Budding Naturalist on a Trail!

Riya Bhagat from the 9th Standard of St. Anne's High School Borivali writes about their nature club's trip to Sanjay Gandhi National Park...

On 17th September we the students of St .Anne's were taken on a nature trail arranged by GreenLine along with our school nature club team and teachers. We left our school at 8:00 in the morning and reached Sanjay Gandhi National park . We started the trail by visiting the information centre.  We saw a 3d map which depicted the extent of the park. We also observed that the benches were made by plastic waste. We went inside and got loads of information on the biodiversity found in the park. Then went on a trail towards the Gandhi Smarak.  We also went on to many places and saw a number of plants and animals. Some of the animals seen by us were butterflies like the White Orange Tip and Yellow Orange Tip , Evening Brown, Wanderer, Lime Blue, Glassy Tiger, Blue Tiger, Chocolate Pansy, Danaid Eggfly, Common Crow and some Grass Yellows that were mud-puddling. We also saw plants like Spiral Ginger, Bamboo, Ceylon oak tree, teak and many more.  Some other things that we spotted were the Woolly Bear Moth caterpillar, the  Red Silk Cotton Bug, freshwater crab, sting bugs, Giant Wood Spiders, Funnel Web Spiders, Rhesus Macaques, Indian Myna and bracket fungi. We are very thankful to GreenLine and the nature club team. It was an altogether an adventurous as well as a knowledgeable trip. We thank all of them who arranged a wonderful trip like this.
                  
On a spotting spree!



Pit stop at the Gandhi Smarak...

A sting bug on the trail...

A Giant Wood Spider becomes the centre of attention!

One of the many Funnel Web Spider webs...


White Orange Tips were seen everywhere you looked...



Up a machan...

The surprise tag-along...


Pics by: Jessica Luis and Aristo Mendis

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