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December  2018                                                                                          Issue 27
Forthcoming Eco-day
World Soil Day
(5 December 2018)
A critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human of December as World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil asthThe International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, adopted a resolution proposing the 5wellbeing.
Combating and addressing soil pollution is the only way to minimize the risks for food security, human health and the environment. These days pollution is a worry – and soil is also affected. Soil pollution is a hidden danger that lurks beneath our feet.


9 December 2018: Bird Bash at Taralu Village, Bangalore
Taralu lies south of Bangalore which is close to the protected area of Bannerghatta National Park.
79 species of birds belonging to 45 families have been known to occur in Taralu village. 
What we are doing?

We are organizing a bird walk for all the bird enthusiasts in and around the city. During the trail, you will learn to observe, sight and identifying the birds. 
Date: Sunday, 9 December 2018 || Time: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. || No. of seats: 25 only || Venue: Taralu Village, near Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore || Resource persons: Mr. Madhusudan Shukla|| Programme Fee: Rs. 300/- per head (On-the-spot registration charge will include Rs. 50/- extra)  

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Workshop on Kitchen Gardening 

(16 December 2018) 

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
-Basic gardening techniques 
-Composting and recycling techniques
-Importance of food

Programme Details:

Group size:
25 minimum || Programme Fees: Rs. 850/-per head (inclusive of materials required in the workshop, tea & biscuits and expert fees). On-spot-cash payment Rs. 950/- per head. || Venue: iNaturewatch Foundation Office, Shop 4, Ambika Heritage, Plot-1, Sector-1, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai- 410210. || Expert: Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi
, Ms. Wilma D'Cunha.

Participants can carry home their potted sapling and planter.

Click here to register for the workshop
22 December 2018: Camping in Kharghar Mangroves 
iNaturewatch Foundation has organized a one-day nature camp for children in which we will connect your child back to nature. The camp will help your child to experience nature through fun-filled activities. 
Let expose your child to different natural ecosystems and reconnect them with woods by fun-filled games and activities like farm tour, bird watching, nature art, scavenger hunt, quiz, and a lot more fun.

Click here for more details. 
Shorekeepers of Mumbai
This season we are again starting mangroves walks in collaboration with United Way Mumbai. iNaturewatch Foundation is happy to start unique mangrove awareness programme- Shorekeepers of Mumbai. The programme includes the mangrove trail along the creeks, shorelines and dense mangrove patch. Interested Schools and colleges may contact us to conduct free mangrove walks. 

Our Reach

Since inception, reached 5103 participants! We thank you for supporting we have of our cause!

Media Coverage

Species of the Month

Indian roller (Coracias benghalensis)

This Photo was clicked by Tarang Sarin during the event ‘Bird Watching in Kharghar Mangroves’. The Indian Roller is a pretty bird belonging to the roller family of birds. Known by the name of ‘Blue Jay’ in former times, the brilliance of the color and beauty of the Indian Roller is captivating in every way. The Indian Roller acquires its name from the striking aerobatics it displays as an act of courtship.
18 November 2018: Bird Walk at Bhandup Pumping Station
Our 24 participants enjoyed the walk with Dr. Ketki Marthak and found her bird stories quite interesting. Participants learnt new things about birds and their habitat. 

17-18 November 2018: Nature Camp at Prani Sanctuary
On Saturday afternoon we started our unique camp at Prani Sanctuary. All the 14 enthusiastic participants including kids and grown-ups first had a tour of the Prani Sanctuary along with Madhusudhan Shukla. The participants enjoyed the camp and found the camp informative. The camp concluded on Sunday afternoon with the beautiful group picture.

2 December 2018: Free Bird Walk at Nizampet, Hyderabad
We conducted our second free bird walk at Nizampet Lake, Hyderabad. The lake is also called as Ramunikunta Lake. The walk was attended by 12 enthusiast participants including children. The walk lead by Mr. Prasad who is an avid birder as well as the photographer. 

2 December 2018: Bird Watching in Kharghar Mangroves
Early morning all the 14 participants were set for the bird watching behind Kharghar Railway Station with Yogesh Chavan. The walk was full of bird activity. Within two hours of the trail, we spotted around 42 different bird species including grassland birds and water birds. 
Other Updates:
Dr. Shubhalaxmi and Mr. Isaac Kehimkar invited for a guest lecture at the Nature Club of Bhavan's College, Andheri during the National Wildlife Week ​

Mr.Isaac Kehimkar was invited by DCP Expedition Group during the DCP Annual Awards Night 2018 which was held on 18 November 2018 to felicitate the winners of the wildlife photography competition.

ISOLA Mumbai (Indian Society of Landscape Architects, Mumbai Chapter) invited Mr. Isaac Kehimkar to give a lecture on ‘Exploring India with Butterflies’ during the sixth cycle of the S D Vaidya Memorial Lecture series which were held on Saturday, 24th of November 2018 at the Noshir Talati Auditorium,  Rachana Sansad’s Academy of Architecture, Prabhadevi, Mumbai.

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