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Urban Wildlife Habitats Recognition Programme

Do you have a green zone that you have been nurturing for years and safeguarding it against all odds
You have a home garden that is chirping with birds, buzzing with bees and fluttering with butterflies
There exists a green zone around your school/college/office campus which is home to good number of wildlife?
In any case would you like get it recognized so that it gains some status which makes your efforts known in the neighborhood ?

To address this need, the iNaturewatch Foundation (INWF) announces first of its kind program- Urban Wildlife Habitats Recognition Programme where individuals, institutions and companies could get their wildlife habitats recognized under this programme. This is our endeavor to recognize as well promote efforts of such green guardians who provide food, water, shelter and breeding grounds for urban biodiversity. Sign up today and get your site recognized!

This is how it works…..
Anybody who has maintained a wild area on their own land could sign up for the programme and fill up the details required in the application form. Our representative will visit the site to verify the facts. The application will be then forwarded to our panel that will validate the findings and provide ratings. In a month’s time, the ratings will be provided with a certificate to the applicant and a signage could be also developed which could be installed at the site.

We have eminent wildlife specialists who will be our panelists
Dr. Asad Rahmani, Dr. P.A Azeez, Mr. Isaac Kehimkar, Dr. Ramesh Krishnamurthy, Dr. M.Shah Hussain. Click here for profile of experts.

Bare Essentials for any Habitat…does your habitat have these…..
Any space of any size that has a record of good plant life and animal life which provides following habitat essentials:

• Feeding Areas
(i) Food :   All living need to eat to survive, so food sources are critical component of wildlife habitat. You habitat needs three of the following types of plants or supplemental feeders.

  • Seeds from the plants
  • Berries
  • Nectar
  • Foliage/twigs
  • Nuts
  • Fruits
  • Sap
  • Alkaloid providing plants
  • Pollen
  • Bird Feeder
  • Squirrel feeder
  • Butterfly feeder

• Water bodies
(ii) Water :   Wildlife needs clean drinking water to survive. Birds need to bath in order to keep their feathers in good working condition, while other species including some amphibians, insects and other wildlife actually live in water. Your habitat needs one of the following sources to provide clean water for wildlife to drink and bathe:

  • Birdbath
  • Lake
  • Stream
  • Seasonal pool
  • Water garden/pond
  • River
  • Butterfly Puddling area
  • Water dish
  • Fountain
  • Wet ground

• Nooks and crannies as cover
(iii) Shelter :   Wildlife needs place to find shelter from extremes of weather from heavy rain and searing summer. Many species need places to hide from predators, and inclement weather. Native vegetation is perfect cover for terrestrial wildlife. Shrubs, thickets and brush piles provide great hiding places within their bushy leaves and thorns.
Wildlife need at least two places to find shelter from the weather and predators.

  • Wooded area
  • Ground cover
  • Rock pile or wall
  • Cave
  • Roosting Box
  • Dense shrubs or thicket
  • Evergreens
  • Brush or Log Pile
  • Burrow
  • Water garden or Pond
  • Earthern pots

• Nesting and breeding spaces
(iii) Breeding Grounds :   Creating a wildlife garden or landscape is all about helping wildlife survive. Providing food, water and cover will help individual animals, but to ensure that species as a whole continue to survive in your area, they need to reproduce. In addition, some species such as amphibians or butterflies have totally different habitat need in their juvenile phase than they use as adults, so it’s important to offer habitat in all phases of the lifecycle.
You need at least two places for wildlife to engage in courtship behavior, mate, and then bear and raise their young:

  • Mature trees
  • Nesting box
  • Wetland
  • Cave
  • Burrow
  • Host plant for caterpillars
  • Dead trees or snags
  • Dense shrubs or a Thicket
  • Water Garden or Pond

• Green practices
(iv) Green practies :   Managing your garden along with a small part of wildlife is a big task. You have to create a garden which is sustainable, environmentally friendly and also ensure that native wildlife should stay clean and healthy. Besides you should also create awareness in the neighborhood so that more and more people adopt your work.
You should be doing two things to help manage your habitat in a sustainable way.
Soil and water conservation through mulching, composting and so on
Controlling Invasive Species
Harvesting seeds of wild flowers
Organic Practices such an non usage of pesticides, no chemical fertilizers and so on
Creating awareness about your habitat in neighborhood
Documenting wildlife visiting your habitat such as photography, maintaining diary and so on

Ratings are based on solid evaluation criteria
Based on the qualifying parameters following ratings are provided:
1) 91-100 points: Superb Wildlife Habitat
2) 71-90 points: Great Wildlife Habitat
3) 51-70 points: Good Wildlife Habitat
4) 31-50 points: Developing Wildlife Habitat
5) 1-30 points: Potential Habitat

And it doesn’t end with mere recognition
Once you get your wildlife habitat recognized by us, we provide inputs on enhancing or improving of the habitat, incase you wish to take your habitat to next level. In either case we provide you with the guidelines of documenting the wildlife in your habitat. You will also be enrolled on a virtual platform on our website where you could share your findings and get it identified by our experts. Overall we will help in monitoring your habitat and also help in reporting of your sightings.

Check out our plans
Depending on the features, you could choose any of the following plans for your habitat
Herb Plan : Rs. 5000/- per site. (includes habitat assessment by our expert panel, certificate).
Shrub Plan : Rs. 7500/- per site (includes all above and guidelines on habitat upgradation)
Tree Plan : Rs. 10,000/- per site (includes all the above and species checklist)
For signage Rs. 1500/- will be charged extra (including shipping)

Register here to participate