Hariyali to conduct workshops for Sanjay Gandhi National Park annual animal census

The concrete jungle that our city is, it hardly throws up a chance to connect with the wild, even if we have the sprawling national park within city limits. So, when the forest department offers amateurs the chance to participate in the animal census undertaken in wildlife sanctuaries around the city, it’s an opportunity you better grab.
What to expect
While the department encourages amateurs to participate in the census, they stress the need for volunteers to possess basic skills required to conduct the exercise. And this is where NGOs step in to help train participants.

Hariyali, a Thane-based NGO that has been associated with the forest department for three years, is currently conducting workshops at the Thane-end of SGNP and hopes to have a team of 50 volunteers ready for the census trails scheduled between May 3 and 9.

“The introductory workshop teaches participants basic census techniques that include pug mark tracing and casting. We have to ensure that volunteers have an understanding of these methods since they are expected to assist the under-staffed forest department,” says Saurabh Thakekar, project co-ordinator with Hariyali.

The basic workshop is followed by a longer trail that covers about 4 sq. km. of the national park. This is where the theory lessons held at previous workshops come in handy. The volunteers are tested for physical fitness, and observation skills on field. Having completed the training, you are ready to head out into Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary near Shahpur, Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary near Murud Janjira and Karnala Bird Sanctuary near Panvel, for the actual census.

Who can participate?
The forest department and NGO allow any wildlife lover to volunteer, as long as you they are enthusiastic and 15 years or over.

Source: MidDay

9 thoughts on “Hariyali to conduct workshops for Sanjay Gandhi National Park annual animal census

  1. hi…….
    i want to wok with your organisation during my leave period as a volunteer. i dont require any money for this work just want to be with the nature and get connected.
    I m a working profesional but however i have been associated with the nature since long.
    plz do revert back in case i can be of any help

  2. Hi ,
    I would be interested to join the workshop.Presently m off my work ,and have rented a house behind the National Park.But since i never got much time to explore I believe this could be best opportunity for me and my husband to join.I love forests ,trees river flowing by and to the top most i love animals …..
    I’ll be w8in for a reply

  3. Hello Sir,
    I am interested to participate in the census. I am a student of B.Sc. Forestry and am seeking for practical work experience in the field. Please let me know if i can participate. Thank you.

  4. PLease let me know if there are any upcoming projects please.
    Thank you.

  5. Thanks for visiting this site.

    Do keep visiting.

    There is a calander of activities for June and July and August and September in the posts.

    Look them up and let us know if yu want to take part in those activities.


  6. Regrets for late answer.

    Please refer to the calanders for June, July, Aug and Sept. You are welcome to take part in these activities.


  7. Hi

    I have gone through this website only this morning. I would like to take part of this initiative as a volunteer. Kindly let me know how I need to proceed further.


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