Thu 22 May 2014
Submit your record of Lyssa zampa, the tropical swallowtail moth, in Singapore
Category : nature
The tropical swallowtail moth Lyssa zampa emerges in peak numbers every April to August. The numbers vary each year and are not always noticed, but 2014 appears to be a year of mass emergence, and may the largest since the mass emergence of 2005.
We have collated records of observations through Habitatnews since 2005 and welcome you to add your record of this phenomenon!
Don't stop there - share the photos with your friends through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (nudge me at @sivasothi). Encourage them to spot Lyssa zampa around Singapore and submit their records too!
Sivasothi aka Otterman
Wed 09 Apr 2014
Wed 16 Apr 2014: 6.30m @ NUS LT25 An Evening of Biodiversity: "The Secret Lives of Mammals" (poster)
Category : events
Thanks to Yong An Nee of the Department of Biological Sciences for another one of her lovely posters which you can download here as a pdf. Remember, if you can join us on Wed 16 Apr 2014: 6.30pm - 8.30pm at NUS LT25, please register here!
Tue 08 Apr 2014
Category : events
I am glad to announce "An Evening of Biodiversity: The Secret Lives of Mammals in Singapore” presented by six young graduates of the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore. They share with us short stories about wild mammals from their recent student research and their hopes for Singapore's wildlife and heritage.
Come and be surprised by the stories about Singapore's wild leopard cats, small mammals, smooth-coated otters and the common palm civet. The graduates, Amanda Tan, Chloe Tan, Marcus Chua, Meryl Theng, Fung Tze Kwan & Xu Weiting do this as part of a desire to contribute to public awareness and the protection of our fragile ecosystems.
And they look forward to entertaining the audience!
An Evening of Biodiversity will be held on
Wed 16 Apr 2014: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Veteran vertebrate naturalist Yeo Suay Hwee of the Nature Society (Singapore) had these kind words for the group,
"I hope this kind of presentation become a tradition where I can see more and more young scientists and new graduates/undergraduates ready to contribute in protecting our fragile wildlife and the habitat."
I look forward to your company.
Do RSVP if you are able to join us and feel free to forward this invitation to family, friends and colleagues.
Sivasothi aka Otterman
About the talks
Small mammals have rarely been studied in Singapore and after over a decade Amanda Tan conducted a study of the diversity and abundance of small mammals around the Eco-Link. Once again the value of our unique, precious and fragile Bukit Timah Nature Reserve was demonstrated and the importance of the new forest connection with the Central Catchment realised.
Chloe Tan took small mammal exploration island-wide for the first time, documenting diversity in nine sites of varying forest quality. Eight species and three habitats later, she realised we cannot be hasty about connecting all our green areas - what were her concerns?
Sometimes we conduct surveys just for completeness. But on April Fool's Day no less, the eyes of a leopard cat gleamed at Marcus Chua from amidst the undergrowth. After more than four decades, three populations provide relief about the longevity of this rare species but new issues emerge for our attention.
The smooth-coated otter ("anjing ayer") returned to Singapore in 1998 exactly as predicted - Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, where these fish-eaters enjoyed prawns too! In the northeast, otters spread from Pulau Ubin through Punggol and eventually south to Marina Bay! Meryl Theng tracked the otters, not only by foot but through the enthusiastic and generous submissions of Singaporeans delighted at the return of this wild carnivore.
The common palm civet is a wild carnivore nestled in our backyard but surprisingly poorly understood. At Pulau Ubin, poop-specialist Fung Tze Kwan was surprised to discover that civets favoured the fruits of the common fish-tail palm and improved the growth of its seedlings! When adopted as the logo of the Raffles Museum, the toddycat was entwined with a palm leaf – little did we realise this poorly studied pair was linked in an ecological partnership which may prove to be relevant in habitat restoration in the future.
As wildlife spreads in this garden city, they feel the pinch of space too. As Xu Weiting studied wildlife-human interactions, orphan civets needed care and the protocols which arose went online and helped civets elsewhere in Southeast Asia too! This furry animal is not always greeted with delight, sometime conflict arises. Awareness of these neighbourhood acrobats has helped to transform fear to delight and a hope in the hearts of young researchers of a future of greater co-existence.
Wed 12 Mar 2014
Heron Watch - participate in the second island-wide survey of resident herons of Singapore
Category : events
Singapore's second island-wide count of herons will be conducted on Sat 05 Apr 2014, from 7am - 10am. The public is invited to participate by contributing sightings of herons in our neighbourhoods, canals and wooded parks.
Learn about herons, differences with similar looking birds, and their habits and biology at a training session on Sat 29 Mar 2014 at Singapore Botanic Gardens. All are invited to learn, just sign up by email with Yap Xinli (YAP_Xinli@NParks.gov.sg).
This assessment is important as Singapore's heron habitats face a variety of disturbances. So establishing a baseline is important. Large public participation in simultaneous counts with consistent methods will help establish a snapshot estimate of the bird population in Singapore.
Mon 03 Feb 2014
Sat 15 Feb 2014: 7.00am - The Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk
Category : events
The Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk
The National University of Singapore is built on parts of old battle ground and still contains a WWII military outpost that strategically oversees Jurong, Bukit Timah and Singapore City. In 1954, the ridge was renamed 'Kent Ridge,' and the old stone marker commemorating this event can still be seen today.
The accounts of the battle on Kent Ridge left a strong impression on the Pasir Panjang Heritage Guides, and thus we commemorate the Malay Regiment's defense of the ridge every year. We will share with you stories about the Battle of Pasir Panjang, the geography, history and the flora and fauna of the area that first drew us to explore the ridge decades ago and how the ridge got its name.
Our route takes us through the National University of Singapore, Kent Ridge Road, The Gap and Kent Ridge Park. We end at Reflections of Bukit Chandu, which is managed by the National Heritage Board.
Everyone is welcome if you can wake up early enough and are physically fit enough to walk some 5km at a moderately quick pace and climb some stairs.
To explore the map, visit Google Maps
Fri 25 Oct 2013
Register (free) for the Climate Change Challenges in Cities Workshop, 18-19 Nov 2013 @ NUS LT32
Category : events
All are welcome - practioners, students and the curious alike. Organiser Amy Choong says,
"I invite you and your colleagues to attend this workshop on Climate Change Challenges in Cities. For more information on the programme and speakers, and to register, please go to climatechangechallengescities.wordpress.com.
Find out more and register at: http://climatechangechallengescities.wordpress.com
Thu 01 Aug 2013
The "Marine Life and the Impact of Plastics" lecture (Sat 03 Aug 2013) and the Post-National Day Mangrove Cleanup (Sat 10 Aug 2013)
Category : coastalcleanup
Sat 03 Aug 2013 @ NUS LT 32
"The Marine Life and the Impact of Plastics lecture"
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore Coordinator N. Sivasothi aka Otterman will regale the audience with fascinating tales of local marine life in Singapore including recent records and local programmes which help to protect these animals.
He will highlight the impact of marine debris and plastics in particular, drawing from a field of scientific research and data from cleanups from around the world. This is the 22nd year of the International Coastal Cleanup in Singapore, and he will discuss what the data tells us.
Should we give up? Is the problem insurmountable? Have we made any progress? Hear the discussion about local solutions, methods which have worked at cleanups and at practises at work.
Be a part of national effort to be considerate to the environment and to love Singapore a little more!
Saturday 10 Aug 2013 @ Lim Chu Kang mangrove
The Post-National Day Mangrove Cleanup
Celebrate our National Day by joining the annual mangrove cleanup at Lim Chu Kang!
Lim Chu Kang mangrove is a beautiful and unique patch of unprotected mangrove in Singapore, facing the Western Straits of Johor. The mangrove has educated decades of students and it holds many stories about animal and plant life and heritage in Singapore. In 2008, it was revealed that the Sungei Buloh Master Plan would include the Lim Chu Kang mangroves.
Trash from the Johor Straits deposits on this Lim Chu Kang beach and mangrove regularly and various individuals and groups help to tackle this burden through organised cleanup throughout the year. The post-National Day Mangrove Cleanup is an important exercise which helps protect and maintain this precious patch of mangrove.
We'll provide gloves and transport, you come with a strong heart and eager hands to do a good job. For details and to sign up, check the announcement on ICCS News.
Objectives and Safety Briefing at Lim Chu Kang Road end
Mon 29 Jul 2013
Mandai Mangrove and Mudflat Workshop, 31 Aug 2013
Category : events
This workshop is being organised to share research highlights from various groups and individuals who have conducted scientific studies at Mandai Mangrove and Mudflat, past and present.
Mandai mangrove and mudflat, was the domain of mainly zoological research in the 90's. Since then it had become an area of scientific interest to a wider community of scientists and revealed studies in botany, zoology, ecology, geomorphology, geography and analytical chemistry.
The organisers hope this workshop can be a time for the community to share their work, past and present, with scientists, naturalists and anyone concerned about this significant ecosystem in Singapore.
The presentations will be abstract-like, kept very short time to allow a diversity of work to be shared in a single day. It already promises to be full day passionate presentations! If you have queries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone is welcome, so join us! Visit the webpage to sign up, at mandaimangrovemudflat.wordpress.com
Thu 18 Jul 2013
Nature Society (Singapore) Cross Island Line: Discussion and Position Paper
Category : news
Today, we applaud the release of this position paper by Nature Society (Singapore):
In January 2013, the Ministry of Transport announced plans for an MRT line called the Cross Island Line (CRL) that will be completed around 2030. Running about 50 km from Changi to the Jurong Industrial Estate, the Cross Island Line will be Singapore’s longest train line.