Living in a Biodiverse Habitat – Snake Awareness Program

Author:
Meena Murugappan
February 22, 2022

When we live in bio-diverse habitats, it is important that we understand that we share this land with other species like birds, insects, animals and reptiles. That our neighbourhoods offer habitats for other species, and not just our human neighbours. That the richness of life unfolds when we learn to live empathically with them.

Snakes are amongst the most maligned reptiles. And often, the fear of snakes is disproportionate to the actual threat they pose. Many snakes in Telangana (and in fact, the world over) are harmless. And the ones that are venomous usually avoid human settlements. Yet, there is a deep-rooted fear amongst us that we react with violence when we see a snake in our neighbourhood. It is sad that many times a snake is killed not because it is a threat, but they are killed because it was there.

At OES, we believe it is important to attend and learn how to understand snakes, appreciate their contribution to biodiversity, confront & overcome our fear, and learn how to react empathically to the our slithering friends if we chance to meet them.

OES presents Friends of Snakes Society Awareness program

The Friends of Snakes Society (FOSS) is an Indian non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of, and public education about, snakes. It was founded and registered under Society Registration Act in the year 1995 by Late Shri. Rajkumar Kanuri. With the help of Andhra Pradesh Forest Department, the Friends of Snakes Society has been rescuing snakes from urban areas and rehabilitating them in reserve forest areas and attempting to generate a system of alternate, natural pest control using non venomous snakes in farming. The organization also conducts awareness programs to spread awareness about these gravely misunderstood creatures, eradicating age old myths and misconceptions about them through live demonstrations.

Details about the awareness program

FOSS’s awareness workshops are designed to alleviate unwarranted fears, to mitigate snakebites, and conserve snakes. The 60-minute session would cover important topics such as identification of common snakes, distinguishing between venomous and nonvenomous snakes, importance of snakes to nature, myths, snake bites, first-aid, etc are covered.

Kindly register here: https://forms.gle/fj4gKhL8oH71jdwn8

Date: 19th Feb 2022

Time: 10:00 am

Ticket price is Rs.1,000/- per participant (incl. lunch).

Location: Organo Antharam (after Chevella) <https://goo.gl/maps/A15wqQbWPppPCvCK9 >

About Organo Et School

We recognize that for any positive impact to be sustainable, it must be long-term and inter-generational. Organo Et School strives to create an apt learning environment that will support and empower families as well as individuals to embrace sustainable living mindsets and habits.

Organo Et School is a learning initiative set up by Organo in 2017 and has been facilitating field visits and workshops for Schools and Interest Groups. Organo Et School has had over 25+ schools, 6000+ students and 2500+ adults participate over the last 5 years.

We believe in connecting children & adults with nature.

Please send your queries to us at oes@organo.co.in and by phone 9154100775 today!

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