Samira has a Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from the National Centre for Biological Sciences. This gave her the chance to step into the realm of birdsong, and nothing makes her more contented than walking a forest with a mike and recorder. Her M.Sc. resulted in a bilingual (English and Kannada) CD that contains recordings of more than a 100 species of birds. These recordings were made in the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Tiger Reserve, where she spent seven years pursuing Greater Racket-tailed Drongos for her Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science. Samira is also interested in conservation education, and in exploring different ways to popularise the ecological sciences as well as encourage and aid in the preservation of traditional knowledge systems, especially those of the Soliga people of BR Hills.