Wader watch at Sagar Vihar, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
Date: Saturday, 29th Feb, 2020. Time: 6:45 am to 9:45 am
Meeting Point: Auto stand outside Vashi station, near Bus depot.
Level of difficulty: Easy
Walking Distance: About 2-3 Kms in total
Fees: 250 INR (Registration box below)
About the event:
Sagar Vihar is a hidden gem on the Western shore of Thane Creek. It offers a panoramic view of Thane Creek. There used to be a small port here where hovercrafts used to run. Sagar Vihar Garden Attracts common urban birds. The creek that adjoins the garden is also used by waders such as plovers, curlews and flamingos.
This is the best season for observing migratory birds such as flamingos. The trail will be focused on the biodiversity of the area.
The trail is open for all age groups. Children below the age of 12 yrs should be accompanied by at-least one of the parents.
Please note: Transport from station to wetland and back is not included in the trail charges. Also, please reach meeting point on time as, tide and time doesn’t wait for anyone 🙂
Things to carry:
- Water (2 liters minimum)
- Camera and binocular (optional)
- Wind-cheater and/or umbrella
- Wear fully covered and comfortable clothes and shoes functional to walk on non-concrete trai
Ghumr has partnered with Oikoessence to conduct Nature Trails in and around Mumbai city. The trails are conducted on weekends and led by two experts in biodiversity, Dr Shreya and Gauri. We take pride in discovering trails which are relatively unexplored such as Godrej Mangroves or Vasai fort. Hence, they provide an unique experience to our participants and at the same time help in raising awareness amongst citizens about the natural and man-made heritage that surrounds them. Once we plan our next event, we will post it on this page.
Past Events and Testimonials (click on links):
- Nature Walk at Godrej Mangroves, Vikhroli
- Exploring flora of ‘The Other Hanging Gardens of Mumbai’ at Baptista Garden, Mazgaon docks
- History and nature trail at Vasai fort
- History and nature trail at Sion fort
- Bird Watching with kids
- Nature and Heritage Trail at Elephanta Island
- Nature Walk at Botanical Gardens of Byculla Zoo
- Nature Walk at Ovalekar Wadi Thane
- Nature Walk at Aarey Forest Butterfly Garden
- Bird watching at Talawe Wetlands, NRI Colony Navi Mumbai
- Wader Watch at Sagar Vihar, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
About the leaders:
Two naturalists – Dr. Shreya and Gauri will be leading the walk. Both of them have been conducting such programs for more than eight years. This event is conducted through their joint venture – OikoEssence which is focused on creating awareness about environment around us.
Dr. Shreya is a true nature enthusiast. She has completed her Ph.D in ethanobotany and working in the field of environmental awareness for the last 13 years. She believes that change is slow process but a strong step for better environment and education will certainly bring the change in lifestyles for adapting environmental friendliness.
Gauri is a botanist and naturalist based out of Mumbai. Having worked at World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF India), Gauri has expertise in bio-diversity (birds and plants species) and has extensive field experience in organizing nature camps. She is one of our popular writers. You can read about her nature camps here.
Oikoessence Overnight Tours
Oikoessence also organizes overnight eco-tours focused on environment/nature. Their complete schedule for upcoming tours are here