On 27th March 2019, a free nature trail was conducted for the 58 students of Vishwajyot School, Kharghar which was sponsored by United Way Mumbai and led by Mr. Issac Kehimkar and Ms. Preeti Dalvi. The students had a great experience learning and knowing more about nature and enjoyed the trail.
On 20 March 2019, we conducted free mangrove walk for 17 students of SIES College, Nerul at Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre, Airoli. The walk was sponsored by United Way Mumbai and conducted by Preeti Dalvi. Students had a great time with us.
A creek watch for conducted for 14 enthusiast participants. The walk was led by Dr V. Shubhalaxmi and Isaac Kehimkar. The walk was not only focused on the migratory birds but also on surrounding mangroves. There were lots of bird activities in the creek. We saw different types of migratory and local birds like Flamingos, Pied Avocets, Spoonbills, Cormorants, Gulls, Ibis, Western Reef Heron, Black Winged Stilts, Painted Storks and so many other birds. All over the participants enjoyed the walk and found it informative.
We conducted a guided boat ride for a private group of 19 participants. The boat ride and Mangrove Walk was led by Ms. Preeti Dalvi. Different bird species like Pied Avocet, Terns, Sea Gulls, Dowitchers, Black Winged Stilts and of course thousands of Greater and Lesser Flamingos. Kids enjoyed the boating. After boating we went for the mangrove walk there we saw different types of mangroves and some of them were flowering. The programme ended with the visit to Interpretation center and short film, screening.
We conducted a boat ride for 4th batch of K.G. students and teachers of Ascend International School, BKC. The children had a great time watching flamingos and a lot of questions. After the ride, we went for 'Interpretation Centre' visit and screening of a short film. you.
As part of the World Wetlands Day, today we conducted a creek walk when we had good sightings of f birds, flowers and mangroves. We saw different types of Mangroves like red mangrove, grey mangrove, Meswak, Mangrove Beanstalk and lot more. A good number of birds were seen like curlew, green shank, bar-tailed godwit, pied avocet, black-wing stilt, purple heron, whimbrel, open bill stork, spoonbill, black-headed ibis and common sandpiper. Participants were from Navi Mumbai as well as Mumbai.
We conducted Mangrove trail for 52 students of IES School, Bhandup for 8th standard students of both marathi and english medium. We had mangrove trail along the mangrove patch of the centre and also visited mangrove interpretation centre. The programme was sponsored by United way, Mumbai and conducted by Preeti Dalvi, Wilma Dcunha, Ashwini Pawar and Pooja Talekar. Students had a great time with us and enjoyed the mangrove trail.
We conducted mangrove awareness session for 55 students of Swami Vivekananda Jr. College, Koperkhairane. The talk was sponsored by United Way Mumbai and was conducted by Dr. V. Shubhalaxmi. All together students enjoyed the session with positive feedback.
We conducted mangrove awareness session for 98 students of MKES School, Kandivali. The talk was sponsored by United Way Mumbai and was conducted by Wilma D'Cunha. All the 7th standard students enjoyed the session with positive feedback.
We conducted a boat ride for 84 K.G. students and teachers of Ascend International School in batches. Children had a great time watching flamingos with lots of questions. After the ride, we went for 'Interpretation Centre' visit and a short film.
We conducted free mangrove walk for the students of SIES College, Sion at Talawe Wetland, Seawoods. The walk was sponsored by United Way Mumbai. The walk was conducted by Ms. Preeti Dalvi and Ms. Wilma D'cunha. All the 21 participants enjoyed the mangrove walk and had a great learning experience.
Dr. Shubhalaxmi was awarded for Excellence in Entomology and Isaac Kehimkar for Excellence in Lepidoptera Research.
Dr. Shubhalaxmi and Isaac Kehimkar were invited to deliver talks at the Refresher Course organised by MHRD, Pune and KHTM college, Nasik. Around 50 college faculties from various part of the country were undergoing 28-day professional development training programme. The topics covered during the full day event were; Diversity of Indian Butterflies and Moths & Applied Lepidoptera (Development of Butterfly Gardens and Parks)
We conducted kitchen gardening workshop for 10 participants. The workshop began with a presentation followed by a practical demo of composting and potting of sapling.
We conducted a flamingo boat ride for a private group of 3 people. The event was conducted by Preeti Dalvi. This activity was packaged with a visit to the mangrove interpretation center followed by a mangrove walk and finally an exciting boat ride to see flamingos. We saw thousands of flamingos along with other migratory birds.
Early morning all the 14 participants were set for the bird watching behind Kharghar Railway Station with Yogesh Chavan. The walk was full of bird activity. Within two hours of the trail, we spotted around 42 different bird species including grassland birds and water birds.
We conducted our second free bird walk at Nizampet Lake, Hyderabad. The lake is also called as Ramunikunta Lake. The walk was attended by 12 enthusiast participants including children. The walk was lead by Mr. Prasad who is an avid birder as well as a keen wildlife photographer. PC: Y.S.R.K. Prasad
On Saturday afternoon we started our unique camp at Prani Sanctuary near Bengaluru. All the 14 enthusiast participants including kids and adults started the Prani Sanctuary tour along with the Madhusudhan Shukla. This was followed by a wildlife quiz and night walk. We also celebrated the birthday of a participant, which was the fun part of the camp. In the morning we had a morning trail when animal footprint cast were taken along with several other activities. Overall participants enjoyed the camp and found it very informative. The camp concluded on Sunday afternoon with the beautiful group photograph.
We conducted ‘Birdwalk’’ at Bhandup Pumping station; one of the famous birding spots around Mumbai. Our 24 participants enjoyed the walk along with the Dr. Ketki Marthak and her bird stories. Participants learnt new things about birds and their habitat. While returning from the trail some enthusiast participants started spotting the birds and identifying themselves.
A nature trail to conduct a Butterfly Count was conducted along newly developed pathway around the Jarakbande Kaval tree park. The group saw tiger butterflies seeking alkaloids from damaged rattlepod plants. The group got to witness egg laying by emigrants and saw caterpillar of gull butterfly on caper plants. The trail was followed by a butterfly count conducted in groups inside the butterfly habitat of the tree park.
A group of 15 ventured on a hidden trail around the foothills of the Karnala forest. The beauty of this trail was that it was a canopied trail as most of the trail was shaded with trees and bushes and the group had the 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 the dense forest trails. The group was thoroughly mesmerised with the forest bathing exercise they experienced.
A group of 31 students accompanied by their enthuisastic teachers joined us on a flowery trail at Kharghar Valley. Young as well as older students got enchanted with the plant and animal life they saw along the route. Dr. Shubhalaxmi and Isaac Kehimkar conducted the two hour walk.
On 30 September 2018, iNaturewatch Foundation conducted nature trail for students sponsored by the Udaan India Foundation. The trail was conducted by Preeti Dalvi and Wilma DCunha. Students learned about the mangroves and their importance for our well-being.
A group of 15 nature enthusiasts from different 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. The group learnt about the association of flower colour, size and shape with that of their pollinators.
We conducted a butterfly walk at Jarakbande Kaval Forest Park for 11 participants. The walk was lead by Mr. Madhusudhan Shukla. The walk began at 8.00 am and concluded at 10.00 am. The participants enjoyed the walk as many found it to be very informative.
We conducted a nature trail for the college students sponsored by KPMG. Around 48 participants were present during the trail including students and the volunteers. The trail was conducted by Dr. Ketki Marthak and Ms. Preeti Dalvi.
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.
We conducted a nature trail for 25 nature lovers at aarey colony. The trail started with a brief about iNaturewatch Foundation and Aarey followed by an observation game. Further, the participants explored the area and learned about the flora and fauna of the place.
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!