The Founder Members

Vanya Pal

Vanya Pal

Vanya Pal is a traveller at heart with her love for nature branching out in various aspects, birding being one of them. She is 13 years old, studies in Delhi Public School, RKP & has been birdwatching since the age of two. Today, Vanya is an active member of Delhi Bird and easily able to identify the common birds. A conservationist by heart, she wants to be a naturalist when she grows up. She hopes to emulate her favourite Nikhil uncle.

Aman Sharma

Aman Sharma

Aman Sharma, 16 is an avid birder and photographer. He is a student in Modern School, Vasant Vihar. A pair of red vented bulbuls who built a nest in his balcony ignited the passion he has for birds today. He aspires to bring about a change in the way we see our winged visitors. Every Sunday he joins The Delhi Bird for a birding expedition. He loves to travel to dreamy wildlife and birding destinations in the higher pockets of India. He feels that in this age of Industrialisation, conserving nature and wildlife is the greatest progress.

Maitreya Sukumar

Maitreya Sukumar

A student of The Shri Ram School, Maitreya, 17 has been birding since he was 5 years old. From watching the Resplendent Quetzal in Costa Rica to trekking pre dawn in the jungles of New Guinea to watch the birds of paradise, Maitreya has been chasing birds across three continents for a while now. He also writes for the wildlife magazine Saevus and is an active member of his school environment club.

Viraj Shukla

Viraj Shukla

Viraj Shukla is a 18 years student at the Mother’s International School. His friendship with the lens started when he was 7 yrs old. He was inspired by his father’s interest in architectural and abstract photography. Viraj loves to spend time amidst nature with the camera being his forever companion. His photographs transform mundane things into interesting and unusual graphics. In this fast paced digital world he intends to show the kids a pure green world through his lens!

Chief Organising Officer – Jannat Singh

Meet Our Mentor, Nikhil Devasar

Nikhil is born, brought up and continues to reside in the capital city of Delhi. Being based in Delhi he decided to explore its spaces and revived a bird club, an ornithological group that had been non-operational for many years.  In 2000 he started an email network and the first weekend walk had 2 enthusiastic participants. Today this bird club has a membership of over 50,000+ committed amateur and professional birdwatchers ranging from age 4 to 84.

Nikhil has spearheaded many of the group’s conservation efforts wherein through the Sunday walks the group monitors the status of the birdlife as well as their habitats and also discovers new birding sites while keeping the authorities abreast of the problems in the existing ones. He also conducts awareness and education programs for young people and school children, and organises a census of India’s birdlife through the “Big Bird Day”, an annual event that has numerous teams visiting various birding sites and doing a species count. Today this club is registered as a NGO.

Nikhil is a prominent wildlife and nature conservationist, author & photographer. His expertise has resulted in the publication of several books, and his photographs are regularly featured in Indian and foreign nature magazines and publications.

Nikhil is responsible to bring the First Bird Festival to India and was the Knowledge Partner for UP Bird Festival in 2015 & 2016. He has spearheaded many of the country’s conservation efforts & has made his passion his life & his work.

A Special Thanks to Our Patrons

Kirti Pal

Kirti Pal

 
Shikha Sharma

Shikha Sharma

 
Anita Mani

Anita Mani

 
Suneeta Sharma

Suneeta Sharma

Team delhibird Foundation

Jannat Singh

Jannat Singh

 
Jayantika Dave

Jayantika Dave

Sanjay Tiwari

Sanjay Tiwari

 
Nikhil Devasar

Nikhil Devasar