Events in March, 2011

Pollinators and Pollination in a Changing World

A Workshop from 7th to 11th March, 2011, Bangalore

Call for Applications

Applications are invited from students working in the fields of ecology, evolution and
conservation to apply for participation in an upcoming workshop, to be conducted at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore.

To apply, please send your résumé and a brief write-up (of no more than 200 words) on how this workshop will be useful to you, to:

Participation is based on selection that takes into account each applicant’s academic background and plans. Fifteen students will be selected for the workshop. All participation costs (travel by 2-tier AC train, accommodation, and daily allowance) of selected students will be covered by workshop organizers. We will begin reviewing applications on 18th February, 2011.

*Workshop Details*

This 5-day workshop will introduce students to a range of topics important in the interactions between flower visitors (particularly bees) and flowering plants, both in natural and agricultural systems. A good understanding of plant-pollinator relationships can only be obtained from insights into the needs of both pollinators (obtaining food, shelter, etc.)
and plants (obtaining high-quality cross-pollination of its flowers).

This course will address many aspects of this complex relationship, including foraging behaviour, sensory and community ecology of pollinators, floral rewards, plant-pollinator networks, and plant breeding systems. In addition, we will address the current state of pollinators and plants, how global change affects this relationship, what it means for human society, and what we can do about it.

*Coordinated by:* Koos Biesmeijer, Bill Kunin (University of Leeds), &
Stuart Roberts (University of Reading).

*Organized by:* UK-India Education and Research Initiative with University
of Leeds, Nature Conservation Foundation, Indian Institute of Science
National Centre for Biological Sciences.

Are you a tree-watcher?

-Anywhere in India, Any time

Do you love the beautiful trees in your garden, on the roadsides, and where you study or work? Would you like to contribute to a better understanding of our trees?

SeasonWatch  (, is a citizen volunteer network that monitors the seasons as revealed by trees. They document the timing of flowering, fruiting and leaf-flush of roughly 100 tree species, and explore how this timing may be changing as the climate changes. There is no long-term information of this kind from India, so you can contribute a better understanding of nature by simply watching the trees you love!

Just identify a tree (or more) near you and monitor it every week.  Upload this information through your account on the SeasonWatch website to add to the data collected by volunteers all across the country. Any interested person can take part -- no specialist
knowledge is required.

SeasonWatch is a purely non-commercial and free activity; its purpose is to understand changes in the natural world; and the information collected is open to all. In the future, they will have a sub-programme for schools and other groups; a discussion board; and ways to search, visualise and download all information collected by SeasonWatch volunteers.

Please join today, and let a friend know as well!

Suhel Quader, Arun Elassery and Uttara Mendiratta
Citizen Science Programme
National Centre for Biological Sciences

Sreekanth Sreedharan and Prakash Iyer
Wipro Applying Thought in Schools

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE),
Royal Enclave, Jakkur Post, Srirampura
Bangalore- 560064, India
Phone - +91 9448714856 (Mobile)

Madhura Niphadkar
Sr Research Associate
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
Ph. No. +91-80-23635555 Ext 309.


Did someone say, Strength, Stamina, Speed are the domain of Men???

Challenge them!!!

-Pune, 8th March

Announcing an ALL WOMEN Rafting Tour on Kundalika. Can there be a better way to celebrate Women's Day???!!!

We at Kundalika Rafting, would like to offer this special batch exclusively meant for Women across Pune and Mumbai, to participate and experience the thrill of Rafting, on the day that is meant for them.

Program details:
0530 hrs Leave Pune (Packed Breakfast enroute)
0800 hrs Reach & Report @ Kundalika starting point (Rafting)
0830 - 0930 hrs Pre rafting session, Gear-up, Rescue techniques,

Synchronization and set for rafting
0930 hrs Rafting session on river kundalika after the release of water from Bhira dam.
1130 hrs Reach Rafting End Point. Leave for the Lodge for Lunch.
1245 hrs Reach the Lodge & Rest
1300 hrs Buffet Lunch
1400 hrs Rest & Leisure Time
1445 hrs Group Games
1745 hrs Evening Tea Coffee with snacks
1830 hrs Leave for Pune
2100 hrs Reach Pune

Charges: Rs. 1800 (per participant)

For More information & Registrations Contact:

PUJA - 9272882874, NIKHIL - 9011344536, BISHWAJIT - 9049544975

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