By Godwin, International Climate Champion, India
The Dry Evergreen and Semi Deciduous Forests still stand magnificently on the slopes of this part of the Western Ghats. The forests resembled a familiar structure of an upper canopy interlaced by several bird calls and streaks of colors formed by energetic birds evading eyes. The calls of the Malabar grey Hornbill Lower down, climbers, lianas, wild pepper, creepers, epiphytes and interactions such as the strangler figs on host trees were inter-spaced in the forests. Having re-charged themselves in the morning sun the variety of butterflies were out in hundreds congregating at shrubs and stream beds; appearing around us like fantastic happy forms fluttering all around. Concluding on one of the highlights of the forest at this period was the flowering of a plant belonging to a very special genii. Srobilanthes plants occur all over the Wesster Ghats and different species occur according to the diversity of the landscape. The strobilanthes plants flower only once in given period of time, which could range from 4 years to 24 years. If they flower whole masses of characteristically tubular shaped flowers colored usually in white, blue, lilac and even yellow. We were all very fortunate to witness the Strobilanthes sp. plants in flower. The flowering period of this particular species is not known though, however it is thought that haphazard flowering of these plants nowadays are an effect of climate change. Since the plants shrivel up and die once they have commenced flowering such changes put these unique and endangered plants in even more danger.
By A H Tehzeeb, International Climate Champion, Bangladesh
Today we had to start early as we were going to Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary which is almost like a dense forest. Experience of walking through the forest was really intense. We have witnessed quite some varieties of butterflies, different types of trees, also we learnt about the four types of forests in Goa. Then we went to the Goa zoo and witnessed different animals and their life style. We learnt about the breeding of animals in zoo that are in the danger of extinction.
Also how temperature of snake cages are kept normal, tolerable and also regarding their food habit. At late night we had a session about the situation of Antarctica due to climate change and also the condition of the species over there.
After an inspiring day at the National Institute of Oceanography and Goa Science Center , ICC’s were ready to enjoy an another productive and joyful day. After the breakfast we left to Tambli Surla Sanctuary. We enjoyed elegant and pure nature during the nature trail and observed different species/kinds of butterflies.
First time in my life I saw a migrating butterfly colony gathered at a small place to enjoy the warmth of Goa. It was evident the importance of Goa in terms of biodiversity. We enjoyed the water flow of the stream, which passes through the forest, observed different kinds of butterflies, fish and insects. Though we didn’t forget to release our warmness of the body by the cold and pure running stream. We didn’t forget to visit the Hindu temple located in the sanctuary.
After the lunch we visited the Bondla zoological garden and were able to refresh our knowledge on in-situ conservation. Later headed to ICG. Had our dinner at the the usual spice restaurant and got ready for the reflection session, a suprise lecture was organized on Antarctic and climate change, Mr Deleep Deobagkar shared his experiences and latest research on Antarctic, the group reflection session took place before switching off lights for the day.