We have been conducting various events for corporate employees as a part of their Employee Volunteering Programmes in cities all across India.
The employees have volunteered for a variety of events such as Lake Clean up, Organic Urban Farming, Plantation for Butterflies, Nature tail Restoration and Employee Engagement Events such a Nature Trails, Nature Treks
47 emplooyees had participated inspite of the heavy rains in Mumbai. It was a very amazing experience for each one to make it to the top of the fort. The trek started from the base village Malavli to the top of the one of the twin fort Visapur. The participants made it through the fort and were overjoyed.
A group of 40 employees travelled the hidden nature trail at the foothills of Karnala Bird Sanctuary. The beauty of this trail was that it is a tribal route and the group enjoyed the hospitality of tribal homestay on a machan and food served in traditional manner.
This was a mega event organised for KPMG as part of their Employee Volunteering Programme. A group of 78 volunteers of KPMG and 60 school students from Taloja.
Various nature restoration activities like de-weeding and and doing mulching around the plants, making 400 plant clipping of Wedelia a butterfly attracting plant and planting them in the trail pathway, carried out trail development activities, made bee and birds homes using recycled pet bottles and oil cans and got them installed on the trees made bug hotels with nature trail.
KPMG employees participated in the restoration works of Kharghar hills along with a nature trail. Post trail the participants were divided into two groups where they worked on the nature trail development by digging and lining of the stones and the other team worked on making the pond barrier
18 employees of Oracle volunteered in cleanup of the Badhkal Lake in Haryana. The programme started with a nature trail and learned about the lake, its fertility and the importance of plantation around the lake which further increases the biodiversity of the place.
It was a challenge to set up a butterfly garden at Govt. Urdu Primary School, Yelagundapalya, Bengaluru. But for the enthusiastic Head Master and the excellent team work of Magic Bus, the butterflies wouldn't have inaugurated the garden no sooner we watered the last plant. Most part of the school was under renovation. After a thorough planning, things started off with full steam. The young and old, cleaned up the litter, cleared the debris, dug up the soil loose and planted flowering shrubs and herbs.
This morning a group of 15 local citizens walked across the rocky beach of Chimbai for a Marine Walk conducted by iNaturewatch Foundation in collaboration with Ladybird Environmental Consulting LLP. The beach of Chimbai was unknown until recent volunteering activities... This underrated beach due to average sanitation status , surprisingly beholds wide range of species.
Butterflies are beneficial to the environment through the symbiotic relationship they maintain with the plants they visit and their preferences for organic, native habitats. Although the larval caterpillar feeds on its host plant, this minimal damage is often worth the benefits that come from the adult butterfly. With the visual appeal of these showy insects, humans are drawn to increase their knowledge of butterflies, resulting in a greater understanding of our role in protecting them. One such butterfly gardens was developed at Yusuf Meherally Centre, Tara by iNaturewatch Foundation in collaboration with Ladybird Environmental Consulting LLP. The funding partner is the DCB Bank.
iNaturewatch conducted a Bird watching event on 3 Nov 2019. An enthusiastic group of 10 walked across- Green Valley Park - The mini forest of Navi Mumbai .
Though we couldnt spot much birds, we were stunned by the huge number of colourful butterflies and insects that were showered as we sneaked inide the min paradise.
The group was lead by Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi a well known entomologist also known as - Bug Lady and by Suraj Das a nature enthusiast..
It was an overall enthralling experience.
A group of bird enthusiasts hurdled Sunday morning at Kharghar Station to get a peek into Kharghar Mangroves. The area behind Kharghar Station is taken over farmlands. Passing through the endless patch of agriculture farms, the group witnessed several farm birds such as mynas, munias, warblers, bulbuls, egrets and doves. At the end of trail which opened to mudflats of mangroves the group saw maximum birds including mudskippers and Fidler crabs. The sighting included Godavit, Plovers, Curlew, Ibis, Purple and grey heron, cormorants, painted stork, Common and White breasted kingfishers and so on. The entire pathway was dotted a riots of wildflowers mostly glories from Ipomoea group.
On 17 Nov 2019 about 15 nature enthusiasts along with their kids walked across the rocky beach of Chimbai for a Marine Walk conducted by iNaturewatch Foundation in collaboration with Ladybird Environmental Consulting LLP and United Way Mumbai. This beach that has been identified as dirtiest and up for rejuvenation, never fails to amaze us with the enchanting unexplored biodiversity that it beholds. On the marine walk we sighted species such as Nereis species, Eggs of moon snail, hermit crabs, cerethid shells and many more. The young learners were so inquisitive about the the marine diversity that they witnessed which is otherwise unexplored.
In today's world and generation of fast foods children seldom are drawn towards healthy foods as well as the value of food is not really understood. In an attempt to build students interest towards nature and to make them understand the effort of not only cooking but "growing" your own food, iNaturewatch conducted a full day workshop on Kitchen Gardening for 46 students from J.V.P.D School, Vile Parle and Taraben High school, Santacruz. Students not only had demonstrations on making compost& soil making but also participated in hands on activity on planter making reusing plastic bottles and also learnt potting a sapling. The 2 groups were taken on Nature trail led by Dr V Shubhalaxmi and Ms Preeti Choghale in the mini forest of Urban Hatt. Students were stunned to see species like Ghost Tree, giagantic Bamboo.
Today was a good way to end our year as Isaac Kehimkar and V.Shubhalaxmi we’re invited at BVIEER to conduct two sessions on Butterfly Study Techniques and Social Entrepreneurship for the M.Sc. students. A group 40 students attended these sessions. Butterfly presentations were followed by field visit to Vetal Tekdi. It was a full day event that began at 9.30 am. and concluded at 2.30 pm.
Built on lines of Central Park of NYC, Central Park in Kharghar is the largest urban park in Asia with 290 acres and third largest in the world. Opened to people in 2010, the park is popular among walkers & joggers. It has a good assortment of trees and good bird life. We therefore planned our new year’s first event on appreciating trees of this park. This was our first event on Central Park. Though we 25 sign ups but only small group actually dared to join us on a chilly Sunday morning. The place surprised us with myriad native and exotic trees that were planted along the pathway. Based on plantation we could assign a particular pathway to a tree e.g. Sita Ashok Lane, Peepal Lane, Tabebua Lane, Copperpod Lane, Laburnum Lane and Wild Almond Lane. .
On 15th Jan 2020 Marine walk was conducted by Sathish Chennuri and Chanakya at Chimbai beach(Bandra). Somaiya college students accompanied by their professors attended the marine walk, we could observe lot of rocky shore inhabitant flora and fauna i.e pistol shrimp, rock crabs, mollusc shells, hermit crab, sponges, sea anemone and decorator worm etc. Today we also have observed lot of abandoned fishing net (ghost net) in the intertidal region which may trap lot of organisms unnecessarily. The students also spotted the gutters releasing into the ocean and marine debris.
iNaturewatch conducted a free marine walk for 31 students of Xaviers college on 14 Jan 2020 from 7 am to 9 am. The group sighted species of crab - Metopograpsus sp, Portunus sp, Egg mass of Nerita sp., Ceratium sp., Amphipods, Sponges and sea anemone. Ghost fishing was found and live berried crabs found in the netting. There was an unplanned mangrove cleanup taken up by the students which indicated awareness in the current generation.
iNaturewatch in collaboration with United Way Mumbai conducted a Marine shore walk from 7:30 to 9: 30, for Rizvi college students and professors at Chimbai Beach, Bandra, The walk was conducted by our marine biologist Mr. Satish. We came across different varieties of marine organisms like a dead sea snake, different gastropods, bivalves, crab species, sea anemone, Gobi fish, amphipods, barnacles, decorator worms, sponges and mangroves. The walk aimed at creating awareness about the huge marine biodiversity that the rocky beach is a home to.
Today we conducted a marine walk for 57 enthusiastic students of Rose Manor International School from 8.30am to 10.30am. Students explored the rocky beach of Chimbai and learn about the different marine organisms dwelling the rocky beach. They were amazed to see the sea anemone in the small rock pools. Hermit crabs, bivalves, barnacles, gastropods, and crabs were the other highlights of the walk.