eMammal India project seeks to promote scientific understanding among children of age group between 11-14 predominantly from rural and tribal schools of Maharashtra, India. Thus, the project aims to provide first-hand experience of technology to rural students by using scientific equipment, audio visual aids and internet to expand their curiosity about biodiversity and develop greater appreciation for the natural world, along with providing a common platform for Indian students from different geographical, technical and economic backgrounds and learn how, despite their regional differences. Following project aims at capacity building of rural India by directly involving the future conservator’s i.e. young minds (Students) who will be extensively trained technically as well as scientifically, as training workshops ordained to be conducted at each selected school individually. Within the training program students will be trained to handle camera traps, their installation process accompanied by Monitoring. All these activities are meant to be carried out by students independently their after, although never ending support will be provided by us. For smooth functioning of the program each school is bound to recieve a laptop, projector, 3 camera traps along with internet connection. The images captured will be uploaded by respective schools directly onto the eMammal website and stored in a depository. The project is executed in collaboration with Bombay Natural History Society and State Forest Department for the duration of two years. Sites selected for project are konkan and western ghat region of Maharashtra which includes Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Satara and Kolhapur districts of Maharashtra, among which 20 rural and tribal schools are targeted. It is a Citizen –Science Based project that uses camera traps to document following.

  • Population Size
  • Activation Patterns
  • Habitat Use

What are Camera Traps?

The camera traps are remotely placed motion-activated and have an infrared flash, to minimize the disturbance of the animals.

Discovering Little Nature Conservationist Through Citizen Science Project:

A state level workshop for training students and teachers was organized at Chiplun, Ratnagiri.30 students with 15 teachers belonging to 15 schools from seven districts participated in e-Mammal training workshop which occurred on 1st of April 2017 at madhav sabhagruh, Chiplun from 10 am to 4 pm. The following workshop was organized, under E-Mammal Project supported by ICICI Bank Ltd. and collaboration between Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra Chiplun, and Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) Mumbai. Workshop proceedings started off with preliminary introduction of e-Mammal project was delivered to participants, where what is e-mammal? Agenda of the project and role of participants in the project was described. A teacher and two students belonging to 8th and 9th standard participated from 15 schools. Each school was granted with advance automatically operated (Day/Night) 3 Trap Cameras, Laptop, Internet Dongle, Measuring Tape, 3 Metal Case for camera protection, 6 Memory Card, Batteries for camera, HDMI-VGA Cable, 6 Locks along with key and key chains and a safety chain to tie the camera. The remaining three schools received their equipment at the time of training organized at each school independently. Additionally a hands-on training on operating advance camera traps and eMammal desktop application, to all the participants was rendered. Where first participants were introduced to camera trap and its working, further a practical was conducted where all the participants were asked to open their cameras and to follow the instructions given where they were taught to insert batteries and memory card. Else they were asked to switch on their cameras and were introduced to primary functions which are necessary for the deployment of camera. Any occurring queries while operating the camera by participants were answered on the spot. Also a brief demonstration was given on how to use laptop and internet dongle. Beside a demo was given to participants on how to use e-Mammal desktop application which will be used to upload collected data from camera traps. A practical was conducted in the premises of hall which had ample number of trees, within the practical participants were demonstrated with right ways to deploy a camera on field. Various small things were focused on such as starting from selection of tree, filling the deployment sheet till conducting a walk test and finally arming the camera. After getting to know how, the participants were asked to choose a tree and mount their cameras within the premises. An ample amount of time was provided for them to carry out walk test and finally to arm the camera. All the participants carried out the practical with great enthusiasm and excitement.A few notable students mounted and operated the trap cameras excellently and a spark of future conservationist was seen within them. At the end a question answer session was arranged to tackle any queries of participants on operating and deploying trap cameras on field.

workshop training
Participants mounting the camera

Independent Training Program at School’s:

After successful state level workshop conducted at Chiplun, on 1st April 2017 it was the time to steer an independent training program at each selected school. Through this training program we were able to handover the equipment granted under the e-Mammal project to those schools which could not attend the state level workshop due to early commencement of their annual examination. Also this training allowed us to address issues faced by schools while deploying camera traps. A 20 day’s tour was planned according to the school location. At first nearby schools of Raigad and Ratnagiri district were visited then subsequently schools from Sindhudurg district were next in line next we marched up the Ghat’s and entered Kolhapur after that Satara district was covered and at the end a school from Palghar district was visited. For the training program our officials travelled from school to school and delivered training on camera operation and deployment of camera to students belonging to 8th and 9th standard along with participating teacher/teachers. Students responded with great enthusiasm and excitement their ability to learn new things quickly is stunning beside teachers were not far behind of them even they shared the equivalent amount of enthusiasm. The cameras set up by some schools were reviewed on field and guided the rest, in deploying the cameras on field by establishing separate batches of students containing 5-10 students depending upon the strength of class. These groups were handed over with all the equipment and were monitored while deploying the camera. All the cameras were deployed safely and securely.

List of schools selected among various districts

Sr. No.

School Name

Village

District

1

Secondary School Mangeli

Talewadi-mangeli

Sidhudurg

2

N.V.Kulkarni High School

Pangrad

Sindhudurg

3

Shivaji Vidyalay

Hirlok

Sindhudurg

4

Mahatma Gandhi High School

Sakharpa

Ratnagiri

5

Aadarsh Vidyamandir

Belari

Ratnagiri

6

Rajaram Raghojirao Shinde High School

Nandivase

Ratnagiri

7

Talsure High School

Talsure

Ratnagiri

8

Kundalika Vidyalay

Patnus

Raigad

9

Elaben Mehta Vidyalay

Taldev

Satara

10

Shankar Bhagoji Shelar Vidyalay

Aandhari/Kaas

Satara

11

Aadarsh Madhyamik Vidyalay

Thoseghar

Satara

12

Guruvarya Lalasaheb Patankar Vidyalay

Bopoli

Satara

13

Aadarsh Madhymik Vidyalay

Gajapur

Kolhapur

14

Mahalaxmi High School

Adoli

Kolhapur

15

Mauli Vidyalay

Tilari Nagar

Kolhapur

16

Sharada Vihar Madhyamik Vidyalay

Choravane

Khed

17

Kubharwadi Madhyamik Vidyalay

Kumbharwadi

Kolhapur

18

Seth Gangadhar Makhriya High School

Mahableshwar

Satara

19

Shiroshi Vibhag High School Shiroshi

Shiroshi

Thane

20

Shivbhakta Aadivasi Aashramshala

Lavhali

Thane

Name Month/Year Type of work Work Packet
Ms. Laxmi Singh Jun - 2014 Field Work Anjarle Kelshi biodiversity survey and awareness program for students
Ms. Sanjivani Vaze
Mr. Jitendra Vaidya Jun - 2014 Event Work Assistance during Green Idea Exhibition 2014 at Thane
Ms. Laiy Joshi
Mr. Samir Gulavane
Mst. Yash Vaidya
Mr. Suhas Nimkar Jun-2014 Documentation Translation of Olive Ridley Poster content from English to Marathi
Mr. Samir Gulavane May-2014 Documentation Article about turtle conservation awareness
Mr. Suhas Nimkar Apr-2014 Documentation Translation of turtle rescue awareness poster for fishermen
Mr. Adwait Deshpande Feb-2014 Documentation Translation of My Jungle Website page from Marathi to English
Mr. Rahul Doke Mar-2013 Field Work Monitoring of vulture feeding ground and nesting sites at Anjarle
Mr. Ketan Katdare Mar-2013 Designing Designing of Turtle conservation awareness poster
Mr. Vipurva Parikh Mar-2013 Field Work Photographic portfolio of Mochemad, a turtle nesting village in Sindhudurga
Mr. Dilip Kulkarni Jan-2013 Documentation Experience about Veer, district Ratnagiri
Mr. Abhijit Nikale Dec-2012 Field Work Survey of tourism capacity of villagers of Veer
Mr. Ameya Kulkarni Oct-2012 Field Work Turtle Conservation workshop to build volunteering network at Maral
Ms. Ashni Dhawale
Mr. Gajanan Chitale Oct-2012 Event Work Assistance during “Dene Samajache” Exhibition 2012 at Pune
Mr. Satish Bhagwat
Ms. Sneha Bhagwat
Ms. Sanjivani Vaze Jun-2012 Field Work Survey of turtle nesting in Dahanu – Zai region
Mr. Bhushan Bhoir Jun-2012 Field Work Monitoring of network of people working on turtle conservation from Vasai – Dahanu. On going support for turtle conservation in this region
Mr. Charlse Pennefather
Mr. Nishit Gokarna
Mr. Satyen Patil
Mr. Yogesh Kawale
Mr. Jitendra Vaidya Jun-2012 Event Work Assistance during Green Idea Exhibition 2012 at Thane
Ms. Laiy Joshi
Ms. Sneha Bhagwat
Mst. Yash Vaidya

"Pangolins on coins and stamps of the World"

New book issued on the occasion of World Pangolin Day 2021 by Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra.

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The book "गुपित खवले मांजराचं" (The Secret of Pangolins) has been translated in yet another language. Malayalam version of this book is available here (in PDF format)

SNM in News

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Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra awarded by The Habitat Trust

सागरी कासव संवर्धनामधील सह्याद्रीच्या कामाची दाखल

खवले मांजर संरक्षणामध्ये आदिवासी आदिम कातकरी संघटनेचा सहभाग 

Films

Secret Lives Of Pangolin - MTB

कासवांच गाव - MTB

Conservation of Indian Pangolin

In July 2015, 44 kg of scales were confiscated near Chiplun. Recently in February 2016, another consignment with 12 kg of scales was seized by the Maharashtra State Police Department and Wildlife Wing of Maharashtra State Forest Department. This incidence prompted SNM to gear up for protection and conservation of Indian Pangolin in Konkan. For more information click here

e-Mammal India Project 

This project aims to provide the first-hand experience of technology to rural students by using scientific equipment. Training workshops will be conducted at each selected school individually. Within the training program, students will be trained to handle camera traps, their installation process accompanied by Monitoring. To see photos captured by this project click here

Annual Reports

Every year Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra (SNM) successfully implements all its programs such as Conservation of Indian PangolinVulture ConservationMarine Turtle Conservation and Turtle Festival, Awareness programs in Schools and various capacity building programs. You may find previous years' Annual reports here.