Thank you all for the encouragement and support you all gave for the Eco Walk program for the past one year. These one year long series intends to enhance the awareness of things around and within man.
During the long one year we covered many aspects of environment and ecology which can be seen from the blog. Now with a little modification we will be continuing these Eco Walk Program. We would like to include the following issues for discussion:
1. Conservation and restoration of the environment
2. Environmental Stewardship and shared responsibility
3. Short- and long-term consequences
4. Waste management
5. Energy and resource management
6. Relationship of technology and innovation to the environment
AN APPEAL: We do not get any grant from any source. All these programs were conducted with the help of voluntary donations from individuals. For a sustained continuation of these programs we need support from all the participants. For conducting one programme with 50 participants we need a minimum of Rs.15,000 per event. Since the future of India depends on the younger generation we intent to include high school and college students – at least 15 in each event. We do not want to burden the students by charging them. We request the other participants to share the expense by contributing a minimum of Rs.250 per head per event at the venue.
Man in Nature
Searching for anything to exploit some time worth while…….give a hand …and learn about nature?
Then RK Mission, Shivanahalli — Man in Nature Workshop Series is for you…..
What is it about?
The RK Mission, man in nature workshops are day-long monthly workshops spread over 12 months focusing field learning and reflections on various aspects of man nature interactions. Through these workshops, find out how sustainability and environmental responsibility are integral to our survival and what you can do to get involved and make a difference.
Third in this series of workshops is scheduled on Sunday, the 26th Jan 2014 at Shivanahalli. Eminent Ornithologist and scientist Dr.Krishna MB will be the resource person for this workshop.
Who can attend?
Anybody who is passionate about environment and would like to make a difference You can either register for one event or for the complete series of workshops
About Dr. M.B.Krishna
Dr. M. B. Krishna is an ecologist and ornithologist from Bangalore. He has been interested in conservation and habitat improvement for a long time now. He has advised many companies and individuals on modifying landscape garden plans to make them more urban-wildlife friendly. It is in this capacity that he is advising SAP Labs and Robert Bosch on making their campus gardens more functional. He has also advised other corporates like the Taj West End, Trans Indus, Fanuc India, Benson Company, TVS Motors, and others, and the Karnataka State Forest Department in issues related to birds, bird habitats, and landscaping. He believes that campuses and large gardens need to have a better ambience and better microclimate, given the current trends and change in climate and green cover, both globally and locally.
He was one of the key people in the preparation of the first and only annotated checklist of the birds of Bangalore, and the midwinter water-bird surveys conducted annually for a decade in the Bangalore area in the eighties and nineties. These efforts demonstrated that Citizen Science too could be effectively used to further our knowledge of birds and the local ecology.
The information base built up during the water-bird surveys led to the preparation of the Government’s Lakes Conservation Plan for Bangalore, and the proposals of the Government for Bangalore’s urban lake conservation to the Central Government and the Norwegian Government, both of which he was an active author of. The islands in Hebbal and Madiwala lakes were his idea. This effort demonstrated that awareness building coupled with an active monetary flow could help save habitats.
Dr. Krishna started the first email discussion group in the region to further the interest in birds and other wildlife, called BngBirds on Yahoo Groups, which has grown to be the largest discussion group for the subject in South Asia. The group is in its fifteenth year now.
8.30 am: Assemble, Breakfast
9.30 am: Introduction
10.00 am to 11.30 am: Eco-Walk to know more about wildlife, their habitat, behavioural aspects, conflicts, etc culminating at the Kaanana site. Walk led by Ulhas and his team…
11.30 am to 12.30 pm Shramadaan
12.30 pm to 1.30 pm: Lunch
1.45 pm to 2.00 pm: Introduction on the programme
2.00 pm to 3.30 pm: Talk and Discussion Session – Birds and Trees
Registration is mandatory for the participation. Please register below
Last Date For Registration is : Jan 24th 2014 , 21:00 HRS
Number of participants will be limited to 50.
PLEASE NOTE :
Participants are encouraged to carry water bottle & a hat to maintain the work efficiency at site during afforestation plus a umbrella would be an added advantage in the event of rain.
Participants are requested not to take Kids below 12 years.
Participants are to be sure they attend both morning and afternoon sessions
Murali : firstname.lastname@example.org (+919481247783)
RK Mission LL : 08027858022 or 08027858113
(Use these LL Numbers if you are not able to reach us on Cell numbers mentioned above)
How To Reach R. K. Mission?
Car Pooling (Please ensure pooling because it is all about conserving energy) .
Ideally it would be wise to go with Car pooling. In case car pooling is not possible one can use BMTC services.
- Take the Bannerghatta Road from the Bangalore City.
- Cross the Bannerghatta National Park – the road curves to the left at that place near the Bannerghatta Police Station.
- Proceed further towards Jigani Industrial township. Halfway, on the right handside you will see the Ramakrishna Mission, Shivanahalli hoarding. (You will also notice a Swamy Ayyappa temple hoarding).
- Take a right turn there and drive for about 10 kms. Do not take any side roads (rare and few) that you will come along.
- Travelling through the Bannerghatta National Park reserved forest, you will have to cross the Ragihalli village to come over to Shivanahalli.
BMTC Bus Service
The BMTC Bus no. is 370. From Kalasipalya, Departure :- 6:15 A.M , 7.30 A.M, 9.30 A.M, 12.30 P.M, 2.30 P.M, 3.30 P.M, 6.00 P.M, 9.00 P.M
The Ramakrishna Mission is located at the entrance of the Shivanahalli village. The locals can always guide you to either the Ramakrishna Vidya Kendra or the Sri Sharada Devi Chikitsa Kendra or the Brahmananda Vana.
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