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Urban iNaturewatch Challenge 1.0 (2015)
In 2015, Ladybird Consulting (LEC) partnered with WWF and Green line for the “Mobile Apps for Climate Change.” The project is the brainchild of Dr V Shubhalaxmi, Fullbright and Hubert Humphrey Fellow and an Alumnus of the India Exchange Programme and Founder & Director of LEC. It involved development of three three mobile apps on urban birds, butterflies and trees of four metros; Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad. The project also included a School Citizen Science Programme titled Urban iNaturewatch Challenge 1.0 wherein at least 40 city schools in these cities would take up local biodiversity studies as part of their project work. Students were expected to survey their campus for an hour every week and fill in the datasheet that has been provided to each school. A teacher from each school was assigned to supervise this initiative and to upload the data unto the iNaturewatch website.
The data was collected through eco clubs and nature walks organized by the school teachers. At their homes students collected the data from the nearby parks and gardens. Some students also collected data from around their houses. Till 15 march overall 1543 from Kolkata, 1257 from Hyderabad, 348 from Delhi and from Mumbai 162 records were uploaded on website. Total 3310 records were uploaded
Five years back three mobile apps (iButterflies, iTrees and iNaturewatch Birds) were developed by us for schools and nature enthusiasts. These apps were helpful in identifying 60 commonly seen city butterflies, birds and trees. We wish to revive this programme launch the Urban iNaturewatch Challenge 2.0 in schools for pan India. We wish to connect our younger generation with nature using technology.
Schools have to use our free three mobile apps to collect data for city trees, birds and butterflies found around their schools and upload the information on to the iNaturalist online platform. In a due course, a substantial data on local species will be generated on species distribution and species seasonality which could be correlated with weather data to understand whether climate change is impacting these species. This will instill a sense of stewardship and inquiry skills among the students. The data could be used by climate change scientists for future works.
Below we have mentioned steps on how to go to take on this project.
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