Apoorva Joshi

PhD student - Information and Media; Environmental Science and Policy @Michigan State University

Independent journalist -

Environment, Science, International

Natural Skills and Scrub Jungle Ecology with Rom Whitaker

Hi all,
I thought this workshop might interest you, especially since we are camping at Rom's backyard and Rom is going to take a couple of sessions!
I have pasted the info below:
Naturalist Skills and Scrub Jungle Ecology at Rom Whitaker's - 14 to 17 July 2011
Rom Whitaker is a pioneer in reptile conservation and has been at the forefront of the field for around four decades. He founded the first snake park in India, the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Andaman and Nicobar Environmental Team, Irula Snake Catchers’ Co-operative Society among many other achievements and endeavours.
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Rom now lives on the edge of a reserve forest about an hour away from Chennai. He has set up a small campsite to allow enthusiasts to experience Nature and also build skills in field biology. 
The Gerry Martin Project will be taking a group over to Rom’s campsite to run them through the basics in field biology. 
We will be staying in shared tents at the campsite. The bathrooms are permanent structures which have running water. 
We will explore the surrounding forest and fields learning

  - Tracking skills 
  - Mapping 
  - Outdoor skills 
  - Camera trapping 
  - Faunal Surveys
  - Biostatistic methods 
  - Reptile biology 
  - Bird watching and a lot more.
There will also be discussions and presentations addressing various interest levels and dialogues.
 
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Dates and logistics: The group will leave Bangalore early morning on 14th July and will return around 5 pm on the 17th.
To register or to know more please get in touch with Conan on +91- 9972068300 or conan@gerrymartin.in / soham@gerrymartin.in
If you're interested, I can send you the registration and payment procedure. The workshop fee would be Rs.12,000/- including travel from and back to Bangalore, and Rs.10,800/- if you commute to the location on your own.
The highlights would be learning field techniques, scrub jungle ecology and a couple of sessions by Rom himself! Also, at the end of the workshop, you will get a certificate signed by him.

Cheers!

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