped Squirrel can be spotted here.
Dates: 12th – 20th February 2011
Cost: Rs. 62400/- + airfare
Group Leaders: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar & Mr. Nikhil Bhopale
Registration: Call at Hornbill House 22821811 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
FORTHCOMING  INTERNATIONAL CAMPS:
16 days in Bhutan (April 2011): We are planning to hold a Nature Camp in Bhutan, where we will explore this Himalayan kingdom from east to west.  Approximately the camp will cost Rs. 97000/- .
 
Wild Malayasia – Sabah and Sarawak. (May 2011): Tell us if you would like see the world’s oldest tropical forests and enjoy the Malaysian hospitality.  Approximately the camp will cost Rs. 87000/- . 8 days Mumbai to Mumbai.
 
BNHS CEC Programmes for September – November 2010
 
Stroll with Spiders (12th September)
BNHS reserve has a diverse variety of eight legged wonders. Little is known about these mysterious creatures. So join us in unraveling the web of mystery surrounding spiders. This is the chance to catch a glimpse of the lush monsoon forest before fall season paints the forest with a palette of brown, orange & gold.
Programme consists of 3 hours nature walk around BNHS reserve.
Venue: Conservation Education Centre, Mumbai, Time: 8.00 a.m. 11.00 p.m., Programme fee:  Rs. 200/- per person.  Last Date of Registration: 3rd September 2010. For registration contact: Download registration forms from www.bnhs.org or http://cecbnhs.wetpaint.com/ or contact:  Miss Priti Choghale or Miss Kavita Kumar on 9223513425, 9323738622, 28402946, 28402931 (Monday-Friday between 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.). 
 
Doctors in the Jungle (19th September)
BNHS with Indian Medical Association has arranged for a jungle trail for doctors and their family Members and BNHS members Co-ordinated by Honorary Secretary Dr. Ashok Kothari. The participants will have an opportunity to observe wild flowers, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles and birds in the well preserved area of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The trail will be led by Mr. Sunjoy Monga, Dr. Swapna Prabhu, Ms. Priti Chougale, Ms. Kavita Kumar and Mr. Sachin Chorge. All are welcome. Duration: 8 am to 11 am. Charges: Rs. 100/- for adults and Rs. 50/- for Children (BNHS member to pay Rs.50/- per head). Meeting Point: CEC, Goregaon east at 8.00 am. Please carry adequate water and light food. Participants are advised to wear dull-coloured clothes. Avoid using plastic bags. For registration contact: 28402946, 28402931 (Monday-Friday between 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.). 
 
Breakfast with Butterflies (3rd October)
It’s the season to celebrate the bountiful butterflies on BNHS land through this highly interactive programme that has been running successfully for the past six years. The adventures include butterfly watching, audio-visual on Indian butterflies, tips on butterfly photography, caterpillar rearing, tips on setting up gardens for butterflies, baiting for butterflies and butterfly quiz. For children we have frolicking forest fun with butterfly games, butterfly craft, treasure hunt and face painting.
Venue: Conservation Education Centre, Mumbai, Time: 7.30 a.m. 01.00 p.m., Resource Person: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar, Programme fee:  Rs. 500/- per adult & Rs. 450/- per child (Includes breakfast, study material for adults and souvenir for kids). Last Date of Registration: 24th September 2010. For registration contact: Download registration forms from www.bnhs.org or http://cecbnhs.wetpaint.com/ or contact:  Miss Priti Choghale or Miss Kavita Kumar on 9223513425, 9323738622, 28402946, 28402931 (Monday-Friday between 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.). 
 
Young Green Champs Camp (12-14 November)
A unique biodiversity conservation programme- Young Green Champs. The camps are designed to enhance awareness in school children about the importance of nature and the relevance in our day to day lives. A non-residential overnight camp will include interactive indoor and outdoor activities such as quiz, audio-visuals, nature trails aiding to child personality development. 
Camp Dates: 12-14th November 2010. Time: First day 9.00 a.m. to last day 3.00 p.m. Age limit: 5-9 yrs Camp Charges: Rs. 2500/- per child. Last date of Registration: 1st November 2010, For further details contact: Download registration forms from www.bnhs.org or http://cecbnhs.wetpaint.com/ or contact:  Mr Sachin Chorge or Miss Kavita Kumar on 9223513425, 9323738622, 28402946, 28402931 (Monday-Friday between 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.).
 
Family CEC Camp – “Bejeweled Jungle” (16-17 November)
Come witness the star-studded forest post monsoon, with our 2-day and single night residential camp at CEC. Discover the sparkling gems of the jungle; the beautiful beetles, the stunning butterflies and many more.  Partake in a truly wild camp amidst the forest, right in the heart of the city. We have a plethora of exciting activities for the young and the young at heart! So forget all your worries and come closer to nature.
Venue: Conservation Education Centre, Mumbai Time: First day 9.00 a.m. to Next day 4.00 p.m. Camp Charges: Rs. 2000/- per person (includes food & accommodation. Bedding not included). Last date of Registration: Download registration forms from www.bnhs.org or http://cecbnhs.wetpaint.com/ or contact:  1st November 2010, For registration contact: Miss Priti Choghale or Miss Kavita Kumar on 9223513425, 9323738622, 28402946, 28402931 (Monday-Friday between 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.).
 
Wild Chill camp (19-21 November)
A residential, adventurous, fun-filled yet educational overnight camp for young, energetic and untamed brats. If your child is between 10-14 years old, passionate about wildlife, pesters you with innumerable questions. Let your child experience the joys and wonders of the forest and learn all about wildlife and survival tactics through fun-filled games and activities. If you want your child to travel through this wild path of awareness, then get him/her registered for our camp, which is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Venue: Conservation Education Centre, Mumbai, Time: 9.00 a.m. (First Day) to 04.00 p.m. (Second day), Programme fee:  Rs. 3000/- per Participant (Fee inclusive of lodging & boarding, bedding not included) Last Date of Registration: 4th November 2010. For registration contact: Download registration forms from www.bnhs.org or http://cecbnhs.wetpaint.com/ or contact:  Mr Sachin Chorge or Miss Kavita Kumar on 9223513425, 9323738622, 28402946, 28402931 (Monday-Friday between 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.).
 
Amphibian Workshop At BNHS
Want to know more about the beautiful world of amphibians – this is a chance! Amphibians, which include frogs, toads, caecilians and salamanders, are rapidly declining. As per the recent report by IUCN, nearly 57% of the amphibians in India are threatened. They are found in a variety of ecosystems and have wide range behaviour, natural history patterns. In India there are about 305 species of amphibians. They are mainly distributed in the Western Ghats and North-east India. Many new species of amphibians have been discovered in India in the recent past. Monsoon is the right season for amphibian activities. So lets come together to learn about amphibians and protect them!
Not much is spoken or known about the Indian amphibians. We don’t know how to identify the common frogs. We don’t know how to differentiate between tree dwelling frog and aquatic frog. To get the answers to these questions and many more, Bombay Natural History Society is organizing a full day workshop on basic taxonomy of Amphibians. BNHS has an excellent collection of about 6000 specimens of amphibians.
Date: Saturday, 25th September 2010
Venue: Hornbill House, Fort, Mumbai 400 001
Contact: 022-22821811
Fees: Rs 1000 per person (which includes course fee, related printing material, working lunch, tea and snacks)
Resource person: Varad B Giri, Curator, BNHS