iNaturewatch Foundation is a  Navi Mumbai based registered  charitable trust  working in the field of urban biodiversity  and  citizen science.
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May  2018                                                                                          Issue 22
Thank you for your support which helped us in growing.
Forthcoming Eco-day

World Environment Day
  (5 June 2018: Beat Plastic Pollution)

India is the global host of 2018 World Environment Day which will take place on June 5, 2018.
“Beat Plastic Pollution”, the theme for World Environment 2018, urges governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic polluting our oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health. Most of all, World Environment Day is a day of everyone around the world to take ownership of their environment and to actively engage in the protection of our earth.
Our Milestones
  • iNaturewatch had conducted a diverse range of innovative activities including projects, programs, workshops & online courses.
  • We designed five online courses in bugs, plants, gardening and birds
  • We started Mangrove Awareness Programmes for communities of Greater Mumbai.
  • We started the Bengaluru chapter from 1st October 2017 and have conducted total 10 walks and workshops. 
  •  On social media, we have 2281 likes for our Facebook Page with 2354 followers, 79 followers on Twitter and 301 followers on Instagram.
  •  So far we have successfully reached out to 4000 people through our events.

5 June 2018: Online course on Gardening for Wildlife
Image may contain: plant and outdoorABOUT: As the cities are expanding and getting smarter, the natural spaces are shrinking and becoming fewer. We, urban denizens could yet create spaces for wildlife to thrive in our small & big gardens. Interestingly metros and cities of India still host a wide range of wildlife that has mastered the art of living with us. With some more help, we could retain the balance between our world and the natural world. 
Activities Offered: 6 chapters with videos, Online assignments (6 ), Google Hangouts with Faculty (6), Field Visits (3), Project work (1), Hands-on activities (3) and Final exam (1).

Course Duration: 3 months (5 June - 5 August 2018)
100% online

Course Topics:
One could create such habitats, in school backyard, college campuses, public parks, institutional and company premises. 
Where could this learning be applied? 
*Audit/Credit options available 
* Meet like-minded people and exchange gardening tips.
of creating awareness about local biodiversity.

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9 June 2018: Trash Trail at Dharavi Recycling Unit
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iNaturewatch Foundation has come up with the trash trail to visit recycling units inside Dharavi. The tour will include a visit to recycling units of plastic waste such as bottles, cans, drums, bags and so on. Participants will first-hand information
abouttherecycling process as well as gets to observe and interact with the workers.
Every year World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June to spread awareness about our environment. India is the global host of 2018 World Environment Day which will take place on June 5, 2018. With “Beat Plastic Pollution” as the theme for this year’s edition, the world is coming together to combat single-use plastic pollution.
Why we chose Dharavi?
Recycling waste is a multimillion rupee business in Mumbai. Dharavi’s specialty is recycling plastic. According to the NSDF survey, Dharavi’s plastic
recycling industry is the largest in India. It employs over 5,000 people and the turnover in 1986 was an estimated Rs 60 lakh a year. Today, it should be many
times higher. Every day, more than 3,000 sacks of plastic leave this area.

Date:Tuesday, 9 June 2018 | Time: to 12 p.m. |VENUE: Dharavi Recycling Units Mahim (West) |MEETING POINT: Near CCD, Mahim Station (West), Mumbai | Group size: 25 | Fee:  Rs.300/- 
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17 June 2018: Workshop on Kitchen Gardening
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 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. 
Requirements for growing vegetables
Understanding Garden's Beneficial and Nuisance wildlife species
Garden and Compost Care

TAKEAWAYS: A potted planter and planter of plastic bottle
Date:17 June 2018 | Time: to 1 p.m. | Group size: 15 | Expert: Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi, Isaac Kehimkar, Wilma D'Cunha
Venue: iNaturewatch Foundation Office, Shop 4, Ambika Heritage, Plot-1, Sector-1, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai- 410210

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17 June 2018: Monsoon Walk at Turahalli Forest

The Turahalli Forest is one of the few forest tracts near Bangalore, it is a dry, deciduous forest of 800 acres, is dominated by eucalyptus and other native shrubs. It’s a destination for the Rock climbers time to complete their lifecycles, they will be gone with the rain! full circle with the rains drenching the ground. This is a time to look out for breeding frogs in ponds and puddles, caterpillars chomping tender leaves, birds building their nests and much more. But the riot in this monsoon is caused by monsoon special plants which bloom and fruit profusely as they have short! comes Monsoon is synonym with abundance in nature, Life and Birdwatchers. 
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Date:17 June 2018 | Time: to 10 a.m.|Venue: Entrance of Turahalli Forest | How to reach: Turhalli is 20 km away from the main city, located off Kanakapura | Group size: 25 | Fee: Rs. 300/- | Expert: Madhusudhan Shukla.

Species of the Month

Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus)
Clicked by Mr. Kailash Ingle During the event ' Visit to Flamingo Sanctuary'.
This photo was clicked by Mr. Kailash Ingle, during the event ‘Visit to Flamingo Sanctuary’ on 27th May 2018. They are found in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and Australia. They are found mainly on the coast and in inland wetlands, where they feed on dead fish and other prey. Adults have a reddish-brown body plumage contrasting with their white head and breast which make them easy to distinguish from other birds of prey.

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.

20 May 2018: Kitchen Gardening Workshop

 A group of 17 city gardeners attended the ‘kitchen gardening workshop’ who wanted to get trained before they could start their home gardens. Our workshop included presentation, compost making activity, potting of plant and planter making out of pet bottles.  

27 May 2018: Visit
Flamingo Sanctuary
We conducted flamingo boat ride and Mangrove Walk for 43 nature enthusiasts. First, we visited the mangrove interpretation center, then we had small short film after that we had a mangrove walk. we also had a boat ride for flamingos watching. We saw a huge flock of both Greater and lesser flamingos. 

1 June 2018: Planter Making Workshop
We came up with the planter making workshop to celebrate the 'World Environment Day; by recycling the waste pet bottles by planting saplings in them. We conducted planter making workshop for KPMG corporate. Overall 60 participant were attended the workshop at MNP, Sion.

June 2018: Lecture for UGC Refresher Course
K.J.Somaiya College of Science and Commerce, Vidyavihar invited Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi and Mr. Isaac Kehimkar as a resource person for the refresher course on ‘Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development’ organized by UGC Human Resource Development Centre, University Of Mumbai on 1st June 2018 on the topic Insect Architecture / Insect diversity for 40 teachers.


27 May 2018: Bugwalk with Bug Lady in Bannergata
A small group of 11 individuals turned up to attend our first ever walk in Bannerghatta. The theme was insects and the trail was led by Dr. V.Shubhalaxmi- the bug lady. The participants learned on how to observe and identify butterflies. They also learned about the operations of a social insect colony.   

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Our Reach

Since inception, reached 4000 participants! We thank you for supporting we have of our cause!

Media Coverage: 

Mumbai Mirror:- 'Kitchen gardening workshop' was covered by Mumbai Mirror on 17th May 2018 

Mumbai Mirror:-  'Visit to Flamingo Sanctuary' event was covered by Mumbai Mirror on 25th May 2018.

n Upcoming event of June 2018 was covered by Hindustan Times on 3 June 2018

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