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Mon 21 Nov 2011

Wed 23 Nov 2011: 7.00pm at *SCAPE- Simon Purser on "The Illegal Wildlife Trade, why should we care and what can we do about it?"

Category : talks

Simon Purser of Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue & Education Centre (North Sulawesi) will be in town this week and Eco-Singapore has kindly and very quickly organised a talk by him at *SCAPE (Level 4) in Orchard (map) this Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011: 7.00pm. This is an opportunity to talk a wildlife conservationist on the ground and learn about the reality and strategies of conservation in Indonesia.

Please register for the talk here


The Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre  was one of several rescue centres built across Indonesia to support the law enforcement efforts against the illegal wildlife trade. Fighting off funding failures, Tasikoki survives under the Masarang Foundation with support from overseas volunteers, and groups like Orangutan Outreach (www.redapes.org) and Primates Helping Primates.  Simon will share his strategies on achieving self-sustainability and how they intend to achieve acceptable levels of animal welfare through volunteer programmes. 

Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre is looking for volunteer coordinators to assist with a variety of projects they are introducing in the coming months, so this is good chance to learn about how you can participate now or in the future in something meaningful.

Thanks to Nor Lastrina Binte Hamid, the Senior Executive (Community Outreach), from Environmental Challenge Organisation (Singapore) for setting this up.

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Mon 21 Nov 2011

Sun 04 Dec 2011: "Identification, Conservation and Research of Singapore Avian Species" - seminar at Jurong Bird Park

Category : talks

Jurong Bird Park & The South East Asian Biodiversity Society cordially invites you to a seminar on the biodiversity and conservation of birds in Singapore.

AvianSeminarJBP.pdf (1 page)"The Identification, conservation and research of Singapore's avian species"

With Minerva Bongco-Nuqui, Jessica Rozek, Yong Ding Li & Fam Shun Deng

Sunday 04 Dec 2011: 1.00pm - 4.00pm
@ The Lodge, Jurong Bird Park
2 Jurong Hill Singapore 628925 (map)

Admission is Free! Please RSVP Jessica Rozek (jessica.rozek@wrs.com.sg) by Fri 25 Nov 2011

About the seminar - This seminar brings together bird enthusiasts, researchers and conservationists to encourage interest in the conservation of Singapore’s native birds. The speakers will present on the biodiversity and natural history of local bird species, basics of bird identification, field survey techniques and share updates on their conservation status.

About the Speakers
Dr. Minerva Bongco-Nuqui began her career at Jurong Bird Park as a veterinarian and is currently a Curator.  Her personal interests include breeding biology and behaviour, artificial incubation, and the rehabilitation and release of native bird species. She, together with external partners, pioneered the Singapore Hornbill project which is now in its 7th year. This project was instrumental in increasing the population of oriental pied hornbills in the wild.  In addition, she currently lecturers for the Animal Management Course WRS is offering together with Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

Ms. Jessica Rozek is a lifelong birder with a keen interest in the natural world. These interests led her to pursue a Master of Science degree in Avian Science from the University of California, Davis where she studied foraging, enrichment and welfare of captive parrots. Jessica recently joined WRS as the Conservation and Research Officer for Jurong Bird Park in June 2011.

Mr. Yong Ding Li is the vice chairperson of the Southeast Asian Biodiversity Society and an avid birdwatcher who has travelled widely across Asia to observe its wildlife. Currently, he has seen more than two thirds of Asia's 2000+ bird species in the wild. Ding Li dedicates his time to the Nature Society (Singapore) where he coordinates research for its bird study group.  He has published over twenty papers and articles on ecology and conservation and contributed to six books on Singapore's biodiversity.

Mr. Fam Shun Deng is the chairperson of the Southeast Asian Biodiversity Society and a member of the Barito River Initiative for Nature Conservation and Communities (BRINCC) in Borneo. Being a trained primatologist, he has a keen interest in birds, especially raptors, for the range of reactions they bring out in diurnal primates. He is currently a research assistant at the National University of Singapore, studying the effects of climate change in Singapore. His research has thus far produced a number of papers, popular articles and a contribution to “The National Heritage of Singapore".


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Mon 21 Nov 2011

Registration open for the 2011 Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk

Category : events

Registration is now open for the 2011 Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk, to be held on Sunday, 4th December 2011. For registration and details, please visit the Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk webpage. The current capacity for the walk is 150 persons. Please register by 30 Nov 2011.

In 1993, an area of Sungei Buloh mangrove was declared a nature park and four years since, a group of veteran guides have conducted a free guided walk annually in celebration of the conservation of this mangrove. In 2001, we were delighted when the park was upgraded to a nature reserve and declared the Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve. Right now, a master plan is being impemented which will add more areas to the park and work towards better protection of the habitats there.

Veteran guides from Raffles Museum Toddycats will regale you with stories about the animals, plants and the ecology of the mangrove. During the rising tide you will see tree-climbing crabs, mudskippers, drills, neritas, water monitors, archer fish, mullets, halfbeaks and garfish.

Besides the fauna and flora, their ecological adaptations and regional economic uses, we will also point out the nearby Mandai mangroves, remember the WWII invasion of Singapore through this area and contemplate the uncommon scene in of a river draining into the western straits of Johor!

It is also time for the migratory birds that have winged down from the north. And sometimes the crowd pleasers appear - the resident family of Smooth-coated otters and the crocodile.

Do join us for a lovely morning walk to celebrate the anniversary of the reserve! You must register so visit the Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk webpage.

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