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Winter Nature Camp

AERO conducted its flagship "Nature Camp for Youths" from 23 to 25 November 2018 at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary that was attended by 30 participants from all across Goa. Our camps are always a mix of fun and serious learning giving opportunity for all participants to explore nature like never before and a platform to discuss about burning and current environment issues of the world with our team.

Participants of the Winter Nature Camp came from all across Goa from different education background and prior experience.
Our youngest participant was just 15 years old and was one of the most enthusiastic person in the group.

The camp started off with an introduction of Team Arannya to the participants which was followed by an innovative method of getting participants introducing themselves and also to work as a team for the rest of the camp's duration. Our crew worked round the clock to keep participants engaged and ensured that every minute spent was either fun or a learning experience.

Introducing Team Arannya

A different take on getting everyone to work as a team

Team discussion session

Getting ready to perform

Participants sharing a lite moment

Our team demonstrating rules of the activity

Participants in action

Team Arannya

Participants got multiple opportunities to observe and photograph many of Western Ghat's endemic flora and fauna during the three nature trails conducted every day, giving a chance to observe animals from all niches. Nature trails were followed up every evening with great discussions which saw participation from all in the group. Topics of discussions ranged from, nocturnal fauna of Goa and the threats they face, bird migration and human influence on the life of birds, hunting of wild animals and what we as youth can do and how to be a more responsible internet wildlife-crusader. There were also multiple fun games and one of the most favourite activity for all the participants was the field sketching session, where Arannya's in-house artist Vighnesh Shinde taught participants the importance of field sketching and easy steps to do field sketching. 

Participants observing a basking Shikra

Closer look at the Flame-throated Bulbul

Evening trails and understanding termites

How best to understand the morphology of a Forest Wagtail?

Camp fires are the heart and soul of AERO's camps. We believe that fire and light resides in the hearts of the youths of the camp and hence shun actual fire and sit around the fire that is within everyone. Camp fire saw participants who in teams performed an amazing set of short skits based on topics of everyday relevance, ranging from the menace of plastics to wildlife conservation. The camp fire saw unbelievable showcase of talent and sportsmanship amongst participants, who did their best to out do the other teams. 

Participants all expectant before the commencement of the camp fire

Across the three days of the camp, participants were divided into six teams who constantly competed with each other in a fun way, and their performances were evaluated based on their content, innovative ideas, leadership skills and team spirit. Amongst the six teams one team was recognised as the "Green Team" of the Winter Camp 2018 for their all round performance. What set them apart was their amazing content and ideas that they executed throughout the various activities. 

Green Team of Winter Camp 2018

AERO always tries to ensure that participants of our camps get an opportunity to interact with the Range Forest Officer of the Wildlife Sanctuary, where camps are conducted. Dr. Sidhesh Naik, RFO- Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, kindly consented to interact with our participants and spoke to them about the challenges of managing a Wildlife Sanctuary and a Zoo. He also encouraged participants to take up Forest Services as a career option. At the end of the camp, participants wished that the three days did not end so soon and were a bag of mixed emotions, happy for having spent three great days amidst wilderness and sad that they had to now leave however with the promise that, no matter where they are, they will

Keep Watching...

Keep Listening...

Keep Exploring...

The group with Dr. Sidhesh Naik, RFO Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

The winter camp resulted in a comprehensive documentation of fauna while out on the nature trails, records of which were maintained by participants. Of the fauna recorded, birds and butterflies were maintained in a systematic checklist format, while all other fauna observed noted down with notes separately. 

List of birds documented during the camp

Sr No Common Name Scientific Name
1Indian Pond HeronArdeola bacchus
2Striated HeronButorides striata
3Grey JunglefowlGallus gallus
4Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
5Crested Serpent EagleSpilornis cheela
6ShikraAccipiter badius
7Crested Hawk EagleNisaetus cirrhatus
8White-breasted WaterhenAmauronis pheonicurus
9Rock PigeonColumba livia
10Spotted DoveStigmatopelia chinensis
11Vernal Hanging ParrotLoriculus vernalis
12Common Hawk CuckooHieococcyx varius
13Oriental Scops OwlOtus sunia
14Jungle OwletGlaucudium radiatum
15Brown Wood OwlStrix leptogrammica
16Sri Lanka FrogmouthBatrachostomus moniliger
17Jerdon's NightjarCaprimulgus atripennis
18Little SwiftApus affinis
19Malabar TrogonHarpactes fasciatus
20White-throated KingfisherHalcyon smyrnensis
21Green Bee EaterMerops orientalis
22Blue -tailed Bee EaterMerops philippinus
23Malabar Grey HornbillOcyceros griseus
24Brown-headed BarbetMegalaima zeylanica
25White-cheeked BarbetMegalaima viridis
26Brown-capped Pygmy WoodpeckerDendrocopos nanus
27Black-rumped FlamebackDinopium banghalense 
28Greater FlamebackChrysocolaptes lucidus
29Malabar WoodshrikeTepherodornis sylvicola
30Bar-winged Flycatcher ShrikeHemipus picatus
31Common IoraAegithina tiphia
32Small MinivetPericrocotus cinnamomeus
33Orange MinivetPericrocotus flammeus
34Greater Racket-tailed DrongoDicrurus paradiseus
35Ashy DrongoDicrurus leucophaeus
36White-bellied DrongoDicrurus caerulescens
37Bronzed DrongoDicrurus aeneus
38Indian Golden OrioleOriolus kundoo
39Black-hooded OrioleOriolus xanthornus
40White-spotted FantailRhipidura albogularis
41Indian Paradise FlycatcherTerpsiphone paradisi
42Black-naped MonarchHypothymis azurea
43Indian Jungle CrowCorvus culminatus
44House CrowCorvus splendens
45Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
46Red-whiskered BulbulPycnonotus jocosus
47Flame-throated BulbulPycnonotus gularis
48Yellow-browed BulbulAcritillas indica
49Common TailorbirdOrthotomus sutorius
50Blyth's Reed WarblerAcrocephalus dumetorum
51Tickell's Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus affinis
52Greenish WarblerPhylloscopus trochiloides
53Green WarblerPhylloscopus nitidus
54Large-billed Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus magnirostris
55Puff-throated BabblerPellorneum ruficeps
56Dark-fronted BabblerRhopocichla atriceps
57Jungle BabblerTurdoides striata
58Brown-cheeked FulvettaAlcippe poioicephala
59Velvet-fronted NuthatchSitta frontalis
60Malabar Whistling ThrushMyophonus horsfieldii
61Orange-headed ThrushZoothera citrina
62Indian BlackbirdTurdus simillimus
63Oriental Magpie RobinCopsychus saularis
64White-rumped ShamaCopsychus malabaricus
65Blue-capped Rock ThrushMonticola cincloryhynchus
66Brown-breasted FlycatcherMuscicapa muttui
67Taiga FlycatcherFicedula albicilla
68Tickell's Blue FlycatcherCyornis tickelliae
69Asian Fairy BluebirdIrena puella
70Nilgiri FlowerpeckerDicaeum concolor
71Purple-rumped SunbirdLeptocoma zeylonica
72Purple SunbirdCinnyris asiaticus
73Crimson-backed SunbirdLeptocoma minima
74Little SpiderhunterArachnothera longirostra
75Forest WagtailDendronanthus indicus
76Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoni

List of butterflies documented during the camp

S.No Common Name Scientific Name
 Papilionidae 
1Common Blue BottleGraphium sarpedon
2Tailed JayGraphium Agamemnon 
3Common RosePachliopta aristolochiae 
4Blue MormonPapilio polymnestor 
5Common MormonPapilio demoleus 
6Red HelenPrincepes helenus 
 Pieridae 
7PsycheLeptosia nina 
8Common WandererPareronia valeria hippia 
9Common EmigrantCatopsilla Pomona
10Small Grass YellowEurema brigitta rubella
11Common Grass YellowEurema hecabe 
 Lycaenidae 
12Common ImperialCneritra freja 
13Common CeruleanJamides celeno celeno 
14Pea BlueLamipes boeticus 
15Dark CeruleanJamides bochus 
16Common PierrotCastalius rosimon rosimon
17Plains CupidEdales pandava 
18Common Hedge BlueAcytolepsis puspa
 Riodininae 
19Double-banded JudyAbisara bifasciata  suffusa 
 Nymphalidae 
20Common Evening BrownMelanitis leda ismene 
21Medus BrownOrsotrioena medus medus 
22Common Bush BrownMycalesis perseus
23Common Four RingYpthima hubenri hubenri
24RusticCupha erymanthis
25Common LeopardPhalantha phalantha 
26Tamil YeomanCirrochroa thais
27Peacock PansyPrecis almana almana 
28Grey PansyPrecis atlites atlites 
29Chocolate PansyPrecis iphita iphita 
30Danaid EggflyHypolimnas missippus
31Common SailerNeptis hylas varmona 
32Grey CountTanaecia lepidea lepidea
33Common BaronEuthalia aconthea suddhodana 
34Tamil Lace WingCethosia nietneri nietneri
35Glassy TigerParantica aglea melanoides 
36Blue TigerTirumala limniace leopardus
37Striped TigerDanaus(Salatha) genutia 
38Plain TigerDanaus chrysippus
39Common CrowEuploea core 
 Hesperiidae 
40Brown awlBadamia exclamationis
41Fulvous Pied FlatPseudocoladenia dan
42Chestnut BobIambrix salsala 

List of Odonata documented during the camp

Sr No Common Name Scientific Name
 Libellulidae  
1Crimson Marsh GliderTrithemis aurora
2Crimson-backed Marsh HawkOrthetrum pruinosm
3Green Marsh HawkOrthetrum sabina
4Pied Paddy SkimmerNeurothemis tullia
 Gomphidae 
5Common ClubtailIctinogomphus rapax
 Libellulidae 
6Emerald Banded SkimmerCratilla lineata
7Asiatic BloodtailLathrecista asiatica
8Fulvous Forest Skimmer Neurothemis fulvia
9Wandering GliderPantala flavescense
10Brown Dusk HawkZyxomma petiolatum
 Coenagrionidae 
11White DartletAgriocnemis pieris
12Pygmy DartletAgriocnemis pygmaea
13Coromandel Marsh DartCeriagrion coromandelianum
 Platycnemididae 
14Bush DartCopera sp
 Calopterygidae 
15Clear-winged Forest GloryVestalis gracilis

List of other faunal groups documented during the camp

Sr No Common Name Scientific Name
 Mammals 
1Three-striped Palm SquirrelFunambulus palmarum
2Malabar Giant SquirrelRatufa indica
3Bonnet MacaqueMacaca radiata
4Grey LangurSemnopithecus
5Asian Palm CivetParadoxurus  hermaphroditus
6Spotted DeerAxis axis
 Reptiles 
1Green Vine SnakeAhaetulla nasuta
2Roux's Forest LizardCalotes rouxii
3Prashad's GeckoHemidactylus prashadi
4Brook's GeckoHemidactylus brooki
 Amphibians 
1Common Indian ToadDuttaphrynus melanosticus
2Amboli Bush FrogPseudophilatus amboli
3Common Tree FrogPolypedates leucomystax
4Marbled RamanellaUperdon mormorata
5Indian FrogIndirana sp
6Amboli CaecilianGegenophis danieli
 Other Fauna 
1Violin MantisGongylus gongylodes
2Hammer-head WormPlatyhelminthes sp.

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