Monthly Lectures

The monthly lecture series of the WNPS is now a monthly gathering looked forward to by both the membership and the general public. The depth of knowledge shared in the 60 minute lecture by an excellent line up of speakers has not only enriched the audience but has enabled the society to initiate measures in various conservation fronts.

Upcoming Lectures

From Woodies to Plovers: an untold story of our national identity

By Dr Sampath Seneviratne

On Thursday the 18 th February at 6.00 pm via zoom and FB live

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Birds are high in a list of biological treasures of any country. Few such lists match the extraordinary wealth of Sri Lanka’s biodiversity, and when it comes to avifauna, the exceptionally high number of endemics - the species found nowhere else but in Sri Lanka – is a salient feature of this island nation. Our 100 or so endemic races amounts to nearly a third of all breeding birds of Sri Lanka. That is one of the highest proportion of endemicities for any country in the world. This is as a result of island biogeographic factors, including isolation, which makes Sri Lanka of special interest not only to local ornithologists and birdwatchers, but draws those from overseas as well. The WNPS has been raising its concern on the habitat destruction taking place in Mannar and other bird sanctuaries due to unplanned development and encroachments

A deep dive, armed with cutting-edge science and novel technologies, into our Victorian past or to the heart of Sri Lankan wilderness, would expose a picture far fascinating than what you see in your day-to- day field guides. In the light of recent discoveries of Hanuman Plover and Red-backed Flameback, Sampath will illustrate the art and science of finding new birds and how that revolutionize the understanding, valuation and protection of our own national identity.

WNPS Monthly Lecture
Dr Sampath Seneviratne

Dr. Sampath S. Seneviratne is a research scientist specializes in the study of evolution, molecular ecology and ornithology. His laboratory – Avian Evolution Node – studies how animals evolve in isolation in an island biogeography framework using both field- and laboratory-based research. His research programme spans across oceans, islands and forests through studies on rainforest endemics in Sri Lanka and Western Ghats, and bird migration in the Central Asian Flyway. Sampath is a birder, a painter, a naturalist and a conservationist. He is a General Committee Member of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society, Senior Lecturer attached to the Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences, University of Colombo.

The WNPS monthly lecture is open to all

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The WNPS Public Lecture is presented in association with Nations Trust Bank and open to all

Past Lectures

  • Leopard-Human Coexistence

    Leopard Human Coexistence
    by Shatrunjay Pratap Singh

    January 2021

  • Ship Strikes on Large Whales

    Ship Strikes On Large Whales
    by Susannah Calderan

    December 2020

  • Leopards of Wilpattu

    Leopards of Wilpattu National Park 
    by Dinal Samarasinghe

    November 2020

  • Tribal Tigers

    Covid 19; An Unexpected Windfall for Sri Lanka’s Wilderness and Wildlife
    by Rukshan Jayawardene

    October 2020

  • Tribal Tigers

    Guardians of Sri Lanka's Wildlife
    by Mr. Ranjan Marasinghe

    September 2020

  • Tribal Tigers

    Conservation Photography: Taking Pictures to Save the Planet
    by Ami Vitale

    August 2020

  • Mangroves and their future

    Do or do not, there is no try:
    Mangroves and their future
    by Dr. Sevvandi Jayakody

    July 2020

  • Biodiversity, Climate Change and Land Degradation

    Biodiversity, Climate Change and Land Degradation
    by Sir Robert Watson

    June 2020

  • Unwinding the secrets of the elusive Indian Pangolin

    Unwinding the secrets of the elusive Indian Pangolin
    By Dr.Priyan Perera

    May 2020
  • Tribal Tigers

    Prioritizing marine conservation: Facts vs fuzz
    by Mr. Nishan Perera

    Feb 2020

  • Tribal Tigers

    Tribal Tigers
    by Dr.Sahil Nijhawan

    January 2020

  • Biodiversity Conservation

    Are we really engaging in Biodiversity Conservation?
    by Dr.Sriyanie Miththapala

    September 2019
  • Climate Change

    Climate Change and Our Responsibility
    by Dr.Erandathie Lokupitiya

    June 2019
  • Tribal Tigers

    Where is Wildlife Conservation in Sri Lanka Today

    May 2019