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Green Birthday: Plant a Wish

What best gift you could give to your child? Allowing a tree to grow as your child grows. Having your child's name tag on a tree that will remind them about the memorable birthday they had. We at iNaturewatch Foundation are offering Green Birthday parties which could be held in green outdoors. Here the birthday child alongwith his/her friends and family members will celebrate the birthday in ecofriendly manner by planting butterfly plants and having fun with nature.

Venue: Urban Haat, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai
Programme Fee: Rs.500/- per head (includes programme materials & butterfly stickers).



Caterpillar Watch

This is a citizen science programme by iNaturewatch Foundation which aims at document ting moth life histories. Monsoon is synonymous with caterpillars.  This is an opportunity for everybody to share photographs of caterpillars from their locality. Here is what we want you to do:
1. When you see a caterpillar, take a close up full body picture both from sides and back. 
2. Take picture of the plant on which you found it, take picture of one leafy branch rather just a single leaf.
3. Post your photos on our Moth Life histories page on Facebook with following details: Date, Location

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What’s your Tree story? (1 - 7 July 2017)

On the occasion of Van Mahotsav, the annual tree-planting festival of India, iNaturewatch is hosting a free online story exchange competition “What’s your tree story?” In India, though Van Mahotsav was started as a crusade with the lofty purpose of saving mother earth, now unfortunately the festival has become more ceremonial and ritualistic.

Usually no care is taken of the planted tree saplings after the festival is over. With an attempt to overcome this concern the event will not only encourage people to closely observe the a life thriving among the leaves but also motivate people to keep an eye out on the trees in their locality. Eventually, actualizing their connect with nature

We are all ears for the stories about a tree or tree-animal interaction that fascinated you the most! Maybe your story is about the tree outside your window that has a secret hiding place for the squirrels or your experience of seeing a Red silk cotton tree in full bloom. Whatever your tree story is, we want to hear it!

Date: 28th May 2017
Time: 7.00- 9.00 am
Duration: 9.00 am 1st july-12.00 am 7th July

What should you do?
1. Register yourself on our website.
2. Observe any plants (trees) in your surrounding area, or in your recent field trip.
3. Tell us in 50-60 words/4-5 lines about the most fascinating plant-animal interaction you observed.
4.  Click a picture of the animal or only the picture of the tree will suffice.
5. Post the picture along with your story in our Facebook event “What’s your tree story?” discussion between 1-7 July, 2017. You can post max 3 entries. The post should have a caption, your name and location of the photograph.
5. Share the story and ask your friends and family to like your story in the event discussion.
7. You may share a story from any of your recent trip/walk etc.

Who wins?

There will be two prizes for:
The story that abides by our guidelines and has
1. Most number of likes by 7th July 2017 midnight wins the competition!
2. Expert’s choice- best story.

WINNERS WILL BE DECLARED ON 14TH JULY 2017!


For Queries: Contact or get in touch through Whatsapp at +91 99870 13144 or write to us at Email us

Note: REGISTRATION FOR THE EVENT IS COMPULSORY

To register for the event click here.

Forest Trail to Green Valley Park (2nd July, 2017)

With onset of monsoon the wildlife springs to life. Mist-covered forests with the gushing of tiny streams that transform into waterfalls and rivers; exhilarated chirping of birds and insects and croaking of frogs create a pleasing symphony. But the vividly colored, disparate wildflowers are the ones that steal the show! On the occassion of Van Mahatsov week, that is celebrated in India from July 1 to 7 iNaturewatch Foundation has organized a forest trail for you to experience this liveliness of a forest and learn your wildlife lessons in tow! With the dwindling number of forests in India is of utmost important that locals are familiar with their surrounding forests and take initiatives to conserve it. So, join us to witness the thriving monsoon flora and fauna before it’s all gone with the rain!

Date: 2nd July 2017
Time: 7.30- 9.30 am

Venue: Green Valley Park
A/, 4, Lane Number 7, Sector 9, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 400614, India
Meeting point: Entrance of Green Valley Park (Location)
How to reach: Board a train to Belapur Railway Station and take an auto to the venue
Our expert: Dr. V Shubhalaxmi and Mr. Isaac Kehimkar

Programme Fee:
Children (up to 5 years): FREE
Children (5-15 years) and Senior citizens: Rs. 150/- per head
Adults: Rs. 250/- per head
(The fees are meant to support the foundation activities and resources person fees.)

For Queries: Contact or get in touch through Whatsapp at +91 99870 13144 or write to us at Email us

Now you can also make online payments using PayU:

Note: REGISTRATION FOR THE EVENT IS COMPULSORY

To register for the event click here.

Munch with Moths (22 July 2017)

In celebration of National Moth Week (22-30 July ) which is a citizen science project held worldwide to document moths, we are conducting a night programme to study moths as well as other bugs. This is a first kind of event ever happening in Navi Mumbai. 

We will use light sheet method to attract night insects; this includes a mercury lamp and white cloth. The light will attract insects from surrounding forest areas and we will get to see and photograph an assortment of insects. This is a completely harmless activity which will open up a new world of macro wildlife if you haven't experienced this before.

Since this is a citizen science project so we will document the moths that come to the light sheet and feed the data back to the master database maintained at www.nationalmothweek.org. So here is your opportunity to become a citizen scientist and enjoy a night out with BUGS.

Group Size: 25
Age Group: 10 and above

Programme Coordinators: Dr. V.Shubhalaxmi (Moth Lady) & Mr. Isaac Kehimkar (Butterfly Man)

Programme Fee: Rs. 1000/- per adult, and Rs. 850/- per child upto 12 years
(Includes moth field guide, dinner, datasheet, e-certificate, prizes).

Programme Details:
Schedule:

6.30 pm

Introduction

9.30 pm

Data collection in groups

7.00 pm

Setting up of light sheet

10.00 pm

Quiz on Bugs

7.30 pm

Presentation on Indian Moths

10.30 pm

Data collection in groups

8.30 pm

Dinner under the stars

11.30 pm

Conclusion and Feedback

9.00 pm

Orientation on insects at light sheet

 

 


Instructions:
1. Register online http://inaturewatch.org/registerforevent.php and make payment by IMPS/PAYU to confirm your seat.
2. Rains could be a spoilsport as moths do not venture out if its going to be raining continuous day and night
3. Participants should be ready to be adventurous as it will be mostly an outdoor programme.
4, Participants to carry rainy gear, torch and mosquito repellent. Fully covered clothes and field shoes are must
QUERIES CALL: 9987013144 or email us at inaturewatch@gmail.com

For Queries: Contact or get in touch through Whatsapp at +91 99870 13144 or write to us at Email us

Now you can also make online payments using PayU:

Note: REGISTRATION FOR THE EVENT IS COMPULSORY

To register for the event click here.

World Mangroves Day Trail, 23rd July

If you've ever spent time by the sea in a tropical place, you surely must have noticed distinctive trees rising from a tangle of murky roots. These are mangroves! Every 26th July is celebrated as Mangroves Day world over. What’s so riveting about mangroves that they get their own special day, you may ask? Well, their uniqueness lies in their remarkable set of adaptations to sea’s salinity by which they act as Mumbai’s coastal security from natural calamities like the tsunamis and hurricanes.

Besides, not only are mangroves home to a massive diversity of wildlife, but in many cases whole communities work and live from the fruit of these forests. But obviously it all sounds unbelievable that a mere group of trees could have such special powers. Therefore, we invite you to take a walk with us along a patch of mangrove forest to see for yourself

Date: 23rd July 2017
Time: 8.00- 10.00 am

Venue: Belapur Mangroves
Gopinath Panda Patil Marg, Sector 15, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 400614

Meeting point: Entry gate(Location)
How to reach: Board a train to Belapur Railway Station and take an auto to Belapur mangroves promenade.
Our expert: Dr. V Shubhalaxmi

Programme Fee:
Children (up to 5 years): FREE
Children (5-15 years) and Senior citizens: ₹150/- per head
Adults: ₹250/- per head
(The fees are meant to support the foundation activities and resources person fees.)

For Queries: Contact or get in touch through Whatsapp at +91 99870 13144 or write to us at Email us

Now you can also make online payments using PayU:

Note: REGISTRATION FOR THE EVENT IS COMPULSORY

To register for the event click here.

Insect Walk at Green Valley Park, 6th August 2017

With monsoon on its full swing it's time to explore the forest and learn about the magical world of insects. It's time to hear the insect orchestra and observe the tiny leaf eating machines well camouflaged in the leaves. Valley Park is the perfect place to observe these mini flying jewels hidden under the lush green leaves and forest floor or flying around in search of food. So, join us to witness the thriving monsoon bugs before it's all gone with the rain!

Date: 6th August 2017
Time: 8.00 am - 10.00 am

Venue: Green Valley Park
A/, 4, Lane Number 7, Sector 9, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 400614, India
Meeting point: Entrance of Green Valley Park
How to reach: Board a train to Belapur Railway Station and take an auto to the venue

Our expert: Dr. V Shubhalaxmi, Entomologist
Programme Fee:
Children (up to 5 years): FREE
Children (5-15 years) and Senior citizens: ₹175/- per head
Adults: ₹275/- per head

 (The fees are meant to support the foundation activities and resources person fees.)

For Queries: Contact or get in touch through Whatsapp at +91 99870 13144 or write to us at Email us

Now you can also make online payments using PayU:

Note: REGISTRATION FOR THE EVENT IS COMPULSORY

To register for the event click here.

Insect Camp at Dangs, 18-20 August 2017

Are you fascinated with beetles and butterflies, and love to listen to the compositions of cicadas and crickets? Then, join us to explore the magical world of insects at the Dangs forest with the Butterfly Man of India Mr. Isaac Kehimkar and Dr V Shubhalaxmi. Dang forest a Western Ghats extension of Gujarat is a dense luxuriant forest having varied habitats like moist mixed deciduous forest, moist teak forest and bamboo brakes. The pristine forest supports a gamut of insect life and monsoon is the right time to explore it. So join us and explore the insects of Western Ghats at Dang

Venue: Dang Forest, Gujarat.
Date: 18-20 August 2017

Group Leaders: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar & Dr. V Shubhalaxmi
Accommodation: Triple sharing with simple vegetarian food

Activities: Insect walk, Presentations, Study of insect on Light trap, Tips on insect photography, Quiz.

Fees: 9000/- per person (inclusive of accommodation, food, travel from Mumbai to Mumbai by tempo traveller)

To register for the event click here.

For Queries: Contact or get in touch through Whatsapp at +91 99870 13144 or write to us at Email us



Online Course launching on 1st September, 2017

Learn about bugs, birds and gardening for wildlife virtually! Learn real facts, enjoy experiential learning, get outdoors on your self-guided field trips and get mentored online! Admissions for third batch of 'Birds for Beginners' and 'Bugs for Beginners' are now open. Also the fourth batch of online course on 'Kitchen Gardening' will also commence. Sign up for any of the above courses and see the difference it makes to your surroundings and your life. Hurry up. Register Now.



Naturalist Training Programme

(Module I: 26-27th August 2017, Module II: 2-3rd September 2017)

It's a two weekend programme aimed at creating urban naturalists for nature education. If you are a nature lover and wish to become a nature guide, then this training will help you in achieving your goal. A science background is not needed all you need is passion for teaching. It will provide necessary skills and knowledge required in becoming a naturalist.

Date:
Module I: 26-27th August 2017  
Module II: 2-3rd September 2017      
            
Time:
9.00am - 4.30 pm every day
                  
Venue:
Urban Haat, CBD Belapur

How to reach: Board a train to Kharghar Railway Station and walk till the venue.

For more details about the event click here
For Queries: Contact or get in touch through Whatsapp at +91 99870 13144 or Email us

Note: REGISTRATION FOR THE EVENT IS COMPULSORY

To register for the event click here.


Wildflowers Walk at Kharghar Valley, 10th September 2017

It’s just the right time of the year to explore the forest for the vividly colored, disparate wildflowers.  Kharghar Valley Golf Course Driving Range in Navi Mumbai is one of the best places to photograph and admire the beauty of the wildflowers. So, join us to admire and learn about the wildflowers with Mr. Isaac Kehimkar the authors of Common Indian Wildflowers book.

Date: 10th September 2017
Time: 7.30- 9.30 am

Venue: Kharghar Valley Golf Course Driving Range, Navi Mumbai.
Meeting point: Kharghar Valley Golf Course Driving Range Opp. Convent of Jesus and Mary School and Junior College. (Location)
How to reach: Board a train to Kharghar Railway Station and take an auto to the venue. Or Take a train to Kharghar Railway Station and take a bus to Navjeevan Hospital and then walk towards Convent of Jesus and Mary School and Junior College

Our expert: Mr Isaac Kehimkar

Programme Fee:
Children (up to 5 years): FREE
Children (5-15 years) and Senior citizens: ₹175/- per head
Adults: ₹275/- per head
(The fees are meant to support the foundation activities and resources person fees.)

For Queries: Contact or get in touch through Whatsapp at +91 99870 13144 or Email us

Note: REGISTRATION FOR THE EVENT IS COMPULSORY

To register for the event click here.


Alluring Amboli, 22-24 September 2017

Snuggling coyly, in the southern ranges of the Sahyadri hills, Amboli is surrounded by dense forests. It not only offers pleasant view of the lush hills and fertile plain, but it is also home to myriad form of life. It is part of the Western Ghats a biodiversity hotspot. Teeming with life it is a perfect place to study wildflowers, insects, amphibians and reptiles. So join us to unravel the mysterious life forms of Amboli with Mr. Isaac Kehimkar.

Date: 22-24 September 2017
Venue: Amboli
Meeting point: Sawantwadi railway station on 22 September 2017

Group Leader: Mr Isaac Kehimkar, Natural History Expert with specialization in Butterflies, Wildlife photographer and Author of Book of Indian Butterflies, Common Indian Wild Flowers, Moths and Insects.

Accommodation: Triple sharing, simple vegetarian food

Activities: Walks, Presentations, Study of insect on Light trap, Tips on macro photography, Quiz.

Fees: 7500/- per person (inclusive of accommodation, food, travel from Sawantwadi to Sawantwadi)

For Queries: Contact or get in touch through Whatsapp at +91 99870 13144 or Email us

Note: REGISTRATION FOR THE EVENT IS COMPULSORY

To register for the event click here.

Macro Wildlife Photography Workshop, 1 October 2017

Wildlife photography has become a popular hobby among the nature lovers. And the thirst for capturing the mini jewels in the lens is increasing day by day. Hence iNaturewatch Foundation has organized a unique macro wildlife photography workshop which will not only teach the techniques of capturing the mini wildlife in your lens but will also help you learn the ways to approach them. So join us and learn the tips and tricks of macro photography with Mr. Isaac Kehimkar.

Date: 1st October 2017
Time: 8.30 am - 12.30 pm

Venue: Urban Haat, CBD Bellapur.
Meeting point: Belapur (Location)
How to reach: Board a train to CBD Belapur Railway Station and walk till the venue.

Our expert: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar, Wildlife Photographer

Programme Fee: ₹ 900/- per person (inclusive of tea and snacks)
(The fees are meant to support the foundation activities and resources person fees.)

For Queries: Contact or get in touch through Whatsapp at +91 99870 13144 or Email us

Note: REGISTRATION FOR THE EVENT IS COMPULSORY

To register for the event click here.


iNaturewatch Foundation inaugurated its very own office on 1st May 2017 at Kharghar itself.We are also honored to have our new Director Mr.Isaac Kehimkar, join us from 1st June 2017

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