Southern Birdwing is an enterprise started in October 1997, by Harvey D'Souza and Neil Alvares. Harvey and Neil are Goan wildlife enthusiasts with a serious commitment to Conserve the beauty they know and love so well.
Their Conservation activities are funded through promoting eco-friendly tourism. Southern Birdwing expeditions are enriched by a thorough knowledge of the wildlife and the terrain, as well as the enthusiasm that every member of the team brings on board. Through their activities, they endeavour to share their experience and knowledge of nature, without disturbing it. In the process they have made many friends from all around the world, who recommend them highly.
Neil and Harvey Educate and Create awareness of eco-issues through:
Conducting educational excursions, talks and work-shops,
Writing articles in newspapers and magazines,
Working in a voluntary capacity with the Goa Forestry Dept.,
Running a voluntary 'help' line which local people and the Forest department call to report wildlife that needs to be rescued and released into the wild.
Organising and co-ordinating activities for specific conservation projects.
Southern Birdwing activities:
'Croc-O-Do-Be-Doo!' - Crocodile cruises
"Wings 'n' Things!" - Bird watching excursions.
Educational - cum - sightseeing crocodile trips for students on a 'zero profit' basis.
Mangrove re-plantation projects, organised jointly with the the Forest Department.
Assistance to the Forest Department in releasing wild animals like crocodiles, snakes, turtles, monkeys, civet cats, squirrels etc., which are held in captivity or stray into human dwellings.
Wildlife awareness programs such as live snake shows, nature trails, theatre workshops, nature club activities etc in schools, colleges and clubs
Currently involved in anti-poaching activities within wildlife sanctuaries
Worked with Goa Foundation in its "Fight Plastic" Campaign
Featured in the "The Great Croc Trail" which was aired on Discovery Bird watching UK Channel Five, May - Sept '2000
Honoured by the Forest Department, Government of Goa, for their contribution towards the conservation and preservation of wildlife in the State of Goa in October'99
Helped in setting up the "Save the Turtle" project at Galgibaga beach, Canacona.
Organised 'Wild Flutterby' - an evening of theatre and a wildlife photography exhibition, in Jan'2001 at the Kala Academy, Panjim.
Co-ordinated and organised a 'Wild Dolphin Watch' and a fishing trip for two hundred and fifty staff members of the reputed French company Compaq.