Saturday, 21st of January 2017

Nature Trails

Bi-monthly Programme January-February 2017

Vol. 5, Issue 1.

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ONE DAY PROGRAMMES

JANUARY

15th Jan                                Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats

22nd Jan                                Karnala Bird Sanctuary

29th Jan                                Nature Trail at Nagla Forest

FEBRUARY

5th Feb                                  Shilonda Trail - Sanjay Gandhi National Park

12th Feb                                Bat and Bird Trail at Elephanta Island

19th Feb                                Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats

26th Feb                                Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats

NATIONAL CAMPS                                   

2017

February                               Marine Camp at Lakshadweep Batch I

 

March                                  Marine Camp at Lakshadweep Batch II

                                           Wild Assam – Gibbon Sanctuary, Kaziranga, Nameri National Park

April                                    Great Himalayan National Park

May                                     Agumbe Reserve Forest

                                           Corbett National Park and Nainital (Sattal & Pangot)

                                           Tadoba National Park

June                                    Bandhavgarh National Park

 

INTERNATIONAL CAMPS

2017  

March                                     African Safari – Tanzania


One Day Programmes

JANUARY

15th Jan, Sun

Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats

A unique opportunity to view graceful Lesser Flamingos and Greater Flamingos feeding at Sewri mudflats. Learn about these magnificent winter visitors on a trail with BNHS. Sewri is also the place for many migratory birds such as Broad-billed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, and Eurasian Curlew. Charges: Rs. 100/- for members and Rs. 200/- for others. Reporting: Outside Sewri railway station (east) at the railway crossing junction at 8:30 a.m. How to Reach: Sewri railway station is on the harbour line accessible from CST, Andheri, and Navi Mumbai. By road: You can cross the level crossing from the West of Sewri which is close to the station; or you can use the bridge at Wadala or Reay Road to the MbPT road to reach Sewri railway crossing. (Google Map Link: www.goo.gl/l4hvPI)Registration*: On the spot. For details call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811, Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447), Mr. Vithoba Hegde and Mr. Vinod Patil. The programme will conclude by 10:30 a.m. Please carry hat/cap and adequate water.

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22nd Jan, Sun        

Karnala Bird Sanctuary

Take an enjoyable walk through the moist deciduous base forest of Karnala Bird Sanctuary. It is the perfect time to see both resident and migrant birds like Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Black-naped Monarch, Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Small Sunbird, Nilgiri Flowerpecker, Rufous and Heart-spotted Woodpecker, White-bellied, Greater Racket-tailed and Bronzed Drongo, Crested Hawk-eagle, Crested Serpent-eagle, and Gold-fronted Leafbird. We may also meet some local villagers and interact with them to learn about the local conservation issues. Grade: Easy (1 – 2 km undulating walk)Charges: Rs. 800/- for members and Rs. 900/- for others.Reporting: Bus will leave from Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 06:30 a.m., Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 06:50 a.m., and Vashi (Vashi Jn) at 07:10 a.m. Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811, Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Group Leader: Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447) and Mr. Vithoba Hegde

Note: The group should return to Dadar by 1:00 p.m. Please carry hat/cap, adequate water and packed breakfast

www.bnhs.org


29th Jan, Sun

Nature Trail at Nagla Forest

Explore the lesser known forest in Nagla Block of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Situated to the north of Bassein creek, Nagla Block is considered to be a most highly rewarding walk in the Park. It is a treat for nature lovers, as birds like Grey Junglefowl, Indian Grey Hornbill, Rufous Woodpecker, and many more can be seen on the trail. Group leaders: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698) and Mr. Vinod Patil. Grade: Easy Charges: Rs. 800/- for members and Rs. 900/- for others. Reporting: Bus will leave from Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 6.30 a.m., Andheri (near Bisleri factory) at 6:50 a.m., Borivali, Opp. Nation park (Near Omkareshwar temple.) 7.10 a.m.. Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The group should be back at Dadar by 12:30 p.m. Please carry packed breakfast, hat/cap and adequate water.

www.bnhs.org


FEBRUARY

5th Feb, Sun

Shilonda Trail – Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Join BNHS for a morning at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). One can also see myriad small life forms during this time, and large mammals like Spotted Deer and Sambar. The trail leads through fine forest dominated by bamboo. One can see birds like White-browed Bulbul, Purple-rumped Sunbird, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, and Black-rumped Flameback. Grade: Easy (Simple walk for 1.5 km each way, however, the walk from the main gate to the trail is about 15–20 min.) Charges: Rs. 300/- for members and Rs. 400/- for others. (Cost includes forest department charges and BNHS expertise) Reporting: Members to meet inside SGNP, beyond the Ticket Counter under the large map of SGNP at 07:30 a.m. Registration*: On the spot. Call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811 Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please carry adequate water and hat/cap.

Group Leaders:Mr. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698), and Mr. Vinod Patil.

Note: SGNP gate opens at 7:30 a.m., participants will have to buy the entry ticket at the main gate. SGNP is usually crowded on Sunday, hence a long queue is unavoidable. However entry tickets to SGNP can be purchased online. To avoid long queue visit: https://goo.gl/nYO4NB;avoid bringing your own vehicle. Please carry packed breakfast, hat/cap and adequate water. The programme should conclude by 10:30 a.m.

www.bnhs.org


12th Feb, Sun         

Bat and Bird Trail at Elephanta Island

Situated off the south-east shore of the city, Elephanta Island is a good birding location. During this season one can see Brown-headed Gull and Black-headed Gull flying alongside boats to the island. Other birds like the Gull-billed Tern, Lesser and Greater Sand Plover, Indian Grey Hornbill, Common Iora, Spot-billed Duck, Little Grebe, Osprey, and White-bellied Sea Eagle can be spotted here. BNHS also gives you an opportunity to learn more about the only flying mammal on this Island. Explore the caves with an expert in search of bat roosts of the Greater Asiatic Yellow House Bat and Leaf-nose Bat. Grade: Moderate (Initially, 100 steps climb to reach the top, this could be a bit strenuous) Charges: Rs. 600/- for members and Rs. 700/- for others (Charges include boat ticket, entry ticket to Elephanta Island and BNHS expertise). Reporting: Hornbill House, opp. Lion Gate, Colaba at 7:30 a.m. Registration*: Call at Hornbill House 22871202/ 22821811 Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Group leaders:Mr. Vandan Jhaveri (9167472698) and Mr. Vinod Patil     

Note: The group should be back by 1:00 p.m. Please carry packed breakfast, hat/cap and adequate water. The boat journey to reach elephanta island should take 45 min each way.

www.bnhs.org


19th Feb, Sun         

Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats

A unique opportunity to view graceful Lesser Flamingos and Greater Flamingos feeding at Sewri mudflats. Learn about these magnificent winter visitors on a trail with BNHS. Sewri is also the place for many migratory birds such as Broad-billed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, and Eurasian Curlew. Charges: Rs. 100/- for members and Rs. 200/- for others. Reporting: Outside Sewri railway station (east) at the railway crossing junction at 7:00 a.m. How to Reach: Sewri railway station is on the harbour line accessible from CST, Andheri, and Navi Mumbai. By road: You can cross the level crossing from the West of Sewri which is close to the station; or you can use the bridge at Wadala or Reay Road to the MbPT road to reach Sewri railway crossing. (Google Map Link: www.goo.gl/l4hvPI)Registration*: On the spot. For details call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811, Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447), Mr. Vithoba Hegde and Mr. Vinod Patil. The programme will conclude by 9:00 a.m. Please carry hat/cap and adequate water.

www.bnhs.org


26th Feb, Sun         

Flamingo Watch at Sewri Mudflats

Experience the unique opportunity to view graceful Lesser Flamingos and Greater Flamingos feeding at Sewri mudflats. Learn about these magnificent winter visitors on a trail with BNHS. Sewri is also the place for many migratory birds such as Broad-billed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, and Eurasian Curlew.Charges: Rs. 100/- for members and Rs. 200/- for others. Reporting*: Outside Sewri railway station (east) at the railway crossing junction at 7:00 a.m. How to Reach: Sewri railway station is on the harbour line accessible from CST, Andheri, and Navi Mumbai. By road: You can cross the level crossing from Sewri West which is situated close to the station; or you can use the bridge at Wadala or Reay Road to the MbPT road to reach Sewri railway crossing. (Google Map Link: www.goo.gl/l4hvPI) Registration*: On the spot. For details call at Hornbill House 22871202/22821811, Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Group leaders: Mr. Asif Khan (9969798447), Mr. Vithoba Hegde and Mr. Vinod Patil. The programme will conclude by 9:00 a.m. Please carry hat/cap and adequate water.