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
August 2017                                                                        Issue 13
Greetings from iNaturewatch Foundation!
Eco-day of the Month

 International Coastal Cleanup: 16 Sep' 2017

Today, plastic has been found in 62% of all sea birds and in 100% of sea turtle species.

Every year thousands of tons of garbage winds up in the oceans, with 60% of that being composed of plastic material. Plastics especially last a very long time in the ocean, and are in such abundance that there are 46,000 individual pieces of plastic litter for every square mile of ocean. Plastics are very hazardous to marine life, killing more than a million birds and over 100,000 seals, turtles, and whales, and an immense number of fish in our ocean. Coastal Cleanup Day encourages us to get out to our beaches and help to limit this problem by cleaning up the garbage that has washed up on shore, and that left by visitors every day.

How to celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day?
  • Starting with something as simple as taking a day at the beach and carrying a roll of garbage bags. Clean up the mess on the beach and help to reduce the amount of garbage that gets into the ocean by hauling it away.
  • Empowering people to take an active role in the preservation and cleaning up of the ocean.
  • Eliminating the sources of the trash that damages the ocean.
Coastal Cleanup Day is your chance to really make a difference, and help others to do the same!
Upcoming Event Details
Wildflowers Walk, Kharghar Valley: 10 September 2017

It's just the right time of the year to explore the forest for the vividly colored, disparate wildflowers. Kharghar Valley Golf Course Driving Range in Navi Mumbai is one of the best places to photograph and admire the beauty of the wildflowers. So, join us to admire and learn about the wildflowers with Mr. Isaac Kehimkar the authors of Common Indian Wildflowers book.

Online Course on Birds for Beginners (15 Sep- 15 Dec 2017)

Learn all about birds within 3 months online!

You can learn about birds virtually yet with real assignments and real field work! Sounds impossible, contact us we will tell how...

Birds are fascinating animals and watching them is probably best hobby one could have. While our course is more like a hobby class with flexible learning hours and informal faculty members, the learning outcomes are real and tangible.

Course Fees: Rs. 6500/- (includes all course work and e-certificate)
Course Faculty : Dr. Asad Rahmani, Dr. Parvish Pandya, Dr. Ketki                                     Marthak, Dr. Balachandra, Ms. Neha Sinha
Course Coordinator: Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi
Click here for more details & registrations 

Naturalist Training Program: (Module I: 7-8th October 2017, Module II: 14-15th October 2017)

It's a two weekend programme aimed at creating urban naturalists for nature education. If you are a nature lover and wish to become a nature guide, then this training will help you in achieving your goal. A science background is not needed all you need is passion for teaching. It will provide necessary skills and knowledge required in becoming a naturalist.

Other Updates
Online Courses on Kitchen Gardening

This month participants learnt more about terrace gardening by chatting with, Mr. Naganand Raikanti from Hyderabad.

Online Course on Bugs for Beginners

This month the participants visited a protected forest area for the field work assignment and chatted with Dr. V P. Uniyal and Dr. Francy Kakassery on role of pollinators and beetles respectively. You can check out a clip from Dr. Francy’s chat here

On 31st August we concluded our 3-month long online courses 'Botany for beginners','Birds for beginners','Kitchen gardening'. Contact us to know forthcoming batches for the above courses.

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Educational Resources


Media Coverage: 
Mid-day: - Our Bee Amazed Workshop was covered by Mid-day on 16th August ,2017. You can read the full article here.

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Species of the Month

Oriental Garden Lizard
Calotes versicolor
Photo clicked during the Insect Walk at Green Valley Park

This Photo was clicked when, Garden Lizard devouring a Marumba Hawkmoth caterpillar.
 Naturally found in open forest and shrubland, but has adapted tremendously well to urban environments and can be found in agricultural areas, parks, empty lots, gardens, and even decorative shrubs in front of businesses. Usually seen off the ground in low vegetation.

The oriental Garden Lizard is also known as the “Changeable Lizard” due to its wide variation in coloration and ability to change colors during significantly during the breeding season. The oriental Garden Lizard also known as the “Changeable Lizard”, due to its wide variation in coloration and ability to change color significantly during the breeding season.

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

Insect Walk at Green Valley Park, : 6 August, 2017

We conducted a walk for 23 insect enthusiasts from in around Navi Mumbai. The group was led by Mr. Isaac Kehimkar The trail was full of insect action and sightings ranged from caterpillars to butterflies and moths of various kinds. We also got to witness a garden lizard eating a hawkmoth caterpillar.

Nature Trail for Vishwajyot School : 10-11 August 2017

Abiding to our motto of develop environmentally sensitive citizens we are taking the first small steps. We conducted two nature trail for 100  grade 5 students of Vishwajyot School, Kharghar on two consecutive days. The children had great time learning about plants and wildlife associated with them. Let us know if you know a school that might be interested in exposing their students to Wild Navi Mumbai

Bee Amazed Workshop : 19 August 2017

On the occasion of World Honey Bee Day we celebrated the day with 42 bee enthusiasts including school students and employees of KPMG. The highlight of the workshop was Mr. Jacob Johnson's bee keeping session. In this session he not only showed how beekeeping is done but also brought honey samples for tasting.

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.

Our Reach

Since inception, we  have reached 2757  participants! We thank you for supporting of our cause!

World Grandparents Day Competition

Every year 10 September is celebrated as Grandparents Day world over. This year we are celebrating it for a different purpose. Through this competition we want the grandchildren to connect with their grandparents and collect the undocumented knowledge about the plants and animals that were used by them as food, medicine and for festivals. We will select the best family practices and showcase here. The partcipation is for free. For more details Click Here

Green Birthday

What best gift you could give to your child? Allowing a tree to grow as your child grows. Having your child’s name tag on a tree that will remind them about the memorable birthday they had. We at iNaturewatch Foundation are offering Green Birthday parties which could be held in green outdoors. Here the birthday child alongwith his/her friends and family members will celebrate the birthday in ecofriendly manner by planting butterfly plants and having fun with nature.

Programme Fee: Rs.500/- per head (includes programme materials & butterfly stickers).

Ask Us

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