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Tue 13 Mar 2007

Thu 15 Mar 2007: 12pm - "Discover Wild China"

Category : talks

Discover Wild China with Xi Zhinong, China's top wildlife photographer and environmentalist, He shares the plight of China's disappearing wilderness and wildlife, as how he uses images to promote the conservation of threatened wildlife and habitats.

Thursday, 15th March 2007: 12pm - 1pm
at the Auditorium, Singapore Zoological Gardens.

*The presentation will be in English.

Thanks to Biswajit Guha, Singapore Zoo.

Posted at 11:45AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Tue 13 Mar 2007

Category : events

Sun 17 Jun 2007 - A bunch of participants turned up by 6.45am at MacRitchie Carpark despite the threatening lightning and the heavy rains in the west. So the guides, who had been contemplating an early breakfast in shelter amidst the heavy rain shelved those thoughts!

The weather stayed helpfuly clear for our initial briefing and while we hoped the rain would stay away, it finally caught up with us at the western end of MacRitchie. The absence of lightning or eye-blinding rain allowed us to persist with the walk although I abandoned the five messages from forect ecology and settled for the most important critical issue at the final stop before the summit climb.

We reached the summit in unusual conditions - until it finally dawned on us: the rain had chased the Sunday visitors away! So we got to experience the early 90's quiet ambience at the summit. As you can see, we had it all to ourselves when we took this photo. In fact the trails has been relatively empty and the call to make way for joggers was not heard that morning. The few old regulars whom I know were there and we hailed them in glee at the unusual treat we had ben offered by the rain.

The participants who woke up and came early, persisted in the rain and reached the summit are congratulated! And thanks to the guides and support crew for their critical help over the two Saturdays of the 8th Public MacRitchie - Bukit Timah Briskwalk: Ng Kai Scene, Kok Oi Yee, Tan So Wah, Lee Boon Ann, Kok Min Yee, Anand Balan, Low Wai Leng, Chew Keng Kiat, Jaswant Singh, Tham Yen-Lynn, Lim Puay Ann, Laurence Gwee, Airani, Lim Chen Kee, Muratti Poon, Ng Hua Qin & Benjamin Lee (NParks).

There are three albums from last Sunday's wet walk; see the galleries at: briskwalkers.rafflesmuseum.net/

Photo by Ng Hua Qin.

Posted at 10:57AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Tue 13 Mar 2007

"Remember Chek Jawa" to be unveiled at Wildlife Asia 07

Category : marine

13 Mar 2007 - "Remember Chek Jawa," a film by Eric Lim (45min) will be screened at Wildlife Asia 07 at Suntec Rm 302 under Special Presentations: Children's Mobile Cinema.

In 2001, the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, NUS (RMBR), conducted Public Education Visits to Chek Jawa which was then thought to be doomed to reclamation. Thousands came in an unprecedented show of interest by the Singaporean public.

Feedback subsequently submitted to government by the Raffles Museum included Eric Lim's contribution, a 11-minute video hewn out of footage from the visits which included interviews with the public. I still find that striking to watch, more than five years later - this was perhaps the first time a short film was submitted as feedback for nature conservation! Rarely viewed subsequently, except by groups under guide training, it was only screened once at The Giving Tree @ North East in Dec 2005 - "Unveiled!".

Eric had also shot footage of Joseph Lai's Chek Jawa Transect 2001, interviewed volunteers and villagers, guide workshops and covered other post-deferment activity and even hunted for dugongs at night in the high tide - he has the most comprehensive footage of events surrounding Chek Jawa.

This special feature covers the wider events and was cut for Wildlife Asia 07. He completed the video just last night and sent me the synopsis:

"Chek Jawa, an inter-tidal area comprising six different sub-habitats within one square kilometer on Pulau Ubin, Singapore, was discovered by local conservationists only in January 2001. Since the discovery, the amazingly rich marine biodiversity there drew thousands of visitors, both young and old, to revel in the beauty of Chek Jawa’s shores.

Unfortunately, this magnificent shore had an expiration date. Singapore, with its small area, has always struggled with land scarcity issues. In 1992, the Singapore Government approved development plans to carry out land reclamation along the shoreline of Chek Jawa in order to create 'reserve land' for military training. Scheduled to be executed a decade later, that time had now come.

With land reclamation scheduled just months away, most Singaporeans were resigned to the thought that it was impossible to reverse the Government’s decision. Still, a band of passionate volunteers refused to give up on this precious slice of nature in Singapore’s urban jungle, and believed that something could be done. This film tells the story of how these individuals, who came from all walks of life, followed their hearts and made a difference against the odds."

Posted at 2:54AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news