We successfully conducted a tree tagging event on a sunny Sunday morning. The volunteers turned out to be in great numbers and worked with zeal. A total of 16 volunteers joined us on Friendship day! Volunteers indeed have an amazing contribution/influence on our organization's mission.
We are thankful to all our community volunteers who came and did the hard work
P.S: We tagged 460+ trees in less than two hours
With the dewdrop of rains dwelling on the denuded hills of Taloja at Kharghar, our Project Intern: Ved conducted a Herpeto-fauna survey on 26th July 2021. Although Monsoon is perceived as an emergence of the hidden jewels in the thickets or lands, it is very challenging to conduct surveys on the hill during this month. With a preconceived notion about the sightings of the species, but to our surprise, Ved surpassed all the expectations and got some lifers while surveying. He witnessed that Reforestation is increasing the abundance of species and the exemplary correlation between forest and wildlife. The sighting he observed are as follows:
1. Lined Supple Skink
2. Forester Moth
3. Checkered Keelback
4. Brook's Gecko
5. Skittering Frog Tadpoles
6. Common Indian Toad
7. Burrowing Frog
8. Plain Tiger
9. Glassy Tiger
Join Dr.Shubha to learn about becoming a citizen scientist. Also how you could contribute to science during this National Moth Week.
Learn from Moth Lady on how to rear moth caterpillars and how to document their life histories
This is our third session in celebrating National Moth Week. Learn about Mothing from Moth lady
During this session, she enlighted the audience about the enthralling world of Moths. Their appearance, differentiation from butterflies, survival tactics, methods to study and documentation of these critters. She also raised a question even after serving abundant ecosystem services, why are they ignored and why there is a need for conservation of these species. She also motivated young nature enthusiasts to actively participate in this NMW 2021 and encouraged them to document and record the species "Moths" that get lured and wander around their balcony light.
We are just one step away from Beautifying Achari Kunta Lake. On 5th of July. We finally started our plantation drive at Achari Kunta Lake, Hyderabad. It was a very long awaited event that was on hold due to ongoing pandemic and cyclones in Telangana. Despite the havoc, we stood strong and finally managed to start our very first plantation drive at Achari Kunta. MLA, Mayor, Commissioner and Local Partner Prahari Trust Members, Community members and iNaturewatch Foundation and knowledge partner Ladybird Environmental Consulting- LEC Team Members inaugurated the event by planting 3 saplings each of native tree species: Kadamba, Indian Ber and Yellow Champa into the pre-dug pits. It was a successful event and motivated many community members to taken up action and support us for Rejuvenating the Achari Kunta Lake.
While working at Achari Kunta Hyderabad. We went on rescue missions to help some stray pups suffering from starvation and ligament tear due to accident or inadequate food. It takes more than an ounce to take action and feed this voiceless pups who live in this cruelty world happily while suffering to co-exist with us. Why not lend some hand in co-existing with these strays and give them a better lif
Tree Tagging and Counting Event
We organised a Tree Tagging and Counting event at SGNP, Mulund Range on the occasion of World Environment Day with the help of the Borivli Forest Department. Volunteers did an amazing job by counting the number of trees present in each plot and tagging them accordingly.
Seed Dibbling Event
We organised a Seed Dibbling Event at Taloja Hill, Kharghar on the occasion of World Environment Day with the help of the Panvel Forest Department. Volunteers enthusiastically planted seeds of the Karanj / Pongam tree along the stream that flows down the hill.
Clean-up Drive Event
We organised a Clean-up Drive Event at Achari Kunta Lake, Hyderabad on the occasion of World Environment Day with the help of the Prahari Trust. Volunteers did an excellent job by cleaning up the surroundings of the lake that was polluted with plastic and other solid waste. Waste collected from the lake was nearly 12 bags of large trash-collecting bags with each bag carrying nearly 15 kgs of solid and plastic waste.
We kickstarted our Plantation Drive at Ambivli, KDMC, Thane with the help of KDMC Commissioner Dr Vijay Suryavanshi.
We kickstarted our very first Plantation Drive at Taloja Hill Watershed, Kharghar. Volunteers flock to the Taloja Hills for Afforestation. Marching uphill along with the coconut shell-line paths, volunteers planted the saplings of Asan, Babool, and Jamun into the pre-dug pits and trenches with the help of gardening tools provided to them priorly.
We conducted another Plantation drive at Taloja Hill, Kharghar and we will be continuing the same for the coming weekends. Volunteers as green warriors marched upon the hill with manure mix in one hand and saplings in another. With the help of volunteers, we planted saplings of Jambool, Red silk cotton, and Dalbergia latifolia. We planted around more than100 saplings.
We kickstarted our very first Plantation Drive at SGNP Mulund Range, Khindipada. With the help of volunteers, we planted grass species inside the palmyra rings. Soil enrichment was done before the plantation event and gardening tools provided to them.
With support from community members,forest department, funding agency, knowledge partners, labours, caretakers and of course our volunteers, we kickstarted our Plantation drive at SGNP, Khindipada for building Canopy plugs through Assisted Natural methods. We planted 1887 native species into pre-dug pits and trenches and successfully completed our Plantation activity.
National Moth Week 2021 is here and we at iNaturewatch Foundation already started celebrating. Our moth lady Dr Shubhalaxmi Vayulure was invited as a guest lecturer at Symbiosis College Pune and conducted a virtual conference on "Denizens of Dark Dynasty" - Moths and why it is important to conserve these species as very little is known about them to the world. Over 130 participants attended this event and were are enthusiastic to register for NMW 2021.
In Baatchit Session 3, Shri Isaac Kehimkar, Chairman & Director, iNaturewatch Foundation, An Indian Naturalist, talked about Butterfly Gardening and addressed the Maharashtra Circle, staff's questions on Butterfly watching and Maintaining a butterfly garden. Kaiya Arora, Director Postal Services(HQ), Maharashtra Circle interviewed the session.
At the Taloja Hill Forest project site, our overzealous caretakers went on a seed collection drive in the neighbouring forest. During this drive, they collected seeds of Red Silk Cotton, Asan, Rosewood, Giant Milkweed and Gunj.
Our course participants of Birds for Beginners learned about the Garden Birds from Dr Ketki Marthak.
Our course participants of Bugs for Beginners learned about insect groups from Dr V Shubhalaxmi.
Our Birds for Beginners online course participants learned about forest birds, their adaptations and tips on how to identify them.
We kick started our new batches for the online courses on wildlife, Bugs for Beginners & Birds for Beginners with the course orientation session wherein the participants interacted with Dr. V Shubhalaxmi and got introduced to the course platform, project work and online assignments.
We organized community volunteering event at our project site at Taloja Hill forest. The volunteers developed the pathway by lining them with coconut shells. This demarcation helps visitors to limit their movement to established trails and avoid trampling of natural areas.
We kick start our celebrations with a live session with our rescue cats who are now our pets. We encouraged our viewers to do the same with their pets and bring them in limelight duirng the fortnight.
As part of the Animal Welfare Fortnight we invited Ms. Sabah Patankar who is an adoption specialist to narrate her experience in getting stray cats adopted. It was an inspiring session which encouraged more and more people to give a thought about adopting indies.
This is part of our Animal Welfare Fortnight celebrations. This is our second webinar during the week. Our guest for the session was Raj Maru. He is the Co-Founder of United For the Unheard. He has been Vegan since 3 years and volunteering as a grassroot activist more than a year. He shared his journey of veganism which was inspiring for would be vegans.
Our community volunteers helped in making seed balls for our forest nursery at the Taloja Hill Fores project site. They made 300 seed balls which were placed in seedling tray. We will transplant them in sapling bags once they germinate.
This was our last online session in celebrating Animal Welfare Fortnight. We had Mr Nilesh Bhanage from PAWS who shared his experience on rescuing and rehabilitation of stray animals. He also shared tips on how common citizen could help the stray animals of their locality.