Nature Walks

Announcements and reports of nature trails organised for enthusiasts in and around Mysore city.

Nature walk at Lingambudhi lake bund

posted Aug 3, 2017, 6:51 PM by Sharath Adavanne   [ updated Aug 3, 2017, 7:02 PM ]

When: 06/08/2017, Sunday 
Where: Lingmbudhi Kere bund, Mysore District 
Habitat:  Water body and surroundings 
How long: 06.30-10.00 AM 
Distance: 9  Km from Mysore Railway Station 
Note & Tips: 
  • Nature Walk is free
  • Program is open to all, people of any age or experience level are welcome to take part
  • Field trip involves strolling/walking 
  • Carry sufficient water and snacks for individual requirement
Assembly point: Below Age old Rain (male mara) tree on western part of the lake bund. After covering bund and western part of the lake, if time permits we can also spend some time in the main entrance ( 9- 10 am). 
 
For more details, please contact:     Shivaprakash A
+91-9480191661 (7 PM to 9 PM )
adavanne@gmail.com 

Nature walk at Giribettada kere

posted Jun 10, 2017, 11:47 AM by Sharath Adavanne   [ updated Jun 10, 2017, 11:49 AM ]

When: 18/06/2017, Sunday 
Where: Giribettada Kere, Mysore District 
Habitat:  Water body, Agricultural fields  
How long: 07.00 to 11.00 AM  
Distance: 16.6 Km from Mysore Railway Station  
Note & Tips: 
  • Nature Walk is free
  • Program is open to all, people of any age or experience level are welcome to take part
  • Field trip involves strolling / walking on dirt track
  • Carry sufficient water and snacks for individual requirement
  • Road is good, but be cautious speedy Lorries and Private buses that ply rashly on this road
Assembly point: On T Narasipura Road, almost 2 km after Varuna Lake, a water body on the right side is Giribettada Kere ( on the left side there is a govt residential school).  
 
For more details, please contact:
Shivaprakash A
+91-9480191661 (7 PM to 9 PM )
adavanne@gmail.com 

Nature Walk at Hulimavu Gudda & Hadinaru Kere

posted Dec 5, 2016, 7:20 AM by Sharath Adavanne   [ updated Dec 19, 2016, 12:41 PM ]

Date: 18.12.2016, Sunday 
Habitat:  Thorn-scrub, dry grassland & woodland, a village Tank rain/canal fed 
Duration: 07.00 to 11.00 AM 
Highlights:
  • 24 participants listed 83 species of birds.
  • Dr. Sampathkumara K introduced us to few rare plants: CANSJERA RHEEDII (Opiliaceae), MAERUA ARENARIA (Capparaceae)
  • Grassland specific birds JERDON & INDIAN BUSHLARK, JUNGLE  BUSH-QUAIL, BAY-BACKED SHRIKE, KESTREL were present. Sparsely spread shrubs were supporting LONG-TAILED SHRIKE, COMMON IORA, GREEN BEE-EATER.
  • At Hadinaru, a moderate congregation of EURASIAN COOT, COTTON TEAL, SPOT-BILLED DUCK, and EURASIAN WIGEON observed. OSPREY was resting in its usual perch.
  • Talked about Baya Weaver Birds breeding behavior (on the basis of Salim Ali and VC Ambedkar's studies).
  • And, semi-arid grasslands supporting lesser diversity and density also came for discussion.
 



                                                        INVITATION
When: 18.12.2016, Sunday 
Where: Hulimavu Gudda  & Hadinaru Kere, Nanjanagudu Taluk, Mysore District 
Habitat:  Thorn-scrub & woodland, a village Tank rain/canal fed 
How long: 07.00 to 11.00 AM 
Distance: 25 Km from Mysore Railway Station 
Assembly point and time: 06.15 am at the junction of Mysore ring-road crossing  Mysore – Nanjanagudu highway (at APMC premises).  
Note & Tips:
  • Program is open to all
  • Carry sufficient water and snacks for individual requirement 
  • Field trip involves strolling / walking on rough terrain
For details: 
Shivaprakash A
+91-9480191661 
adavanne@gmail.com  

Nature walk at Kukkarahalli kere

posted Oct 25, 2016, 12:29 AM by Sharath Adavanne   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 9:03 AM ]

Date: 30.10.2016, Sunday (Birthday of late Sri Sadananda KB)
Habitat:  Tank, marsh and Woodland -  Kukkarahalli Kere, Mysore City 
Duration: 07.00 to 10.00 AM 
Highlight:     
  • Famine effect was clearly visible – absence of undergrowth vegetation, even well-grown trees are shedding their leaves or in wilting leaves. 
  • 32 members graced the occasion of Late Sri Sadanand KB birthday and spent half an hour remembering him.
  • Observed  70  bird species ( 16 migratory)  includes four SPOT-BILLED DUCKs family consisting of 30 chicks & juveniles. More active was, solitary EURASIAN CUCKOO , searching the caterpillars and consuming them, 3 in 5 minutes. Sub-adults WHITE IBISes of last season are yet to depart from breeding island, but already SPOT-BILLED PELICANs have occupied the nesting canopy.  The presence of solitary  NORTHERN PINTAIL was the highlight.  
  • Very few butterflies were active – CRIMSON ROSE, COMMON GRASS YELLOW, COMMON CROW, PLAIN TIGER.    
  • Flowering plants close to water edge – MIKANIA MICRANTHA, IPOMOEA ALBA,  IPOMOEA AQUATICA, IPOMOEA HEDERIFOLIA & OXYSTELMA SECAMONE. 


INVITATION
When :
30.10.2016, Sunday (Celebrating the birthday of late Sri Sadananda KB)

Where: Kukkarahalli Kere, Mysore City

Habitat: Tank, marsh and woodland

How long: 07.00 to 10.00 AM

Distance: 3 Km from Mysore Railway Station

Assembly point and time: Close to Bhoodevi Farm, Western Gate (near Gangotri glades)

Note & Tips:
  • Program is open to all
  • Carry sufficient water and snacks for individual requirement

Nature walk at Subbarayana kere, Mysore

posted Jul 25, 2016, 7:22 AM by Sharath Adavanne   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 9:04 AM ]

Date: 31/07/2016, Sunday 
Habitat:   Shanubhogana / Subbarayana Kere & surroundings 
Duration:  7.00 to 10.00 AM 

Highlight:      
  • Sighted 37 and 51 species of butterfly and  birds respectively. 
  • Among butterflies SMALL SALMON ARAB, YELLOW ORANGE TIP &  COMMON CASTORs were very active. Observed congregation of ASIAN OPENBILL (14 nos) along with SPOT-BILLED DUCK, COOT, and LITTLE GREBE on tank shores, where villagers in en mass were washing their utensils and clothes.  
  • Breeding activity of the SMALL MINIVET was the highlight; a female was incubating, and the male was feeding the female regularly. 
  • Moreover, observed few plants in flower: PEDALIUM MUREX, CHROZOPHORA ROTTLERI, AERVA LENATA & HIBISCUS MICRANTHUS.


INVITATION
When : 31/07/2016, Sunday
Where : Subbarayana Kere and surroundings, Mysore City outskirts 
Habitat :   Lake, Non-irrigated Fields, plantations and Fallow land. 
How long : 07.00 to 10.00 AM 
Distance : 14.3 Km from Mysore Railway Station
Note & Tips:
    • Program is free and  open to all, people of any age or experience level are welcome to take part
    • Field trip involves strolling / walking on dirt track
    • Carry sufficient water and snacks for individual requirement
    • Nature Walk is free of any charges
Assembly point :  Parasaihana Hundi  on HD Kote-Ring Road junction at 06.45 AM .
For more details, please contact :   Shivaprakash A
+91-9480191661 (7 PM to 9 PM )
adavanne@gmail.com 
 

Nature Walk at Dadadahalli Kere and Surroundings

posted Mar 13, 2016, 4:24 AM by Sharath Adavanne   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 7:47 AM ]

Photo: Common / Barn Swallows by Kashyap R 
Date: 20/03/2016, Sunday 
Habitat:   Dadadahalli Kere and surroundings, Mysore City outskirts 
Duration:  7.00 to 10 AM 
Attendance: 27 Adults and 2 children, 
Highlight:  Observed  64  bird species, 12 butterflies  and few flowering  plant species.  Interesting sightings were - 
  • Hectic fishing activity using Diesel driven boats
  • Almost third of the water surface was covered with floating aquatic plant Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes)
  • This invasive floating vegetation was accomodating good population of GREY HERON (10 nos)& PURPLE HERONs (15 nos). 
  • Butterflies– Crimson Rose, Common Jezbel, Common Sailor, Common Evening Brown, Common Emigrant, Common Grass Yellow, Common Crow, Common Blue Tiger, Plain Tiger.    
  • Active odonata species – DITCH JEWEL, CORMANDEL MARSHDART, SENEGAL GOLDEN DARTLET.
  • Interesting birds sighted –INDIAN BUSHLARK, RED AVADAVET, GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE, MARSH HARRIER & CRESTED SERPENT EAGLE.


INVITATION

When : 20/03/2016, Sunday
Where : Dadadahalli Kere and surroundings, Mysore City outskirts 
Habitat :   Lake, Non-irrigated Fields and Fallow land. 
How long : 07.00 to 10.00 AM 
Distance : 13 Km from Mysore Railway Station
Note & Tips:
  • Program is free and  open to all, people of any age or experience level are welcome to take part
  • Field trip involves strolling / walking on dirt track
  • Carry sufficient water and snacks for individual requirement
  • Nature Walk is free of any charges
Assembly point :  Deviation point to Dadadahalli kere on  Mysore- Kadakola Road via Dadadahalli, at 06.45 AM.
For more details, please contact:   Shivaprakash A
+91-9480191661 (7 PM to 9 PM )
adavanne@gmail.com 

Nature walk at Hulimavu Gudda & Hadinaru Tank

posted Nov 10, 2015, 8:08 AM by Sharath Adavanne   [ updated Nov 10, 2015, 8:09 AM ]


Date: 08/11/2015, Sunday 
Habitat:   Hulimavu Gudda & Hadinaru Tank; Thorn Scrub with plantations &  Paddy fields surrounded irrigation tank 
Duration:  7.00 to 11 AM 
Highlight:  28 Adults + 7 children, observed  60 +35  bird species at Hulimavu gudda and Hadinaru tank respectively, 26 butterfly  and few flowering  plant species.  Few interesting sightings -
  • Two were lucky enough to see Marshall's Iora (not included in eBird list)
  • Common Joker (Byblia ilithyia) butterfly was laying eggs on Tragia cannabina (in flower) and its caterpillar foraging the leaves;  fruiting Phoenix farinifera 
  • Butterflies–Southern Birdwing, Apefly, Banded Blue Pierrot, Slate Flash.  
  • Birds –Eurasian Cuckoo (photographed by Kashyap), Cotton Pygmy-Goose, Red Avadavat; Common Coot (600), Whiskered Terns, .
  • S/s Suhel Quader, Madhusudhan MD & Pavitra Sankaran were our guest of honor.
  • Notice time was very short for Nature walk; planned just after completion of Mysore City Bird Atlas talk (07/11/2015 @ 20.30 hrs).


A TALK ON MYSORE CITY BIRD ATLAS 2014-15

posted Nov 2, 2015, 5:09 AM by Sharath Adavanne   [ updated Nov 2, 2015, 5:12 AM ]

A talk on 'Mysore City Bird Atlas' (2014-15) is arranged at Arivu nature resource centre, Lingambudhipalya, Mysore. This Bird atlas is a pioneering effort to comprehensively document the birds of a city and its extensions by surveying 132 grid cells, roughly 160 sq. km in all. Coordinated and executed by Mysore birders, each grid cell has been surveyed repeatedly twice a year (Feb and June) for two years (2014 and 2015). The information yielded is the first of its kind in India: a systematic understanding of a city's birds, their distribution and seasonal changes, and how they respond to urbanization.

This seminar will describe the genesis of the Atlas, some results so far, and will discuss the way ahead.

Venue: Arivu nature resource centre, Lingambudhipalya, Mysuru (easily approachable from Ring road)
Date: 7/11/2015, Saturday .
Time:
5.30 PM – Snacks & Tea.
5.55 PM – Welcome speech
6.00 PM – Subject introduction by A. Shivaprakash
6.15 - 7.00 PM – Talk by Dr. Suhel Quader, Nature Conservation Foundation and Bird Count India
7.00 - 8.00 PM – Discussion and interaction with participants on current situation and the way ahead.
8.00 PM – Thanksgiving

To know more about ARIVU nature resource centre - http://arivu.org/en/

Nature walk at Arasana Kere and surroundings, Mysore district

posted Aug 16, 2015, 9:30 PM by Sharath Adavanne   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 9:31 PM ]

Date: 23/8/2015, Sunday 
Habitat: Arasana Kere & Chikkammana Kere, Agricultural fields bordering scrub jungle 
Duration:  7.00 to 11 AM
Highlight:  30+ Participants observed  59 bird, 21 butterfly  and few flowering  plant species.  Few interesting sightings -
  • Plants in Flower – Terminalia paniculata, Stachytarpheta jamaicuns, Commelina benghalensis.
  • Butterflies–Southern Birdwing, Apefly, Banded Blue Pierrot, Slate Flash.  
  • Birds –Cotton Pygmy-Goose, White-bellied Minivet, Red Avadavat; Common Coot, Baya weaver & Tri-colored Munia were involved in breeding activity.
  • An active hunting spider, LINED LYNX  Oxyopes lineatipes was actively searching for prey on Calotropis gigantea green leaves.


                                                                                Fig: Oxyopes lineatipes LINED LYNX SPIDER



INVITATION
When : 23/08/2015, Sunday
Where : Arasana Kere and surroundings, Mysore District
Habitat :  Water body, Agricultural fields
How long : 07.00 to 11.00 AM 
Distance : 14 Km from Mysore Railway Station
Note & Tips:
  • Nature Walk is free
  • Program is open to all, people of any age or experience level are welcome to take part
  • Field trip involves strolling / walking on dirt track/uphill
  • Carry sufficient water and snacks for individual requirement
 
Assembly point : Outer Ring road - HD Kote Road junction at 06.30 AM (just after Srirampura Gram Panchayat Office on HD Kote Road)  
 
For more details, please contact:
Shivaprakash A
+91-9480191661 (7 PM to 9 PM )
adavanne@gmail.com 
 

Nature walk at Giribettada Kere and surroundings

posted Jul 13, 2015, 9:27 PM by Sharath Adavanne   [ updated Aug 1, 2015, 2:44 AM ]

Date: 19/7/2015, Sunday 

Habitat:   Waterbody & Agricultural fields

Duration:  7.00 to 11 AM 

Highlight:     

  • 25+ Participants observed  74 bird, 31 butterfly  and few flowering  plant species.  Few interesting sightings -
    • Plants in Flower – Oxystelma secamone, Nymphoides hydrophylla, Grangea maderaspatana, Malvastrum coramandelianum, Phyla nodiflora, Bacopa monnieri, Clerodendru phillippinum & Eclipta prostrata.
    • Butterflies–Small Salmon Arab, Common wanderer, Common Bushbrown, Angled Caster, Grey Pansy. Probably breeding of Indian Reed-warbler Acrocehalus[stentoreus] brunnescens. 
    • Birds – A pair of Indian Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus [stentoreus] brunnescens  attempted to breed in reeds of Lingambudhi tank during monsoon, few yers back; and on one more instance one was sighted during May at Adichunchanagiri (Mandya) . Present sighting and defending calls, indicates Reed-Warbler's breeding activity.

Pic: Participants in action


INVITATION
When : 19/07/2015, Sunday
Where : Giribettada Kere and surroundings, Mysore District
Habitat :  Water body, Agricultural fields 
How long : 07.00 to 11.00 AM 
Distance : 16.6 Km from Mysore Railway Station 
Note & Tips:
  • Nature Walk is free
  • Program is open to all, people of any age or experience level are welcome to take part
  • Field trip involves strolling / walking on dirt track
  • Carry sufficient water and snacks for individual requirement
  • Road is good, but be cautious about Sand Lorries and Private buses that ply rashly on this road

Assembly point : On T Narasipura Road, almost 2 km after Varuna lake, a water body on the right side is Giribettada Kere ( on left side there is a govt residential school). 
 
For more details, please contact:
Shivaprakash A
+91-9480191661 (7 PM to 9 PM )
adavanne@gmail.com 

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