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St3 female tigress.
S.T.R (Sariska tiger reserve )

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Desert fox, March 2017

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Arijit Kanani Wonderful!

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Jungle cat....
Sariska tiger reserve....

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Ajay Kumar Thank you so much Arun sir ,Mohit sir , Tanmay sir and Gulnar sir .

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Ajay Kumar Thank you so much Gulnar sir

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Mishmi Hills

12 May 2018

21 May 2018

Dibrugarh Airport, Dibrugarh, Assam, India

1 traveler

1 traveler

12th May - Arrive to Dibrugarh airport drive to Tinsukia afternoon birding . Overnight Tinsukia.
13th May - Drive to Mishmi hill. Overnight stay at Mishmi cottage
14th May - Early morning drive birding on the way. Overnight Inspection Bungalow / coffee house.
15th May - Birding Mayudia pass area to 65km. Overnight night Inspection Bungalow, coffee house.
16th May - Birding start coffee house to Tiwari gaon. Overnight same place
17th May - Drive to Roing on the way birding overnight. Mishmi cottage.
18th May - Birding grassland and drive to Digboi. Over night Digboi.
19th May - Birding Soraipong (Dehing patkai) overnight digboi.
20th May - Birding Jaipor overnight digboi.
21th May - Morning birding, Drive to airpot

Somnath Goswami I am interested. Please mail the necessary details at : iamsomnath@yahoo.com

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Jim Corbett National Park

21 Jan 2018

28 Jan 2018

Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, India

2 travelers

2 travelers

Looking for 2 partners for cost sharing one week trip to Jim Corbett. Stay will be planned in FRH Dhikala, few safaris in Bijrani zone also.

Arpit Desai Interested in joining. Can you share itinerary and estimated cost per person. Thanks

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Somnath Goswami Interested. Please mail the necessary details to my mail Id : iamsomnath@yahoo.com

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Announcing 7th GREAT HIMALAYAN BIRD COUNT – 16th to 19th February 2018 (Using birds as a medium of inquiry into nature)
We welcome you to ARCH family of citizen scientists and thank you so very much for your valued participation interest in our non-commercial Himalayan bird conservation initiative and by way of participation you become a GHBC team member, where you help avian science by becoming instrumental in generating species base-line, distribution and sight records data along with generating area specific species checklists.
Attention Bird watchers, photographers and nature enthusiasts, you are welcome to join us in our non-commercial four days Himalayan Bird conservation initiative covering avian habitats from wetlands in Himalayan plains to alpine meadows/snow lines, spread over all river valleys in Garhwal region in Uttarakhand Himalayas during the month of February in 2018.
Uttarakhand has sighting records of 700 plus bird species recorded of 1250 odd bird species found in India and not to forget the possibility of rediscovering the presumed extinct Himalayan Quail Ophrysia superciliosa last sighted in 1876 at Suwakholi, location not very far from ARCH Base Camp “Bavangarh Hides”.

One-of-its-only-kind and pioneering The Great Himalayan Bird Count, 2018 is planned on the most popular trekking trails situated in the watersheds of Yamuna; Bhagirithi; Bhilingna; Ganga; Mandakini and Alaknanda rivers in Garhwal representing some amazing Himalayan bird species habitats covering wetlands to alpine snow lines in Uttarakhand.
• The Bird Count Dates are: 16th to 19th of February, 2018
(participation strictly on first-cum-first-serve basis)
• The bird count will start and finish at Dehradun
• There will be an Orientation and Debriefing Workshop at Dehradun on the 16th & 19th respectively.
• The 16th & 19th are also the dates for to-&-fro journey to count the destinations.
During these four days, birding experts from India and overseas along with other participants will generate area's bird species check lists and generate encounter rate base line population dynamics data.

- Each group will accommodate some youths and young school children from the local area and will provide orientation & motivation to take-up bird watching as a revenue generation skill.
- Each group is encouraged to conduct a small half-hour workshop with the local village elders to generate list of vernacular names of the bird species found in different river valleys. They are also expected to document any references occurring in oral folk.
So plan your Himalayan birding holidays NOW and please do let us know of your intentions asap.

It’s a great opportunity to walk some of the best himalayan treks passing through some amazing bird rich habitats side-by-side nationally and internationally acclaimed ornithologists and nature photographers.

We can only accommodate 300 odd participants and one third of the births have already been booked even before announcing the dates, so friend if you do not want to regret later ensure your participation NOW.

- It is an encounter-rate baseline & sight records data generation and conservation awareness activity.
- This is not a commercial activity, so we expect the participants to share their cost by way of donation contribution for lodging, boarding & travel expenses at actuals.
- During the count modest lodging & boarding on sharing basis will be arranged at the forest rest houses, PWD inspection bungalows, village stay arrangements and tented accommodation in the count area (and as you all know most of the British time properties/ FRH’s are architectural heritages with sun lights and fire-places located in most nostalgic and remote forest locations, oldest being an 1868 building still going strong even today) and most of our count transacts are very far away from usual tourist infested places ensuring quality birding opportunity.
Participation contribution is Rs 7,500/- which includes your four days of lodging, boarding, mountain travel by jeeps and a participation kit (event knapsack, event cap, event t-shirt, participation certificate, table memento, set of GHBC/ARCH car & bike stickers, event poster for your office wall and our prized metal bird lapel pin) friends let me assure you that our event merchandize is made keeping highest quality standards and is an highly sought after collection item and this merchandise value alone justifies your donation contribution amount (though we don’t mind extra monetary help from generous individuals/organizations to help ARCH develop its infrastructure and field initiatives, we offer 80-G exemption in return) please help.
Friends now you know the dates, so plan your schedules accordingly and kindly let us know of your intention (with your trekking & birding experience of Himalayan bird species, non-familiarity and no experience in not an disqualification) to participate in this wonderful birding opportunity at the earliest possible. Kindly take an early initiative to avoid any disappointments later.
Bank: Indian Bank, Branch - Astley Hall, Dehradun
Current A/c No. 794568161
IFSC Code: IDIB000D024
MICR Code: 248019002
Address for Courier:
Prateek Panwar (Founder Trustee),
Action & Research for Conservation in Himalayas
125 Ashok Vihar, Salawala, Dehradun 248001 Uttarakhand
Cell#: +91-9412054216
NOTE: Please intimate us after money transfer at arch.birdcount@gmail.com for the amount / name of person and the date of transfer/ from Bank & account number.
Last Date to Submit Early Bird Registration: 16th November 2017 (We promise to give you your T-shirt size)
Last Date to Submit Late Registration: 16th December 2017 (We can’t promise you your T-shirt size)
Sponsored Participation Quota / Late arrivals: After 18th January 2018 (Last 25 entries or all late participation
requests after 18th Jan. 2018)
Note: From your sponsored quota donation we will sponsor participation of 25 bright young minds from villages in garhwal region so that we can provide opportunity to them as future local area birding guides.
Friends, This time around, we’ll also be introducing our ARCH Base Camp facility “BAVANGARH HIDES” at village Dwara, Raipur Block situated at a distance of 25 kms from Dehradun at an altitude of 3900 feet’s on the eastern flank ridge along Soong river of the famous Doon Valley to our GHBC participants and GHBC could be flagged off from this very rustic birders adobe in Garhwal Himalayas. 7th GHBC participants will get a 25% lodging and boarding discount for next one year i.e. (Feb 18-Jan 19)

You may kindly call Prateek Panwar at +91-9412054216

So ask for your Participation Form NOW at arch.birdcount@gmail.com

Forever yours in bird conservation,
For Action & Research for Conservation in Himalayas

Founder Trustee
Prateek Panwar

Dehradun Office (for Courier/Postal Correspondence):

Prateek Panwar
Action & Research for Conservation in Himalayas
125 Ashok Vihar, Salawala,
Dehradun 248001 Uttarakhand

Cell#: +91-9412054216
Email: arch.birdcount@gmail.com

ARCH Secretariat:
Bavangarh Hides,
Village Dwara, PO Maldevta, Raipur Block,
Distt Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001

Pl. Note: The base camp is situated very near to the presumed habitat of the extinct Himalayan Quail Ophrysia superciliosa last sighted in 1876 at Suwakholi, a location very near to the ARCH Base Camp “Bavangarh Hides”

Some of ARCH’s green initiatives:

• Great Himalayan Bird Counts
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2018
• ARCH Bal Bhavan, Dehradun
(Uttarakhand affiliates for Nation Bal Bhavan, New Delhi)
• ARCH Travelling Bird Photo Exhibition since 2008
• Lets Rediscover the Himalayan Quail again 2009, 2014
• House Sparrow Nest Adoption Programme since 2007
(Installed 3000 plus predator proof nests with 70% adoption success)
• Uttarakhand Bird Expedition (Great days eight days)
(a 1650 kms journey from west to east crisscrossing Garhwal & Kumaon 2015)
• Khel Khel Mae – Maldevta
(Nature appreciation/skills development workshop for village kids)
• Introduction to basic Ornithology & nature camps for public schools like The Doon School etc.
• Tiger & Elephant Safari in Rajaji Tiger Reserve since 2007
• BAVANGARH HIDES (Cottages & tenting facility with specialty rustic cuisine restaurant primarily serving as ARCH Secretariat and base camp but also offering short and long stay piece-of-mind boarding & lodging opportunity to nature & wildlife travelers, mountain lovers, life photographers, artists, painters, authors, poets and all creative people an opportunity to experience rural landscape and mountains together from January 2018 onward).

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Peregrine falcon, LRK, NOv 2016

Manish Verma Great shot

about 13 hours