Sunday, March 4, 2018

Biodiversity Meet, Nagaland 2018

Butterflies & moths, birds, odonates, spiders, amphibians & reptiles, cicadas and more…

Sukhai, Ghukhuyi & Kivikhu, Zunheboto District, Nagaland

Dates: 9th May to 16th May 2018

Costs: Rs.16,500/- per person (for Indian citizens), ex Dimapur, including food, stay vehicle hire on all days on first come, first served basis by transferring 50% of the contributory amount to the
bank account below:

Bank details:

Send your contributory amount to
Account name: TITLI
Bank name: State Bank of India
Address: Jakhan, Dehradun
Current account number: 31058150506
IFSC code: SBIN0006155

And email your deposit details to

Maximum capacity: 16 people

About the biodiversity meet

This Biodiversity Meet is being organised to learn and document the biodiversity of Sukhai, Ghukhuyi and Kivikhu villages in Zunheboto District, Nagaland. Pia Sethi and her team from the The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI) has been working in this landscape for the last three years. As an outcome of their efforts, the three villages above have voluntarily formed Community Conserved Areas (CCAs) in order to protect their forests and associated biodiversity. Since the beginning of 2017, Titli Trust has been supporting TERI to assess the area’s biodiversity, as well as to evaluate the opportunity to initiate nature-linked tourism as an incentive to conserve. More than 200 species of birds, 120 species of butterflies, 200 species of moths have already been documents with many endemics. At this point in time, there is no tourism infrastructure in this area, and the Biodiversity Meet participants will be staying in homes of villagers.

Meet organisers

The meeting is being organised on a voluntary basis by TERI, Titli Trust, DiversityIndia, NatureMates and Indian Foundation for Butterflies. All proceeds from the meet will go to the local communities.


  • Boarding at Sukhai, Ghukhuyi and Kivikhu villages.
  • 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch & dinner). Non vegetarian meals are included.
  • Vehicle hire for the duration of the meet (4 people to a vehicle).
  • Arranging for ILP’s.
  • Local guides.


  • Personal expenses such as tips, phone bills, bottled water & bottled beverages.
  • Rail and/or airfare to and from Dimapur.
  • Insurance and medical claims.
  • Lunch on the last day.

Participants need to arrive at Dimapur airport on 9th May 2018 by 1230 hrs.
Participants will be dropped off at Dimapur airport on 16th May 2018 by 1100 hrs.


Village homes at Sukhai, Ghukhuyi and Kivikhu on a shared basis.

Visit day-to-day schedule:

  • 9th May 2018: Departure from Dimapur airport at 1300 hrs. 10 our drive to Sukhai.
  • 10, 11th May 2018: Sukhai village & surrounds. 11th May travel to Ghukhuyi (5 km, 20 minutes).
  • 12th, 13th May 2018: Ghukhuyi & surrounds. 13th May travel to Kivikhu (25 km, 1.5 hours)
  • 14, 15th May 2018: Kivikhu & surrounds. 15th May late afternoon travel to Wokha/Kohima.
  • 16th May 2018: travel to Dimapur

Schedule of activities (based on participants):

  • Brief about the area; interaction with the Sema tribe and their conservation plans.
  • Trails for butterfly, bird and other faunal group daily.
  • Moth/insect screens every night.
  • “Herp” walks at night.
  • Identification sessions for various species’ groups in the evening.
  • Upload of information on various NCBS/IFB websites.

Contacts for this Biodiversity meet:

  • Sanjay Sondhi, Titli Trust,, +91 9412052189
  • Pia Sethi, TERI,, +91 9811222321
  • Vijay Barve, DiversityIndia,, +91 9845724832  (What'sApp and Telegram)
  • Krushnamegh Kunte, IFoundButterflies,

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Birds of India website launched

India has remarkable bird diversity, a long history of ornithology, and a strong community of birders. Thus, it is incredible that we do not have a dedicated, comprehensive and scholarly website on Indian birds. Birds of India website is an effort at developing such an online platform, providing a critical and freely available resource that has been sorely missing. It will draw upon the expertise of a large number of ornithologists and advanced birders, and contributions from amateur birders, naturalists and photographers, who together make up the Birds of India Consortium.

Birds of India website has three main objectives: (1) generate a library of carefully curated reference images of Indian birds, (2) consolidate available information on Indian birds and make it freely available on the website, and (3) encourage collection of new information on all aspects of Indian birds through rigorous natural history observations and ecological research. Like its sister websites, this website is heavily dependent on citizen scientists.

Birds of India website uses the powerful online framework developed by the Butterflies of India website. In the coming months and years, we will make this website mobile-friendly and develop a few apps that will help you contribute to this website through mobile devices. We will also think of ways to integrate and complement our efforts with other projects such as eBird. Just as critical as these developments, we want to significantly expand the Birds of India Consortium to include many more editors and reviewers who form the backbone of such a project. We invite more and more citizen scientists to contribute reference images and textual information that will make this website an indispensable reference on Indian birds. We hope that you will join us in developing this valuable resource, and strengthen citizen science in India.

-- Editors, Birds of India website,website, and the Birds of India Consortium. 1 November 2017.

Monday, October 30, 2017

SpiderIndia Meet 2017/2018

Update : 2017-10-31
[Information on this page might change frequently over next few weeks]

We are in early stages of finalizing a SpiderIndia meet for this year end. Registration details would be available soon.

As per the voting, we have decided on Option A

Option A Gibbon WLS 
3 days 2 night (22,23,24 Dec.) 
INR 5100.00 Covering all food stay and Travel (to and fro from Guwahati to Mariani) Local convenience, t.shirt, forest entry fees, Guide fees. The stay will be inside the forest, in Forest IB of Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary. Very basic multiple share accommodation. (Boys and Girls separate). 
It will be a DiversityIndia initiative SpiderIndia 
Event Local organizer WE Foundation India 

Later in 2018 we would be planning a meet here.
Option B Patandevi (ex Jalgaon MH) 
3 days 2 night (5-6-7 Jan 2018) 
INR 5500.00 Covering all food stay and Travel (to and fro from Jalgao) Local convenience, t.shirt, forest entry fees, Guide fees. The stay will be Basic multiple share accomodation. (Boys and Girls separate). 
It will be a DiversityIndia initiative SpiderIndia 
Event Local organiser Vanyajeev Sanrakshan Sanstha 

We are voting on Facebook currently for deciding on the venue.[Voting closed]