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To build capacities of urban communities for nature conservation and climate change through citizen science in India
iNaturewatch Foundation is a charitable trust (reg. E-1074 dt. 13 May 2016) working in the field of urban biodiversity across the country since 2014. We aim at developing environmentally sensitive citizens by engaging them with environment through our various innovative initiatives
We are a diverse team of young and wise, committed and passionate workers.
Isaac Kehimkar, Chairman/Director
Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi, Founder & Managing Trustee
Preeti Dalvi, Programmes Officer
Winter is not really the season butterflies like and that is why there is a marked scarcity of butterflies. However, Common Rose is around to lay eggs. Zebra Blues, Pea and Gram Blues are seen flitting on low bushes. More than adults, one could find caterpillars now. Among the Meswak bushes Small Salmon Arabs will never disappoint you if you are near mangroves.
Now the Purple Bauhinia has taken over the winter treescape along the roads. And while most trees are still bare and flowerless, Red Silk Cotton is now crowded with nectar seeking birds and squirrels squabbling over the canopy. Scholar's Tree fills up the evening air with its sweet fragrance to invite the pollinators of the night. The Firebush too is now about to burst in its flaming flowers all along the outskirts.
Seashores are now filled up with busy birds who have travelled from distant lands to feel at home on our shores. Flamingos too love to spend their winter along the Navi Mumbai, Mumbai and Thane shores. However, the locals like Ashy Prinias, Tailor birds, Indian robins and bulbuls have begun to prepare a farewell song for the winter.
We conduct full day and half day nature walks in the nearby wilderness areas of any given location in India. We also conduct walks within city parks and gardens where we promote garden education among schools and colleges. Currently we are offering nature trails in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Bengaluru. We also offer online courses and carry out projects that help environment.
We conduct short-term Online Courses which are one of its kind covering the following aspects of wildlife and environment:
We conduct summer and winter camps for children as well as families. Mostly these are day camps. The camps are designed to excite a child's mind with the wonders of nature and give them first hand experience on experiencing nature. The camp is mixture of outdoor as well indoor activities. We offer such camps in Mumbai and Bengaluru.
We conduct day long workshop on various topics related to environment. These workshops provides knowledge as well as handson experience on relevant topics:
In collaboration with United Way Mumbai, we have been conducting this unique mangrove awareness programme- Shorekeepers of Mumbai.
The programme includes talks and quiz based on mangroves. As well as mangrove walks. This is a FREE programme which is available for schools, colleges and community groups in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai.
Since last year, we started our activities in Bengaluru. In collaboration with Karnataka State Forest Department we conducted bimonthly free walks in Thurahalli Forest Tree Park. Besides we are also conducting other range of educational programmes such as workshops and walks to different green zones of Bengaluru
We have designed 20 programmes, 5 camps, 5 online courses, 3 workshops, 5 themed lectures and 3 projects.
We reached to 2803 people from six cities in the country. On social media we have 2281 likes for our Facebook Page with 2354 followers, 79 followers on Twitter and 288 followers on Instagram
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