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Tue 03 Jan 2006
The Singapore Naturalist loads faster
Category : internet
The Singapore Naturalist is a webpage that lists trailers of updated posts from 16 blogs and 5 newsletters about natual history in Singapore.
Running on KickRSS, everything seemed fine until I announced it on Habitatnews on 29th November 2005.
Then it loaded, very, very, slowly. That would have been enough to kill the exploration by mildly-interested readers, so it was really bad timing!
I was so thankful to discover that the KickRSS team did some work under the hood last month and the page now loads much faster! So hop on over to The Singapore Naturalist and see what local naturalists are writing about in 2006 - link.
Tue 03 Jan 2006
Long-tailed macaques at Yishun Park and Sisters Island
Category : nature
|It's just a few days into the year and blogger Rambling Librarian reports spotting a pair of Long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) at Yishun Park [link] while at Sister's Islands, the Wildfilms crew find their packs raided [link].|
A google search revealed some lovely photos of Long-tailed Macaques at Rifle Range Road (2004/5) by Charlie Moores at Charlie's Bird Blog.
I have bookmarked a few links - check my bookmarks at del.icio.us. I use the tag "Macaca_fascicularis". I will add to those over time and hopefully others do so as well.
If you encounter macaques around Singapore, observe them and blog about it, take photos and flickr them or just email me at
Thanks to Ivan Chew and Kenneth Pinto for the alerts
Tue 03 Jan 2006
Greenwave competition 2006
Category : news
|The Greenwave competition is open once again. Visit their webpage for more details: sembship.com/greenwave |
To get an idea of the sort of entries submitted last year, see the 2005 results.
"Students are encouraged to use their ideas, knowledge, skills and values in the participation of environmental care projects, which will improve the condition and quality of our environment. articipation may be on individual basis or in groups."
There are prize awards:
1st Prize: $ 4,000
2nd Prize: $ 2,000
3rd Prize: $ 1,000
1st Prize: $ 6,000
2nd Prize: $ 4,000
3rd Prize: $ 2,000
Junior Colleges, Centralised Institutes
1st Prize: $ 8,000
2nd Prize: $ 5,000
3rd Prize: $ 3,000
1st Prize: $10,000
2nd Prize: $ 6,000
3rd Prize: $ 4,000
Suggestions at the webpage include:
Focus Area: Wild Life/Natural Reserves
1) Describe one regional / town park which has become the home and natural habitat for our native feathered friends. Identify one of the bird species found there and discuss how it adapted to urban development. Propose how we can have a sustainable programme of bird species in Singapore.
2) Locate and identify the officially gazetted nature reserves in Singapore. Describe one other nature area that deserves similar legal protection from urban development. Discuss its significances in the preservation of our precious flora and faunas.
3) Identify the remaining coastal mangrove forests in Singapore. Study the factors leading to their rapid depletion over last few decades and suggest schemes to conserve them.
4) Study the population and distribution or our native frogs/toads. Discuss how our rapid urbanization resulted the decline in population of one the locally endangered frog/toad. Propose ways to conserve this species.
5) Study and discuss how we can save our largest marine mammal, Dugong, from local extinction.
6) Suggest and discuss a feasible programme for the re-introduction or population restoration of one of our native mammal/feathered species. You may choose one of the following:
- Lesser Mouse Deer
- Banded Leaf Monkey
- Oriental Pied Hornbill
- Smooth Otter
- Slow Loris