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Illustrated talk on The Birdman of India

March 10, 2017

Illustrated talk on The Birdman of India
By Mr. Shashank Dalvi
Birder and Wildlife Biologist

Chair and Moderator
Mr. Ulhas Anand
Co-founder at EcoEdu

Organized by Bangalore International Centre
(A TERI Initiative)

About the topic (In his own words)
My talk is about a journey that I took across India between 1st January to 31st December 2015. The quest was to see as many species of birds as possible within Indian limits in a single calendar year. It was an action-packed year, with intense travel, non-stop hardcore birding and many anecdotes of successes and failures. There was joy in finding vagrant warblers on the remote Nicobar islands and in sighting rare, newly added birds to the list of Indian birds on the eastern-most road of India. I also got to visit and bird in so many geographic regions, from the tropical forests of the Northeast and the Ghats to the deserts of Rajasthan and Ladakh. All this travel was done on a shoestring budget with a race against the ticking clock. The year ended with 1,128 species of birds apart from several other fauna.

About Mr. Shashank Dalvi
Shashank’s interest in wildlife dates back to his school days. As a child, he would wait for an opportunity to rush to the forest (Sanjay Gandhi National Park) even if it meant making a trip all by himself. Fortunately for him field interactions with keen naturalists very early in his life laid a sound foundation regarding the natural history of various taxa, and helped him in interpreting the innumerable interactions between plants and animals. He was lucky to work closely with some eminent biologists and conservationists, who in turn fueled his passion to observe nature in a more systematic manner.

His interest in birds, took him to the forests of Arunachal Pradesh, where he sharpened his skills as a professional bird guide and participated in several bird and herpetofaunal surveys including the Eaglenest Biodiversity Project (which involved work on newly discovered and re-discovered species of birds and reptiles) with some of the best field biologists of the world. The project also allowed him to interact with local communities and understand their role as a dominant shaping force in that ecosystem.

For his master’s dissertation he worked on “Role of Brahmaputra and hill ranges as a biogeographic barrier for avian fauna of northeast India.” This was the very first study to combine biogeography and genetics on bird fauna of northeast India.

In October 2012, he was part of the team, which discovered mass hunting of Amur Falcons in the Doyang region of Nagaland, which led to an international conservation campaign. This resulted in a publication in the journal Science and a large-scale initiative to completely ban hunting of the species during the 2013 migration.

His long-term interest is to pioneer a nation-wide conservation program for birds outside protected areas.

About Mr. Ulhas Anand
Ulhas Anand has been associated with wildlife and the environment for over 25 years, starting out as a birdwatcher and a naturalist. His primary interest has been in building awareness and sensitising children towards the outdoors — conducting numerous nature camps, talks, walks and workshops for schools, colleges and corporates. He has been associated with various groups including Birdwatcher’s Field Club, Merlin Nature Club, WWF-India, and WildPassion. As a moderator for over 15 years, he helped BngBirds grow into one of the largest online discussion groups on birds and wildlife in India.

He is currently the co-founder at EcoEdu, an environment education startup focused on delivering high quality environment education through activities, games and publications. He has done his post graduation in Marketing from University of Wales, UK and builds software products for a living.

Illustrated talk on Monday | 13th March 2017 | 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071

RSVP: 98865 99675

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