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Wildlife/Photography Expedition to Agumbe

Amoghavarsha, an experienced wildlife photographer, is conducting another monsoon wildlife/photography expedition.

The next monsoon expedition to Agumbe is scheduled for 28th and 29th of August. This will be the last expedition in the peak monsoons, after this the monsoons will subside and so will photography opportunities.

The last expedition was exciting and very fruitful with sightings of 2 wild King Cobras at close quarters and of course many more snakes, frogs and nocturnal animals.

Do take a look at

http://amoghavarsha.com/workshops/agumbe/

for more information, testimonials and photographs.

If any of you are interested, contact Amogh at +91 99010 44344.

First Asian from Bangalore qualifies for RAAM

In its 27 year history, RAAM has never had an Indian participant. This year, Bangalore based cyclist Samim Rizvi broke all records by cycling a distance of 700 kms in 24 hours (March 6/7 weekend) qualifying for the event.

The target was 675 kms but Samim wanted to do a tad better and rounded it off to 700 kms. A moment that will go down in history for sure.

Samim Rizvi

Samim Rizvi

Vivek Radhakrishnan, who is another well known figure on Bangalore’s cycling circuit had this to say: “…when you actually think about the distance itself, 700 km, that is another mind-boggling thing. In fact it is so unbelievable, that many have always doubted Samim’s achievements and plans, but I have seen him, and accompanied him on a few of these crazy sessions, so to the skeptics I say “start believing, and if you care about cycling in India, start supporting and cheering this athlete who is making cycling history in this country right now!”

He continues: The qualifying distance was covered at 23 hrs with an hour to go at about 7:20 am, so we had about 50 minutes to get back to the starting point to complete his personal goal of 700 in 24. The remaining 25 kms was amazing, supporters started showing up car after car, in the end we were a convoy of a few bikers and numerous cars on the highway. People leaning out of windows, standing through the sunroofs, cheering, taking pictures and filming with their camcorders. There were people waiting along the side of the high way, it was superb, Samim kept saying “I cant believe this, this is the most amazing day of my life”.”

Samin has always been passionate about cycling. In college, he would cycle 67 km to college. His penchant for distance cycling started all the way back in childhood, when his brother and he would hire a bicycle for 50p.

In year 2006, in a bid to raise awareness on global warming, Samim ran from Bangalore to Mumbai and cycled all the way back. The team educated dhaba owners and truckers about global warming and the effects of CFS. He trains hard every week on stretches like the 120 km Bangalore-Mysore highway and on the Bangalore-Nandi Hill route.

This year in July, Samim will participate at the ultra marathon cycling race event, RAAM, which is to be held at ocean side California to Annapolis Maryland. Racers cover a distance of over 3000 miles in less than 10 days. That is about 50% longer in half the time as the Tour de France. The Solo and Team finishers collectively travel a combined distance equivalent to circling the Earth at the equator seven times!

Samim (earlier with Red Rooster Racing) is now being promoted by BullDog Sportz.

He’s a real inspiration for the Bangalore biking community, which is increasing by leaps and bounds. If you, frustrated by Bangalore’s traffic want to be a part of the solution and not the problem, then do log in and become part of this active and thriving community!

Rock-Climbing Meet at Turahalli, 21 Feb 2010

Celebrating Turahalli.

It is that time of the year once again, when all the rock climbers in
and around get together for some bouldering at Turahalli. It’s also
the time for us to spread the awareness about sport and grow the
climbers tribe.

Turahalli hillock is a place with lot of boulders and wildlife just
off Kanakapura road and around 8 kilo-meters from Banashankari Temple
in Bangalore South. It has been the practising ground for the rock
climbers in and around Bangalore for many decades.

Celebration of Turahalli by Rock Climbers.
Rock climbers in and around Bangalore are gathering on Sunday 21st Feb
morning in Turahalli to celebrate the place which has been fueling
their dreams as climbers. As part of the celebration demonstration
climbs, introduction to rock climbing sessions, interaction with
climbers will be happening among other things.

This will be a good place and time to take your climbing shoes out if
have not been to Turahalli in recent times. And it will be good time
if you are totally new to this sport or a rock climbing enthusiast who
wants to learn about Rock Climbing, get information about climbing and
places in and around bangalore as there will be activities for the new
comers to the sport.

General Information:
* The activities will be on from morning 7:30AM till 11:00AM on 21st
Feb 2010
* Though we are constantly in touch with Sun god, he might be at his
usual best being a sunny weekend of Feb, be sure to wear appropriate
clothing for outdoors, hats etc.
* Canvas shoes are ideal if you are a beginner climber.
* There is no water available at Turahalli, please make sure you bring
enough water/snacks along with you.
* Consume enough water and keep yourself hydrated when in the field.
* Help us make this a litter free area, ask for garbage bags if you
need to throw anything away.
* Do drop us an email at climbfest [at] dreamroutes [dot] org if you are planning
to be there at Turahalli on sunday.
* More information about Turahalli is available at
http://www.dreamroutes.org/saveturahalli/

How to get there?

Please use the Map below which will guide you in the direction. Also
for the benefit of first comers, there is a meeting point suggested.
The point is opposite to Metro on Kanakapura road near the Khoday
breweries. If you are there before 7:20AM you can join the others and
come to Turahalli.

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=12.888077,77.536354&spn=0.02029,0.040169&t=hz=15&msid=105749079046411568718.000446ff4f90eaf3de555

Assam & Arunachal naturalists trip

T Nature Club is pleased to announce its winter trail to a beautiful region of the North East India… Namdapha.

Dibru-Saikhowa is a biosphere reserve. This little known site, is one of the biodiversity hot spots situated in the south bank of the river Brahmaputra. It is located in the alluvial flood plains of the Brahmaputra. Fashioned by nature – earthquakes and ever changing water courses it has numerous island pockets and water bodies providing an unusual habitat for varied wildlife
and aqua fauna and avifauna.

Contained between the Debang, Lohit & the Great Brahmaputra rivers,the 340 sq Kms reserve was set up with a view to protecting the grass land and swamp habitat. Its internal water channels & bodies,seasonally flooded forests, “beels”, and grassy pockets, makes it an interesting birding destination for rare specialized grass land and swamp forest birds such as the threatened Marsh Babbler, Jerdon’s Babbler, Black throated Parrotbill, Rufous-vented( swamp) Prinia, and Jerdons Bushcat. You can also spot altitudinal migrants such as Pale-capped pigeon, White-tailed Rubythroat,and Black – breasted Thrush, and various warblers. More than 300 species have been recorded.
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Photography Expedition to Agumbe

Photography Expedition to:
Agumbe Rainforest
May 30-31, 2009

GreatEscapes, in association with Pixetra Club, presents an expedition in to the heart of the Western Ghats with wildlife photographer Amoghavarsha.

Spend 2 days in the thick rainforests of Agumbe, a
King Cobra haven that receives the second highest rainfall in India.
Camp at the country’s first rainforest research station – the ARRS,
and experience Radio Telemetry Tracking of animals first hand.

The photo expedition involves trekking through pristine forests which are home to several rare and endemic species of animals, found nowhere else on the planet. Photograph these rare species in addition to beautiful waterfalls and landscapes that would leave you mesmerized.

The total cost of the expedition ex-Bangalore is Rs 8900/-,
which includes a pre-expedition workshop, travel charges to Agumbe and back,
food and accommodation, local transport and guide and tracker charges.

For further details log on to

www.greatescapes.co.in

To register, please call

Ajay: 98441 61733 / 98861 01005
or Email

info@greatescapes.co.in

Or directly contact:

Amoghavarsha:

+91 9901044344

Website:
http://amoghavarsha.com

Email:
email@amoghavarsha.com

Urban Explorer: Unusual Enviromental Workshop for Children by ESG

Environment Support Group

Presents

Urban Explorers

A summer workshop for kids (ages 11-15)

A five day action packed week of exploration of Namma Bengaluru

Understand your city: Learn from outdoor sessions

Learn about how old is my city? How big is my city? How many are we in the city? How do we move in the city and what are its impacts? From where does my city get its water and what happens to the water I flush? How green is my city? How much waste does my city generate and where does it go? What is climate change and how will it affect me?

And most importantly what can I do for my city?

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Underwater Photography Exhibition

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Bangalore’s first underwater photography exhibition. Check out the magic of marine life this MONDAY 5TH JANUARY 6:30-9:30 PM at Global Tree Cafe, F&B (Pappanna St, off St Mark’s Road)

www.fandb.in

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Wildlife Expedition to Agumbe, 24 and 25 Jan,2009

Amoghavarsha J S, who has moved from the I T industry to become a wildlife photographer, is well-known to all of us. His photographs have been featured in the WWF calendar, and he has been showcased in prestigious magazines such as Better Photography. His last wildlife expedition to Agumbe was a great success (yes, I know, because I paid and went!) and by popular demand, he is repeating the expedition this month, on the 24th and 25th January 2009.

You will find all details at:

http://amoghavarsha.com/workshops/agumbe/

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Tour Of Nilgiris (TFN) Cycling Event: 25th December 2008-1 January 2009

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Several cyclists of Bangalore have got together and done a very professional job of putting together a Tour Of Nilgiris event, that will kick off from St Joseph’s at 6.30am on 25th December, and go through 919 km of mountainous terrain until the 1st January 2009.

Details of the Tour Of Nilgiris are at:

http://www.tourofnilgiris.com/

I am a cyclist, but I can’t participate, fossilized as I am (it would be, quite literally, the last thing I do!) I am drooling over the mental picture of the cyclists sailing through the incredible beauty of the Nilgiris….I can do *that* quite well!

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A tour of the Nilgiris on cycle!

Tour of the Nilgiris

Tour of the Nilgiris

The Tour of Nilgiris is a 7 day, 919 km bicycle ride across the famed Nilgiri mountain range in South India. The Tour of Nilgiris takes off from Bangalore on 25 December 2008 and ends on 1 January 2009. As the name suggests, it is a tour and not a race. 

There are around 40 participants and do visit this page to get an idea about the background of these interesting (and daring!) folks! To ride for 919 kms will definitely be a feat of sorts. The places are already full up (they had 40 places) but you can do your bit and support the cause in different ways as listed on their site. 

An excerpt of one of the profiles: “Dattatreya Pandit Patil, 37, is a grape farmer and passionate cyclist from Sangli. He believes cycling is good for health, good for the environment and good for national integrity and peace! And it is not empty talk. He has been running a district cycling association for more than a decade in Sangli where he trains children of ten years and above for state and national-level competition.”

Currently, they have the following sponsors:
Official Accessory Partner: Wildcraft
Official Radio Partner: Radio Indigo 91.9FM
Official Medical Assistance Partner: Manipal Hospital
Official Print Partner: Time Out Bengaluru

Do support them and spread the word around!

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