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Wed 05 Dec 2007

What's happening this week? Introducing WildSingapore Happenings!

Category : news

WildSingapore Happenings emerged sometime last month after Ria Ta, the indefatigable "machine" behind WildSingapore searched for a more sustainable model than her ftp-based webpage updates. Needing something entirely web-based, she looked at blog templates and soon after some experiments and input from kakis, she is satisfied with Blogger!

So now there are two blogs that are being furiously updated complete with feed subscription for the more savvy users: WildSingapore Happenings and WildSingapore News - both are hosted on Blogspot and provide a feedburner rss feed - feeds.feedburner.com/WildHappeningsInSingapore and feeds.feedburner.com/WildsingaporeNews. The news page has additional feeds so hop over to explore if you want something more specific.

Of the two blogs, I highlight wildsingaporehappenings.blogspot.com here first. This site will keep you abreast of the nature and environment related events and activities that pepper our island by the various groups. It is, as we like to say, "non-denominational." With this blog and the option to view what's happening just this week, the headache of keeping track of events is over. A click is all it takes!

There are even categories for type of activity (e.g. walks, cycling, art appreciation) and location. Now all event organisers have to do is make sure they are listed there. With less time to update Habitatnews and some time available now to rethink its architeture and objectives, I am redirecting all nature and environment related advertisements to WildSingapore Happenings. In future, I will post a feed into Habitatnews like I have done so below. I would encourage all the nature-related blogs to host that feed as well.

Now, I just have to look for something a little less bulky!

Posted at 4:34PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Wed 05 Dec 2007

Sun 9th Dec 2006: 8am - guided walk for Sungei Buloh's (SBWR) birthday!

Category : events

In celebration of the anniversary of the official opening of Singapore's first wetlands reserve at Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, volunteers of NUS' Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (Toddycats!), conduct a free walk for the public every year on the Sunday closest to the 6th December anniversary. This year, the walk will be conducted on Sunday, 9th December 2007.

Who is this walk for?
Anyone, even children. The relaxing walk will be conducted in the vicinity of the Visitor Centre - main bridge, main hide, mangrove boardwalk and along part of route 1. Be prepared for rain, as always. Webpage: sbaw.rafflesmuseum.net

Who are your guides?
Oi Yee, Airani, Anand, Ya Wen, Grace, E-Hong and Sivasothi (a.k.a. Otterman) - some old hands and a few new ones!

What will you hear about and see?
Hear stories about the animals, plants and the ecology of mangroves. It will be a rising tide and you will see tree-climbing crabs, mudskippers, drills, Neritas, water monitors, Archer fish, Mullets, Halfbeaks and Garfish. Learn about economic uses of the plants and animals in the region, Mandai mangroves, the invasion of WWII and enjoy the view of Johor.

It's also time for the migratory birds that have winged down from the north and if we are luck, we will see the gems - the resident family of Smooth-coated otters and the crocodile! See photos from the 2005 walk.

Meeting place and time
Meet at the Visitor Centre of at Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve (SBWR) at 8.00am. You can take TIBS No. 925 from Kranji MRT right to the park. Catch the 7.30am bus, else you will be late.

If you would like to join us for this year's walk, please register with the following details:

  1. Full name.
  2. Email address.
  3. Phone number.
  4. Number of people in group.
  5. Is this your first time to Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve?

Send the email to:

You will receive a reply - we can only take the first 60 participants this year.

Posted at 3:51AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news