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
January 2017
Issue 6
Greetings from iNaturewatch Foundation!
 January, the first month of the new year has gone by evoking both the best and worse for India'a environment. India 4th rank globally in wind power installation was an elating news, on the contrary the oil spill along the Ennore coast of Chennai was equally depressing. We look forward to February optimistically until then...
Happy i-Nature-watching!
You Must Know

World Wetland Day: 2nd February, 2017

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February, marking the date in 1971 when the Convention on Wetlands, known as the Ramsar Convention, was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar, drawing attention to the importance of wetlands. The theme for 2017 “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction” is selected to raise awareness and to highlight the vital role of healthy wetlands in reducing the impacts of extreme events such as floods, droughts and cyclones on communities, and in helping to build resilience.

On the eve, of World Wetlans's day, Maharashtra forest department will soon be proposing five wetland sites for recognition as Ramsar sites. They are Jaikwadi (Aurangabad district), Ujni (Pune district), Sewri Creek (Mumbai district), Nandur Madhmeshwar (Nashik district) and Lonar (Buldhana district). Of these proposed sites, Lonar lake (below) is of utmost importance as it is the state's only natural freshwater wetland, and has gained international importance because of it being the only second such wetland created by a meteor strike. Nominating these wetlands as Ramsar sites will help get international attention and funding for better conservation. The international attention will be in addition to the application of Wetlands (Conservation and Management), Rules, 2010, which provide a legal framework for conservation.

Upcoming Event Details
Rendezvous with Flamingos II: Watch and Learn about Flamingos on 26th February, 2017

After the overwhelming response we received for the 'Rendezvous with Flamingos: Watch and Learn about Flamingos' -Flamingo watching event on 29th January 2017, we have planned to repeat the event for all the bird enthusiasts.

Online course on Birds for Beginners-Batch II: 1 March, 2017

We are launching a short term online course on Birds for Beginners. which will teach new birders the basic of birds & bird watching in a series chapters, video chats & field assignments. It is a graded course and students will receive a Certificate after successful completion of the course.

Click here for more details & registrations for the upcoming events.
Project Updates
Shorekeepers of Mumbai

In our mangrove awareness program, under the Mission Mangroves initiative of United Way of Mumbai, we have conducted 19 sessions reaching out to more than 400 students and citizens. Recently we conducted a session for a community group in Ragunath Vihar CHS. Kharghar and various in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

Online Course on Birds for Beginners

This month we had two expert chats for the participants, by Ms. Neha Sinha on ​Important Birds Area Programme and Advocacy for Bird Conservation Dr. Balachandran on Bird Migration.
Program Modules
In our endeavor to create positive image about our immediate surroundings, we have developed a series of educational modules which could be conducted at any institutional premises as well as in local areas.
We offer full day and half day programmes which includes outdoor as well as indoor sessions.  Each module consists of outdoor & indoor activities based on the following themes:
Indoor Activities
1. Environmental talks

Talks by experts on the above mentioned themes along with a quiz sessions. Program Fees: Rs.2000/- per session

2. Workshops
The participants will be guided by our expert & hands-on-training will be given.
Program Fees:Rs.1000/- per head
Outdoor Sessions
1. Day Field camps
The camp will include a combination of indoor activities: quiz session, lecture & outdoor activities like trails, field technique demonstration.
Pogram Fees: 1200/- per head

2. Nature Walks
The walks can be held at locations around Navi Mumbai according to the season.
Program Fees: (5-15 years): 150/- per Child, Rs. 250/- per Adult
Upcoming Event
Species of the Month

Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor)
Clicked by Wilma D'cunha, Flamingo watch at Sewri Mudflats


The Lesser Flamingo is the smallest but most numerous species of flamingo. They grow up to 1 m (3.25 ft) in height. They are light to dark pink in colour but immature birds are grey before they gain their full adult plumage. Shorter and darker pink than the greater flamingo, lesser flamingos also differ in the coloration of the beak. Lesser flamingos have a deep red bill, tipped with black, whereas the bill of greater flamingos is light pink, tipped with black. This species feeds primarily on Spirulina algae which grow only in very alkaline lakes. Presence of flamingo herds near water bodies is indication of sodic alkaline water which is not suitable for irrigation use.

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

Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats,  29 January, 2017

We received on overwhelming response for this event ,with 72 bird enthusiast turning up to catch a glimpse of the pink beauties! Dr.Ketaki Marthak kept everyone intrigued with her facts and stories about the flamingos and other waders. We had also set up a birdscope which gave everyone a closer look at birds like Eurasian curlew, White-throated Kingfisher, Pond heron, Egrets, Black and brown headed Gulls, Black headed Ibis and of course the greater and lesser flamingos!


Our Reach

Since inception, we  have reached 1889  participants! We thank you for supporting of our cause!

Our Interns

We had four interns joining us this month to help us in sightings data entry on eBird portal. These bird sightings recorded all over India by our iNaturewatch Birds app.

   Seles Mathew          Veena NAir

   Snigdha Harsha      Harshita Shrivastava

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