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Wed 28 Nov 2012

In celebration of the conservation of Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve - registration opens for the 2012 Anniversary Walk on Sun 2nd December 2012!

Category : events

Registration is now open for the 2012 Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk, to be held on Sunday, 2nd December 2012. The current capacity for the walk is 100 persons. Please register by Friday 30 Nov 2012.

For registration and details, please visit the Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk webpage.

In 1993, an area of Sungei Buloh mangrove was declared a nature park and four years after this, I offered a free guided walk in celebration of the conservation of this mangrove. My friends join me to delight the public annually with stories from the mangrove.

In November 2001, we exchanged furious SMSes when the park was declared Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve. And right now, lots of work surrounds the park as the master plan is being implemented.

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My friends and 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 we are blessed with the crowd pleasers 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 and read the details so visit the Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk webpage.

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Posted at 11:17AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

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.

Posted at 4:58PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Mon 29 Nov 2010

Sun 05 Dec 2010 - Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk: registration open

Category : events

Registration for the 2010 Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk is now open. For registration and details, please visit the Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk webpage.

In 1993, an area of Sungei Buloh mangrove was declared a nature park and four years later, a group of veteran and young guides have conducted a free guided walk annually in celebration of the conservation of this mangrove. In 2001, the park was upgraded to a nature reserve and called the Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve.

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 their ecological adaptations and regional economic uses, we will also point out the nearby Mandai mangroves, revisit the WWII invasion of Singapore through this area and contemplate the uncommon scene in of a river draining into the 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.


The tide will rise to 3.1metres.

Posted at 1:19AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Wed 02 Dec 2009

Sat 05 Dec 2009 - Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk

Category : events

Update: Registration for 2009 is closed (full). We will be back next year! Meanwhile, see Wild Happenings for a wide variety of free guided walks throughout the year at Sungei Buloh and other natuies areas in Singapore: http://wildsingaporehappenings.blogspot.com

Sungei Buloh mangrove was declared a nature park in 1993 and subsequently upgraded to nature reserve status in 2001. Since 1997, a bunch of veteran guides have conducted a free guided walk for the public in celebration of this remnant of an extraordinary ecosystem. 

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And yes, the tide will eventually rise to 3.2metres!

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

Guides for 2009: Airani S, Kok Oi Yee, Marcus Ng, Adrian Loo, Anand Balan, Ivan Khong, Anne Devan, Trina Chua, Xu Weiting, Siti Aisyah Bte Jamal, Joanne Khew, Teo Kah Ming, Grace Lo and N. Sivasothi (a.k.a. Otterman).

For registration (free) and more details, please visit the SBAW webpage.

Posted at 1:52AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Fri 05 Dec 2008

Pedal Ubin and Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk - registration closed

Category : events

Registration has for the Raffles Musem Toddycats' events for December — Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk and Pedal Ubin.

To receive notification of Raffles Museum Toddycats events in future, sign up for Habitatnews. There are two ways to do so and both are on the sidebar on the left. You can sign up for this webpage's content by email which you will receive the next day. Or you can sign up for the newsletter which comes out about once a month.

Alternatively if you are information junkie or want to keep your pulse on nature events in Singapore, there is Ria Tan's WildSingapore Happenings it is so updated that she has events listed even before event managers send out notices! And there is categorisation by types, places and everything for the days, weeks and months ahead.

Posted at 2:57AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Tue 18 Nov 2008

Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve's 15th Anniversary!

Category : events

In celebration of the anniversary of the official opening of Singapore's first wetlands reserve at Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, the Raffles Museum Toddycats conduct a free guided walk for the public every year. This year, on the 15th anniversary, we are adding an exciting talk by Otterman ("Adventures in the Mud!") as well as an examination of mangrove specimens from the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research so that visitors will appreciate the morphology and adaptations of mangrove denizens!

And we will hold this over two days! The mornings of 6th (Saturday) and 7th (Sunday) of December 2008.

Sat 06 Dec 2008
  • 07.30am - Walk begins.
  • 08.55am - Walk ends.
  • 09.00am - Launch event.
  • 10.30am - Talk by Otterman
  • 11.15am - Specimen examination
  • 12.00pm - Event ends
Sun 07 Dec 2008
  • 08.00am - Walk begins
  • 10.30am - Specimen examination
  • 11.30am - Talk by Otterman
  • 12.15pm - Specimen examination II
  • 01.00pm - Event ends

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.

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.

Who are your guides?

Ivan, Tammy, Marcus, November, Zeehan, Oi Yee, Airani, Alvin, Adrian, Anand, Kah Meng, Theresa, Paul and Sivasothi (a.k.a. Otterman) - some old hands and a few slightly new ones!

Meeting place and time
Meet at the Visitor Centre of at Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve (SBWR) at 7.30am (Sat) or 8.00am (Sun). You can take TIBS No. 925 from Kranji MRT right to the park. Catch the 7.00am or 7.30am bus, else you will be late.

TIBS 925 frequencySMRT Bus Guide - Getting around Singapore with SMRT Buses

Always be prepared for rain and bring water and a hat in case its a sunny day.

Registration
If you would like to join us for this year's walk, please register at this webpge.

You will receive a reply confirming your attendance - we can only take the 80 participants each day.

Posted at 10:53AM 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.

Registration
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 |

Fri 01 Dec 2006

Sun 3rd Dec 2006 - Happy 13th birthday, Sungei Buloh!

Category : events

In celebration of the anniversary of the official opening of Singapore's first wetlands reserve at Sungei Buloh, volunteers of NUS' Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, conduct a free walk for the public every year on teh Sunday closest to the anniversary date which is the 6th. See: sbaw.rafflesmuseum.net This year it is on Sunday, 3rd Dec 2006.

Registration
If you would like to join us for this year's walk, please register by sending an email to:

You will receive a reply.

Who is this walk for?
Anyone and even children. The 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.

What will you hear about and see?
Hear stories about the animals, plants and the ecology of mangroves - get introduced to the economic plants, crabs climbing trees at high tide, mudskippers, snails, Archer fish, Mullets, Halfbeaks and Garfish. You will also learn about the invasions of WWII and see the view of Johor. Other gems we always hope to see: Water monitors, the resident family of Smooth-coated otters and the prize - the crocodile! It's also time for the migratory birds!

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.

Posted at 10:38AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Sun 08 Jan 2006

Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve in the downpour

Category : marine

I was in Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve today with Tammy and Ivan, the Anniversary Walk project mangers. The heavy rain had not let up since morning and when our visitors eventualy decided not to come down, I encouraged them to stay warm instead! That left me in the unusual situation of having a casual stroll in the park!

It is always enjoyable watching wildlife in the rain. The relative absence of weekend crowds made the reserve even more conducive for wildlife and the poor light eliminated any serious attempt at photography, making it even more relaxing!

Monitor lizard on the roof!
Sheila on duty at the Visitor Centre counter, told us about a young monitor lizard (Varanus salvator) that she had heard clattering on the roof. Monitor lizards are good climbers and it is not surprising to see the young, lighter ones at least, up a tree. But on the VC roof? It was still there, to our delight, and we pondered with other visitors how it was going to get down.

Feasting birds
We ventured out through the downpour to the bridge and main hide.

The river was all brown from sediments pouring out into the Western Straits of Johor.

Egrets and herons were actively stabbing small fish along the river edge and in pools. Inter-tidal waders scurried around for food in shallower waters or on mudflats in ponds - a scene as busy as a bus interchange!

Most of the birds seemed almost oblivious to the downpour, except for a row of Painted Storks (Mycteria leucocephala). These frequent visitors are reportedly a flock of residents from the Singapore Zoological Gardens. Yup, the same ones you see free-flying there!

They stood with feathers all tucked in until the rain lightened up. Then they began hunting, trawling the water with their long, slightly curved beaks. Sudden movements of the head indicated the snapping of beaks, which they did when they detected prey, the small fish in the water. They were watched comfortably with a 10x binoculars but the 20-60x scope we took turns at provided for some breathtaking views.

Otter delight
Having read the Habitatnews post, Tammy was hoping to see a crocodile. After a few blanks, she called out something looking too active to be a monitor lizard. And so the three of us got to enjoy the scene of an otter twisting and turning in the water before scampering up a muddy slope and disappearing into the vegetation.

Rain or shine
Well, we can safely tell casual visitors that Sungei Buloh is well worth a visit even in a downpour, and for plans to go ahead rain or shine. There are enough hides peppering the reserve to allow for a walk in the monsoon. Just ensure your umbrella is proof from being blown inside out!

Posted at 12:36PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Mon 05 Dec 2005

Photos from the Sungei Buloh 12th anniversary walk

Category : events

150 interested visitors were blessed with fine weather and the unusual experience of seeing high tide waves seep through the boardwalk.

A team of brand new station guides did a good job in combination with some old hands and introduced a whole bunch of first time visitors to the plants and animals of the mangroves. Their favourite was undoubtedly seeing the large, prehistoric-looking monitor lizards up close!

Shutterbugs took 261 photos last Sunday during the Sungei Buloh 12th Anniversary Walk and you can view them all with the Flickr tag: sbaw


Photos (top to bottom) by Airani, Kenneth, Siva and November.

Posted at 11:18AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Read more ...

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