Advanced Camera Trapping – Western Ghats, India
January 8 – February 1, 2018 (8 Days)
$6200 USD (Register by January 1)
With wildlife populations being suffocated by human growth, many animals are learning to effectively avoid human detection. This workshop is designed not only to shoot wildlife in the western ghats but also to learn the ins and outs of professional grade camera-trapping. The course features building your own camera trap from scratch, arboreal camera trapping, and basic introductions to wildlife behavior and biology that affect camera-trapping success.
- Spend a winter in India camera trapping in leopard and elephant country
- Leave with your own camera trap, made by you!
- Explore the incredible, relatively under-explored, biodiversity hotspot that is the western ghats of India, an area where new species of amphibians are being discovered even as you read these words.
- Shoot in a field site directly in tiger country
- Learn trail-camera operation and placement
- Visit Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, famous for its influx in birds during this (winter) period
- Learn in small and intimate groups, including more one-on-one time with the instructor
- Take a safari through an elephant corridor
- Visit and photograph the historical city of Mysore, including India’s oldest zoo, and colorful local markets.
- Learn from professional field guide and photographer Ishaan Raghunandan, who in his spare time assists with disease screening of wild primates in the Peruvian Amazon.
Experience unique micro habitats in a biodiversity hotspot like no other, while exploring these forests on foot and from the trees.
- Daily Itinerary
- Food & Refreshments
- Bedrooms, Baths, and Showers
* Day 1: travel to Mysore. Ranganathittu + zoo. * Day 2: travel to fringeford, safari in the morning at nagarhole. * Day 3-6: Camera-trap workshop * Day 7 : return to Bangalore
While traveling to the field site, three meals a day will be provided at reputable hotels along the highway. Breakfast in Mysore will be provided at the hotel that we are staying at. Once we have arrived at Fringeford, food quality increases significantly, with three delicious meals featuring Keral cuisine provided each day. These meals are healthy and will fill you up, but this being the middle of the rainforest, don’t expect to get all your food groups represented in the same way you try to eat while you are at home. If you are concerned about this, take a multi-vitamin while at the field station. The station has fabulous cooks who can make tasty dishes with basic and wholesome ingredients. Vegetarians will sometimes get tofu and soy meat substitutes. Being vegan at this workshop can be difficult (but it is not impossible).
You will also have access to cookies, crackers, coffee, and tea, at all times during the day while at camp. If you think you will do better with Cliff or Luna bars (or the like), please bring some for yourself. Any additional treats you bring (including precious chocolate) will be fair game for small rainforest creatures, so bring plenty of ziplock bags in which to place your food. Also avoid leaving wrappers in your rooms containing anything edible because that will attract some curiosity from the local miniature wildlife.
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- Fee Details
International Air Travel: Getting to India from a different country is accomplished primarily by air. We recommend using Kayak, Orbitz or Expedia to book your flights online. Local students can book on Make My Trip. Students must plan to arrive no later than 6 am on January 8th, 2018. If you are arriving earlier than this time, we can provide you with local hotel recommendations.
As with all of our workshops, a comprehensive travel packet that contains information on when and how to book your travel, visas, vaccinations, and packing tips, will be made available to all participants. This packet is provided to participants once they have registered for the workshop.
Please see the FAQs below for initial information on visas and vaccines.
The following equipment will be available at the workshop:
- Trail cameras (Bushnell)
- Gps, Compass
- Raspberry Pi Camera system (your property at the end of the course)
- Raspberry Pi
- 1080p camera for Pi
- Noir camera for Pi
- Wifi module for raspberry pi
- Dslr cameras for learning purposes during classes(not to be used in the field)
You must bring the following equipment with you:
- Camera of any kind (yes, a phone camera will do)
- Raw editing software
- Rain boots
- Rain protection – for camera gear and person
Having a DSLR is recommended as certain topics will require a fully manual camera to learn. If however you do not own a DSLR, FPI will provide 3 DSLR’s available for students to use in particular classes.
Other optional items:
- Zoom lens
- PIR sensor for your DSLR camera trap (please contact us with queries if you are planning to make this purchase)
- The fee for this tour is TBA, and includes the following:
- Food and lodging for the entire workshop.
- Transportation to and from Bangalore to Mysore including the field sites.
- Experienced instructors and field equipment.
This workshop fee does NOT include:
- International travel to India.
- Travel or health insurance (proof of health insurance is required for workshop attendance).
- Rubber boots, binoculars, flashlight and insect repellent (all of which are required to take this workshop).
- A camera
There are two ways to obtain financial assistance for attending this field workshop. You may participate in both of these programs simultaneously as follows:
- Scholarships: This year, we are offering two scholarships to attend this workshop, one targeting an Indian citizen and the other open to applicants of other nationalities. For the application details please visit our scholarships page.
- Fundraising: FPI can now provide a peer-to-peer crowd funding platform for all field workshop students. You will be able to make your own fundraising page to share with your contacts and social networks. At the end of the fundraising period, FPI will issue a discount code to you for 100% of the funds that you have raised. You would then enter this code as you make your final workshop payment. If you raise enough to cover all (or part) of your initial reservation fee, you would be refunded that portion as well. Please note that funds raised in excess of your program fees will be rolled into our scholarship fund. Also, if you withdraw from the workshop at any time, your donors cannot get a refund. In this case, all of those funds would also roll over into our scholarship fund for other students. To set up this option, please register for a workshop, first, and then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your fundraising page.
Please read our cancellation policy carefully before applying to a field workshop/ educational tour:
- $100 of your deposit made during registration is a processing fee that is nonrefundable under any circumstances.
- If you cancel on or before the registration deadline of Friday, December 1st, 2017, we will refund all workshop fees paid in full (except for the processing fee of $100).
- If you cancel your reservation by December 15, 2017, you will be refunded 40% of your workshop fee.
- Workshop fees cannot be refunded for cancellations made after December 15, 2017.
- If FPI has to cancel this workshop due to mitigating reasons, a full refund of all fees paid, including the registration fee, will be made available to all participants.
- Early departures from the field workshop are not entitled to a refund for any reason.