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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Great Himalayan National Park with BNHS

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GREAT HIMALAYAN NATIONAL PARK
Date: 25th April–1st May, 2015
The Great Himalayan National Park is carved out of the splendid mountain terrain of Kullu district, and is the largest protected area in Himachal Pradesh. Great Himalayan National Park is also a World Heritage Site. The secluded Sainj valley harbour a variety of wildlife common to this area - wild mountain goats like the Bharal, Goral, and Serow, the Himalayan Brown Bear and predators like the Leopard and the very rare Snow Leopard. Birds like Himalayan Pied Kingfisher, Brown Dipper, Bearded Vulture, and Himalayan Parakeet can be seen during the trek.

Date: 25th April–1st May, 2015 
Grade: Moderate
Camp Charges: Rs. 20,800/- for Members and Rs. 22,000/-for others. (ex-Delhi).
Accommodation: Dormitory, and during the treks will be twin/triple sharing Tents. Sleeping bags and mattress will be provided.




How to reach (Majnu Ka Tila): Majnu-ka-Tila is about 5 km from Delhi ISBT opposite the Tibetan Village on the main MG Marg. There is a petrol pump on the main road, most private buses operate from there. The best way is to come via the Airport Metro till New Delhi Metro Station and ask for a cab or an auto-rickshaw to drive you to Majnu ka Tila.
Cost includes: Cost is inclusive of local transport, Delhi-Kullu-Delhi by Volvo, food, accommodation in dormitories and tents (double sharing), permits to the GHNP, all camping equipment, local NGO fees, and BNHS expertise.

Cost Excludes:

  • Any personal expenses.
  • Porterage (Porters for carrying personal equipment can be provided at extra cost on per day basis on prior notice)
  • We can keep the extra luggage at Sairopa base camp and carry only what is needed for the trek.
Registration*: Kindly contact us at 22871202/22821811  or e-mail us at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com.

Why explore Nature with BNHS ? 

BNHS, a membership-driven organization, has been promoting the cause of nature conservation for more than 130 years since 1883. The Society's guiding principle has always been that conservation must be based on scientific principles.  Today a number of BNHS scientists  are engaged in several  nature conservation projects  across  India.   
BNHS  nature walks and  camps are  all about the wildlife and here members share their appreciation for nature and wildlife.  Here is a perfect opportunity to develop hobbies like nature photography and bird-watching in the company of like-minded  people and share knowledge with experts. BNHS programmes are specially designed to let seniors as well as youngsters enjoy the pursuit of Nature appreciation.  And moreover, your participation in these activities help BNHS to generate the much-needed funds for the conservation of India’s biodiversity. 
--------------------------------------------------------------Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) is an NGO working in the field of nature and wildlife conservation since 1883 and as a part of our educational activities and nature awareness campaign, we  conduct various nature camps and wildlife safari camps across India like Kanah National Park, Lakshdweep Island, Dudhwa and many more and also at foreign destinations like Tanzania,Kenya, Malaysia, Bhutan, Madagascar. By participating in the camp with the BNHS you are supporting the BNHS and its cause for nature and wildlife conservation
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For details call : 022-22821811 email : bnhs.programmes@gmail.com

For more details on future camps and trails : http://goo.gl/5f86z6 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Elusive Behavior of the Erre Silk Moth



In Search of the Elusive Behavior of the Erre Silk Moth in the Great Himalayan National Park
Nature keeps on demystifying itself with some unique images captured by intrepid explores like Panki Sood in the Great Himalayan National Park. The park located in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh is one of the last remaining bastions of unique flora and fauna in the Western Himalayas & in the final stages of being declared as a World Heritage Site. The above picture was shot in the buffer zone of the national park in a untouched valley called Tirthan.
As Panki Sood who is known for his nocturnal escapades to click wildlife was on the move he noticed this unique phenomenon of a Erre Silk Moth guzzling water and shooting it out from the rear. The phenomena photographed with beautiful precision gave birth to a discussion within experts who had also bred this moth for commercial purposes as it has been never seen before. Since Saturniidae do not have functioning mouth parts (i.e. no or vestigial haustellum), so this individual can't be drinking water. That begs the question "what the ..... is it doing?"  One of the theories was that, it may have been  a freshly emerged moth which, after expanding its wings, was ejecting excess liquid. A suggestion was given to  breed them, (they are very easy to breed), and then conduct this experiment, with several specimens, it would be better, since the assumptions above, that it is actually drinking and venting liquid, if proved, will change the way we look at the lack or reduction of mouthparts in moths.
All butterflies and moths have body fluids when they emerge, which is used to pump into the hollow "veins" of the wings, thus allowing them to expand. During this process, the insect often vents fluid from the rear end of the abdomen, albeit not as a spray as captured in Panki’s photo, but a few drops...Hence another hidden facet of nature was revealed high up in the Himalayas.