A half day workshop for a small group aspirant CSR professionals was conducted by Dr. Shubhalaxmi. The workshop began with an overview of CSR which decoded CSR law. Followed by the journey of Ladybird in the domain of CSR. Thereafter the workshop addressed the expectations of the participants by providing step by step guide on approaching corporates and developing CSR proposals. The workshop ended with a Q/A session with Mr. Devang Pandya, Head sustainability and CSR, House of Anita Dongre. During this session most of the doubts were cleared on things that work and that don’t. The workshop ended with a feedback where participants expressed the workshop helped them to develop better understanding about CSR
An overnight camp was organized at Karnala Bird Sanctuary on the eve of the National Moth Week which begins on 21 July. A group of 12 enthusiastic participants joined the camp The camp began with short nature trail on the newly created trail behind the dormitories. This was followed by setting up of the light sheet where the participants were oriented about the method. A presentation on moth families was conducted which gave an overview of moth world and the participants were already charged up for mothwatching at the light sheet. Altogether 20 plus species from eight moth families were recorded. Next day the participants went on field trip to learn about moth lifehistories and other insects.
A mothing camp at Ramanagaram, Bangalore on 14th and 15th July, 2018. There were 2 nature trails, moth quiz, presentation on moths and overnight mothing on light sheet was a great experience for all the participants. The camp was conducted by Mr. Madhusudhan Shukala and Mr. Rachit Singh. All over we observed around fifty species of moths. Altogether 10 participants participated in our camp. The participants enjoyed the camp as many found it to be very informative and new experience for all. Morning trail was based on the insect theme, which was conducted by Mr. Madhusudan Shukla. There were around 15 enthusiast participants were present for the trail.
In a small gathering at ATREE on 25 May 2018, the Field Guide of Indian Moths was released a behest of Ms. Dipika Bajpai, DCF, Bangalore Forest Department and guest of honour Dr. Siddapa. Inspite of the rains acting spoilsport, people turned up for the event. The event was entirely managed on volunteer support of Madhusudhan Shukla, Shanta N., Raj Laxmi and Karan. Special thanks to Dr. Rajkamal and Dr. Seena from ATREE for managing the venue.
The Field Guide to Indian Moths by Dr. V.Shubhalaxmi was finally released at behest of Dr. Asad Rahmani. An august gathering of 50 nature enthusiasts attended this event. The event began with felicitation of Chief Guest Dr. Asad Rahmani and Guest of Honour Mrs. Kalpana Reddy (sister-in-law of author). This was followed by welcome address by Mr. Isaac Kehimkar. This was then followed by presentation of Dr. Shubha regarding the making of the book. She shared anecdotes and the her journey of book making. Two beautiful video clips charged up the atmosphere. The book was then released by the Chief Guest who elaborately analyzed the book and highlighted its important sections. The event ended with vote of thanks which was given by Priti Choghale. The master of ceremony was Ms. Meenakshi Paul (niece of author)