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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
     April 2018                                                                       Issue 21
Greetings from iNaturewatch Foundation!
Forthcoming Eco-day

International Day for Biological Diversity
  (22 May )


Theme:  "Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity"

Biodiversity is the shortened form of two words "biological" and "diversity." It refers to all the variety of life that can be found on Earth (plants, animals, fungi, and micro-organisms) as well as to the communities that they form and the habitats in which they live.
The theme was chosen to mark the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity and to highlight progress made in the achievement of its objectives at the national and global levels.
Biodiversity boosts ecosystem productivity where each species, no matter how small, all have an important role to play. The destruction of rainforest causes erosion, loss of valuable species and changes in climate.
 
Check out our Upcoming Events
 * Mumbai
 
Upcoming Events

*Navi Mumbai*

20 May 2018: Kitchen Gardening Workshop at Navi Mumbai

iNaturewatch foundation brings a workshop 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 a 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. 
 What
you will learn?
· Develop an understanding of plant biology
· Reduce-Reuse-Recycle-Reinvent
· Basic gardening techniques 
· Composting and up-cycling techniques
· Importance of food


Date:  20 May 2018 
Time: 9 AM to 12.30 PM 
Venue: Urban Haat, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai.
Program Fees: Rs. 750/-per head (inclusive of materials required in the workshop and expert fees)

(Pot, Sapling, and Planter can carry along with participants ) 


27 May 2018: Flamingo Boat Safari

It’s time of the year again for the pink feathered beauties to visit us. Flamingo - the most awaited migratory bird of the winter season in our city. 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 the Greater Spotted Eagle, Sandpiper, Heron and Black Bellied Tern, Pied Avocets and Grey Lapwing are also seen. iNaturewatch Foundation does not want you to miss this yearly phenomenon and there we are organizing a trail for you at Navi Mumbai. 
Enjoy two hours of pure bliss, while you watch hundreds of flamingos, ibises, ducks, sandpipers, and dozens of other water birds while you walk among mangroves and take a ride in the boat.

Trip includes:
-Boat ride 
-Mangrove walk (with expert guidance)
-Tour of the Center

Program:
Venue
: Airoli, Navi Mumbai
Time: 8.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.
No. of seats: 23 only
Date: 27 May 2018
Day: Sunday


*Bengaluru*
20 May 2018: Kitchen Gardening Workshop at Bengaluru

 

On the occasion of 'International Day for Biological Diversity' which falls on 22 May 2018, a 'Kitchen Gardening Workshop has been planned.
The iNaturewatch Foundation brings a workshop 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. And you will learn to recycle your kitchen and garden waste. This will be an added advantage. 

* What you will learn?
-Develop an understanding of plant biology
-Reduce-Reuse-Recycle-Reinvent
-Basic gardening techniques 
-Composting and recycling techniques
-Importance of food

Program Fee: Rs. 750/-per head (inclusive of materials required in the workshop, expert fees, and a hearty breakfast)

(Participants can carry home their potted sapling)

Group size: 25 minimum 
Expert: Mr. Madhusudhan Shukla from Woody Adventures 
Venue: Madhusudan Bungalow, #12-13, Survey No70/1, Banashankari 6th Stage, 4th T Block, Talghattapura Village, Off Kanakpura Road, Bengaluru 560 062.


 

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Media Coverage: 
Hindustan Times:- 'Visit to Flamingo Sanctuary' event was covered by Hindustan times on 14th April 2018.

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Species of the Month

Flamingos
Clicked by Mr.Sanjay Podder in Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Center, Airoli  during the Boat ride.

This photo was clicked in Coastal and marine biodiversity center-Airoli, during the event 'Visit to Flamingo Sanctuary' on 15 April 2018 by our participant Mr. Sanjay Podder.
Flamingos or flamingoes are a type of wading bird. Adult bird is 3.3 - 4.6 feet tall and weigh between 3.3 - 9 pounds.
Color of their feather is result of their diet: pigments in their food (called carotenoids) are responsible for red and pink colors of their feathers.

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*
April 2018: Visit to Flamingo Sanctuary 
 
We dedicated April month for pink feathered beauty. We conducted flamingo boat ride event on 1st, 15th, 17th and 29th April and we received overwhelming response from participants. During the event we first visited mangrove interpretation center which shows the glimpses of marine and coastal biodiversity around Mumbai. Followed by mangrove walk and the boat ride to see the flamingos. Each batch was lucky to see the thousands of greater and lesser flamingos in action. All around 85 nature enthusiasts participated in the event. All the walks were led by Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi and Mr. Isaac Kehimkar. Even we celebrated the birthday of our participant Shanaya on the boat. Beside flamingos, We saw different mangrove species and 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. 
 

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. Shubhalaxmi. 

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. In all, there were 50 participants in the walk which was led by Dr. Shubhalaxmi.The programme ended with a discussion on developing event calendar for the Green Club.
 

Our Reach

Since inception, we have reached 3021  participants! We thank you for supporting of our cause! 

 

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Other Updates

PROGRAMME SUBSCRIPTION PLANS:
We are happy to launch our programme subscription plans. You may choose regular, couple or family plans and also opt for annual/quarterly and six-monthly plans. The best part of these plans is that they are transferable as well as could be discontinued when you wish. Click on the picture NOW. 

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS:
iNaturewatch Foundation announces 'Summer Internships for Undergraduates' from any stream. We have 
range of tasks; indoor as well as outdoor and also work from home opportunities. Interested candidates need to be tech-savvy and have a laptop. This internship is open only for Greater Mumbai candidates. This is an unpaid internship and a certificate will be provided by end of the tenure.

Applications along with a resume need to be sent to team@inaturewatch.org
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iNaturewatch Foundation
Shop No.4. Shri Ambika Heritage, Plot 1, Setor 1,
Opp Kharghar Railwayy Stn, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai 410210

Mobile No. : 9987013144,  Email id: inaturewatch@gmail.com 






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