The session is hosted by Sharan Venkatesh, a butterfly fanatic himself. He says, “I selected 12 members from 12 states, a mix of experts and amateurs, will share their inspiring stories and why they chose to research on butterflies. The objective is to motivate more women to enter this field.”
Sharan, who works as senior high quality engineer in Chennai, is the founding father of Rhopalocera and Odonata Association of Rajapalayam (ROAR), a casual group in his house city situated within the foothills of the Western Ghats. The five-year-old ROAR has to this point recorded 235 species of butterflies at Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary in Rajapalayam alone (there are 340 plus species within the Western Ghats).
It was a congratulatory textual content message from Isaac Khemkar, the butterfly man of India, that bought Shran within the ‘winged jewels’. “I spotted a rare butterfly, the Evershed Sage, during my first ever butterfly outing in Rajapalayam. Isaac Khemkar texted me asking if I could share the photograph for use in his book. That was the starting point.” He visits faculties and initiates college students into the world of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies. The ROAR staff additionally helps college students determine butterflies on their campus. To construct curiosity, they’ve a whatsapp group the place youngsters commonly submit pictures of butterfly species they’ve noticed.
On May 10, Sharan holds a web-based webinar session on know your neighbouring nation butterflies ( half II) with consultants like Akram Awan, the butterfly man of Pakistan; Steve Woodhall, writer of Field Guide to the Butterflies of South Africa; Amit Kumar Neogi, admin of Butterfly Bangladesh group and Sanje Prasad Suwal admin of Butterfly Watchers, Nepal. “ In part I of my webinar session, butterfly experts from Sri Lanka and Singapore discussed the endemic butterflies there and also highlighted conservation work.”
Last weekend, his Instagram live with 12 stalwarts in butterfly area from India, together with Isaac Khemkar, acquired good response. “It is the feedback that inspired me to make these instalive and webinar sessions a regular feature on the weekends. It’s the best way to make the COVID 19 Lockdown a productive one.”
Sharan’s Instagram deal with www.instagram.com/roarrajapalayam will maintain the live session on May 9 from 9.30 am to six.30 pm
To take part within the webinar, you possibly can whatsapp Sharan at 94432-67670 or join with him on Facebook