The Himalayan ecology course is designed for those who have a particular interest in nature and want to understand the dynamics and interactions that happen in an ecosystem. Focussing on the Himalayan bio-region we will study the various landscapes that make up the region, its special flora and fauna, its fragility, importance and current conservation issues. The objective of this course is to provide participants with hands-on knowledge in the field of flora & fauna identification, nature interpretation, wildlife and conservation issues. While being the perfect introduction to our surroundings, it also intends to set a solid platform for participants who would like pursue the study of nature either in their leisure time or as a career.
Comprising of a combination of field sessions, classroom discussions and group reflections the course will impart indispensable knowledge on nature observation, awareness and appreciation while inculcating some very practical life skills.
Participants will learn skills like nature observation and documentation, identifying flora and fauna, reflecting and journalling, wildlife survey methods like spot surveys, line-transects, quadrants, camera-trapping. They will get involved in a citizen science project where they can record and collate their observation data.
Introduction to Himalayan ecology
Nature observation and survey methods
Field-trip to Jabarkhet Nature Reserve (JNR)
Nature journaling and sketching, Identification, tracks and signs
Elusive Himalayan wildlife and their conservation
If you’ve ever been fascinated by nature and wondered why some plants are the way they are or why some animals do what they do or found yourself pondering by a stream on how many micro-organisms could be living in there, then this course is for you! Perfectly suited for those who have a general interest, those who want a deep dive into nature in the Himalayas and for those who wish to perhaps pursue a future in ecology and biology.