Dry Zone Ecology and Popham's Arboretum, a one-day seminar, conducted in Sinhala and English, will be held at the Heritance Hotel, Kandalama and at Popham's Arboreum, Dambulla on Saturday, April 28 from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 pm. Admission is free.
Organised by Ruk Rakaganno, the Society for the Protection of Trees, the keynote address will be by the Director of the National Botanical Gardens. There will also be presentations by Dr. Michael Van der Poorten, an independent consultant on Lepidoptera, on butterflies of the dry zone, Dr. W.R.K. Punchihewa of the University of Ruhuna, chair of the committee on pollinator conservation, Ministry of Environment, on Bees and their importance for plant ecology and Dr. Devaka Weerakoon, Dept. of Zoology, University of Colombo, on dry zone fauna.
Dr. N. D. R. Weerawardene, Dept of Forests and Dr. Mayuri Wijesinghe, Dept. of Zoology, University of Colombo, will introduce the findings of their research, conducted at Popham's Arboretum, on regeneration of forests, and research on the Loris, a rare nocturnal primate that can be seen in its natural habitat at the Arboreum.
Shereen Samarasuriya, National Co-ordinator UNDP/GEF/SGP and Kamini Vitarana, President of Ruk Rakaganno will also speak. The seminar will include a guided tour and visual presentations on the wildlife of the peaceful and relaxing oasis that is Popham's Arboretum, the only Dry Zone Arboretum in Sri Lanka.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
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