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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
March 2018                                                                     Issue 20
Greetings from iNaturewatch Foundation!
Forthcoming Eco-day 
Mother Earth Day

22nd April 2018
The Theme of 2018 celebrations is “End Plastic Pollution”.
Earth Day 2018 will focus on mobilizing the world to End Plastic Pollution, including creating support for a global effort to eliminate single-use plastics along with global regulation for the disposal of plastics. 
End Plastic Pollution campaign includes four major components:
1. Leading a grassroots movement
2. Educating, mobilizing and activating citizens across the globe
3. Educating people worldwide to take personal responsibility for plastic pollution 
4. Promoting local government regulatory and other efforts 
 
 
Check out our Upcoming Events
 * Navi Mumbai
 
Upcoming Events

*Mumbai/ Navi Mumbai*


# 21 April 2018: Earthday Marine Camp
 
The marine ecosystem is best known for its amazing biodiversity and high productivity. They not only provide benefits to the natural world, but humans too benefit from the ecosystem services.  iNaturewatch has planned to hosts a major event to celebrate the Earth Day.  Here you will explore the treasures and beauty of the unknown marine life which get exposed during low tides. So get ready to explore marine life this summer in a unique one day camp which will let your child unveil the underwater world of the Arabian Sea.

Date: 21st April 2018
Campsite: Girgaum Chowpatty beach
Time: 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m

Age Group: 9 to 14 years
Camp Activities:
• Marine Beach Walk
Visit to
Taraporewala Aquarium
• Plastic clean-up drive
• Shell count and many more
Programme fee: Rs. 1500/- per head
(includes Aquarium entry fee, food, camp materials and certificate).
Resource Person: Mr. Pradip Patade

Registration link:https://tinyurl.com/ya3guadh

# 22 April 2018: Earthday Bird Camp
 

This Earth Day we at the iNaturewatch, have planned an interesting event to train young minds to conserve nature. 
Here one will learn to observe, understand and conserve the nature. So get ready to do something interesting this summer in a unique one day camp “Nature Nuts” which will connect your child back to nature. 
The Camp will help your child to explore their surroundings and experience the wonders of the wilderness through Audio Visual presentation, fun-filled games and activities like Water watch, Bird Count, Warli Art, Make a recycled Bird Home, Treasure Hunt, and quiz.

Date: 22nd April 2018
Campsite: Urban Haat, CBD Belapur, Behind  Railway Station.
Field Trip Site: Talawe Wetland, Nerul,
Time: 7.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m

Age Group: 9 to 14 years
Programme fee: Rs. 1200/- per head (includes local travel, food and camp material, certificate).
Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/ya3guadh
 
# 23 April 2018: Earthday Flamingo Camp
 
Wetlands have always attracted the wildlife and humans equally. Importance of mangrove is now well-understood, especially for cities like Mumbai and Navi Mumbai that are close to the sea.  But still, there is a lot more to be learned about the wilderness amidst the Mangrove. On this Earth Day, iNaturewatch takes you to explore and learn about the wonders of the Mangrove Ecosystem. So get ready to do something interesting this summer in a unique one day camp which will connect your child to the unexplored side of the Mangroves. 

Date: 23rd April 2018
Ca
mpsite: Coastal Marine Biodiversity Centre, Airoli.
Time: 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m

Age Group: 9 to 14 years

Camp Activities:
• Mangrove Walk
• Flamingo Safari (Boat ride)
• Wader Watch
• Bird Count
• T-Shirt painting
• Games like Scavenger hunt, Mangrove web of life and more
Programme fee: Rs. 1500/- per head
(includes entry fee and boat ride, food, camp materials and certificate).

Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/ya3guadh

# 29 April 2018: Flamingo Boat Safari

It’s time of the year when most of the migratory birds have returned, only the pink feathered beauties are with  us.  Yes, flamingos are our favourite. India is home to two types of flamingos from a total of 6 recognized species around the world – Greater Flamingo and Lesser Flamingo. Along with flamingos, other birds like herons, egrets, Red-wattle Lapwing, cormorants are also seen.  iNaturewatch Foundation does not want you to miss this yearly phenomenon, since even the flamingos will leave us by June. So here we are organizing a trail for you at Navi Mumbai to enjoy birding in a boat!
Enjoy 2 hours of pure bliss, while you watch hundreds of flamingos, ibises, and other water birds while you walk among mangroves and take a ride in the boat.

Trip includes:
Boat ride 
Mangrove Walk
Tour of the Mangrove Center 

 
Venue: Entrance of the Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Center, Airoli, Navi Mumbai
Day: Sunday
Time: Will be informed during the booking
Programme Fees: 
For Adult: Rs. 680/-
For Kids (2-12 years) and Senior citizen: Rs. 580/-
Kids (Below 2 yrs): Free


(The fees are meant to support the foundation activities and resources person fees.)

Other Updates 
Mr. Isaac Kehimkar was invited to speak at TEDx ISBR Bangalore on the topic ' Chasing the butterflies of India to understand it's real beauty'.


Find the video of the talk here

Species of the Month


(Clicked by Ms. Shruti Nag in Jawhar, Palghar  during  butterfly survey )

Rangoon creeper (Combretum indicum) is a vine. It is found in many other parts of the world either as a cultivated ornamental or running wild. This vine can reach from 2.5 meters to up to 8 meters. Flowers are fragrant and tubular, and their color varies from white to pink to red. The fruit tastes like almonds when mature.
The plant is used as an herbal medicine.Rangoon creeper can be used for the treatment of parasitic worms or alleviate 
diarrhea, nephritis, rheumatism and to relieve pain caused by fever.

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

#3 April 2018: Grant writing workshop at SNDT, Malad
We conducted Grant writing workshop for staff of the SNDT college on the topics such as offering under CSR grants, major and minor research from UGC. The Workshop was conducted by Dr. V. Shibhalaxmi.

#1 April 2018: Visit to the Flamingo Sanctuary 
Today a group of 18 nature enthusiasts gathered to learn about mangrove ecosystem and see flamingos in a boat ride. The walk was led by Mr. Isaac Kehimkar and Ms. Preeti Dalvi. We saw different mangrove species and a huge flock of lesser flamingos during the boat ride. Besides that, we saw various other birds like Gray Heron, Seagulls (Black-headed and Brown-headed), Terns, Sandpiper, Godwits, Black-headed Ibis, Red-vented Bulbul, White-cheeked Bulbul, Green Bee-eater, Egrets, Red Shank, Cormorants and several more.

 
#1 April 2018: Green Club established at Palava, Dombivali
A Green Club was established to implement green initiatives for the residents of the Palava City. The programme began with nature trail inside their Golf Course. Indeed an unusual place, yet we found wagtails, magpie robins, bulbuls, drongos, pond herons, kingfishers, cormorants, and saw some magnificent trees like Kadam, Copper Pod, Scholar's Tree, Laburnum, Pink Tabebuia, African Tulip and hibernating African Giant Snails too. In all, there were 50 participants in the walk which was led by Dr. Shubhalaxmi.T he programme ended with a discussion on developing event calendar for the Green Club.

 
#24 March 2018: Mangrove Walk for Vishwajyot School
We conducted Mangrove Walk for 100 students(Grade 5) of the Vishwjyot School. This was a free walk sponsored by the United Way, Mumbai. The students were divided into two batches. The 1st batch visited mangroves behind T. S. Chankya, while the 2nd Batch were taken to Talawe wetland. Several mangrove species like Mangrove apple, Sea holly, Gray mangrove,  and Meswak were seen along during the walk.  Students collected specimens of various shells and  dead crabs.

#11 March 2018: Learn butterfly gardening at Jarkabande Kaval Forest
 We conducted short butterfly gardening nature trail for participants in Bengaluru.  Around 20 participants attended the walk. Mr. Isaac Kehimkar led the group, and Mr. Faisal Haque volunteered during the trail.

Online course!

We are Launching Online courses on 1st May 2018.
Learning With Buddies!
We have a plan- 'Learning with Buddies'. Sign up with your FIVE friends for any of the following online courses offered by us and take 10% OFF DISCOUNT of group enrollment. What more you and your buddies could choose the course start time that suits all of you and work together on a study project and distribute assignments among yourselves as per individual liking.

Our Reach

Since inception, we have reached 4661 participants! We thank you for supporting our cause!

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