October Eco-days: 122nd Birth Anniversary of 'Birdman of India' Dr. Salim Ali
A group of 15 ventured on a hidden trail on the foothills of Karnala forest. The beauty of this trail was that it was a canopy trail as most of the trail was shaded with trees and bushes and the group had entire forest to themselves. The hidden trail provided an array of sightings from tree frogs to butterfly eggs. It took four hours for the group to decipher dense forest trails. The group was throughly mesmerised with the forest bathing exercise they experienced.
On 30 September 2018 iNaturewatch Foundation conducted nature trail for students of Udaan India Foundation. The trail was conducted by Preeti Dalvi and Wilma DCunha. Students learned about the mangroves and their importance in our day to day life.
A group of 31 students accompanied by their passionate teachers joined us on a flowery trail at Kharghar Valley. Younger and older students got enchanted with the plant and animal life they witnessed along the route. Dr. Shubhalaxmi and Isaac Kehimkar conducted the two hour walk.
A group of 15 nature enthusiasts from all age groups joined us today on a sunny trail to Kharghar Valley. The group was led by Isaac Kehimkar and Dr. Shubhalaxmi. The group saw around 20 species of wildflowers most of which were seasonal. The group learnt the association of flower colour, size and shape with that of their pollinators.
We conducted a butterfly walk at Jarakbande Kaval Foreest for the 11 participants. The walk was lead by Mr. Madhusudhan Shukla. The walk began at 8.00 am and ended at 10.00 am. The participants enjoyed the walk as many found it to be very informative.
We conducted our monsoon special insect safari in Nagala Block, Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Ms. Priti Choghale conducted the walk for 31 enthusiast participants with Ms. Preeti Dalvi. People joined us from the different parts of the city. The trail was full of insect action. Today was a hawkmoth caterpillar day. We saw varieties of huge hawkmoth caterpillars, spiders, moths, butterflies and other insects like grasshoppers and beetles. There were various wildflowers were flowering in the whole patch. Overall participants enjoyed the walk.
On the occasion of the ‘World Elephant Day’ in order to raise awareness about the largest land animal of India, iNaturewatch Foundation in collaboration with A Rocha Field Study Centre celebrated the day by exploring an elephant habitat on the outskirts of Bangalore. 15 enthusiast participants including both young and old, gathered at Kasserguppe, a village on the north-west boundary of the national park.
On the occasion of the ‘International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystems’, an inter-school and inter-collegiate competition on the theme of ‘Mangroves Conservation’ was conducted. Schools and colleges were encouraged to nominate their creative and talented students to participate in photography, slogan, poetry and poster making competition by contacting schools and colleges.
We conducted mothing camp at Karnala to celebrate ' National Moth Week'. A group of 12 enthusiastic participants joined the camp. The next day was very adventurous as they day began with breakfast in forest machan belonging to a tribal and the local guide took us onto a hidden trail on foot hills and other end of the sanctuary.The group leaders were Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi, Isaac Kehimkar assisted by Preeti Dalvi, Priti Choghale and Wilma D'cunah.
iNaturewatch Foundation conducted a mothing camp at Ramanagaram, Bangalore on 14th and 15th July, 2018. There were 2 nature trails, moth quiz, presentation on moths and overnight mothing on light sheet was a great experience for all the participants. The camp was conducted by Mr. Madhusudhan Shukala and Mr. Rachit Singh. All over we observed around fifty species of moths. During the nature trail varieties of caterpillars, beetles, spiders, birds and other flora and fauna were seen. All over 10 participants participated in our camp. The participants enjoyed the camp as many found it to be very informative and new experience for all. Morning trail was based on the insect theme, which was conducted by Mr. Madhusudan Shukla. There were around 15 enthusiast participants were present for the trail.
Sunday 23 participants from different parts of Greater Mumbai huddled at the Green Valley Park in CBD Belapur. participants learnt about variety of monsoon special plants. Participants enjoyed crossing through two major streams inside the forest. Overall a fun and refreshing morning. People wanted longer trails which we promise to conduct from next month onwards.
Teacher Training Workshop: We conducted two sessions for JBCN International School, Borivali on 23 June 2018. Around 60 teachers attended these sessions which were conducted by Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi. The topics were; 1. Biodiversity Aichi Targets:This session was about understanding Biodiversity Aichi Targets. The teachers were engaged in group work to respond to the questions raised under each target.
Our monsoon special trail at Muthurayanabetta receives response from 20 participants. The group led by Mr. Madhusudhan shukla and Mr. Subramanyam Ramanathan. The walk was focused on monsoon special flora and fauna and landscape changes during rains. Participants thoroughly enjoyed the monsoon special walk with positive feedback.
Our monsoon special trail received massive response from 44 participants was all set for the trail at Kharghar Valley. The group split into two and was led by Mr. Isaac Kehimkar and Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi. The walk was focused mainly on the landscape changes, happens during rains. It was an adventurous learning experience and rain made it all the more wonderful and enjoyable.
K.J.Somaiya College of Science and Commerce, Vidyavihar invited Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi and Mr. Isaac Kehimkar as a resource person for the refresher course on ‘Biodiversity Conservation and sustainable Development’ organized by UGC Human Resource Development Centre, University Of Mumbai on 2nd June 2018 on the topic Insect Architecture / Insect diversity .
On 1st June we conducted planter making workshop for KPMG corporate. First, we had nature trail which was conducted by Ms. Priti Choghale, Mr. Isaac Kehimkar, and Mr. Prashant. followed by planter making workshop which was conducted by Ms. Wilma D'cunha and Ms. Preeti Dalvi. Overall 60 participant were attended the workshop at MNP, Sion.
A small group of individuals turned up to attend our first ever walk in Bannerghata. The theme was insects and the trail was led by Dr. V.Shubhalaxmi- the buglady. The trail started with an encounter with red bug which the participants learnt to handle which helped as an ice breaker. Thereafter the participants learnt about dragongflies and damselflies, variety of butterflies those were flying along the trail followed by a detailed account on termites and other social insects. The participants learnt on how to observe and identify butterflies. They also learnt about the operations of a social insect colony.
We conducted flamingo boat ride and Mangrove Walk for 43 nature enthusiasts. The walk was led by Mr. Isaac Kehimkar and guided by Ms. Preeti Dalvi. We divided participants into two batches. First, we visited the mangrove interpretation center, then we had small short film after that we had a mangrove walk. We saw different mangrove species like Meswak (Mangrove associate), Sea holly, Mangrove apple, river mangrove and Gray Mangrove (Dominant), etc. Besides mangrove, we also had a boat ride for flamingos watching. We saw a huge flock of both Greater and lesser flamingos. The participants enjoyed the walk as many found it to be very informative.
On a warm Sunday, 17 city gardeners huddled up inside our office to a fact checker workshop on kitchen gardening. Many were aspiring gardeners who wanted to get trained before they could start their home gardens. Our starting presentation on- Essentials of Kitchen Gardening set a firm and clear foundation which cleared several myths surrounding to the practices in kitchen gardening. The best myth busting session was the ‘Compost making’ where there were endless questions on do’s and don’t’s. The real charge up sessions were when each of them made planters out of plastic bottles for sprouts and potted chillies plant and took them back as souvenirs from the workshop. It was indeed a messy workshop but what’s fun of gardening without getting your hands,clothes and spaces not getting soiled!
We conducted flamingo boat ride and Mangrove Walk for 48 nature enthusiasts. There were two different batches of 24 were formed. The walk was led by Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi and Mr. Isaac Kehimkar. First, we visited the mangrove interpretation center, then we move for the mangrove walk and la twse had boat ride for flamingos.
Today we celebrated birthday on boat for birthday girl Shanaya with her friends. We visited the mangrove interpretation center, and then we move for the mangrove walk. Besides mangrove walk, we also had a boat ride for flamingos watching. At last we cut the cake on the boat.
We conducted flamingo boat ride and Mangrove Walk for 30 nature enthusiasts. The walk was led by Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi and guided by Mrs. Shruti Nag. First, we visited the mangrove interpretation center, and then we move for the mangrove walk.
A group of 18 nature enthusiasts gathered to learn about mangrove ecosystem and see flamingos in a boat ride. The walk was led by Mr. Isaac Kehimkar and Ms. Preeti Dalvi. We saw different mangrove species and a huge flock of lesser flamingos during the boat ride. Besides that, we saw various other birds like Gray Heron, Seagulls (Black-headed and Brown-headed), Terns, Sandpiper, Godwits, Black-headed Ibis, Red-vented Bulbul, White-cheeked Bulbul, Green Bee-eater, Egrets, Red Shank, Cormorants and several more.
A Green Club was established to implement green initiatives for the residents of the Palava City. The programme began with nature trail inside their Golf Course. Indeed an unusual place, yet we found wagtails, magpie robins, bulbuls, drongos, pond herons, kingfishers, cormorants, and saw some magnificent trees like Kadam, Copper Pod, Scholar's Tree, Laburnum, Pink Tabebuia, African Tulip and hibernating African Giant Snails too. In all, there were 50 participants in the walk which was led by Dr. Shubhalaxmi.The programme ended with a discussion on developing event calendar for the Green Club .
We conducted Mangrove Walk for 100 students(Grade 5) of the Vishwjyot School. This was a free walk sponsored by the United Way, Mumbai. The students were divided into two batches. The 1st batch visited mangroves behind T. S. Chankya, while the 2nd Batch were taken to Talawe wetland. Several mangrove species like Mangrove apple, Sea holly, Gray mangrove, and Meswak were seen along during the walk. Students collected specimens of various shells and dead crabs.
The early morning 'Wetland Trail' at Sagarvihar Vashi was indeed full of surprises. The trail started at 8 am in the morning and ended at 10.30 am. A group of 12 nature enthusiasts gathered to learn about mangrove ecosystem. The walk was led by Mr. Isaac Kehimkar. Different mangrove species like Mangrove Apple, Milky Mangrove, River Mangrove, Sea-holly, Grey Mangrove and Meswak were seen along with different mangrove associated plants and various bird species.
A mangrove walk was conducted for two schools. This was a free walk sponsored by United Way Mumbai. Children had a great time learning about wetland ecosystem. 50 students (grade 7) of Sacred heart school, Vashi, and later 47 Students (grade 7) of Euro School, Airoli participated in the walk. The walk was led by Mr. Isaac Kehimkar and Preeti Dalvi.
A free lake safari at Kaikondrahalli Lake as a part of the 'Kere Habba Lake Festival' was conducted. The walk was attended by more than 30 participants. We started at 7.30 am in the morning and ended at 9.30 am. The walk was led by Mr. Madhusudhan Shukla. The walk was interesting, and participants could learn about the flora and fauna.
A mangrove walk for students sponsored by KPMG corporate was conducted. There were 37 participants including students and corporates employees. We spotted around 35 bird species, 8 butterfly species, spiders, garden lizard and insects. The butterfly spotting comprised of the Blue Tiger, Plain Tiger, Common Crow, Rounded Pierrot, Salmon Arab, Wanderer, Bluebottle and Emigrant. The show stealer were the school of fingerlings and the cast of crabs.
We conducted ‘Mangrove Walk’ at Talawe to show the support to the residents of the NRI complex to save the creek and mangrove which are going to be destroyed under the name of development. The walk was led by Mr. Isaac Kehimkar for 30 enthusiast participants. The walk was sponsored by United Way. Participants enjoyed the walk. Highlights of walk: Mangroves like Grey Mangrove, Sea Holly, Meswak, Mangrove apple, and other trees seen.
The early morning 'Wetland Trail' at Casa Rio Gold, Palava was indeed one full of surprises. The trail started with 5 nature admirers and ended with double the number of people. The unique landscape of Casa Rio Gold garden offers the wildlife lovers a blend of birding, butterfly watching, tree identification and more. The river ecosystem stretching alongside the garden was filled with a lot of bird activity
CELEBRATED WORLD WETLANDS DAY!
We conducted a mangrove trail for 103, grade 5 students of Vishwajyot School, Kharghar. The group was divided into two different batches. The walk was led by Mr. Isaac Kehimkar and Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi and guided by Ms. Shruti Nag and Ms. Preeti Dalvi. This walk was planned to celebrate World Wetland Day which falls on 2nd February.
Royal College of Arts, Science and Commerce invited Mr. Isaac Kehimkar to give a talk on butterflies and butterfly walk.
A group of 30 nature enthusiasts gathered to learn about mangrove ecosystem. The walk was led by Mr. Isaac Kehimkar and Dr. Shubhalaxmi. We saw different mangrove species like, Meswak, Red Mangrove (Rare Species of mangrove), Nipa (Mangrove Palm), and Gray Mangrove (Dominant), Agalocha etc. Besides mangrove we also got to see reptiles, butterflies and insects.
Today we conducted ‘'Nature Walk near Bannerghatta National Park'’ at Taralu Village. The walk was attended by around 30 nature enthusiast. The group was guided by enthusiast guide Mr. Madhusudhan Shukla . We spotted various 50 plus bird species in two hours.
Mr. Isaac Kehimkar talk on the topic "BUTTERFLIES OF MUMBAI" on 14th January 2018 during the 3rd Grand DCP Wildlife, Nature and Travel Exhibition held at Kalabhavan, Thane
Today we conducted “Bird Walk” at Karawe for beginners. The walk was attended by 6 bird enthusiast. The group was guided by Mr. Hardik Patel. We spotted various different species of the birds
On Sunday, 7th January 2018 winter morning, residents of Palava city set out for 'Tree Tour' near the river side promenade at Palava which was led by Mr. Isaac Kehimkar. Participants had a wonderful time getting introduced to the surrounding trees. During the walk, participants learnt to identify different flowering trees, their uses, and fascinating facts about them.
We conducted a free butterfly walk at Jarakbande Kaval Forest. The walk was attended by 13 participants. The walk was lead by Mr. Ashok Sengupta and volunteered by Mr. Sundar Raj. The walk began at 9.00 am and ended at 11.00 am. The participants enjoyed the walk as many found it to be very informative.
We conducted bird walk at Kharghar Hills on 10th December 2017. The walk was attended by 15 enthusiastic bird watchers. The group was guided by Mr. Hardik Patel. We spotted around 15 different species of the birds.
we conducted a nature trail for 35 Mumbai Mobile Creches (MMC) trainees at Green Valley Park, Belapur CBD. The trainees had a great time learning about Insects.
A free 2 hours bird watching programme was organised at the Thurahalli Forest Tree Park in collaboration with the Karnataka Forest Department. 31 participants attended the walk. Mr. Madhusudhan Shukla and Mr. Harish Chandra conducted the trail for us
n enthusiastic group of 7 people participated in the walk. The group was guided by Mr. Madhusudhan Shukla.
We conducted bird watching trail at Thurahalli Forest tree park in collaboration with the Karnataka Forest Department.More Than 45 People participated, in the trail. The group was divided into two; the first group was led by Ms. Deepa Mohan and the second group was led by Mr. Ulhas Anand.
we conducted marine biodiversity walk at Girgaon Chowpatty with 10 marine enthusiasts.Marine walk was amazing at every step that we took with all the fascinating animals to which it is home. The group was guided by Mr. Pradip Patade and Vighnesh Samel.
We conducted workshop on terrarium making on 19th November, 2017. 11 creative Participants participated in our terrarium making three hour workshop. During the workshop the participants learnt about basics of terrarium making using mosses, algae, few nursery plants, roadside stones and a dried drift wood. The workshop was conducted by our enthusiast expert Mr. Madhusudan Shukla, This was done through hands on demonstrations. Glass container carried along with participants.
We kick off our six month long engagement of conducting fortnightly walks for residents of Palava City. We are happy to be part of the Go Green initiative by Lodha Group. Today being the first walk, the residents are yet to warm up to the idea of nature walk so people turned up in small numbers but they were enthusiastic lot. The walk began at 8.30 am and ended by 10.30am, walk was led by Dr. Shubhalaxmi. The walk was conducted along the river side promenade created for morning walk which had a combination of ornamental as well as native vegetation.
we celebrated Dr. Salim Ali's Birthday by conducting a birdwatching programme at Thurahalli Forest Tree Park. The free walk which is supported by Karnataka Forest Dept received participant from 70 participants. The group was led by Madhusudhan Shukla and Subramanyan Ramanathan. They were assisted by Rajlaxmi. The highlight of the two hour walk is Copper Smith barbet, Ashy Drango, Bronzed Drango, Chestnut headed Bee eater, Ashy prinia, Black headed cuckoo etc.
We conducted “Bird Walk” at Talawe, in memory of Dr. Salim Ali. The walk was attended by 43 enthusiastic bird watchers. The group was guided by Kevin Paul who is not just a good birder but is an excellent orator. We spotted around 28 different species of the birds like Painted stork, River Terns, Reef Egret. Red Vented Bulbul, Ashi Prinia, House crows, Warblers, Black Headed Munia, Cormorant etc.
iNaturewatch Foundation conducted its first nature walk at Muthuraynabetta, Bangalore on 29 October 2017. The two hour trail was attended by a group of 16 enthusiastic nature lovers. The walk started at 8am and ended by 10am. The walk was led by Mr. Madhusudan Shukla.
We participated in the three day World Tourism Day Exhibition organized by MTDC at Urban Haat, CBD Belapur from 23-25 October 2017. A stall was put up to conduct the butterfly awareness programme which included different activities like butterfly tourism, demonstration of butterfly life history, butterfly garden tour, butterfly tattoo etc.
A Butterfly walk was conducted at Urban Haat, CBD Belapur on 15 October 2017 from 9am to 11am. Inspite of the cloudy weather 50 enthusiastic butterfly lovers had joined us for the walk. We were able to spotted 12 different butterfly species which included, Common Grass Yellow, Palm Fly, Common Mormon, Yellow Orange Tip, Chestnut Bob, Common Emigrant, Conjoined Swift, Evening Brown, Red Pierrot, Psyche, Common Crow, Common Wanderer.
iNaturewatch Foundation conducted a free butterfly walk on 1 October 2017 at Turahalli Tree Park. The walk was attended by 75 participants though 100 were registered. The walk leaders were Mr. Isaac Kehimkar, Mr. Madhusudan Shukla, Ms. Deepa Mohan and Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi. The weather was cloudy therefore not many butterflies were seen, however caterpillars of various butterflies and moths were seen. Most of them were first timers for Turahalli. The highlight of the walk were caterpillars of Crimson Rose, Emigrant and Angled Castor. The participants enjoyed the walk as many found it to be very informative and there is demand for more such walks.
Our Wildflower walk received an immense response and 40 people were all set for the trail in the early morning at Kharghar Valley. The group split into two and was led Mr. Isaac Kehimkar and Dr. Shubhalaxmi. The walk was focused on the study of the wildflowers. We are able to site around 20 species of wildflowers including Morning Glory, Purple Mellow, Leea, Sopobia etc.
On the ocassion of World Honey Bee Day, we planned to honor the insect responsible for more than 1/3rd of the food we eat. We celebrated the day with 42 bee enthusiasts including school students and employees of KPMG. The workshop began with briefing of the participants on importance pollinators. A nature trail and AV presentation was followed with a DIY bee house making session. The highlight of the workshop was Mr. Jacob Johnson's bee keeping session. In this session he not only showed how bee keeping is done but also brought honey samples for tasting.