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 iNaturewatch Foundation is a  Navi Mumbai based registered  charitable trust  working in the field of urban biodiversity  and  citizen science.
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iNaturewatch Foundation Newsletter

October  2018                                                                                          Issue 26
We wish you the very ''Happy Diwali'' on behalf of our iNaturewatch Foundation team!
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Forthcoming Eco-day
122th Birth Anniversary of  Dr. Sálim Ali
(12 November 2018)
 
  An old, slim man, with hawk-like eyes behind black-framed spectacles, having no wings of his own, learned how to fly with birds. During his journey, he unravelled the mystery of the  Weaverbird`s polygamous lifestyle. It was just his work to conserve nature, especially birds made him famous, and the government of India honored him with Padma Vibhushan in 1983 for his extraordinary efforts.

The research paper on the nature and activities of Dr. Sálim Ali had flown in all directions for his quest for birds. He spent half his lifetime in knowing about bird behaviour and their ecology.  Dr. Ali’s vision towards the field of ornithology is unmatched in India. His great vision and love for birds gave him the title of the ‘Birdman of India’
UPCOMING EVENTS
MUMBAI

18 NOVEMBER 2018: BIRDWALK AT BHANDUP PUMPING STATION

Bhandup Pumping Station is truly one of the best-kept secrets for observing birds and the mangroves. It encompasses diverse landscapes with salt pans, grassland, a lake, mangrove forest, and a creekWe can observe a large number of migratory birds like lesser and greater flamingos along with various other birds such as purple heron, Northern pintail, Black-tailed godwit, Rudy Shelduck, Plover,Whimbrel, lesser whistling duck etc .

DETAILS:
Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018|| Time: 7.00 a.m.-9.00 a.m || Group Leader: Dr. Ketaki Marthak || Programme Fee: Rs.300/- per head [Spot Registration will cost Rs. 50/- extra]. || Venue: Bhandup Pumping Station


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HYDERABAD

3 DECEMBER 2018: FREE BIRD WALK NEAR NIZAMPETH LAKE

It is a perfect place for beginners to learn about bird-watching. There is a good bird diversity with over 35 bird species. Due to the fishing activity within the lake, the range of waders could be seen at any given time of day such as Grey Heron, Greater Cormorant, Median Egret, Darter, Bitten, Pond Heron and so on.

During the walk, participants will learn the basics of bird watching and bird identification in the field. Also, the importance of the lake will be explained being a freshwater source for the people.  


DETAILS
Date: Sunday, 3 December 2018|| Time: 7.00 a.m.-9.00 a.m || Group Leader: Y.S.R.K. Prasad|| Programme Fee: Free [Prior Registration is Compulsory]. || Venue: Nizampeth lake, Hyderabad

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CAMP
BANGALORE

17-18 NOVEMBER 2018: NATURE CAMP AT PRANI SANCTUARY

Great place to get acquainted with some friendly farm animals to start with before we go for a birdwatching trail followed my moth-watching in the night. Morning is for birds and butterflies along the nature trails.
ABOUT
Prani is an initiative by a group of volunteers to rescue farm animals, house them in enclosures and tame them so that they are friendly with humans. Housed in a farm like setting off Kanakapura road, Prani is just where you need to take your kids to foster a love for animals and the outdoors. Unlike Zoos, children will get to closely interact with various animals, including petting them or feeding them. We were taken inside the Aviary where we had outstretched arms where birds came to feed on the seeds on our palm, or taken inside the Emu enclosure to stroke their feathers. Other highlights included a rescued retired racehorse, a fancy horse, a 5
coloured sheep, couple of donkeys, cows, rabbits,
ducks, turkeys and several species of rodents and iguanas to name a few. 

DETAILS:
Date: Saturday-Sunday, 17-18 November 2018|| Time: 4.00 p.m.-9.30 a.m || Group Leader: Mr. Madhusudhan Shukla || Camp Fee:
Rs 1900/- per head (inclusive of study material, stay, food) Early bird discount of Rs. 200/- if you register by 15 November 2018. || Venue: Prani Sanctuary, Somanahalli Village Off, Kanakapura Road

AMENITIES:
1. Basic accommodation facility is available with common natural room and separate toilet blocks.
2. Simple vegetarian food will be served ( Evening snacks, dinner, breakfast and tea is included)
3. Drinking water will be available. 


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PROJECT  UPDATES
 
Butterfly Habitat at  Divya Vidyalaya, Jawhar
This month  60 employees of DCB Bank and the school students helped in setting up this butterfly habitat where 3000 saplings were planted on 12th October 2018.  

Establishing a butterfly garden at symbiosis university 
 
The Symbiosis International University had approached us for developing a butterfly garden at their campus. Mr. Isaac Kehimkar and Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi visited Symbiosis International University, Pune for the first site survey and selected 3 different sites for creating butterfly habitat. Also, provided the plant list and the layout required to set up the butterfly garden. A completion report of project work has been submitted.The project began in July 2018 and concluded in October 2018.
News From The Wild

Did you know that there is a relationship between wildlife and the seasons? Like butterfly diversity 
peaks in October, post-monsoon is the best time for wildflowers to bloom on open plateaus and grassland, with the winter setting migrant birds begin to arrive. If you are the nature lover and you wish to learn more about wildlife…..our wildlife calendar will help you to understand the season's specialties with every newsletter.
'News from the wild' also shares the nature stories. Read our story:
The untold saga of leaves

Species of the Month

Black-headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus)
This photo was clicked by group leader Y.S.R.K. Prasad, during our first bird walk held at  Niazampeth Lake, Hyderabad on 28 October 2018.
Black-headed Ibis is common with most large wetland species in Asia, this species is thought to be undergoing a population reduction, which is suspected to be moderately rapid. It faces the full gambit of threats, from hunting and disturbance at breeding colonies to drainage and conversion of foraging habitats to agriculture. It consequently qualifies as Near Threatened. Evidence to demonstrate this could result in the species being downlisted to a lower threat category.
Send us your pictures taken during our trail/camp and the best photo stands chance to be featured in the next issue of iNaturewatch Foundation's newsletter.


PAST EVENTS
NAVI MUMBAI
21 OCTOBER 2018: BUTTERFLY BONANZA WALK 


  A group of 15 ventured on a hidden trail on the foothills of Karnala forest. The beauty of this trail was that it was a canopy trail as most of the trail was shaded with trees and bushes and the group had entire forest to themselves. The hidden trail provided an array of sightings from tree frogs to butterfly eggs. The group was thoroughly mesmerized with the forest bathing exercise they experienced. 
100 induvidual in 23 species were spotted in 

BANGALORE 

28 OCTOBER 2018: BUTTERFLY COUNT WITH BUTTERFLY MAN 

A small group of butterfly lovers huddled up on chilly morning at Jarakbande Tree Park. The nature trail was conducted along newly developed pathway around the tree park. A group of tiger butterflies were seen seeking alkaloids from damaged plants. The group got to witness egg laying by emigrants and saw caterpillar of gull on caparis plants. The trail was followed by butterfly count which was conducted in groups inside the butterfly habitat of tree park.

HYDERABAD (Our New Chapte

28 OCTOBER 2018: FREE BIRD WALK AT NIZAMPETH LAKE
 To spread environmental awareness among the local residents, for
first time in Hyderabad iNaturewatch Foundation (sister concern of Ladybird Environmental Consulting) conducted a free bird-watching trail at Nizampeth Lake on Sunday, 28 October 2018. The walk was attended by 10 bird enthusiast participants. The walk was led by Mr. Prasad who is an avid birder as well as a keen bird photographer. Around 20 species of birds were seen in the lake. These bird walks will be conducted in every month. 
 
NEW PROJECT
Shorekeepers of Mumbai
 
This season we are again starting mangroves walks in collaboration with United Way Mumbai. iNaturewatch Foundation is happy to start unique mangrove awareness programme- Shorekeepers of Mumbai. The programme includes the mangrove trail along the creeks, shorelines and dense mangrove patch. Interested Schools and colleges may contact us to conduct free mangrove walks. 
 

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Since inception, reached 5000 participants! We thank you for supporting we have of our cause!

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