If you are one who has often fed one’s tiffin to the stray dogs or
longed to be able to do something when you saw a green tree being
chopped or an injured bird unable to walk.
If you are one who has stood and admired the infinite beauty of a
little white flower in the green grass-Welcome to the Wildlife
Society…for in this society you find people who care-care to
protect, care to preserve and care to conserve.
The wildlife society of St, Stephens College is one of the most
active societies among similar clubs & societies in all other
colleges in DU. The society is just not involved in activities
related to wildlife but also addresses various environmental issues.
Activities like vaccination of all dogs on campus, introduction of
eco friendly paper cups in the cafeteria, paper recycling workshops
etc constitute some of the activities of the society.
The society hosts an annual fest ‘Prakriti’ which is attended by
many prominent NGOs like WWF and PETA.
The yearly journal ‘Naturally Yours’ promises a platform for
enthusiastic nature writers.
All in all the society is one whose work is fuelled by love and
passion for nature.
Believe it or not, The Wildlife Society in the year 2008 did more
than just Prakriti. This year’s team was a concoction of some hard
working, some independently working and some hardly working members.
With an army of 30 first years and second years inducted (some of
whom are yet to appear for a meeting) after an eco-friendly
induction process (forms were e-mailed) and an overwhelming
response, we started off with our very first plantation drive in
Vasant Kunj (Ok, the area was very green, but we made sure not an
inch of brown earth was visible till the residents drove us away
requesting us not to plant any more trees)
Nature Walks became a regular feature led by our French
ornithologist Aparajita and lead botanist Hiba Khair who is herself
a one man army.
Our initiative of paper recycling to collect waste papers in boxes
was so successful that all the paper we collected was used up by the
end of the day as rough work sheets by the junior members!
In midst of “CAT”, constant bickering, getting after first years,
Prakriti arrived with a bang, later than usual but also successful
as usual with many NGOs participating in our fest. Though
“Butterflies” were no where to be seen near the flowers, people
still flocked to participate in wealth from waste, quiz,
photography, green engineering, panel discussions and our case study
But for once, the fun didn’t stop here. Since then we have had a
talk on genetically modified foods by GreenPeace, a slogan writing
competition, vaccination of dogs, and a clean campaign in
collaboration with Swecha.
On the one hand Sudeep worked round the clock juggling his various
roles, and on the other Apoorva “Singh” roared over the first years
to get them to work. Apoorva Gupta made sure that no one got a
peaceful night’s sleep and everyone shuddered as she entered the
room. Urmi and KP were so calm and peaceful even in the wildlife
society that their presence was hardly felt. Surbhi was abandoned by
her pet CAT and decided to put in some last efforts with the journal
and the fest. Finally!
Our first and second year members were no less. With Yugul’s eternal
cry of “Didi, didi”, the ever confused look on Priyanka’s face, the
blink-and-you-miss-me Karan, the marketing specialist Manali, Yamini
and Priyam’s innumerable phone calls to panellists, Anna’s hard luck
with NGO’s owing to the global meltdown, Skand’s brainwaves from
School, God Blessy us for the success of green engineering, and
Elizabeth’s constant queenly presence, made us a very versatile
Shobna Iyer saved our lives and reputation from our lazy lifestyles
as she left no stone unturned to produce ‘Naturally yours’, our
annual journal released during Prakriti.
And finally after three years of constant trying and never giving
up, the wildlife society trip to Jim Corbett national Park this year
got lucky enough to be sighted by a tiger.
It’s been quite an eventful year, quite literally too, with immense
interest and participation shown by all junior members. We hope the
same for next year too and wish all members all the very best for
all their endeavours and hope they have some planned for the society