Shashank Dalvi’s interest in wildlife dates back to his school days. He is an alumnus of WCS-NCBS masters program. In 2012, he was a part of the team that discovered the mass hunting of Amur Falcons in Nagaland, which led to an international campaign. He is one of the core members of the Amur Falcon Conservation Project. In 2015, he completed the first Indian ‘Big Year’ for birds, which took him to almost all corners of India. In 2016, he was a member of the team that described the ‘Himalayan Forest Thrush’, a new bird species to science from India (only 4th ever after India’s independence). His long-term interest is to pioneer a nationwide conservation program for birds outside protected areas.