April 23, 2010

A Naturalist's Beginning!

With our wild ecosystems rapidly vanishing, our cities being deprived of anything natural and species disappearing before our eyes, there seems to be a resurgence of interest and concern for the environment and wildlife. More people than ever are getting interested in Nature, taking time off from their work or even completely changing careers to experience and learn more about the natural world. 
Unfortunately, there aren’t many avenues that give people the opportunity to experience Nature while learning every step of the way.  This May, The Gerry Martin Project will be running a naturalist’s skill building workshop that will focus on a lot of the usually left out aspects such as reptiles, insects and amphibians. We will also look into aquatic life in a lake.  The program will be conducted at Rathnapuri Village, near Hunsur. We will camp on the banks of a lake in a fruit orchard. Here, there will be plenty of opportunity to explore habitats, understand tracking, develop skills and understand some aspects of animal behaviour. 
We will have a guide who has generations of wisdom in tracking snakes and small animals. We will learn the intricacies of the tell tale signs that experts see while tracking. There will be leaders in the field of husbandry of reptiles and amphibians who will share their experience and expertise with us, helping us build strong contextual skills and understanding of these enigmatic animals. 
  • Herpetological exploration and field techniques
  • Game tracking
  • Exploring aquatic ecosystems
  • Understanding taxonomy
  • Angling
  • Game drive
  • Night surveys                        
Dates: 28th to 30th May
For further details or to register please get in touch with Chaitanya on 9886285988 (chaitanya@gerrymartin.in) or Soumya on 9902890909 (soumya@gerrymartin.in)