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Butterfly available locations of West BengalEdit

Name Location Zone Date of Visit
Prakriti Tirtha (New Town Eco Park butterfly garden) Coordinates: 22°, 36° A Example
Central Park (Kolkata) Coordinates: 22.586695°, 88.41486° A Example
Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary (CKBS) Coordinates: 22.429317°, 88.398496° A Example
Lily-Pool, Rabindra Sarovar Coordinates: 22°, 30° A Example
Science City Butterfly Garden Coordinates: 22.540078°, 88.396019° A Example
Alipore Zoo Kolkata A Example
St. Pauls Cathedral Kolkata A Example
Eden Gardens Kolkata A Example
Chilapata Jungle Camp North Bengal A Example
Teyabon, Chalsa North Bengal B Example
Ramsai, Gorumara North Bengal B Example
Jayanti and Lepchakha North Bengal B Example
Jharkhali Butterfly Garden South 24 Parganas C Example

Pilot ProjectEdit

Before entering into the main project, the WLB team initiated for a few pilot projects. First of all the WLB team has chosen the nearest location, the New Town Eco Park, where the garden entail of a great dome to encompass a vegetal habitation containing diverse species of flowering plants and perennials that support a huge variety of butterflies systematized in a water body. There were nearly 20 species of butterflies declared in the butterfly garden. Actually, number of species located in exposed area subsisted significantly fewer. As the particular area is treated as the research area, the area inside the dome is strictly prohibited for photography.The team is planning to approach this special interest group (specially the researchers) to join and en-reach wikipedia in near future.The team has collected information regarding the species to create few new articles as well as update existing articles. There are about 25 images of butterflies have been captured.

Outcome from Banabitan (New Town Eco Park butterfly garden)Edit

  • Images contribution to Commons:
  • New articles creation:01
  • Existing articles upgradtion:

Project in Jayanti and LepchakhaEdit

Based on the outcome of the first pilot project the WLB team is preparing for a broader spectrum. As this project is initiated in and around West Bengal, our next butterfly-enriched location is going to be Lepchakha of Buxa Hill in Dooars. It is a small village inhabitated by Drukpa Community people on Buxa Hill top inside Buxa Tiger reserve in Alipurduar district. The place is a bit remote, characterised by crude nature, far from the madding crowd and trekking is the only passage to the virgin world largely infested with butterflies of a huge number of species of which 50% of the butterflies seen in Bengal can be traced and photographed by one interested in this field. As many as 7 rivers murmur through the Buxa Forest and the riverbeds at many places are the favourite haunt of different species of butterflies especially for mud pudding. The rivers include Sankosh, Raidak, Jayanti, Bala and others. The drukpa people of Bhutanese origin are the original and prime inhabitants of this place. Lepchakha is popularly believed to be a place where from the stains to heaven ascends and to add to its heavenly charm patrols the throng of multi coloured scaly winged butterflies manifesting vibgyor feast for the eyes of the nature lovers. Silence looms large at every step at Lepchakha securing a tranquil acceptance of life thereon and the environment adorns her with all virginity presenting a cosy and fit habitat for the butterflies in the lap of Mother Nature.


Why we choose this locationEdit

  • A vast magnitude of butterflies add colour to the forest and river beds of this location as well as adjacent areas.
  • Butterflies survive in remote mountainous regions of the tropical forest area where conditions are suitable for them. Lepchakha hosts similar surroundings and has the reputation of being the habitat of a huge variety of butterflies.
  • The area is contributed by 7 rivers like Sankosh, Jayanti etc which ensure a great chance of Mud-puddling of butterflies in the area.
  • Hub of tourism in Buxa area, the smoke emitted by vehicles and road kills are common reason of butterfly extinction. hence, semi-remote rural areas with less crowded and less polluted surroundings, like Lepchakha appears to be a fascinating haunt for butterfly watching.
  • Our route from Lepchakha(Buxa Hill) to Mahakal Hill via Khatlum river (local name) and the conflux of Jayanti and Khatlum rivers ensures a sheer chance of Mud-puddling. The Khatling river and Jayanti river create a wetland down the river beds as well as in the natural forests that serve as a nice habitat of butterfly and a fine bed for their activities.
  • The butterfly infested locations of Buxa Hill and forest covers a fairly large 760 sq. km area and hence it is imperative for us to restrict our activities in a small area of about 15-20km for better outcome and concentrating our focus for comb-searching the butterfly habitat zones of a small and prospective locations.
  • The proximity of a small village will secure our accommodation and at the same time we can get local information and local help and guidance to reach to our requisite spot more suitably.

Why we choose this timeEdit

  • The time of the proposed trip of WLB team to Lepchakha is well within the pre-monsoon Dry season of butterfly domain which is said to be from March to May.
  • We have chosen the pre-monsoon time for documentation and capturing pictures of butterflies along with their eggs,pupa and larva (as per availability) also to forgo a comparative study with our next post--monsoon wet season butterfly documentation and shooting programme at similar location during September to November.

StrategyEdit

  • Approach to specific user group and motivate them to contribute in article creation activities. Since, they are from specific user group, the chance of motivating them will be comparatively easier.Henceforth, the percentage of stub articles may be reduced.

TeamEdit

  1. Ananya Mondal (talk)
  2. Sandip Das (talk)
  3. Santanu Chandra (talk)
  4. Sujay Chandra (talk)
  5. Arghyadeep Das (talk)

Estimated BudgetEdit

Based on the standard rate for vehicle, accommodation,Guide, food etc. the WLB team has prepared the following estimated budget.After the completion of the pilot project, the accurate expenditure will be obtained.

  • train fare: INR 750.00/individual
  • Local guide: INR 1000.00/day
  • Home stay: INR 1000.00/room/day
  • Food: INR 100.00/meal
  • Vehicle: INR 3000.00
  • Miscellaneous (If any): INR 2000.00

EquipmentsEdit

CamerasEdit
  1. Nikon D90
  2. Nikon D3000
  3. Nikon D7000
  4. Canon 1200D
Lens SpecificationEdit
  1. Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR
  2. Nikon AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR
  3. Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6 ED VR
  4. Nikon AF-S DX 50mm f/1.8G Prime Lens
  5. Canon EF-S 18-55 IS II f/3.5-5.6
  6. Canon EF-S 55-250 IS II f/4-5.6
TripodEdit
  1. Simpex 360
  2. Simpex 1200

Personal itemsEdit

  • Backpack (40 litres)
  • Daypack (20 litres)
  • FOOTWEAR
  • Trekking shoe
  • Socks
  • Trek pants
  • Collared t-shirts

AccessoriesEdit

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Sun cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Walking stick

OTHERSEdit

  • Toiletries (Sunscreen - SPF 40+, moisturiser, light towel, small soap, toilet paper, wet tissue)
  • Repair kit (needle & thread)
  • Headlamp/LED torch
  • Mess tin
  • Water bottles: 2 bottles, 1 Litre each
  • Plastic covers

Proposed Outcome from the Project in Jayanti and LepchakhaEdit

  • Images contribution to Commons: Featuring mud-puddling, basking, collection of nectar,Adult (imago), egg, larva (or caterpillar) and chrysalis (pupa or coccoon) etc.
  • New articles creation in Bengali Language:Approximately 30% from the list of Proposed Content development
  • Existing articles up-gradation:


Date of departure: 28th April, 2016

Date of arrival: 2rd May, 2016

Point of Assembly for departure: Sealdah railway station

Time of Assembly for departure: 11.00 AM IST