On 2nd February 2020, alliance member, GreenLine, organised a Wetland Walk to celebrate World Wetland Day. The objective was to create awareness on the importance of the wetland ecosystem and why they should be conserved. Around 14 people participated in the walk held at Gorai Jetty, Borivali, Mumbai.
Mr. Akshay Dandge, a botanist and wildlife enthusiast, informed the group of the term ‘Wetland’ defined at the Ramsar Convention. He introduced mangroves and the most common species found around the shores of Mumbai, i.e. Avicennia marina. He also spoke about the current increase in mangroves over the past few years and the unique diversity present around it.
The participants spotted 10 wader species of birds along with fiddler crabs, pistol shrimp and the highlight were to witness a couple of fiddler crabs fighting. Along with all of these, it was a treat to watch these birds in their natural habitats.
The group observed the following bird species:
The walk ended with discussions on the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ), the local government’s efforts towards protecting these habitats and encouraging citizen participation in conservation.