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August  2018                                                                                          Issue 24
Forthcoming Eco-day

12 August 2018: World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day is an international annual event on August 12, dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world's elephants.
African elephants are listed as "Vulnerable" and Asian elephants as "Endangered" on the IUCN Red List of threatened species.
Mission: The goal of International Elephant Day is to create awareness of the urgent plight of African and Asian elephants, and to share knowledge and positive solutions for the better care and management of captive and wild elephants. 
We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits (…) but the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behavior.


In order raise awareness about the largest land animal of India, we are celebrating ' World Elephant Day' by exploring an elephant habitat on the outskirts of Bangalore and for this, we are collaborating with A Rocha India which is a conservation organization which has been working on Asian Elephant in the man-animal conflict area.

8.00 am.: Meeting at A ROCHA Centre & introduction by Madhusudhan
8.15 a.m.: Nature Trail to explore Elephant territory by AROCHA researcher & Madhusudhan
10. 15 a.m.: Back to Centre and break
11.00 a.m.: Presentation on Elephant Conservation by AROCHA researcher
12.00 noon: Elephant Quiz by Madhusudhan
12.30 p.m.: End of the programme

Date: Sunday, 12 August 2018
Time: 8 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Meeting Point: Entrance of A Rocha forest 
Programme Fee: Rs. 550/- (Children below 5 years are free). Fee includes study material, tea and honorarium to resource persons. On spot cash payment will Rs. 600/- per head.

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12 August 2018: Insect Safari at Nagala Block, Sanjay Gandhi National Park

The full day walk includes the study of insect life found along the forest track which will largely include a variety of moth caterpillars, grasshoppers, praying mantis, bugs, beetles and much more. Participants will get to learn about insect identification, rearing of moth caterpillars and also about insect plants. 
Date: Sunday,  12 August 2018 
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m
Programme Fee: Rs.650/- per head. (including entry fees for SGNP of Rs. 52/- each, study material). On spot payment in cash will be Rs.700/-
Venue: Nagla Block of Sanjay Gandhi National Park near Ghodbandar Fountain Hotel., Mumbai- Ahmedabad Highway Junction. For google, location click here
Meeting point: Entry Point of Nagla Forest 
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20 August 2018: Kitchen Gardening Workshop

ABOUT: We bring to you a crash course on Kitchen Gardening for those having smaller spaces at home (like sunny window sills and balconies) yet want to grow as much as possible. In the workshop, we will go through a variety of herbs and leafy vegetables, their care and maintenance, and also help you get creative with the containers you plant them in. Besides learning to recycle your kitchen and garden waste will be an added advantage. 
-Develop an understanding of plant biology
-Basic gardening techniques 
-Composting and recycling techniques
-Importance of food

9.00 a.m : Introduction 
a.m.: Presentation on Essentials of Kitchen Gardening
a.m: Breakfast break
a.m.: Demonstration on How to make a compost box?
10.45 a.m.: Make a Plastic Bottle Planter for seeds
a.m.: Make your own pot with pet bottles 
12.00 noon: Kaun Banega Kitchen Gardener?
p.m.: Sowing into Planters & Potting a Sapling
p.m.: Conclusion and Feedback

Date: Sunday, 26 August 2018
Time: : 9. 00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Group size: 15 persons
Venue: iNaturewatch Foundation Office, Shop 4, Ambika Heritage, Plot-1, Sector-1, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai- 410210. (Google location)
Expert: Dr. V.Shubhalaxmi, Founder & Managing Trustee

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 Success journey of our Managing Director Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi - The Mothlady,  is covered by Sanctuary Asia Magazine.
Sanctuary Asia  is India's first and one of the leading environmental news magazines.  
Also, She is selected as Scientific Advisory on Board of National Moth Week.
National moth week is being held, worldwide, during the last full week of July. And it is a unique to become a citizen scientist and contribute scientific data about moths. 
Nature Education For Schools and Colleges in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai:

Nature education is best way to spread love for nature and nature-based outdoor learning is the best way to educate students. iNaturewatch Foundation conducts exclusively for schools  students and college students where they can explore the flora and fauna in and around Navi Mumbai.
Know more about 'Nature Walk for Schools' 
Know more about  'Nature Walk for Colleges' 



Hindustan Times:-

1. Our 'Forest Walk at Green Valley Park, Belapur' event was covered by Hindustan Times on 7th July 2018. 
2. Our 'Mothing camp' was covered by Hindustan Times on 20th July 2018.

The Indian Express:-

The Indian Express covered the article on 'National Moth Week' on 27 July 2018. 

Millennial Matriarchs
Millennial Matriarchs covered 'National Moth Week' event on 28th July 2018

Read our National Moth week blog which was published on 25th July 2018


The Hindu:-

Our 'Mothing Event was covered by The Hindu newspaper on 22 nd July 2018.


Species of the Month

Yellow Monkey Moth (Eupterote lineosa Walker, 1855)
This photo was clicked by Ms. Wilma D'Cunha, during the Mothing camp on 14-15 July 2018. This moth species belongs to Epterotidae family. Wing colour varies from pale primrose yellow to bright brownish yellow. This is a small family of about 339 describe species restricted to tropical regions of Africa and Asia. Around 40 species are known from India. 
Adults readly visit light sheet, during the day they rest on tree bark or leaves, resembling dry leaves. Some adult play dead when handled. 

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.

8 July 2018: Forest Walk at Green Valley Park


On Sunday, 23 participants from different parts of Greater Mumbai huddled at the Green Valley Park in CBD Belapur. Participants learnt about variety of monsoon special plants. Participants enjoyed crossing through two major streams inside the forest.  Overall a fun and refreshing morning.

We conducted overnight mothing camp at Ramanagaram, Bangalore, and Karnala Bird Sanctuary to celebrate ' National Moth Week'.

14-15 JULY 2018: Mothing Camp at Ramanagaram
There were  2 nature trails, moth quiz, presentation on moths and overnight mothing on light sheet was a great experience for all the participants. The camp was conducted by Mr. Madhusudhan Shukla and Mr. Rachit Singh. All over we observed around fifty species of moths.

2. 21-22 July 2018: Mothing at Karnala Bird Sanctuary

A group of 12 enthusiastic participants joined the camp. The camp began with short nature trail on the newly created trail behind the dormitories. A presentation on moth families was conducted which gave an overview of moth world and the participants were followed mothwatching at the light sheet. The next day was very adventurous as they day began with breakfast in forest machan belonging to a tribal and the local guide took us onto a hidden trail on foot hills and other ends of the sanctuary. The group leaders were Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi, Isaac Kehimkar assisted by Preeti Dalvi, Priti Choghale and Wilma D'cunah.

26 July 2018: Mangrove Competition for Schools and Colleges

On the occasion of the ‘International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystems’, an inter-school and inter-collegiate competition on the theme of ‘Mangroves Conservation’ was conducted.
The Photography, Slogan, and Poem competitions were online, whereas the poster making competition was held at the 'Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Center’ Airoli, Navi Mumbai on 26th July 2018. The competition was conceptualized by iNaturewatch Foundation with support from United Way Mumbai and other partners included Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd, Vanashakti and the Mangrove Foundation.
Altogether 169 entries came in ( Poster- 64, Photography- 16, Slogan/Poem-91), out of which 14 attractive prizes were given away in the school and college categories. The event culminated on 26 July 2018 at the Coastal Marine Biodiversity Centre where the winners and judges were felicitated by
the a ceremony presided by the Hon. Shri. Sandip Naik, MLA and Shri N. Vasudevan, IFS, Mangrove Foundation. 

Project Updates:
16 July 2018: Butterfly Garden Survey at Symbiosis Institute of International Business , Pune

The Symbiosis Institute of International Business has approached us for developing a butterfly garden at their camp. A preliminary site visit was done by Mr. Isaac Kehimkar to check the feasibility for developing the butterfly garden. Based on it a consultancy project proposal was submitted to the institute for the consultation work and the same has got approved.
Mr. Isaac Kehimkar and Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi visited Symbiosis University, Pune for the first site survey and selected  3 different sites for creating butterfly habitat. Also, provided the plant list and the layout requires to set up the butterfly garden.
Online Courses Updates:

Chat session for Gardening for Wildlife: The sixth batch of our 'Gardening for Wildlife' course stared in the first week of June. Last sunday we had our first interacting chat session with participants. Our expert Isaac Kehimkar interacted with our course participants on plants to be planted for wildlife and types of wildlife seen in gardens and how to attract more wildlife.
You can check out a clip from the chat Here

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