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How often do you spend your weekend learning about frogs or trying to spot a flamingo in a creek nearby? Here's the Lounge list of wild ideas.

Flamingos at Thane Creek. Photo: Hindustan Times
Flamingos at Thane Creek. Photo: Hindustan Times


Frogfest at WWF-India

When: Till April

Frogfest includes an exhibition of over 500 frog artefacts from around the world. Photo courtesy WWF India

What: The event hopes to raise awareness about frogs, their diversity, and their role in nature and culture. The festival includes an exhibition of over 500 frog artefacts from around the world, and allows the audience to experience the world of frogs with films, frog art and craft, quizzes, workshops, eco-trails, and more.

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Nature trail at Hauz Khas

When: 30 April, 5.30pm

What: Hauz Khas (“the royal tank") in Delhi takes its name from a medieval reservoir that was excavated during Allauddin Khilji’s reign in the early 14th century. Today, the lush Deer Park and its revived lake make Hauz Khas a veritable jungle in the midst of an urban sprawl. It’s home to several bird species, making it a haven for birdwatchers.

More details from: Delhi Tree Walks (9899692790)


Green walks

Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint
Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

When: Every Saturday and Sunday

What: Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park are often called the “lungs" of Bengaluru. The Green Heritage Walk takes in the wonders of the Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, spread over 240 acres. The Cubbon Park Walk soaks in the flora and fauna, and even takes in some of the iconic 19th century buildings nearby.

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Spotting butterflies at Bannerghatta

When: Throughout the week (except Tuesdays)

What: Spread across 7.5 acres, this butterfly park near the Bannerghatta National Park has a kilometre-long butterfly trail. There is a garden that has been designed to sustain a butterfly population.You can learn more about these colourful insects at the museum, an important part of the park. There is also a souvenir shop.

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Flamingos at Thane Creek

When: Throughout the week

What: Spot and admire the Greater and Lesser Flamingos, along with other bird species, at the recently opened Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary. The state mangrove cell has organized hour-long rides along 10km of thick mangrove cover, from Airoli to Vashi and back, accompanied by a guide trained by the Bombay Natural History Society.

More details from: Coastal Marine Biodiversity Centre (022-24676151)

Malabar hill tree walk

When: 25 March

What: The hillock has retained a substantial part of its greenery. The highlights of this early morning walk include knowing more about rare tree species like elephant ear, Indian sandalwood and cannonball.

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Other cities

The travelling film fest

When: Till 18 March (Bengaluru), March-November (other cities)

What: Although the CMS VATAVARAN 2018 travelling festival started in Bengaluru on Friday, the eighth edition of this film festival and forum on environment and wildlife will travel to Nahan (May), Agartala (June), Srinagar (July) and Darjeeling (November). The theme for this edition is “Conservation 4 Water".

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Earth Hour 2018

When: 24 March, 8.30-9.30pm, local time

Photo: Hindustan Times
Photo: Hindustan Times

What: Citizens, organizations and businesses are encouraged to turn off non-essential lights for 1 hour on this day as a sign of commitment to the environment, and engagement on climate change.

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Compiled by Tanuj Kumar, Vatsala Chhibber and Nitin Sreedhar.

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