Sunday, February 14, 2010

Bhigwan bird watching trip

Here are some photos from our trip to bhigwan. The main attraction among the migratory birds were of course Flamingos without a doubt. But we also sighted some other birds.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Jividha Study Circle

While conducting the course on biodiversity since the last 3 years we observed that there is need for providing this information on a regular basis all
round the year. With this view in mind we have started a Jividha Study Circle, which would be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month.
The activities of the study circle would involve lectures/presentations from experts on specific topics related to environment and biodiversity,
screening of documentaries and films on environmental issues and nature and wildlife, and a study tour once every month.
Anybosy who is interested in knowing more about our nature can be a member of this study circle
Annual Membership Fee : Rs 200/- per person (Does not include the cost for the study tours)

Jividha's Certificate course in Biodiversity

This is a 2 month course, "Friendship with Nature", conducted once a year generally from October to December. This course mainly concentrates on the
biodiversity in nature. The first part of this course involves understanding evolution of different species, India's geographical diversity and its
role in the biodiversity and the techniques and science of studying nature and wildlife. The second part includes study of Botany, Zoology, knowing
about the flora and fauna, study of mammals, reptiles, insects, flowers etc. The third part will concentrate on the the threats posed to the biodiversity,
role of the forest department, techniques of reviving the nature, conservation and protection of wildlife etc. The whole course runs on an introspective
platform i.e In what way can I contribute? is the central question and all the problems are approached from this perpspective.
The course involves a number of field trips and study tours accompanied by lectures and guidance from experts in the field of environment.
The qualification for this course is love of nature.
The fees for the course :Rs 3500/-

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Upcoming tours from Jividha

1. Nature and Bird watching tour to Bhigwan and Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
Date:Sunday, 7th February 2010

What you can enjoy on the tour:

The wetland in Bhigwan village is home to a host of migratory birds coming from all parts of the globe, including South America, Canada, Siberia and Eastern Europe. This wetland is a part of the backwaters of the Ujani dam built on the river Bhima. This place, a paradise for bird watchers, attracts a large number of migratory waterfowl every winter. The wetland, covering an area of nearly 180 sq km, is being proposed as a bird sanctuary.
Located in Indapur taluk of Pune District, Bhigwan is 120 km from Pune on Solapur road.
Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Baramati tehsil of Pune District.
It spreads over 5 sq km of dry deciduous scrub forest with interspersed grasslands. Chinkara, hyena, wolf and Indian fox are the common species found here.

The best time to visit is August to mid February.
Experts members from Jividhawill be providing all information about the migratory birds and flora and fauna in Mayureshwar

Tour Fees: Rs 550/- per head
The fees include
Travel charges, breakfast and lunch
The fees does not include
Boat ride (as actual)
For details and registration contact:
Mr Rajiv Pandit : 9421019313;

2. Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary (5 day camp)
Date: 15th to 20th April 2010

About Nagzira:
Location: Tirora Range Of Bhandara Forest Division,
Coverage Area: 152.810-sq-km
Best Time To Visit: April To May

Nagzira Wildlife sanctuary lies in Tirora Range of Bhandara Forest Division, in Bhandara district of Vidarbha region. The sanctuary is enclosed in the arms of the nature and adorned with exquisite landscape. The sanctuary consists of a range of hills with small lakes within its boundary. These lakes not only guarantee a source of water to wildlife throughout the year, but also greatly heighten the beauty of the landscape.

Flora :

The land vegetation of this sanctuary has diverse type of vegetation ranging from dry mixed forests to moist forest. The forest type is Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Forests. The numerous lakes in the sanctuary make it important in agricultural point of view. Some of the lakes are Nagzira Lake, Chorkhamara Lake, Bodalkasa Lake, Rengepar Lake, Murpar Lake, Lendezari Lake, Malutola Lake, Thadezari Lake, Balapur Lake, Badbadya Lake, etc. These lakes area also important for the fishing purposes. The flora includes major tree species, small trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses and a few under-shrubs. Major trees are Ain, Dhavda, Bija, Garari, Tinsa, Tendu and Surya. Teak grows sparsely while Bamboos grow plentifully.

Fauna :

The forests provide ideal conditions of harborage to a variety of birds and animals. The animals commonly spotted are Tigers, Panthers, Leopards, Bison's, Sloth Bears, Sambar, Four-Headed Antelope, Blue Bull, Chital, Barking Deers, Mouse Deers, Civet Cats, Jackals, Jungle Cats, Spotted Hyena, and Hare. Among the birds that are prominent and commonly seen are Peafowl, the Grey Jungle Fowl and the Red Spur Fowl.
The habitats of sanctuary include 34 species of mammals, 166 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles, 4 species of amphibia, and number of fishes. The invertebrate fauna includes, besides a number of insects and ant species, 49 species of butterflies

Hurry!!!!! Limited Seats

For details and registration contact:
Mr Rajiv Pandit : 9421019313;

Friday, January 29, 2010

A Unique Green Republic Day!!!

In a unique attempt to make school children aware of the importance of planting and conserving trees , Jividha distributed 1000 plants to students of Nav Maharshtra Vidyalaya, Chakan, Pune, on 26th January 2010. The students of the school will be looking after the conservation of these trees, under valuable guidance from members of Jividha. Jividha has set another example by their unique and green way of celebrating India's 60th Republic Day.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jividha Study Circle Event

Event: Lecture on Plants and Engineering
Speaker:Prof. S.D. Mahajan
Date: 20th, Jan 2010, Wednesday
Time: 6:30 PM
Venue: Pandit Agashe School, Law College Road


Friendship with nature camps: A very unique project where students from schools in the rural areas are made aware about the environment. Jividha has been giving guidance to the students and staff of Golden Glade High School, Waranjgaon, in the Nane Maval area since the last 3 years. The students are provided information about their environment, their lifestyle surrounding and habitat through the medium of lectures, slide shows, study tours and visits. The school was also presented with books about nature and environment.

Graamkosh: (database of the village): The school students in Nane Maval were asked to collect information about their village in all areas like the socio economic condition of the village, water, cattle stock, agriculture and farming, the vegetation in and around the village, hygiene and cleanliness conditions in the village. They formed a database of all this information in the children's panchayat. This enabled them to have a better understanding of their own village and kept this information for ready access for further use for themselves or for any other organization who decides to work in the village.

Nature conservation project: 2 schools in Nane Maval and 2 in Pavan Maval came together under this project in an effort to conserve the nature and environment in the village. On an average students from about 5 villages come to each of these 4 schools. Jividha, worked on the environment related issues of all 20 of these villages, operating centrally from these schools. The primary issues dealt under this program were hygiene and deforestation in rural areas. The students also collected seeds of the fruits that they eat during summer months and planted trees. About 2000 trees were planted under this program.

Heritage Maval program: The area around Maval is blessed with historically significant forts, caves and ancient temples. Most of the youth in this area have to quit education for the sake of earning a living. The realization that there is a scope of self employment for such school dropouts, in the business of tourism, led to the birth of this project. Under this program the local youth were educated about the heritage and significance of the sites in their area, and they were provided training for working as a field guide for the treks and study tours conducted in this area, thus providing them a means of earning their bread and butter locally.

School Garden: Students from about 10 primary schools were brought together under this program and they were trained to develop a small garden around their respective schools. The gardens are now looked after and taken care by the students themselves. Also a vermiculture project was started, under which the students collect all organic waste from the village thus contributing in their own way towards keeping their village clean.

All the above projects were provided financial assistance by CASP PLAN

Friday, January 15, 2010

Our Mission

Food, clothing and shelter are the three basic needs ofhuman being. Along with these a clean and healthy environment is also the need for any living being. The passion of working toward the conservation and betterment of our environment was the idea behind formation of Jividha. Jividha means biodiversity. Ever since its birth Jividha has undertaken several projects toward conservation of environment and spreading awareness among the common man about environment. The organization has grown leaps and bounds over the last 3 years, during which it has handled several projects independently, as well as in collaboration with different organizations sharing similar interests and passion. During our journey we have realized that there is lack of awareness among the common man about the various issues and problems related to environment. What is the meaning of conservation of environment? What is meant by biodiversity? We found that the common man does not have knowledge about these concepts or if they do, they are not willing to take efforts of working toward it.

The cheetah, a mention of which we find even now in several articles and write-ups related to the animals seen in the wild, has been extinct from India since 1952.

When asked a simple question like why should we plant trees, the most common reply that we got was that trees bring rains. Nobody was aware of the fact that trees are the only living beings which can create oxygen, and hence planting trees and conserving them is very important as the entire food chain is existing because of them.
There are several examples such as these citing the unawareness among people about our environment. Besides this, we contribute towards the destruction of environment by exhaustion of resources like water and electricity, overuse of plastic, misuse of vehicles etc. Jividha is raising a voice against all of this and creating awareness among the common man about environmental issues. We think that it is our responsibility to make every human being understand the gravity of the situation and contribute in his own way towards conservation of our environment, of our mother earth. With this view in mind Jividha is coming up with a magazine titled JIVIDHA, which will furnish information about subjects like nature, environment, history. It will also discuss about the environmental hazards that are glaring at us today and attempt to provide the solutions to them. The magazine will include articles about experts in various fields related to environment, their experiences, their documentaries and films etc.