Dolphin Nature Research Group

Vasundhara Mitra

The Founders of Dolphin Nature Research Group think that the common man should be made aware of environmental concerns and the best way of doing this is to tackle the young minds of students. Thus, on 12th Feb 1997, ‘Dolphin’ was formed. It is a Govt. registered institute, running a multi-faceted crusade with projects like tree plantation and care, collection of seeds and turning them into seedlings, awareness towards degradation of ecosystems as a fallout of festivities, opposing the rampant usage of plastic carry bags, collecting Nirmalya (flowers offered to deities) during the Ganesh festival, clean-your-surroundings etc. The institute felicitates one student and one school every year, for their contribution towards eco-protection. Since 2000, ‘Dolphin’ has taken up a monsoon plantation drive in Sagareshwar reserved forest to increase the vegetation. Its volunteers build small check dams to help percolate more rainwater into the soil. They also assist in the Government’s Count the Tigers and Count the Animals programs. In acknowledgement of their work, ‘Dolphin’ was awarded as the Best Nature Club in 2003 by WWFN’s India branch.