Ela Foundation opens the admissions to the ‘CERTIFICATE COURSE IN BASIC ORNITHOLOGY’ from 17th November 2014, Monday. The autonomous course is now in the 11th consecutive year. The course is conducted on a no profit no loss basis with the philosophy of imparting scientific understanding of bird life to promote nature conservation through peoples’ participation. Over one thousand participants from rural and urban areas of Maharashtra have completed the course till date.
The 11th CERTIFICATE COURSE IN BASIC ORNITHOLOGY (2014 – 15) will be jointly conducted by Ela Foundation, Pune & M.E.S’ – OENSL (Ornithology, Ethno-Ornithology and Natural Sounds Laboratory) and Department Of Zoology. The course will be from 4th December 2014 to 19th February 2015.The course includes over 40 lectures with audio-visual interactive presentations, demonstrations, workshop, field visits and tree plantation program. Students may have an opportunity to participate in some field projects of Ela Foundation and in its community biodiversity education and conservation outreach programs in rural areas.
All lectures and presentations will be held in the Audio-Visual Hall of MES College, Karve Road, Pune. All lectures will be held on Mondays and Thursdays from 6.30 pm till 9.30 pm.
For admissions contact Mr. Pradeep Marathe (Mobile 9970161796) or Dr. Suruchi Pande (Mobile 9881144651). Admissions are limited and are on first come first serve.
All those who are interested in birds, nature and conservation can join. Participants should be SSC and above. Previous participants were house wives, students, school and college teachers, doctors, engineers, farmers, armed forces personnel, businessmen, lawyers, architects, writers, artists, IT professionals, photographers, journalists, foresters, government employees, technical persons, industrialists, tour operators, technocrats, administrators, mechanics, etc.
Various aspects of ornithology will be covered including biodiversity, history of ornithology, ethno-ornithology, avian adaptations for flight, anatomy, how birds fly, flightlessness, why birds migrate, feeding behavior, breeding behavior, bird communication, birds as architects, habitats, GIS Mapping, population dynamics, avian archaeo-zoology, evolution of birds, bird calls, bird photography, birds as bio-indicators, bird diseases and treatment, avian influenza monitoring, bird survey techniques, current issues in ornithology, legal aspects, wildlife crime, conservation, bird feeders and nest boxes, role of journalism in bird conservation, etc.
-Dr. Satish Pande, Director, Ela Foundation
-Dr. Anand Padhye, Course Coordinator, Dept. of Zoology, MES AG College, Pune.