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My Unending Journey With Butterflies
February 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+5.5
YPS Meet Live | Feb 21, Sun | 5:30 PM | YPS Facebook Page and YouTube Channel
Butterflies are one of the most beautiful, active, amazing creations of nature. They are important pollinators, an integral part of the food web, ecologically beneficial, and help in ecosystem balance. Butterflies have fascinated man since ages. Their colorful fluttering wings invite our awe. Children love to chase them and poets get inspired to write poems about them. Their strange life pattern baffles even the wisest scientists, while nature lovers owe their gratitude for the priceless role played by these winged beauties in perpetuating life on earth. The butterfly is indeed a unique and amazing creature which deserves our attention and careful study.
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About the Presenter
Mr Sammilan Shetty
Born on May 23, 1985 in Belvai near Moodabidri of Dakshina Kannada district. He completed his schooling at Rotary English Medium School, Moodabidri and then studied at Sri Bhuvanendra College, Karkala. Being born and brought up in a village, the natural instinct to conserve wildlife and nature, influenced a lot in his life.
His special interest for butterflies grew when he was allotted a project on “Study of local butterflies”, by his Zoology teacher, Prof. Ashok C H, during his graduation days at Alva’s College Moodbidri. Since then, he has been keenly observing these winged beauties and dedicated himself to conserve them.
As a 19 year old, he had recorded about 30 species. They had a wild patch of Clerodendrum viscosum which used to attract many butterflies including the endemic Malabar Banded Peacock (now the logo of the butterfly park). He was so fascinated by this butterfly that he spent hours waiting for it near the flowering patch with his camera. These butterflies returned back to the same flowering patch every half an hour to one hour and it was worth the wait. He managed to click his first photograph of this beauty with his Kodak EasyShare camera, which was gifted by his brother. Until 2013 he had recorded about 70 species of butterflies in his backyard.
The Butterfly Park in Belvai which was founded by him in the year 2011, with the aim of conserving the butterfly fauna of Western Ghats, also creates awareness among the general public and students, making them understand the importance of butterflies in nature. The park encourages and motivates people to create and conserve natural habitat for butterflies, and other wildlife forms. His 100 minutes documentary film “Life of butterflies”, released last season, reveals the interesting facts about butterflies and their life history. The footage for the documentary was shot, exclusively at the butterfly park by him, in a 4 years span. It is the country’s first ever comprehensive documentary on butterflies and is appreciated by butterfly experts across the nation.
He was featured in ‘Amazing Indians’ Season III by Times Now as an ‘Exceptional Eco Saviour’ in 2013 for his work on butterfly conservation. The butterfly park at Belvai was also honoured by ‘World Book of Records’, London, UK, in 2018 for hosting awareness programs and conservation activities. He was awarded the ‘Popular Choice Award’ in 2020 by Deccan Herald at the DH Changemakers 2020 event
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