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December 14–16, 2012: This winter, The Gerry Martin Project is running a three day workshop at Ossie Martin’s farm on the banks of Devikere lake in Hunsur, Karnataka. The workshop aims to provide experiences to explore, learn from and enjoy the natural world and its wild treasures.

Event details:

Dates: December 14-16, 2012

Venue:  Devikere lake, Hunsur, Karnataka

Contact Details: Conan Dumenil (E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel.: +91-9972068300)

About the event:

The Devikere lake in Hunsur is a transit point for many migrant birds, with up to 600 Bar-headed Geese arriving every winter. The banks of the lake also support a bonanza of wading birds, waterfowl, crustaceans and amphibians. This time of year is the perfect season to observe these creatures at their best, with plenty of sighting opportunities as they bask in the warm winter sun.

The workshop will focus on developing a practical understanding of field ecology. While based at the farm, participants will explore various habitats like fields, banks, reed beds and woodland areas in search of wildlife. They will set up camera traps, learn how to identify a variety of different animals and even get a chance to handle some specimens.

Workshop objectives include learning:

• Basics in ornithology and herpetology

• Nature observation and wildlife tracking

• Field Ecology: Science and methodology

• Snakebites in India: Current scenario and protocols

• Nature photography: Wildlife, macro and landscapes

The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 14 and will finish at around 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 16. At the farm, accommodation is available in tents, dorms and coconut shacks. Bathrooms are equipped with western loos and hot water. Meals are prepared in house and are served in a common dining area. The farm is located at the village of Ratnapuri on the Hunsur-Nagarhole road. It is about 45 km. from Mysore. Please contact Conan (details below) for assistance.

Conan Dumenil (E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel.: +91-9972068300)

About the Organizers/Partners:

The Gerry Martin Project is a conservation entrepreneurship that is working towards creating viable and inclusive models for research and conservation in India. Born out of years of experience, commitment to conservation and the realization that conservation needs to be an intrinsic part of daily life, TGMP is bringing avenues for conservation to all walks of life.

Inclusion being the cornerstone for their work, TGMP’s primary focus is the harnessing and channeling of the extensive and eager conservation intent amongst an ever-growing urban and sub-urban ‘green’ population. Unfortunately, there are very few avenues for this set of people to contribute to and connect with conservation and Nature. Education and functional avenues for domestic and community-based conservation are their primary focusses.


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