The things we have to learn before we do them, we learn by doing them (Aristotle)
Saiha in Mizoram houses some of the best remaining rainforests in these parts of our country. Forests, that people share with wild species, across the landscape.
I take this space to share some of our experiences, moments that have taken us and the programme forward. Interactions with students have made me realize that when putting across a novel idea, concept or even a name of wild species, comparisons and examples are of immense utility. While talking of serow (Naemorhedus sumatraensis), the state animal, we discussed how its ears resembled that of a domestic donkey while its body was larger than that of a domestic goat.
While discussing Mizoram’s wildlife where we talked of National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Important Bird Areas, State Bird and State Animal; to put across the concept of state bird and state animal as being species that were relatively more charismatic than other species, we discussed how select political leaders were more charismatic than their counterparts!
this part of our county so as to enable the participants to relate better.
(primarily) to protect primarily one plant species – the pitcher plant (Nepenthis khasiana).
The degree by which I have been, and continue to be baffled by simplicity (in communications) far exceeds the concern it generates for the programme! Listening to some views on our programme made me realize that we need to work on becoming simple with respect to our communications
else we were simply not communicating or worse in some cases espousing miscommunication!
this simple’ to be the most invigorating and difficult task; “wildlife values” is now “wild animals and birds” and so is “fauna and avian fauna” while “memorandum of understanding” has changed to “partnership”!
Inculcating feed back within our ongoing conservation education and awareness programme is an action the need for which we have ever agreed upon but seldom moved beyond! Seeking feedback by way of feedback forms towards end of sessions is an idea that has never appealed to me, however, select communications in course of our efforts; have led me to understand that the programme is moving ahead on desired lines.
we only ‘talked’ of usage of binoculars we should arrange for him and other participants to feel and use them! I loved the excitement in his eyes!
discussed (with help of pictures) in course of our sessions but was unsure on account of the baby being very young. He asked if I could come with him, take pictures and explore possibilities of the ape getting to its ‘actual’ home. I look forward to many such moments. They add spark not
just to the programme but to life as well and make me look towards an equally exciting tomorrow! Amused at it all!
Samrakshan Trust, House Number 153
District: Saiha, Mizoram: 796901
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