Ecologist Dr. Prakash Gole is a Wildlife Enthusiast and a Bird Watcher. He is well known for his contribution to some of the best restoration projects. Gole has also been involved in many ecological planning projects in association with the Govt. of Maharashtra. The restoration project in the Panshet Catchment area has been acclaimed as one of the pioneering restoration efforts in developing countries. His passion for birds brought him in contact with the late Dr. Salim Ali, and soon later his hobby of studying birds turned into a scientific pursuit. Prakash Gole set up the Ecological Society, to work in the field of ecological research and education. Today, this interdisciplinary course in Natural Resource Management is one of the premium ecological study programs in India.