Sunday, July 18, 2010

5-day 'Butterfly India Meet' to be held in Arunachal Pradesh

Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh's Changlang district is all set to be a centre of attraction as butterfly lovers from across the country are gearing up to throng the Park to be a part of the 'Butterfly India Meet' at Deban, 24 km off Miao Township, from July 19 to 23.

Local NGO, Society for Environment Awareness and Conservation of Wildlife (SEACOW), established way back in 2000, ever since its inception has been playing a significant role in nature conservation in this part of the region. SEACOW general secretary Phupla Singpho and Arif Siddique, a distinguished photographer, have been instrumental in bringing the meet of global importance and interest to Deban. The former is hopeful that weather will not play spoilsport.

Mr Singpho informed that there are 335 species of butterflies in Deban area alone. ''Some are understood to be so tiny that your normal vision might fail to fathom them,'' he reveals while adding that butterfly lovers can discover new species if the weather god shows mercy.

The Butterfly India Meet was held for the first time in the Northeast at Jairampur in the district in 2006. It was organised by the Namchick Valley Society for Eco-Tourism and Wildlife Conservation and was a grand success.

The five-day meet at Deban will be the second of its kind in the region. The event does not have any sponsorship and is a meet of Butterfly India Core Group comprising of a bunch of enthusiasts from various pockets of the country.

Hinting of sure success of the meet, Namdapha Project Tiger Field Director S Jongsam has shouldered the responsibility of accommodating the participants at Deban for the five days.

''The memories of the enticing butterflies may fade away with changing times but the tryst with tortuous Miao-Deban road may linger on,'' he added in a lighter vein.

Mr Jongsan informed that the fourth day of the meet will witness children from various schools partake in 'Breakfast with Butterflies' during which they will be provided a wealth of knowledge on butterflies by the experts.

Courtesy: UNI

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