DIBRUGARH, Jan 7 � Several environmental activist groups jointly organised a three-day nature orientation camp in collaboration with the Saraipung Range Office of the Forest department at Saraipung near Digboi from January 3 to 5.
The environmental activist groups included Aaranyak, Digboi College; Saraipung Range Office under Digboi Forest Division; Irab Kirab, Wildlife Conservation and Study Centre, Evergreen Foundation and Jeevan Sangrakshan Samaj. During the event, eleven resource persons delivered talks on various environmental and wildlife issues.
Altogether 29 participants attended the camp. Rajib Rudra Tariang, the chief coordinator of the camp and assistant professor in the department of zoology in Digboi College and also a member of Aaranyak, welcomed the participants. He also delivered a talk on biodiversity and its issues and butterfly diversity of upper Assam. Tariang also demonstrated how to identify a butterfly.
The topics covered during the camp included �Rainforest of Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary and its Fauna�, �Moths and Orchid Diversity of Assam�, �Birds of Digboi College campus and Dehing Patkai�, besides other environmental issues, conservation of wetland and fishery resources in Assam through community participation, snakes of upper Assam, conservation and first aid measures if bitten by any snake, wildlife conservation and its management in Northeast India, wildlife photography and problems of the Dehing Patkai region.
Sailendra Mohan Das, retired principal of Margherita College and Honorary Wildlife Warden and president of the Digboi College Governing Body also attended the programme. Das is also the coordinator of Aaranyak in upper Assam.
The resource persons included Mridu Poban Phukan of Wildlife Conservation and Study Centre, Subhasish Arandhara and Rubul Tanti, both members of Aaranyak and students of Digboi College, Kedar Nath Timsina, vice principal of Digboi College, Bimal Gogoi of Bhadoi Pas-Ali, Rangita Bania, president of Jeevan Suraksha, Gauri Buragohain, assistant professor, department of English, Digboi College, RP Agarwalla, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Siraj Ahmed, DFO, Digboi Forest Division, Nakul Khound, coordinator of Irab Kirab, Sanjay Das, director of Dibru Saikhowa Jungle Camp, Guijan, Saurav Duarah, senior photojournalist, Peim Thi Gohain, freelance journalist and Papori Khataniar of Evergreen Foundation.
The youths from Saraipung forest villages also attended the programme. Member of the Paribesh Sangrakshan Samiti, Jagun, and members from Namphake village and Gitimallika Gogoi, assistant professor of City College were also among those who took part in the programme, a press release stated.