March 10, 2017

Ela Habitat

Ela Center for Ornithology

ELA HABITAT
This 8 acre of land belonging to Ela Foundation is located in the serene surroundings of beautiful mountains in the ecotone of India’s two bio-geographic Zones: The Sahyadris (a part of the Western Ghats – a global biodiversity Hot Spot) and The Deccan Plateau. Ela Habitat is blessed with bird life and flora representative of both bio-geographical zones. It houses the “Ela Center for Ornithology”, the “Center for Education and Research” and Administrative Office. The Ela Habitat harbors indigenous flora, water harvesting system, and other habitat conservation initiatives. Tree plantation activities, community education, and citizen participation initiatives are promoted.
The Vision:
At Ela Habitat, Ela Foundation envisions to create a suitable and safe habitat for birds and other animals by nurturing a living gene bank of indigenous trees and making a field research station to promote conservation research. Your participation is valuable.
Community Health:
Ela Foundation conducts Health Camps for the enhancement of community health focused on child health, women health and geriatric health with an emphasis on early detection and treatment of anemia, diabetes, hypertension, ophthalmic and ENT related diseases.
Cultural Geography:
It is situated in the village of Pingori, at Kawdewadi, taluka Purandar, district Pune. It is 61 km from Pune and about 13 km from the temple town of Jejuri, the place of Lord Khandoba, the revered deity of Maharashtra.
Some trees in Ela Habitat:
Abrus precatorius GUNJ; Acacia catechu KHAIR; Acacia horrid DEV-BABHUL; Acacia leucophloea HIVAR; Acacia nilotica         BABHUL; Agave  GHAYPAT; Alainthus excelsa MAHARUKH; Albezzia lebbeck SHIRISH; Alstonia scholaris SAPTAPARNI; Annona squamata SITAPHAL; Anthocephalus indicus KADAMB; Azadirachta indica NEEM; Bahuinia purpurea KANCHAN; Bahuinia racemosa APTA; Bambusa dendrocalamus BAMBOO; Bombax insigna SHALMALI; Caryophyllus sp. CACTUS; Calotropis gigantea RUI; Carissa conjesta KARVAND; Caesalpinia bondulcella SAGARGOTA; Caesalpinia pulcherima SHANKASUR; Cassia auriculata TARWAD; Cassia fistula BAHAWA; Cestrum nocturnum RATRANI; Dalbergia sissoo SHISAM; Delonix regia GULMOHOR; Fluggea leucopyrus PANDHARPHALI; Jatropha sp. JATROPHA; Emblica officinalis AVALA; Erythrina indica PANGARA; Feronia limonia KAVATH; Ficus amplissima PIMPARNI; Ficus bengalensis VAD; Ficus glomerata AUDUMBAR; Ficus microcarpa NANDRUK; Ficus religiosa PEEPAL; Khaya species; Mangifera indica AMBA; Michelia champaca SONCHAFA; Milletia pinnata KARANJ; Millingtonea hortensis BUCH; Moringa oleifera SHEVGA; Nyctanthes arbortristis PARIJAT; Plumeria alba DEVCHAFA; Saraca arborescens SITECHA ASHOK; Spathodea campanulata PICHKARI; Syzigium cumini JAMBHUL; Tamarindus indica CHINCH; Tectona grandis         SAGWAN; Terminalia bellirica BEHADA; Vitex nigundo NIRGUDI; Zizyphus mauritiana BOR.

Members of Ela Foundation have conducted trees plantation programs at Ela Habitat for the past 2 years. Planted trees are watered by drip irrigation facility.