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UNDERSTANDING NOCTURNAL LIFE AND HERPETOFAUNA

3-Days Workshop on Backyard Life and Bioacoustics

 

"If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos."
- E. O. WILSON

 

Not only are insects crucial elements of our ecosystems and environment but are also absolutely fascinating creatures to spare some time to observe and learn about.

Have you ever wondered about the jazz in your backyards after the sunset? Are you curious to know what lingers in your gardens and backyards? Do you know how the light pollution from the cities along the coast misguides turtle hatchlings' way into the sea? Have you learned why snakes are called the guardians of ecological stability and how well do you know about snake bite mitigation? Have you heard about the emerging field of ‘Acoustics’ and how can it be used to understand the life that mostly is heard not seen?

Here’s an opportunity to take your understanding of Nocturnal life and Herpetofauna to the next level. Learn the science of Nightlife with a focus on how to understand and deal with encounters with venomous species and the different aspects involved with acoustics through this workshop and gain a new experience.

 

Sound and light play a major role in the activities of Nocturnal life. Bioacoustic monitoring is a non-invasive method to study populations and communities of vocalising animals and is a very useful tool in identifying and estimating Nocturnal species composition within ecosystems. Hence, alternative ways of understanding species can aid a long way towards ensuring their survival through urbanisation, weather and climatic changes. So get on board and join us in this insightful webinar where we deep-dive into the world of insects, reptiles and much more!


Day 1 - 20th June 2022

Timing - 6:00-7:30

Topic - Nocturnal Insects and Herpetofauna in Urban Backyards

Get to know about what all comes under nocturnal life and the means to observe and identify them. Introduction to tools used to monitor and document nightlife and Ways through which you can become part of citizen science projects. You will also learn to conduct observation projects on iNaturalist.

About the Speaker:
Rohith Srinivasan is a young naturalist from Chennai who has travelled to wild regions throughout India. Rohith is an undergraduate student of Life Sciences at Ahmedabad University. He loves being in the wild from trekking up the mountains in search of birds, diving into the ocean and exploring the nights with turtles and moths to searching for snakes and butterflies in the scorching afternoon sun. As an Editor at the Young Naturalists’ Network, Chennai and a member of Madras Naturalists’ Society, he has been working on various wildlife ecology projects, documenting and contributing to conservation ever since the age of ten. 

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Day 2 - 21st June 2022

Timing - 6:00-7:30 pm

Topic - Snakes & Snake Bite Mitigation

Get to know about the basic ecology of snakes and identification of venomous snake look-alikes followed by envenoming snake bites and introduction to MCBT.

About the Speaker:

Gnaneswar is an early career conservationist working at the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust as the Project Coordinator for the Snakebite Mitigation project. He is a graduate of wildlife sciences and has over 5 years of professional experience in the field. Gnaneswar’s work entails sensitising communities, training capacities and policymaking.

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Day 3 -  22nd June 2022
Timing - 6:00-7:30 pm

Topic - Insight on acoustic communication in Amphibians

Deep dive into communication systems in Amphibians and how to collect the acoustic data and hand-on training on Raven pro.

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About the Speaker:

Dr Robin Suyesh is a field biologist and has primarily worked on the amphibians of South and Southeast Asia. His research to date has focused on understanding and documenting the behaviour and ecology of some very interesting amphibian species in the Western Ghats, Sri Lanka, the Himalayan region of the Indian Subcontinent and Malaysian Borneo and also on unravelling the amphibian biodiversity in these three amphibian hotspots through the description of new species( Co-authored 13 new species till date)

 

His PhD research was on “Acoustic communication in the bush frogs of genus Raorchestes and Pseudophilautus” from the University of Delhi in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, USA. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi.

Details of the Workshop:

Date: 20th, 21st and 22nd June 2022

Time: 6 pm - 8 pm

Duration: 60 - 120 minutes

Registration fee: ₹450 (The early bird discount is350 till 10th June)

For further queries contact: Vinay +91 7013101781 / vinaykumarkomaraneni@gmail.com

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