Nature Study Society of Bangladesh (NSSB)
Activity Report 2013-2014
Nature Study Society of Bangladesh (NSSB) is a non-profitable, non-political and non-government voluntary organization, dedicated for the conservation of nature and its resources. Established in 1996 with the active Life Members of Notre Dame Nature Study Club, it was registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 (Registration No: S-3543(332/04) on Jan. 13, 2004.
As NSSB is a leading-edge multi-disciplinary organization, it has been working for the advancement of environment-friendly sustainable development, awareness building and educational programs keeping a good pace with such organizations home and abroad, since its beginning on August 30, 1996. A few of the notable activities that the organization (NSSB) has performed during 2013-2014 are mentioned below –

NSSB Activities during 2014
Participation in Channel-I Prokriti-Mela 2014
Nature Study Society of Bangladesh (NSSB), in collaboration with Notre Dame Nature Study Club (NDNSC) took part in “Grameen Phone Cahnnel-I Prokriti-Mela 2014” on January 18, 2014. The day-long colorful festival was organized by one of the most renowned environmental organization “ Prokriti-O-Jibon Foundation” at its own premises. Notre Dame Nature Study Club was honored with the Life-time achievement award by the Prokriti-O-Jibon Foundation, an honor awarded every year to persons or organizations with notable contribution to nature or environment. Fr. Dr. Hemanto Pius Rozario, CSC, Principal, Notre Dame College and Mr. Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan, Founder of the club and Founder Chairman, NSSB, received the Crest of Honor for the Club from the Directors of Prokriti-O-Jibon Foundation and Chennel-I. The CEO of Grameen Phone (a Notredamian) was present on the occasion in presence of the members of NDNSC and NSSB with all participants of the Prokriti-Mela 2014.

The GTP is a foundation training program mandatory for the members of any Nature Study club and is conducted under the supervision of Nature Study Society of Bangladesh (NSSB) and its Units. It is a cornerstone to the members as the history, ideologies, aims and objectives, activities and policies of such a club are introduced elaborately to the newcomers. Mr. Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan, the Founder of Notre Dame Nature Study Club (NDNSC) and also the Founder Chairman of Nature Study Society of BD (NSSB), introduced it first at Notre Dame College in 1987 for a better understanding and development of the club-members. Now, the training is conducted by trained NSSB members, under his able guidance, at Notre Dame College and many other places where a Nature Study Club is established. This year, GTP was conducted for NDNSC members on January 17, 2014 (Friday); about 80 members participated; Mr. Bhuiyan conducted the training.
Conduction of Photography Training Program (PTP) for the students of Notre Dame College
Nature and Wildlife photography is one of the major activities of NSSB. Apart from contributing to the photography, NSSB provides a 14 days Basic Photography Training Program (PTP) to its members and units of the society as well as to all Nature Study Clubs under our monitoring. Like every year, NSSB trainers conducted the Photography Training Program (PTP) to NDNSC members. The training was organized by the club and 48 members participated and certified. The training was guided by Mr. Shuhan Syeed, Director, NSSB and Life Member, NDNSC; other notable NSSB trainers were Mr. Redhwan Bashar, Mr. Salman Bin Sultan, Mr. Rounak Saha Niloy and Mr. Diptungshu Mazumder Ratul, all Life Members of NDNSC.
Participation in the “WORLD WILDLIFE DAY” Rally
Fifty NDNSC members along with a good number of NSSB members participated the rally and subsequent seminar on the ‘World Wildlife Day’ on 3rd March, 2014, organized by the Govt. Forest Department, with a view to protect the wildlife of Bangladesh. The colorful rally started from the Doel Chattor and ended at the Press Club. A beautiful fair was also organized by the department, where lots of environmental organizations placed their stalls to share their activities towards the conservation of wildlife in Bangladesh. The team was guided by Mr. Biplob Dev, Director, NDNSC and Life Member NSSB.

Field Trip at Ramna Park, Dhaka

A field Trip was held at Ramna Park, Dhaka on March 17, 2014 along with NDNSC members. The participants observed the natural beauty of the park and prepared a list of flora and fauna under observation from 7:30 am to 11 am. The trip was guided by Mr. Shuhan Syeed, Director of NSSB and Life Member of NDNSC.

Participation in the “International Forest Day” Rally
The Govt. Forest Department organized a rally on March 21, 2014 in order to observe “The International Forest Day”. Five members of NSSB and 30 members of NDNSC took part in the rally and the following seminar. The whole team was guided by Mr. Biplob Deb, Director, NDNSC and Life Member, NSSB. Considering ‘Save Forest for Life and Livelihood’ as the theme, the festive rally started from the Shangshad Bhaban and ended at the Ban Bhaban. The Honorable Minister of Forest and Environment, Mr. Anwar Hossain Monju was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

Field Trip at Bangabandhu Safari Park, Gazipur
A day-long field trip was held at Bangabandhu Safari Park, Gazipur on April 04, 2014; Two NSSB members and 47 NDNSC members participated. The trip was supported by the Govt. Forest Department and was guided by Mr. Biplob Deb, Director, NDNSC and Life Member, NSSB. Mr. Stephen Don Sarker, Faculty, Dept. of Chemistry, Notre Dame College also participated the trip. Members observed the natural beauty of the Safari Kingdom, Core Safari Park, and made out a list of the Flora and Fauna under observation.

Report by – Salman Bin Sultan
Life Member, NDNSC &
Corporate Member, NSSB