Our volunteer tribe for Kharghar Valley is steadily growing. This time 11 volunteers were a part of the contour buidling to build three large checkdams along the slopes of Kharghar Valley. We managed to build 7 contour bunds and one stream checkdam in Kharghar Valley.
A group of seven volunteers teamed up to build contour bunds along the slopes of Kharghar Valley. The activity involved identifying spots, digging trenches, collecting stones and building the bunds. group identified spots for building the bunds. They then collected stones, dug trenches and laid out the stones. These bunds will help in trapping soil, water and wild seeds to build a mini ecosystem of their own.
A clean up drive was conducted at Bhandup Pumping for STARBUCKS employees.The activity started with an introduction and nature trail to get the employees closer to the environment. The clean up drive was conducted by two groups and the waste collected was segregated into recyclable and non recyclable waste. In all, 165 kgs of trash was collected. Despite the heat all volunteers did a good job and enjoyed the trail and found the entire experience informative and different from their regular routine was a first for them too .
International Biological Diversity Day was celebrated by conducting a pre-monsoon biodiversity survey at Kharghar Valley. Four volunteers were a part of this early morning survey. In two hours, 25 species of birds (78 individuals), 26 species of plants (100 individuals), 4 species of insects (50 individuals) and 2 species of lizards (8 individuals) were recorded. The most common bird was Indian Robin while most abundant was Jungle Quail which had more than 10 birds in a flock. The less common was Red Whiskered Bulbul. Most common as well as abundant plant was Kala Umbar ( Ficus hispida) and less common plant was Fire Bush. Among insects Antlions pits were most common and abundant i.e. 48. We plan to conduct such surveys periodically with help of volunteers.
A group of six enthusiastic volunteers came together and made seed balls of the seeds collected two weeks back from Kharghar Valley. The seed balls were prepared in the soil mdeium by mixing it with manure and then dusting it with cocopeat, after which they were kept in the sun to dry. The volunteers made 600 seed balls in a span of 3 hours.The seed balls will be grown into young saplings during rains and replant them this year or next year at the Kharghar Valley site.
As a pert of the ecological restoration of Kahrghar Valley initiative, a seed collection drive was conducted at Kharghar valley on 5th May 2019. 4 enthusiastic volunteers were a part of this drive which was led by Dr. v. Shubhalaxmi and Mr. Isaac Kehimkar. Along the 700 m trail dry fruits of 12 species, mainly of herbs, shrubs and trees was collected. The next step will be remove seeds from the fruits and prepare seed balls and then plant them in a sapling bag.
A clean up drive involving the cleaning up of debris from the dry NIzampet Lake bed in Hyderabad was conducted for a group of 27 employee volunteers from Oracle Hyderabad. Before the clean up a nature trail was conducted around the dry lake where we had planted over 5000 butterfly, bird, bee and bat attracting plants. They collected 40 bags which will be disposed with the local municipal corporation. Later the group also helped in adding soil and manure to the existing plants.
Clean up drive was conducted at Chittlapakkam lake, Chennai for 21 employee volunteers from Oracle and local community members . A brief introduction about the Chittalapakkam Lake and its importance and current issues in the water body was given before the clean up. A bird watching session was also conducted. In total 35 bags ( 21 of non-biodegradable & 14 recyclable) of waste was collected. The collected waste sent for disposal at local municipal corporation centre. The event was organized with help of our local partner Indo-American Wildlife Society which is headed by Dr. Chelliah. At the end of the event, everybody enjoyed a healthy brunch in an ecofriendly way.
30 enthusiastic employees from Oracle celebrated Earthday Day by cleaning up Kharghar hills and Kharghar driving range road. The programme started with a nature trail celebrating the theme of Earthday- Protect the species. Thereafter the teams go into dirtying their hands in collecting segregated waste.Altogether they collected 147.7 kg(108 mixed waste, 5.7 kg. plastic, 23 kg.glass). The waste was disposed in nearby public garbage dustbin. The segregated waste were given to ragpicker. The event concluded with a sumptuous lunch served in eco friendly plates. Indeed a satisfying sunny day that was well spent.
A group of 25 volunteers from Oracle-Pune gathered at Pashan Lake for a clean up drive. The group was led by Mr. Arvind Patole. They met at 8 am and after brief introduction, a nature trail along the northern side of the lake was conducted. The volunteers learnt about water birds, their behaviour and so on. The team felt that the walk through the thick canopy completely refreshed them and that nature trails just like music releases all the tension of the hectic day to day work schedule. After returning from the trail we freshen up and then started the cleaning event.The team was very excited and this excitement remained throughout the event, They enjoyed the event and had smile on their face when cleaning the area of plastics and other wastes. The segregated waste was collected by municipal corporation.
A group 30 enthusiastic volunteers from Oracle-Bangalore teamed up with Bangalore Forest Dept. to clean up the trash accumulated due to religious celebrations of Ramnavi inside the Bannerghata National Park. It was a hot sunny day which didn't the spirit young volunteers who believed in doing something good for the forest and its wildlife. The team's spirit to clean up the mess, pilgrims and picnickers, left behind was taken up as a challenge. It started with a nature walk. The walk sensitized the participants about the scrub forest biodiversity. It was followed by the cleaning up of the litter in the three kilometer stretch. Plastics and liquor bottles were abundant. It was an opportunity for the participants to understand the challenges of conservation.