NCBS has field stations strewn across the country in different habitat types, elevations and biogeographic regions. Some of the field stations are managed in collaboration with other institutions, some are managed exclusively by NCBS. The field stations facilitate our field research and teaching activities. They provide state-of-art facilities for field research, including easy access to natural habitats and biodiversity, clean dry places for bench work, equipment and instruments such as microscopes and weighing balances, and comfortable accommodation. Each field station provides local logistical support for visiting scientists from NCBS, collaborating partners and other research scientists. The field stations work closely with the state forest departments, local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other stake-holders. Each field station is managed by an NCBS faculty member, who is the contact person responsible for smooth operation.