|Khutwanda youths participate in a foot patrol in the forest|
|Cleanliness drive at Dewada|
|Conservation rally at Katwal|
|Construction of a check dam at Katwal|
|Check dam at Katwal made by students and other villagers|
|Field Assistant Kishor Dudhbarai briefs students before a nature trail,|
|Khutwanda - wildlife film screening|
|Khutwanda students on a nature trail|
|Conservation rally in Khutwanda|
|Mudholi: Womens' SHG Valmiki Mahila Bachat Gat|
attend a meeting to discuss livelihood options
|Conservation rally in Mudholi|
THE FULL REPORT
On January 5, 16, 25, and 28 we organised cleanliness and anti- plastic programmes with villagers and students of Zilla Parishad (ZP) schools of Katwal, Khutwanda, Kondegaon and Dewada villages. Programmes were organised to clean the area in and around the village and around the hand pumps and wells and to prevent man-animal conflict as wild growth provides shelter to snakes and scorpions.
On January 12, we constructed a check dam in the Moharli buffer. 18 young villagers and students of Katwal village participated in the programme.
On January 29, following information from farmers about a sub-adult male tiger’s movement around their farmlands, we organised a foot patrol with the Forest Department in the Tadoba buffer zone involving 7 local youths from Khutwanda village.
The aim was to monitor the predator’s movement and also to spot any threats like snares, traps, electric fencing etc. around the area. The youths were taught about the dynamics of community patrolling in forest areas and how to identify scrape marks on trees, scats (predator and prey), identification of plants, birds and insects.
On January 4 we organised a nature trail for students of ZP school, Khutwanda, where students learned about migratory birds and identification of plants.
On January 18, 19 and 20, our team visited ZP schools of Dewada, Adegaon, Sitarampeth, Mudholi, Khutwanda and Kondegaon to show wildlife documentaries and films. A total of 214 students attended the programmes.