Dear members, *This is our tribute to Dr. Balkar Arya and his outstanding contributions in building Efloraofindia, on Independence Day. His amount of contributions can be assessed from the aspect that although his last major activity was in Jan.'2015, he still remain at no. 8th in **All time Posters List* <https://groups.google.com/forum/#!aboutgroup/indiantreepix>*. He joined us along with other stalwarts like Dinesh ji, G. Singh ji, Vijayasankar ji, Nidhan ji, Pankaj ji, Tanay ji etc. in around 2010 and took our activities to the peak.* *He was the first who presented eFI before the taxonomists in IAAT conference first in Banglore and later in Delhi, with his great vision, along with Nidhan ji. Power point presentation of it, can be seen by downloading at **Files* <https://sites.google.com/site/efloraofindia/files>*. * Since than we have followed his great spirit as below: Hardly a week goes when we look at some genus or the other, in efi site. We look into all posts in that genus, compare them with the keys available in our threads, in efloras or else where online and with images and specimens available online and in GBIF and also make their comparative images, if already not available. We also seek guidance from our earlier threads as well as well refer to the suitable experts. In the process, a lot of threads with incorrect or no identification, are resurfaced with correct identification. Genus generally taken up these days, is one in which our members face problem in getting proper id or clarity. Having images on most of our threads, help a lot in the matter, along with the key features suggested earlier by our experts. So every week is a Genus Week in efi for quite sometime (It started in a small way about four and a half years back when we looked at each family along with all its genera). Happy Independence Day to Balkar ji and to all of you. -- With regards, J.M.Garg
'Creating awareness of Indian Flora & Fauna' <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Jmgarg1> Winner of Wipro-NFS Sparrow Awards 2014 for efloraofindia <https://sites.google.com/site/efloraofindia/award-for-efloraofindia>. For identification, learning, discussion & documentation of Indian Flora, please visit/ join our Efloraofindia Google e-group <https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/indiantreepix> (largest in the world- more than 3,000 members & 3,00,000 messages on 23.8.18) or Efloraofindia website <https://sites.google.com/site/efloraofindia/> (with a species database of more than 13,000 species & 3,00,000 images of which more than 1,70,000 images are directly displayed). The whole world uses my Image Resource <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:J.M.Garg> of more than a thousand species & eight thousand images of Birds, Butterflies, Plants etc. (arranged alphabetically & place-wise). You can also use them for free as per Creative Commons license attached with each image. Also author of 'A Photoguide to the Birds of Kolkata & Common Birds of India'. -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "efloraofindia" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to indiantreepix+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To view this discussion on the web, visit https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/indiantreepix/CA%2BiuSFDpbMZB5BR8QtD2ncMY%2Bec%3DYZTtFggMziwHFQ58%3DfLLUA%40mail.gmail.com.