December Eco-days: 5th December, World Soil Day
Do you have a green zone that you have been nurturing for years and safeguarding it against all odds Or
You have a home garden that is chirping with birds, buzzing with bees and fluttering with butterflies Or
There exists a green zone around your school/college/office campus which is home to good number of wildlife?
In any case would you like get it recognized so that it gains some status which makes your efforts known in the neighborhood ?
To address this need, the iNaturewatch Foundation (INWF) announces first of its kind program- Urban Wildlife Habitats Recognition Programme where individuals, institutions and companies could get their wildlife habitats recognized under this programme. This is our endeavor to recognize as well promote efforts of such green guardians who provide food, water, shelter and breeding grounds for urban biodiversity. Sign up today and get your site recognized!
Anybody who has maintained a wild area on their own land could sign up for the programme and fill up the details required in the application form. Our representative will visit the site to verify the facts. The application will be then forwarded to our panel that will validate the findings and provide ratings. In a month’s time, the ratings will be provided with a certificate to the applicant and a signage could be also developed which could be installed at the site.
We have eminent wildlife specialists who will be our panelists
Dr. Asad Rahmani, Dr. P.A Azeez, Mr. Isaac Kehimkar, Dr. Ramesh Krishnamurthy, Dr. M.Shah Hussain. Click here for profile of experts.
We are happy to announce the successful recognition of first ‘Urban Wildlife Habitat' at Bangalore of Madhusudhan Shukla as Great Wildlife Habitat. Thanks to our experts Dr. Ramesh Krishnamoorthy and Mr. Isaac Kehimkar who certified this habitat.
The habitat was recognized as an ‘Great wildlife Habitat”. It is located precisely in South Bengaluru and is very close to Turahalli Reserve Forest. The garden is all around the houses. The total garden area is approximately 2400 sq feet. The vacant plots have wild and thick under growth of Lantana , Parthenium, Castor and other shrubs. Pongam is the main avenue tree in the area. Animals and insects are found in plenty are in plenty.
(i) Food : All living need to eat to survive, so food sources are critical component of wildlife habitat. You habitat needs three of the following types of plants or supplemental feeders.
(ii) Water : Wildlife needs clean drinking water to survive. Birds need to bath in order to keep their feathers in good working condition, while other species including some amphibians, insects and other wildlife actually live in water. Your habitat needs one of the following sources to provide clean water for wildlife to drink and bathe:
(iii) Shelter : Wildlife needs place to find shelter from extremes of weather from heavy rain and searing summer. Many species need places to hide from predators, and inclement weather. Native vegetation is perfect cover for terrestrial wildlife. Shrubs, thickets and brush piles provide great hiding places within their bushy leaves and thorns.
Wildlife need at least two places to find shelter from the weather and predators.
(iii) Breeding Grounds : Creating a wildlife garden or landscape is all about helping wildlife survive. Providing food, water and cover will help individual animals, but to ensure that species as a whole continue to survive in your area, they need to reproduce. In addition, some species such as amphibians or butterflies have totally different habitat need in their juvenile phase than they use as adults, so it’s important to offer habitat in all phases of the lifecycle.
You need at least two places for wildlife to engage in courtship behavior, mate, and then bear and raise their young:
(iv) Green practices : Managing your garden along with a small part of wildlife is a big task. You have to create a garden which is sustainable, environmentally friendly and also ensure that native wildlife should stay clean and healthy. Besides you should also create awareness in the neighborhood so that more and more people adopt your work.
You should be doing two things to help manage your habitat in a sustainable way.
Based on the qualifying parameters following ratings are provided:
1) 91-100 points: Superb Wildlife Habitat
2) 71-90 points: Great Wildlife Habitat
3) 51-70 points: Good Wildlife Habitat
4) 31-50 points: Developing Wildlife Habitat
5) 1-30 points: Potential Habitat
CHECK OUT OUR PLANS
Depending on the features, you could choose any of the following plans for your habitat
• Herb Plan : Rs. 5000/- per site. (includes habitat assessment by our expert panel, certificate).
• Shrub Plan : Rs. 7500/- per site (includes all above and guidelines on habitat upgradation)
• Tree Plan : Rs. 10,000/- per site (includes all the above and species checklist)
For signage Rs. 1500/- will be charged extra (including shipping)