Bhimashankar Patrolling-A photolog

Bhimashankar Patrolling-A photolog

by Nidheesh Nair

A hail of pebbles welcomed me when I reached Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary in mid  August. 

Rocky terrain Of Bhimashankar
Hot humid weather surprisingly changed into a pleasant one. Newly wet  fragrance of mother earth pierced in my nostrils.  I consider myself blessed to have been part of a week -long  volunteers patrolling programme conducted by Indian wild life club.    My fellow-patrollers were enthusiastic, brave and energetic forestry students and a young school principal.  

A group of energetic youngsters
Beauty of Bhimashanker depends upon the seasons.  A monsoon period is entirely different from hot  summer.  During  seven days of our patrolling programme,  we understood well how summer impacts  flora and fauna of the sanctuary.  It was very tough in parts.

Operation clean-up
Only enthusiasm and passion for  nature and the support of Forest officers especially Sunil Limaye,  led us to complete volunteers patrolling programme  successfully.  Trekking to Gorakhgad pinnacle within this time period was another milestone for us.  We also felt happy collecting whatever plastic bottles etc strewn around by others and disposing them off.   Our small contribution to keeping mother nature clean!
Trekkers with the Chief Conservator of Forests, Sunil Limaye and other officials

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