Wednesday, 22nd of February 2017

FAQ

How can I become member and how can I contribute?

Ans: You can become a BNHS member or send your donation online, by post or by coming to BNHS in person. You can contribute to the cause of BNHS and conservation in the following ways. For more details, write to Membership Officer on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Become annual / life / corporate member
  • Buy / gift publications and souvenirs
  • Participate in camps, nature trails,and workshops
  • Volunteering and Funding through CSR for research / conservation projects
  • Volunteering and Funding through CSR for library, specimen collections, education, publications, and annual activities
  • Donations to corpus fund, specific projects or general fund

I wish to write an article / feature about your latest research / conservation projects for my newspaper. Please tell me the details.

Ans: We appreciate your interest in covering BNHS research and conservation projects. We request you to check out the basic details of the project on this website. For more details or notes from the scientists concerned, please send your specific questions to our Communications Department on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


I want to refer to the BNHS library. What is the procedure?

Ans: If you are a BNHS member, you have free access to the library on all working days, during office hours, which are Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. Non-members can also refer to the library as visitors during office hours. Kindly contact the Librarian on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for further details on the same.


I want to visit BNHS. What are the timings? What is there to see in BNHS?

Ans: BNHS Hornbill House in Mumbai is open for visitors from Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, except public holidays. (The Lunch break: 1.00 pm to 1.30 pm). At Hornbill House you can visit the following sections: A) Souvenir Shop for books and souvenirs (ground floor), B) Membership Officer for membership related queries (ground floor), C) Natural History Collection of over 1, 20,000 faunal specimens – with prior appointment (ground floor), D) Library with over 22,000 books, periodicals and research journals on wildlife, environment conservation, zoology, botany, taxonomy, and sustainable development (second floor).


Is it safe to send my children in the forest for your trails / workshops?

Ans: BNHS nature trails, camps /and workshops are conducted under the guidance of expert naturalists and field biologists. Participants are expected to strictly follow the rules and regulations explained by the group leaders before and during the events. Jungles and other natural habitats are generally safe for children and adults, as long as the rules laid down are followed, just like following the traffic rules on any busy road. Moreover, we insist on responsible adults to accompany children on our nature trails, camps, and most workshops (except specific children’s workshops).


I wish to pursue a career in wildlife / change my career to wildlife. How can I do so with BNHS?

Ans: Today careers in wildlife / environment cover a wide range of occupations including field biologists / researchers, nature education, writing for nature publications, eco-tourism, wildlife photography and film making, voluntary work, Indian Forest Service, landscape architecture, environmental law, Corporate Social Responsibility, organic farming, environmental engineering, and environmental journalism. Some require an academic background from the science stream, while many others require passion and the requisite skills irrespective of the background. BNHS offers full-time / part-time opportunities in the first six categories from time to time. Please see the Vacancies section on www.bnhs.org


I wish to do something to save the environment. What can I do?

Ans: Saving the environment means ensuring our own survival on this planet. In today’s era of climate change, increasing pollution of various types, relentless urbanization, rampant use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and excessively consumerist mindsets of governments and people, it is high time that we as individuals take a few steps to save the environment. Here are a few ideas for starters.

  • Avoid accepting and using plastic bags. Carry your own cloth or paper bag.
  • Prefer alternatives to plastic such as glass, metal, or paper in case of other consumer goods.
  • Use both sides of paper and recycle all paper by giving it to Raddiwala.
  • Reduce the wasteful use of various goods and services that you consume. Reuse all goods before discarding and recycle them finally by giving them toKabadiwala.
  • Save electricity by switching off appliances when not required; using fans instead of air-conditioners wherever possible; using natural light, heat and air as much as possible; using the stairs instead of the elevator and avoiding unnecessary night-time events that consume excess power.
  • Save water by turning off  taps when not required, fixing leaking taps, opting for a bucket bath instead of a shower or tub bath, planting native trees and shrubs instead of water guzzling lawns and using the run off rain water wherever possible.
  • Visit a forest, grassland, wetland, river or mountain regularly and observe, appreciate, and enjoy natural beauty and tranquility.
  • Prefer locally grown, organic produce and fresh food over exotic packaged food.
  • Prefer walking, cycling or public transport over private vehicles.
  • Follow a No Litter policy, especially when you are in a natural habitat, including while travelling by road or rail.
  • Collectively report any destruction of natural habitat or killing of wildlife to the local authorities, media, and police.
  • Opt for a simple, balanced, and holistic lifestyle, instead of a consumerist one.
  • Plant a tree every year that is native to your region and take care of it for at least two years.
  • Join and support conservation organizations such as BNHS India.

How many people work in BNHS?

Ans: Over 100 people work in BNHS at present, which includes scientists posted at various field stations and the staff at the head office and education centres.


Was BNHS started by Dr Sálim Ali?

Ans: BNHS was started by eight naturalists and hunters in 1883, including six British and two Indians. Dr Sálim Ali was associated with BNHS from 1927 to 1987, first as a scientist and then as the President. He was one of the major pillars on which the BNHS stands today.


What is your source of funding?

Ans: BNHS projects and activities get funding on case-by-case basis from sources such as government departments; CSR activities of corporates; grants from funding agencies and donations from charitable trusts. Other avenues of funding include sale proceeds of souvenirs, books and fees of nature trails, camps and workshops. However, most projects operate on shoe-string budgets and a lot more support is required to professionally conduct research and ensure conservation of nature.


I found one injured bird near my area. Would you be able to take care of it?

Ans: No, BNHS does not have the resources and man power to take care of injured animals and birds. You are requested to get in touch with animal rescue NGOs / individuals or veterinary doctors in your area.


Can we send some photographs of bird/animal for identification?

Ans: You can send the photos (together not more than 2 MB size) to our bird experts on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . We will try to revert to you as early as possible.


May I work as volunteer in BNHS? If yes what kind of benefits may I get?

Ans: Yes, you can work as a volunteer with the Conservation Education Centres of BNHS and occasionally with the Natural History Collection or other departments, as and when there is a requirement. Volunteering with BNHS gives you the opportunity of working with scientists and professionals from the biggest and the most reputed conservation organization in South Asia. You will also be given an experience letter / certificate.


Where can I get details of job vacancies available in BNHS?

Ans: Job vacancies in BNHS are announced on the website from time to time.