|Vishwas (Bhau) Dattatray Katdare|
Vishwas (Bhau) Katdare protects species that most Indians have never even heard of, let alone seen. In the quiet of his Konkan homeland in Maharashtra, he fights to keep a population of Indian Swiftlets safe from the international trade that profts from edible-nest-soup buyers. His perseverance saw a fledgling organisation, the Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra (SNM), started in 1992 in Chiplun, turn into a force to reckon with in Maharashtra’s Konkan region. White-bellied Sea Eagles, White-rumped Vultures and olive ridley turtle nesting sites are also protected by Bhau and his volunteers. A Member of the Maharashtra State Wildlife Advisory Board, he is currently involved in documenting the Konkan’s flora and fauna on film. Bhau Katdare believes that education can make a significant difference to wildlife protection and has initiated several community and action-oriented programmes.