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
February 2017
Issue 7
Greetings from iNaturewatch Foundation!
You Must Know

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for International Day of Forests, 2017 is Forests and Energy.
Upcoming Event Details
Creekwatch for Birds: 11-13th March, 2017

For all the bird lovers iNaturewatch Foundation is organizing a 3-days back-to-back bird watching trails at three different locations- Talawe Wetland, Bhandup Pumping Station and Sewri Mudflats.
Trail fees for a day: 
250/- for an adult and 150/-for child or senior citizen.

Camp Woods on Child Grooming: April, 2017

We are launching our first summer camp exclusively for school students from Navi Mumbai. Make them Enquire, Embrace, Express, Engage and Execute at our 3-day camp which is specially designed to enhance cognitive, emotional, communication and motor skills in your child. The camp has two separate batches for juniors (5-9 yrs old) from 3-5 April, 2017 and seniors (9-12 yrs old) from 7-9 April, 2017 at Urban Haat, Belapur.
Camp fees 
juniors: 3500/- per head and 4000/-per head for seniors.
Click here for more details & registrations for the upcoming events.
Project Updates
Shorekeepers of Mumbai

In the month of February we have conducted 5 sessions at colleges, schools and a corporate reaching out to around 234 students and citizens.  The session at Vidyalankar college was conducted by Mr. Rishi Agarwal for students of  MMS while other sessions were conducted by Ms.Pradnya Bandekar and Ms. Wilma D’cunha.

Online Course on Botany for Beginners

The first batch of the course commenced this February. So far, participants have demarcated their project sites and are learning about plant identification. They also attended a chat session with Dr. Rajendra Shinde on Plant classification.

Online Course on Gardening for Wildlife

The course is in its fifth week and the designs of the participant’s garden are ready! The participants interacted with Landscape architect Urmila Rajadhyaksha to design their wildlife garden

Online Course on Birds for Beginners

Our Batch I of online course on Birds for Beginners concluded in the last week of February. Check out this
presentation about the course project work on local avifauna by Subramanyam Ramanathan from Bangalore. Here's what some of our participants from Birds for Beginners- Batch I had to say about the course.
Upcoming Event
Species of the Month

Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio)
Clicked by Deepam Yogi at Lokhandwala lake, Online course on Birds for Beginners I

Purple Swamphen is a common resident in wetlands of India. It was reclassified as Grey-headed Swamphen in 2015. The literal meaning of poliocephalus is grey-headed. They are chicken-sized birds with dark, shiny indigo or purple feathers and red bills and frontal shields. Although plumage color varies regionally, in general their backs and wings are dark green, brown or black with a green sheen and their breasts and heads are from pale blue to purple blue. Purple swamphens have one breeding season per year and produce 1 or 2 clutches at that time. Breeding varies with region, coinciding with spring.
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

Lecture on Mobile Apps for Documenting Diversity,  20 February, 2017

Dr. Shubhalaxmi, Founder and Managing Trustee, iNaturewatch Foundation, delivered a lecture on Mobile Apps for documentation of Urban Biodiversity at Pillai's Institue of Information Technolgy (PIIT), New Panvel.

Our Reach

Since inception, we  have reached 2123  participants! We thank you for supporting of our cause!

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