Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bird Count In Pakke Tiger Reserve ,Arunachal Pradesh - 3rd November 2013 to 9th November 2013

Dear Birdwatchers,

It is a pleasure to invite you and your friends for the citizen participatory initiative in Pakke Tiger Reserve-Arunachal Pradesh..An opportunity for the ordinary citizens who are also avid birders to take part in the scheduled bird count planned for the winter of 2013.

The initiative is being co-ordinated by Pakke Tiger Reserve Authority ,Help Tourism & IT Nature Club.

The aim is to collect a database of birds by using the "unlimited point count' in the allocated transects across the park.

The participation fee of Rs.6,000 per participant will be used for the conservation efforts in the park. This amount will be utilized by Pakke Tiger Reserve Authority & Ghora Aabhe Society for conducting regular livelihood programs for the community who are living on the fringes of the park to become partners in the conservation efforts.

Ghora Aabhe Society is a registered group of twelve village chiefs from around the park.Ghora Aabhe Society along with the forest department supports conservation efforts in and around the park.They enforce customary laws, institute penalties against hunting / logging and organize conservation awareness programs around Pakke Tiger Reserve. Representatives of the society also run the Pakke Jungle Camp - a community managed stay option in Seijosa under the guidance and support from Help Tourism.

Help Tourism ( ) is an award winning, reputed and pioneering rural tourism organization which has been regularly organizing capacity building and livelihood programs for the communities living around the protected areas in East & North East India such as Pakke Tiger Reserve.
You can request for  Participation Form and more details ​by emailing us at OR calling us on +91 9845383882

Date of the bird count : 3rd November 2013 to 9th November 2013.

Last date for submission of form along with payment : 15th August 2013
We strictly adhere to the first come first reserved principle for participation.
Join us with your birding friends for an amazing  birding and trekking experience in the Eastern Himalayas.
Best regards,

Geetanjali Dhar

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Third Sunday Trail - Bird List - 16/06/2013

The day was cloudy but the number children who took part in the walk, brightened the entire trail.
As usual NTP was well represented .

As usual few more areas have been taken over by the builders and what was once a nice green patch has been converted into a layout.

Highlight of the trail was spotting a Yellow Wattled Lapwing, which I had not seen earlier around this patch.

All in all a nice pleasant walk through Kaleshwari. Another highlight was the discovery of a new eatery in Bannerghatta thanks to Prashanth Kumar, who however could not join us for the breakfast...

Bird List:

  1. Common Iora
  2. Yellow-wattled Lapwing
  3. Black Kite
  4. Ashy Prinia
  5. Plain Prinia
  6. Common Myna
  7. Large-billed Crow
  8. Green Bee Eater
  9. Rose-ringed Parakeet
  10. Red-whiskered Bulbul
  11. White-browed Bulbul
  12. Red-vented Bulbul
  13. Black Ibis
  14. Spotted Dove
  15. White-throated Kingfisher
  16. Pied Bushchat
  17. Little Egret
  18. Black Drongo
  19. Oriental Magpie Robin
  20. Common Hoopoe
  21. Greater Coucal
  22. Red-wattled Lapwing
  23. Plum-headed Parakeet
  24. Asian Koel
  25. Ashy Woodswallow

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Third Sunday Nature Trail - 16th June 2013


Its time again to reconnect with nature, and enjoy the flora and fauna around Bannerghatta.
This month's Third Sunday Trail will be held on 16th June 2013.
Place : Road connecting Bannerghatta Anekal Road to Kaleshwari Forest Gate (First forest gate you encounter on your way to Shivanahalli ).We shall explore the surrounding of the village and the estates around there.

Meeting Time : 6.30 AM
Meeting place : Ragihalli Gate Bus Stop ( 12.800178,77.598994 )
Comfortable clothing,good walking shoes, a cap, water bottle,rain wear,binocular ( if you have), a camera ( if you like to shoot) and snacks that you dont mind sharing  is what you need to join the trail. This outing is free and open to all ages who can walk the trail of around three to four hours .
Please be noted that as coordinators we shall not be held responsible for any mishap that may happen during such trails. You are responsible for your own self! So request all to be responsible participants during such trails.
We recommend car-pooling between participants. While confirming participation please also indicate your contact details and the route you will be taking to reach Bannerghatta Circle. If traveling in your 
own car, please do indicate if any spare capacity is available.
Geetanjali Dhar
 +91 9845383882