Reptile Amphibian With Dr. Varad Giri


Understanding Amphibians and Reptiles
Dr. Varad Giri
(Click here to know more about Dr. Varad Giri)

Thee day workshop in Goa from
24th to 26th June 2017

 We are glad to announce a workshop with renowned reptile & amphibian expert, Dr. Varad Giri.  We hope to delve into the secretive world of this segment of lesser fauna and know more about their wonderful world.  Also learn basic techniques of field identification with hands-on experience.  Mr. Ramesh Zarmekar will be the local expert.

Amphibians and reptiles are one of the most neglected groups of vertebrates. In India more than 50% herps are endemic and many are known from a small geographical area. One of the problems for this group is lack of proper literature for their identification. Much of our understanding is based on historical or recently published literature but most of it is in the form of scientific publications. The studies on Indian amphibians and reptiles have been metamorphosing from the last two decades. Although vital component of the biodiversity, this group was never adored by nature lovers as they lack the aesthetic value which most charismatic species have. It was mainly due to the myths associated with them and lack of awareness.

In view of the above-mentioned issues, we started conducting the awareness programs and this workshop is one such initiative. In these workshops we provide scientific training to the participants. This module is mainly based on our long-term association and understanding about the amphibians and reptiles of India. This will be a fun-filled but equally strenuous exercise accompanied by simple and interactive ways. One of the main aims of these workshops is to generate a base-line team of experts who will utilize this training to start a serious study on amphibians and reptiles in their place or be a part of any scientific explorations. We assure you that the time you spent in this workshop will be fruitful.

Dates: 24th -26th June 2017
Accommodation at: Nature’s Nest Goa (
Food: Simple vegetarian food
Fees: INR 9,800/- (Rupees Nine Thousand Eight Hundred Only) –
Inclusions: This includes accommodation, food, expert fees, travel from Madgaum to Madgaum, Park entry fees, and study material.

Payment details: You may drop the cheque at the nearest CANARA Bank counters OR make an online transfer with the following details

Beneficiary Name:  Natures Nest
Name of the bank: CANARA  Bank
Bank Address: Margao Goa
A/C No: 0252201000109
Type of Account: Current
IFS code – CNRB0000314 

Amount : INR 9,800/- per person
Booking Amount:  8,000/- Advance
Balance: 1,800/-
Cancellation:  Please note that if you cancel your seat then 25% amount will be refunded to your account after the trip.

Participants have to reach Margao by 9.00 am on  Saturday, 24th June 2017.
Participants will be dropped back to Margao at 4 pm on 26th June 2017.

Please bring proper clothing, good torch, field / normal shoes, notebook / laptop, pencil or pen, personal medicines and above all love for amphibians and reptiles and sheer enthusiasm to know more about them!

Detailed Program

Day 1 (24th June 2017)

8.30 to 10.00 a.m.             Room allocation, snacks and tea
10.00 to 11.00 a.m.          Introduction to the workshop and activities
11.20 to 1.00 p.m.            Morning trail
1.00 to 2.00 p.m.               Lunch
2.00 to 3.00 p.m.               Amphibians and Reptiles of India – Overview: Interactive talk
3.00 to 4.30 p.m.               Introduction to amphibians: An interactive session on taxonomy
4.30 to 5.00 p.m.               Tea and snacks
5.00 to 7.30 p.m.               Evening trail
8.00 to 9.00 p.m.               Dinner
9.00 to 11.00 p.m.            Night trail – Experience the feel of forest!

Day 2 (25th June 2017)

7.30 to 8.00 a.m.              Wake up call
8.00 to 9.00 a.m.              Breakfast and update yesterdays activities
9.00 to 12.30 a.m.            Morning trail
12.30 to 1.00 p.m.            Rest
1.00 to 2.00 p.m.              Lunch
2.00 to 3.00 p.m.              Introduction to lizards: An interactive session on taxonomy
3.00 to 4.30 p.m.              Introduction to snakes: An interactive session on taxonomy
4.30 to 5.00 p.m.              Tea and Snacks
5.00 to 7.30 p.m.              Evening trail and discussion
8.00 to 9.00 p.m.              Dinner
9.00 to 11.00 p.m.            Night trail

Day 3 (26th June 2017)

7.30 to 8.00 a.m.              Wake up call
8.00 to 9.00 a.m.              Breakfast and updates on yesterdays activities
9.00 to 10.00 a.m.            Ongoing research activities: Session by Varad and team
10.00 to 12.30 p.m.          Morning trail
12.30 to 1.00 p.m.            Rest and pack up
1.00 to 2.00 p.m.              Lunch
2.00 to 4.00 p.m.              Final update and conclusion