SUBJECT : A three day national level butterfly meet, NorthEast Butterfly Meet 2017 (NEBM 2017), was organized by Butterflies and Moths of Sikkim.

September 8, 2017: A three day national level butterfly meet, NorthEast Butterfly Meet-2017 (NEBM-2017), was organized by Butterflies and Moths of Sikkim – Nature Conservation Society(BAMOS-NCS) in collaboration with Butterflies of North Eastern India group from 3rd to 5th September at Namprikdang, Dzongu, North Sikkim.

This was the 4th North-East Butterfly Meet and for BAMOS it was its 2nd meet, 1st being held at Yuksam in 2015. The meet was attended by more than 35 participants from different states of India and local participants from Sikkim. School students from nearby schools also participated. Renowned scientist and author Issac Kehimkar and Lepidopterist Monsoon Jyoti Gogoi were the resource persons.

Sikkim Minister of Forest, Environment and Wildlife Department T W Lepcha inaugurated the NEBM-2017. Lepcha appreciated the initiative of BAMOS-NCS for the conservation of Butterflies and moths in Sikkim and congratulated president of BAMOS, Nawang Gyatso Bhutia for his “Limca Book of Record” for attracting 95 species of butterflies on his body and presented him the Record Certificate.

Addressing the participants he observed that such types of programme need to be organized on a regular basis for the awareness of nature conservation in general and butterflies in particular. He emphasized the potential of the rich biodiversity like butterflies and birds to generate alternate source of income for the people of Sikkim through sustainable ecotourism. Addressing the gathered students, he advised them to take maximum benefit out of this programme to learn about the conservation of natural resources and consider a career in this field.

Deputy Speaker of Sikkim Legislative Assembly cum Dzongu MLA Sonam Gyatso Lepcha, congratulated BAMOS for conducting National Level Butterfly Meet at Dzongu which would help the local people of Dzongu to be aware of the rich butterfly biodiversity. He advised the students to sincerely attend the program.

During three day Butterfly Meet extensive survey was carried out during the day, evenings was allotted for presentations and brain storming sessions. Both the resource persons delivered lectures on field study, identification and scientific conservation of butterfly diversity of Sikkim.

Principal Chief Research Officer and mentor of BAMOS-NCS, Usha Lachungpa, highlighted the rich biodiversity of Dzongu and need for the quality research conservation in scientific manner.

The meet was very fruitful, the participants documented 163 species of butterflies among which some were rare species like, Dark Tinsel, Khaki Silverline, Himalayan White Flat, Purple Spotted Flitter, Northern Jungle Queen, Evans Snow Flat, Jungle Glory.

Source: Northeast Today