When she went online to look for information about Kerala, she had expected the place to be “dreary.” “But it isn't anything like that. I hope to come back to the State and travel upcountry to spend time in the forests,” she says. Greer is custodian of a temperate rainforest in Australia and her efforts to save it have led to her founding Friends of the Gondwana Rainforest, a charity that works for the conservation of rainforests in the world. “As I was travelling here, I noticed trees that were common to the ones in my part of the world,” says Greer, the conservationist. As if on cue, a volunteer hands over a book on the birds of Kerala. “That is because I saw a number of birds outside my hotel and I was able to indentify almost all of them but for the blue kingfisher,” she says.