The connection that we as individuals have to nature arises primarily through first-hand contact with animals and plants; with some kind of wilderness. Can we help make these connections? Once made, can we help nurture and develop them? In this programme, we engage children and adults in ecological observation; and develop, display and distribute nature education material.
Although we know that the natural world is changing rapidly, there is very little information on the details, especially from a country like India, with tremendous biodiversity and relatively little research. One solution is for scientists and interested members of the public to team up to monitor what is happening. Our two primary projects along these lines look at bird distribution & abundance, and at tree seasonality.
Why work alone when you can collaborate with others? We collaborate with institutions/organizations in India in the fields of bird research and conservation. We conduct capacity building workshops aimed at creative greater capacity to conduct work on birds in the country.
The natural world is wonderfully diverse and varied. How can we convey our affection and fascination with nature to others? Over the years, NCF has developed a variety of material attempting to do this; and we continue to try to design and produce appealing and accurate material of this kind.
Communicating about nature with content from NCF and beyond is important to make more and more people interested and invested in nature. Describing what we value and explaining why we value it is as important as our research and conservation work. Our audience in this is varied: the general public, interested citizens, college students, and children.
The aim of nature education is to get children interested in and excited about birds, and nature in general. We partner with birders, schools, teachers, educationists, and designers for spreading awareness and also creating age appropriate and locally relevant nature learning framework and modules