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Nature Education

Nature Education

Division of Nature Education at SACON involves in activities to inculcate love for Nature and conservation awareness among people, especially the younger generation. The programmes are being conducted for spreading the message of conservation of nature with focus on birds. We encourage all nature lovers and all those who are interested in observation and learning from nature. This is an attempt ‘to learn how to learn from Nature’ with a mission to EXPLORE the world around us, SHARE whatever we see and learn, and nurture the feeling of CARE.

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Dr. P Pramod

Principal Scientist,

Nature Education Division

Research Scholars

Ms. Chaithra Shree J

Nature Education Assistant and PhD Scholar

Interests:  My research interests lie in biodiversity and conservation including traditional food crop varieties. It also extends to application of scientific and cultural knowledge to sustainable living. I am also passionate about nature education and interacting with people of all age groups to inculcate love for nature and conservation of natural resources.

PhD work: I am working on biodiversity of paddy fields with select indicator taxa, studying the bird, butterfly and odonata communities in the paddy fields.

Ms. Divyapriya C, PhD Scholar

Interests: I am curious to study the intricate schema of the nature. Since I am from an inter-disciplinary background, I would also like to comprehend the process of nature with an integral perception.

PhD work : I am currently pursuing my PhD on ‘Vocal communication of passerine birds in Anaikatty hills, Tamil Nadu with special emphasis on Common Iora (Aeghythina tiphia)’. I am more inclined in understanding the trends and patterns of acoustic communication of birds in general.

Wng. Cdr. Srinidhi S PhD Scholar

He is a Serving Officer and Wing Commander in Indian Air Force.  He served in Ornithology Cell of Indian Air Force for four years before he joined as the PhD Scholar (on educational leave with the support of Indian Airforce).

PhD work:        Assessment Of Managmement Strategies Of The Bird Hazards To Aircraft In Select Indian Air Force Airfields.

Ms. Suhirtha Muhil M , PhD Scholar

Interests: I am interested in the conservation of river and lake ecosystems. I have longstanding interest in geography and how spatial patterns influence biodiversity. Through Dr.Pramod’s lab, I have been able to share my experiences to numerous college and school children as part of Nature education activities at SACON.

PhD work: I am currently finishing my doctoral thesis on the ‘Diversity and ecology of Odonates of Coimbatore district.’

Mr. Joseph Reginald, PhD Scholar

Interests: He is interested in field level action for conservation of biodiversity and natural resources. Another long term interest is on animal welfare activities in Coimbatore and surrounding region.

PhD: Diversity and habitat preference of bats (Order Chiroptera) of Coimbatore

  • National Nature Camping Programme (2014, 2015, 2016 Completed)

National Nature Camping programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in environment education which is aimed at creating greater awareness, understanding and empathy of children for environment.  Through this initiative it is hoped that a child who goes through middle school (Classes 6th to 8th ) will get at least one opportunity for a 2-3 day camping experience. These camps are aimed to motivate them towards conservation-oriented lifestyles and to encourage qualities of leadership, exploration and nature observation. The ‘Nature experience’ given to children and teachers has huge potential to trigger the sensitivity towards nature appreciation and conservation, leading to positive environmental actions at different levels.

  • Exploring Nature through birds ( Completed )

Exploring Nature through birds (ENTB) is a science education programme of Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology & Natural History (SACON), Coimbatore executed in collaboration with many partners across India. This programme is catalysed and supported by the National Council for Science and Technology and Communication (NCSTC) of Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.

  • Simple Tasks, Great Concepts ( Completed )

The Programme “Simple Tasks, Great Concepts” is a programme of Department of Science & Technology, Government of India conducted by SACON along with Ecoscience Research Foundation, Chennai. This programme is aimed to improve the teaching of life science through simple to do experiments at school. A set of 100 simple to do life science experiments which can be carried out using simple things that we find around us are taught to them.  Nature Education Division at SACON coordinated and conducted this 5 day workshop for teachers from all over Tamil Nadu and a few districts of Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. Around 85 teachers participated in this 5 day workshop in 3 clusters.

  • DNA Clubs (Completed)

SACON had launched DNA Clubs (DBT’s Natural Resource Awareness Clubs) on behalf of the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India in select schools of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. These clubs operate as nuclei for activities and hands-on learning opportunities focused on bio-resources, relating these to the school curriculum where ever appropriate.