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  2018                                                                       Issue 18
Greetings from iNaturewatch Foundation!
Forthcoming Eco-day

World Wetland Day
2nd February 
The Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands approved "Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future" as the theme for World Wetlands Day in 2018.
World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
Since 1997, the Ramsar Secretariat has provided outreach materials to help raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands.
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*Navi Mumbai*

4th February 2018: Wetland Safari in Navi Mumbai

Wetlands around T.S. Chanakya is now a popular place for bird watching, as several migratory birds are seen during this winter season. It is one of the best places to see water birds at close quarters. On the occasion of the World Wetland Day, iNaturewatch Foundation has organized a  wetland safari in Navi Mumbai.

Venue: Birding area of T.S. Chanakya, Palm Beach Road.
Day: Sunday
Programme Fees: 
For Adult: Rs. 275/-
For Kids (5-12 years) and Senior citizen: Rs. 175/-
Kids (Below 5yrs): Free
Resource Person: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar


3 February 2018: Kaikondrahalli Lake Safari
Deemed as one of the most beautiful lakes in the city, Kaikondrahalli Lake is a testament to what citizens are capable of when they decide to work together to make a difference.On the occasion of the 'World Wetland Day', iNaturewatch Foundation is organizing a  wetland safari.The program will include nature trail for wetland ecology and prepare a checklist for plants and birds.

Venue Kaikondrahalli Lake, Valliyamma Layout, Harlur
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560103
Meeting Point: Entrance Gate
Time: 7.30 am to 9.30 am 
Day: Saturday
Programme Fees: 
For Adult: Rs. 275/-
For Kids (5-12 years) and Senior citizen: Rs. 175/-
Kids (Below 5yrs): Free
Resource Person: Mr. Madhusudhan Shukla.


4 February 2018: Khadakwasla Lake Safari
Khadakwasla Dam backwaters - Kadakwasla Dam is on the Mutha River 20 km from the city. Winters attract a lot of migratory birds to the back-waters of Kadakwasla Dam. At times, you can see hundreds of these birds dabbling or diving in the lake.

Venue: Kaikondrahalli Lake.
Meeting Point: Cummins Garden ahead of Defence Institute of Advanced Technology - Girinagar 
Time: 7.30 am to 9.30 am 
Day: Sunday
Programme Fees: 
For Adult: Rs. 275/-
For Kids (5-12 years) and Senior citizen: Rs. 175/-
Kids (Below 5yrs): Free
Resource Person: Mr. Arvind Patole


2-6 May 2018: Butterfly Bonanza at Bhutan
iNaturewatch Foundation has planned a five-day and four-night butterfly camp in Bhutan, with the Butterfly Man, Mr. Isaac Kehimkar.
Date: 2 – 6 May 2018
Resource Person: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar
Accommodation: Twin sharing

Plan A: At Kolkata international Airport at 6.00 am
Plan B: Paro, Bhutan at 9.15 am 

Plan A: Kolkata to Kolkata: Rs. 59,000/- per person
Plan B: Paro to Paro: 39500/- per person


Online courses for beginners!


Learn about bugs, birds, plants, and gardening for wildlife virtually! Learn real facts, enjoy experiential learning, get outdoors on your self-guided field trips and get mentored online! 
Sign up with your FIVE friends for any of the five 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.

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Jungle Guru will answer all your wildlife-related queries. To seek answers join by Whatsapp-ing at 9987013144 or simply click the above icon and introduce you.

Species of the Month

Meswak (Salvadora persica L.)
Clicked by Ms. Preeti Dalvi in Bhandup Pumping Station  during  Mangrove Walk, Mumbai on 21st January 2018.

Meswak is a typical desert plant grows as a mangrove perennial tree as well as under extreme saline (salt stress) and drought conditions. Thus the seeds are dispersed by the birds. The leaves are shed twice in a year, but plant never becomes leafless throughout the year.
Used for centuries as a natural toothbrush it contains a number of medically beneficial properties.

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*
Creek Watch at Karawe, 7 Jan 2018

We conducted “Bird Walk” at Karawe for beginners. The group was guided by Mr. Hardik Patel. We spotted various different species of the birds like a Painted stork, Green-Bee-eater, Kingfishers, Cuckoo, Grey Heron, Black Winged Stilt, etc.  

Tree Tour at Palava, Dombivali, 7th January 2018
Winter morning, residents of Palava city set out for 'Tree Tour' near the riverside promenade at Palava which was led by Mr. Isaac Kehimkar. Participants had a wonderful time getting introduced to the surrounding trees. 

DCP Wildlife, Nature and Travel Exhibition, Thane,14 January 2018
Mr. Isaac Kehimkar spoke on the topic  BUTTERFLIES OF MUMBAI on 14th January 2018 during the 3rd Grand DCP Wildlife, Nature and Travel Exhibition held at Kalabhavan, Thane.

Mangrove Walk at Bhandup Pumping Station, 21st January 2018
30 nature enthusiasts gathered to learn about mangrove ecosystem. The walk was led by Mr. Isaac Kehimkar and Dr. Shubhalaxmi. We saw different mangrove species like Meswak, Red Mangrove, Nipa, and Grey Mangrove (Dominant), Agalocha etc. 
Butterfly Talk at Royal College, Mira Road, 27th Jan 2018

Royal College of Arts, Science, Commerce invited Mr. Isaac Kehimkar to give a talk on butterflies and butterfly walk. 


Nature Walk near Bannerghatta National Park, 21 Jan 2018

we conducted ‘'Nature Walk near Bannerghatta National Park'’ at Taralu Village.The group of 30 nature enthusiast was guided by enthusiast guide, Mr. Madhusudhan Shukla. We spotted various 50 plus bird species in two hours. 

Green Birthday, 26th Jan 2018

We celebrated another green birthday for Mr. and Mrs. Goyal’s family, for their son Eshaan. All the youngsters participated in the secrets of the natural world with nature trail, Wildlife quiz, Treasure hunt and Animal footprint on the forest floor and many more.

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Since inception,we have reached 3880  participants! We thank you for supporting of our cause!

Media Coverage: 

Mumbai Mirror:-Mangrove Walk was covered by Mumbai Mirror on 17th Jan 2018
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