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You may be a PHOTOGRAPHER who has been clicking innumerable insect photographs and struggling to identify them. You might be a TEACHER who wishes to take their students on a nature trail, yet when it comes to insects you are clueless what you are looking at or you might a STUDENT who wishes to take student project on insects but do not know where you start or you might be an ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR who need to keep a pulse on all natural history happening, yet insects continue to challenge you. In all possibilities our online course could help you to overcome these challenges. JOIN India's first crash course on Insects that is being offered through a virtual class. A blended course with self assisted field visits and online assignments.
Course Fee: Rs. 4499/- Early Bird Offer: Rs. 3499/- if registered by 10 Feb 2021
Bugs on my mind!
The six-week course "Bugs for Beginners" came at a time when lockdown had been enforced and restricted movement had me chafing with restlessness. The course has meant six weeks of learning; learning to observe, ask questions, find answers- all of which has made me more curious about insects. I am now more aware of my surroundings, for even the small patch of garden which passed for my survey area threw up interesting observations. Even an annoying fly now grabs attention as it has a story waiting to be discovered and told. Interacting with other participants and discussing observations with the coordinators has been useful in identifications and better understanding. With well coordinated and regular assignments, interestingly titled chapters for further reading, do it yourself projects, online interactive sessions, virtual trips to insect land, participants sharing their pics on our lively WhatsApp group and down -to -earth experts travelling with us in this exploratory journey, the six weeks have just flown! As the butterfly does, so have I emerged from the course, changed and the wiser about Class Insecta!
Review by Kalpana J. on 7 Jul 2020
A lepidopterist who has been pursuing butterflies through his camera for the past 25 years. His pursuance gave India its first modern Field Guide to Indian Butterflies. He is the elected member of the Governing Council of the Bombay Natural History Society and has been associated with them for 35 years. He is known for his excellent wildlife photography and immense knowledge about natural history. His other publications include Common Wildflowers and Moths. He started his passion for wildlife with reptiles and then got involved with several other subjects and finally settled with butterflies. He is aptly known as 'Living Natural History Encyclopedia' and 'Butterfly Man'.
An award winning entomologist, educationist and entrepreneur, Dr. Shubhalaxmi has excelled in all her field of expertise. A moth researcher in 1993 with BNHS , becoming an environmental educator in 1997 and eventually transforming into an ecopreneur in 2014 after quitting her job- is a reckoning story of perseverance and resilience. Nature conservation and environmental protection is her domain. Her key competencies are organization development and business development. She founded three entities ; Ladybird Environmental Consulting, iNaturewatch Foundation and Birdwing Publishers. She has experience of designing and running online courses for over a decade. Courses run by her in her previous organization-BNHS were most popular ones.
Dr. V P Uniyal working as a scientist with the Willdlife Institute of India. He is been involved in ecological studies on high altitude insect diversity and identifying insect indicators for biodiversity monitoring. He specializes in Ecology and systematics of insects; bioindicators; biodiversity surveys; ecological monitoring in protected areas. He is working on Diversity of Moths (Lepidoptera:Heterocera) Assemblage and their Potential role as Conservation tool in Different Protected areas of Uttarakhand.
Assessment of pollinators in different agro ecosystem and forest types around Dehradun.
I recently completed this course. I loved everything about it. It is not just a certificate or a short term course, it's really a beautiful journey which makes U explore your field of interest and opens out "n" number of things amazing U. And definitely the knowledge u gain on Bugs, will walk along with you everywhere u go in life. The whole team, experts are very friendly and approachable answering all queries...
Still if anyone is thinking whether to join or not, I would suggest them to just go for it empty minded and I am sure U'll feel more than worth it..... 😎
Review by Yashaswini M. on 13 Jul 2020