Events

From March 2020 onwards we have been conducting limited field activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic and instead had conducted virtual talks on birding for students.
Not wanting the pandemic to put roadblocks in our path of conservation and our efforts to create awareness about nature and environment and their preservation, TNV decided to host webinars and invited experts to express their views about the many challenges to our environment and nature, their solutions and the road map to successfully achieve goals!

2019

World Environment Day 2019


TNV, like every year, celebrated the World Environment Day on 5th June 2019 at the Sirpur Lake, an Important Bird Area (IBA), continuing its endeavour to create awareness in the society towards the environment. This year, we had a bird-watching session and made seed-bags which would have saplings growing soon, for the large scale plantation drive which would be done in the weeks to follow. The chief guest Mr Jayantilal Bhandari highlighted the career opportunities in environment conservation in his speech. Mr Ambrish Kela and Swami Atmanand were the guests of honour.




Birding Buddy Workshop


A workshop on "How to be a Birding Buddy" was held on 7th April 2019 at Indore. TNV Indore and Early Bird Bangalore joined together to conduct it. It started post lunch and finished by 6 pm, on that Sunday, at Govindram Seksaria Institute of Management & Research (GSIMR). The workshop was conducted by Ms Garima Bhatia and Ms Abhishekha Krisnagopal from the Early Bird team. 35 interested participants enrolled for it. Resource material like brochures and pamphlets were given out for this interactive workshop. The interaction between the speakers and the participants made it very interesting.




Birds of Indore


The highlight of the year was the book launch function, on 3rd Sept 2019, of the much-awaited Birds of Indore brought out by TNV. The former Minister for Urban Administration Shri Jaivardhan Singh was the chief guest. Shri Yashwant Rao Holkar of Maheshwar presided over the function. Shri Jitendra Singh Raje, IAS, Executive Director, EPCO, Bhopal was the guest of honour. Dr Satish Pande, a leading ornithologist and environmentalist of India and the founder of the ELA Foundation Pune, was the special guest. It was a very well attended function and everybody present appreciated the end result of three years of hard work by our dedicated team.




Annual Environment Lecture VI


TNVs 6th Annual Environment Lecture (AEL VI), on 26 December
2019, was delivered by Dr K S Gopi Sundar, Director SarusScape,
International Crane Foundation and a global authority on cranes and
wetlands. He spoke on “SarusScape: Conserving Water Birds in
Agricultural Areas.” It was a most enriching, informative and
educational talk. The Pritamlal Dua auditorium overflowed and the
audience heard him with rapt attention.




World Wetlands Day


On 2 nd Feb 2019, we celebrated World Wetlands Day at Sirpur Lake.
Smt Smita Bharadwaj, IAS, MD MP Financial Corporation was the
chief guest, Shri Sudhindra Mohan Sharma was the keynote speaker.
The world over, wetlands are under severe threat and TNV has been
a leading torchbearer in the field of the lake conservation movement.





2018

An evening with Dr MK Ranjitsinh


Thi s year, on 20th March, TNV, in partnership with the Foundation of Ecological Security (FES) celebrated the International Sparrow Day with an interesting event. It was an evening with the doyen of wildlife conservationists, Dr MK Ranjitsinh, an IAS officer of the 1961 batch. In conversation with India’s top wildlife expert was Mr Abhilash Khandekar, vice president TNV and a well-known environment journalist. Dr Sinh has had an unparalleled role in India’s wildlife conservation history. He was the prime architect of the Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972 and of the Central government schemes to assist national parks and sanctuaries. Mr Bhalu Mondhe, president TNV welcomed Dr Ranjit Sinh at the outset. The tete-a-tete, held at the Hotel Palash Residency, Bhopal was a full house with nature lovers sitting in rapt attention, taking in every word. The evening wound down the memory lanes of wildlife conservation and conservation issues based on Dr Sinh’s recently published book — A Life with Wildlife.




World Environment Day 2018


World Environment Day Function was celebrated by The Nature Volunteers at the Sirpur Lake Important Bird Area (IBA)on 5 th June 2018. All the nature lovers gathered there were taken for some bird watching along the lake. A photography competition was held and the winners were felicitated.




Wildlife & Environment Film Festival - II 2018


After a successful first year, TNV organised its second Wildlife and Environment film festival, in association with GSIMR, Indore. The three day event was held from 17th May to 19th May, 2018 at the GSIMR Auditorium. The theme of the film fest, this year, was Water. This year TNV initiated an environment award - `Paryavaran Prahari,’ to be awarded to someone doing outstanding work for the environment and nature in the region. This year it was awarded to the environment activist and conservationist Shri Kishore Kodwani, during this event.




International Tiger Day


International Tiger Day On 29th July is the International Tiger Day, observed every year since 2010 when it was first created at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit. This year, on this occasion, TNV held a film screening for the students of The Daly College, Indore. The programme, held at the Dhirubhai Ambani Auditorium in the school on 27th Aug, 2018, was attended by all the boarders and staff. The film screened was ‘The truth about Tigers’ by Shekhar Dattatreya. It was a vivid tale of a tiger from the time it was born to the day it dies. It gave insight into the life of tigers, the growing threat to their habitat and the need to protect our national animal, besides giving a lot of other vital information about it




The Return Of The Tigers In Panna – A talk


It is the National Wildlife Week every year from 2nd October to 8th October. This year, on this occasion TNV organized a talk by Mr R Sreenivasa Murthy, a senior Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, Member Secretary/APCCF MP State Biodiversity Board. One of the leading experts on Tigers. The person who was instrumental in bringing back the tigers in the Panna Tiger Reserve. TNV wanted more and more people to know the success story of the Panna Tiger Reserve. At one time the Park was left with no Tigers at all and it was the tireless efforts of our guest speaker, Mr R Sreenivasa Murthy that Tigers were successfully re-introduced in Panna. Mr Murthy addressed a full house at the Pritamlal Dua Auditorium, Indore on 5th Oct, 2018. He spoke at length about his experiences and with special reference to Panna. He said that the conservation of tigers of Panna was mainly possible by linking tigers to the pride of the local communities. Dr Upinder Dhar, Vice Chancellor Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya, Indore was the Chief Guest.




Annual Environment Lecture V 2018


The fifth edition of the prestigious event, the Annual Environment Lecture Series was held on 22nd December 2018 at the Rajendra Mathur Auditorium, Indore Press Club, This year, Shri Ravi Singh, Secretary General and CEO, World Wide Fund for Nature – India delivered the key note address. He spoke on – `Why Conserve Our Wetlands’. Shri Anthony de Sa, IAS (Retd), Chairman MP RERA & Adviser WWF – MP, presided over the session.





2017

Workshop on Bird monitoring and documentation


The Nature volunteers organised a bird monitoring and documentation workshop on 22nd Jan, 2017 with the help of Bird count India. The idea is to help understand and conserve our birdlife.




Wildlife & Environment Film Festival 2017


TNV organised its first Wildlife and Environment film festival, in association with GSIMR, Indore. The three day event was held from 13th April to 15th April, 2017 at the GSIMR Auditorium. It was a very successful event with a packed hall on all the three days.




CERTIFICATE COURSE IN BASIC ORNITHOLOGY - II 2017


After the successful first year of the Basic Ornithology course, TNV and Ela Foundation, Pune, in association with GSIMR, Indore, organized this Certificate course for the second successive year from 16th November to 19th November, 2017, at the GSIMR Auditorium. Experts from the Ela Foundation, Pune conducted the course.




Annual Environment Lecture IV 2017


The guest speaker for the fourth Annual Environment Lecture was Shri Saleel Tambe, renowned wildlife and nature photographer and conservationist. He is settled in London, UK. `A rendezvous with nature’ was the topic of his talk. The lecture was held on 20th December, 2017 at the Pritamlal Dua Auditorium, Indore. The District Collector Indore, Shri Nishant Warwade, IAS, presided over the function.





2016

Realising a century old dream for a glorious future


The occasion was a historic one – the launch of the reproduced Sir Patrick Geddes’ first development plan of Indore by The Nature Volunteers (TNV), Indore. The Brilliant Convention Centre in Indore was the venue on 12th February 2016. The function of the book launch was held along with the Indore Municipal Corporation’s (IMC) Smart City Event. The famous Geddes’ plan is now a 100 years old and TNV plans to use this opportunity to bring back focus on scientific urban planning and making Indore a green city. Sir Patrick A Geddes (2.10.1854 – 17.4.1932) was a globally acclaimed urban planner, sociologist, botanist and educationist. A man of many talents, Geddes was invited by Maharaja Tukojirao III to Indore to design and plan for the evolving city of Holkars in the early 20th century. The Geddes’ Master Plan was released – once again after a 100 years! The Union Minister for Urban Development, Shri Venkaiah Naidu, the Chief Guest of the function, did the honours in the presence of Indore MP and Lok Sabha Speaker, Smt Sumitra Mahajan and the Chief Minister, Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan. The occasion was a historic one – the launch of the reproduced Sir Patrick Geddes’ first development plan of Indore by The Nature Volunteers (TNV), Indore. The Brilliant Convention Centre in Indore was the venue on 12th February 2016. The function of the book launch was held along with the Indore Municipal Corporation’s (IMC) Smart City Event. The famous Geddes’ plan is now a 100 years old and TNV plans to use this opportunity to bring back focus on scientific urban planning and making Indore a green city. Sir Patrick A Geddes (2.10.1854 – 17.4.1932) was a globally acclaimed urban planner, sociologist, botanist and educationist. A man of many talents, Geddes was invited by Maharaja Tukojirao III to Indore to design and plan for the evolving city of Holkars in the early 20th century. The Geddes’ Master Plan was released – once again after a 100 years! The Union Minister for Urban Development, Shri Venkaiah Naidu, the Chief Guest of the function, did the honours in the presence of Indore MP and Lok Sabha Speaker, Smt Sumitra Mahajan and the Chief Minister, Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan.




World Environment Day 2016


The Nature volunteers organised a bird monitoring and documentation workshop on 22nd Jan, 2017 with the help of Bird count India. The idea is to help understand and conserve our birdlife. A nature walk and a cleaning drive at Sirpur Lake were carried out to celebrate this year’s World Environment Day, 5th June, 2016. People from all walks of life including a large number of students and senior citizens participated. An oath to protect the environment was administered to the participants by four Padma Shri awardees of Indore – Shri Kutti Menon, Smt Janak Palta McGilligan, Shri Bhalu Mondhe and Shri Sushil Doshi. TNV, a leading environmental NGO of Indore, which was founded on June 5, 1992 by Shri Bhalu Mondhe also commenced its silver jubilee celebrations. Founding member and Vice President Abhilash Khandekar spoke on the journey so far and the vision for the future. He also complimented the IMC for preservation and improvement of Sirpur Lake and listed some suggestions. The Padma Shri awardees released an eight page TNV brochure. Distribution of cloth bags by TNV all over Indore was also commenced on the occasion. The function was conducted by Shri Sanjay Patel and the welcome songs were performed by students of Shri Gautam Kale’s Sangeet Gurukul. The vote of thanks was proposed by Dev Kumar Vasudevan, Secretary TNV.




Certificate Course in Basic Ornithology - I 2016


The Nature volunteers organised a bird monitoring and documentation workshop on 22nd Jan, 2017 with the help of Bird count India. The idea is to help understand and conserve our birdlife. TNV believes that there is a great need to generate awareness about environment and nature. To give an insight into the world of animals and birds – conserving them and their habitat and make more and more people aware and sensitive about co-existing with nature – its fauna and flora. In its endeavour to achieve this, TNV has been organizing many a programmes. One such was the ornithology course. From 17th Nov to 20th Nov 2016. Renowned ornithologist Dr Satish A Pande and his team of experts from the Ela Foundation, Pune - Dr Suruchi S Pande, Shri Rajkumar Pawar conducted the certificate course.




Annual Environment Lecture –lll 2016


This was the third edition of the prestigious event, the Annual Environment Lecture Series held in association with GSIMR on 17th December, 2016 at the GSIMR auditorium. The guest speaker was Shri Manu Bhatnagar, Principal Director, Natural Heritage Division, INTACH, New Delhi. He spoke on `Conserving our natural heritage’. Shri Abhay Bharkatia, Member, Governing Body, GSIMR, chaired the session.





2015

World Environment Day 2015


Chitrangana Agle Reshwal on the pakhawaj, accompanied by Deepak Khasrawal on the harmonium. Environment Day celebrations at Sirpur Lake on 5th June, 2015




Annual EnvironmentLecture II 2015


The guest speaker for the second Annual Environment Lecture Series was the legendary conservationist and ornithologist, Dr Asad R Rahmani, Former Director of the Bombay Natural History Society. He spoke on ‘Conservation beyond tiger: Need to take action’. The lecture was held on 12th December, 2015 at the Pritamlal Dua Auditorium, Indore. The session was chaired by the District Collector Indore, Shri P Narahari (IAS). 12th





2014

Annual Environment Lecture -I 2014


The inaugural lecture was delivered by Ms Archana Godbole, a leading Pune based environmentalist, who is the founder of Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF), Pune, which has been working for the conservation of the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot region for the last 19 years. The lecture was held at the Pritamlal Dua Auditorium on 20th December, 2014. Conservation of Western Ghats was the topic of the lecture. This is the only environment lecture series of its kind. The session was chaired by the eminent lawyer Shri Ashok Chitale.





2020

Photography exhibition (Rajesh Bedi)


TNV conducted a well attended 3-day photography exhibition, on 11, 12, 13, February 2020, at the Pritamlal Dua Auditorium, showcasing the outstanding works of the globally acclaimed wildlife photographer Shri Rajesh Bedi, New Delhi. Some of the beautiful exhibits were seen for the first time in the city, especially those of elephants from the Rajaji National Park and tigers from the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.




WEBINAR: Sustaining the Environment – Challenges and Solutions


Sustaining the Environment- Challenges and Solutions was the theme for the three-day webinar organised by The Nature Volunteers (TNV) from 27th to 29th Sept 2020
On the first day it was the environmentalist, wildlife expert and author from Pune Dr ErachBharucha.a surgeon by profession. His talk was on - Wetland management: Challenges and possible solutions.
He spoke about the various types of wetlands. How to conserve them and the biggest hurdles and threats in the conservation process. He spoke about the importance of Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness (CEPA) to be able to achieve success in conservation works. He made the audience aware of the many initiatives of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), with whom he is associated, like the Pakshi Mitra Sammelan gatherings at Aurangabad and Nasik that led to the declaration of Jayakawadi and NandurMadhmeshwar respectively as protected areas. He also gave the example of the restoration of the Pashan lake, an Urban lake in Pune.

On day two, it was Dr Pankaj Shrivastava, IFS, Director IIFM, Bhopal. Dr Srivastava is an expert on river Narmada. He has deeply researched the interleakages between forests and hydrology. His topic was - Forestry for River Rejuvenation. He stated the importance of the green cover in watershed management, that is, how forests and trees help maintain the water level of rivers. He informed about the importance of Choral forest for Indore. Also, about the success stories in this area, from Central India.

The Day three talk was on SDGs and India; Progress and Pitfalls by Mr Ajay Jha. Mr Jha has more than 16 years’ experience in the development sector. A lawyer by profession, he is employed with Public Advocacy Initiatives for Rights and Values in India (PAIRVI), New Delhi, as Director since 2008. Mr Jha explained about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a brief description of each. He informed about the 17 goals and 169 targets set by the United Nations in 2015 under its ‘2030 Agenda’. That brought to a close three days of very informative and interesting lectures and presentations. Many a questions and queries were also put before the guest speakers by the nature loving audience who had joined in from different parts of the country, which were adeptly answered by the speakers.

The moderators for the three days were Mrs Vindhyeshwari Kumari, Mr Sajid Lodi and Mr Dev Kumar Vasudevan. Mr Ravi Gupta managed the webinar on the online platform Zoom.




WEBINAR: Capture the Sun! Make haste – recycle the waste!


Harness Solar Power and Compost Green Waste to sustain the Environment. Experts discussed how solar energy can help protect the environment and convert green waste to black gold! It was a two-day webinar held on Saturday 7th Nov & Sunday 8th Nov 2020
Speaker : Dr Susmita Bhattacharjee, Indore
*Founder, Pushan. Solar energy expert, working for innovative solar energy solutions for a sustainable ecosystem from renewable resources
Topic: Solar power, the bright alternative
Speaker: Mrs Sarika Gadikar, Indore
*IT Professional and a home composting expert
Topic: Composting – recycle smart!




WEBINAR: Elephants, Habitats and Challenges


Speaker: Mr VIVEK MENON, the elephant expert
Mr Vivek Menon, a leading Indian wildlife conservationist, environmental commentator, author, photographer and policy think tank with a passion for elephants. Founder of five environmental and nature conservation organisations, Mr Menon spearheads Wildlife Trust of India as its Founder, Executive Director and CEO since 1998. He was awarded the Rufford Award in 2001 for International Conservation for his work to conserve the Asian elephant. It is one of the many international recognitions for his conservation action. He gave a virtual talk on the magnificent but endangered beast – The Elephant, its habitats and challenges on 12th December 2020.




Mahseer Conservation Project


On 21 st November 2020, in village Pitambali, in Badwah district, on the
shores of River Narmada, the foundation stone was laid for a multifaceted
project for the conservation and promotion of Mahseer (genus Tor), the
state fish of Madhya Pradesh.




Dhar Bird watching programme


On 25th December 2020, TNV organised the first bird watching programmeat Dhar, in association with the INTACH Dhar Chapter and the organisation Kanva Van of Dhar. The event was conducted at all the important lakes and wetlands of Dhar district, where many species of migratory and resident
birds were spotted.





2021

Sirpur cleaning programme with YHAI, Indore


To create awareness regarding cleanliness and good health, TNV and the
Youth Hostel Association of India (YHAI), Indore chapter, jointly organised
a large-scale cleaning drive at the Sirpur Lake area on 3 rd January 2021. It
generated a very good response. Almost 100 volunteers participated in it.
Also, on the occasion, to promote the message of good health, a cycle rally
was organised from the Gangwal Bus Stand to Sirpur Lake.




Bird survey at Sardarpur


On 10 th January, 2021, the Forest department organised the first ever bird survey at Sardarpur sanctuary, in Dhar district, about 105 kms away from Indore. There were 27 participants who were part of the survey, on 5 trails. A total of 71 species were spotted. Shri Ajay Gadikar, ornithologist and TNV member helped the forest department in compiling and finalising the technical report of the sightings.




Webinar: Jungle ki baat, titli ke saath


On 24 th Jan 2021 TNV organised a webinar on butterflies. The speaker was the former CCF, MP forest Department, Shri Anil Nagar, an expert on butterflies. His topic was Jungle ki baat, titli ke saath. It was a very interesting and informative talk.




Gandhisagar bird survey


A three-day bird survey was conducted at Gandhisagar sanctuary from 12th Feb 2021 to 14th Feb 2021, by the Forest department, the third one at this location.
A total of 80 participants from 07 different states had participated in it. The bird survey was done on 24 trails and a total of 222 species were documented. Many TNV members, along with Secretary Shri Dev Kumar Vasudevan participated in it. Our member and ornithologist Shri Ajay Gadikar helped in collating the technical report of the outcomes.




Ralamandal Bird survey


The first ever bird survey was conducted at Ralamandal sanctuary on 07th
March 2021 by the Forest department.
An enthusiastic group of 24 had gone birding, on 5 trails and a total of 84
species were documented. TNV members, along with Secretary Shri Dev
Kumar Vasudevan also participated in good numbers and our member Shri
Ajay Gadikar helped in collating and finalizing the technical report of the sightings.




Webinar: Birding with the Brigadier


The second wave of Covid 19 brought back the lockdown and all were
confined to their homes, so we decided to again go online and organise a talk titled "Birding with the Brigadier" by the eminent birder Brig Arvind Yadav on 12 th June 2021. Brig Yadav, a passionate birder, posted in Mhow, had completed one year of birding around Mhow, so we requested him to give a talk and share his experiences.
He has submitted 105 checklists with 276 species from 11 hotspots around Mhow. 15 species recorded first time in Indore region including two species sighted first time in Madhya Pradesh.
Kashmir Flycatcher and Indian Blue Robin, both passage migrants, were recorded for the first time in MP by Brig Yadav. Striolated Bunting, Red Headed Vulture, Common Buzzard and Pin Tailed Snipe were some other interesting sightings by him. Mhow lies on the southern Malwa plateau, the watershed of the Chambal and Narmada river basins. It has not been fully explored by birders.
There is a lot to learn from this passionate birder and hopefully this webinar would have helped many bird watchers. The attendance was very good and we wrapped up with everybody wanting another session with him, which we hope to organise in July 2021.