Mr. Sharad Apte has continued to take the Nature Conservation Movement forward at a personal level. He keeps himself away from any publicity. Mr. Apte has inherited a liking for social work from his father late Mr. Dattopant Apte. In the last 20 years, he has earned fame in the field of Photography and Bird Watching. He has recorded original sounds of animals, birds and insects. This collection of 316 types of bird sounds is made available for nature lovers and bird researchers on the website www.birdcall.info . He has also collected and published an audio-visual film on birds found in the Western Ghats (a long mountain range situated parallel to the western seashore of India, which is about 1600 kms long).
River Valley Expedition & Research Society of India
Nature lovers from Sangli district formed this institute in 1975 with the aim of inculcating love for nature in youth and make them fight for conservation of nature. Initially, rock climbing and trekking were taken up, and these activities were praised by none other than Sir Edmund Hillary. The ‘Everest-Hero’ became the mentor of the society and directed its members towards more positive and concrete activities through the study of related cultural, social and scientific issues; and by not limiting them to adventure and wandering. After this boost, many programs were conducted under the able guidance of Hon. Baba Amte.