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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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Mon 09 Jan 2012

Sun 12 Feb 2012: 7.00am - The Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk

Category : heritage

The Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk
Sun 12 Feb 2012: 7.00am - 12.00pm

With the Raffles Museum Toddycats,
volunteers of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research,
Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, NUS
In collaboration with the National Archives of Singapore, NHB
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Singapore, Second World War.

It is 13th February 1942, the Japanese troops that stormed through Malaya have invaded Singapore.

Approaching Singapore City from the west, a seasoned Japanese army is forced to engage the small force of the Malay Regiment on the high ground of Pasir Panjang Ridge.

A fierce battle ensues amidst the confusion from the aerial bombardement, burning fuel, loss of communications and the early deaths of senior officers trying to keep their men coordinated.

The soldiers of the Malay Regiment battle on for nearly two days and a company is wiped almost to the last man by the numerically superior Japanese.

Shortly after, on 15th of February, 1942, General Percival marches down Bukit Timah Road to surrender to General Yamashita of the Japanese Imperial Army at the Ford Factory.

The battle accounts in the grounds we frequent on Kent Ridge left a strong impression on the Pasir Panjang Heritage Guides, and thus we commemorate the Malay Regiment's defense of the ridge every year. We will share with you stories about the Battle of Pasir Panjang, the geography, history and the flora and fauna of the area that first drew us to explore the ridge decades ago.

The National University of Singapore is built on parts of old battle ground and still contains a WWII military outpost that strategically oversees Jurong, Bukit Timah and Singapore City. In 1954, the ridge was renamed 'Kent Ridge,' and the old stone marker commemorating this event can still be seen today. We discuss ths story behind this and reveal how the ridge got its present name.

Registration

  • Everyone is welcome if you can wake up early enough.
  • You have to be physically fit enough to walk some 5km at a moderately quick pace and climb some stairs.
  • Please register so we have an idea of numbers, have your next of kin information and are able to cotanct you about last minute updates. Just fill in the form at: http://tinyurl.com/bpp2012-reg
  • Meet us at the University Cultural Centre at 7.00am [map: http://tinyurl.com/map-nusucc]
  • We will end at National Archives' World War II Interpretative Centre at the Reflections at Bukit Chandu (RBC) via Kent Ridge Road, The Gap and Kent Ridge Park.
  • This could take at least five hours and get quite hot at parts so please bring at least one litre of water, an umbrella and some sandwiches or snacks.
  • The guides may carry on walking to Vivocity if its not too hot; feel free to join us.

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Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk, 13 Feb 2011

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Sat 03 Dec 2011

If you go for ONE talk this year, this is it: Ria Tan's "Secret Shores of Singapore" talk is unparalleled and she speaks from the heart.

Category : talks

National Geographic Singapore Store2014Exhibits

Ria Tan of Wild Singapore and Wild Shores of Singapore speaks TODAY (Sat 03 Dec 2011: 2.30pm) at The National Geographic Store at VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-19 [website]

She says,

"No need to swim, no need to dive! Ordinary people can experience much of Singapore’s amazing marine life on the intertidal shores. Otters, wild dolphins, sea turtles, sea snakes, living corals and more!

I’ll be sharing lots of photos from our regular trips to about 40 local seashore locations. Lots of stories of recent adventures, and how we can make a difference for our wild shores. Bring your friends and family for a comfy intro to our amazing shores!"

A two-time recipient of the Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium Award (2003, 2007) presented to exceptional volunteers who have contributed selflessly to biodiversity in Singapore, she has been indefatigable since I worked with her in 2000.

Her mission to spread awareness about Singapore's biodiversity began over a decade ago. In 2001, she played a critical role in the conservation of Chek Jawa. That fueled her to do more and she began to investigate our shores, generating voluminous tagged and labelled photos on Flickr which have become an international resource. A walking encyclopedia, she probably knows if any marine species has ever appeard on our shores! No wonder she is a valuable ally to scientists investigating marine life in Singapore.

She also supports and promotes others through Wild Singapore, a one stop resource for Singapore which sets an example for private and government efforts in resource generation. She learns, uses and adapts simple tools and it is backed by her marine life expeditions, participation in the community and engagement with people on the ground.

Her powerful delivery during her slide talk is the result of a LOT of preparation to integrate all that information bursting inside of her. When she compressed this into a 10-minute presentation at the Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium III, she inadvertently created compulsory course material for the LSM1103 Biodiversity class in the National University of Singapore as well as for Organisers and Volunteers of the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore.

If you go for ONE talk this year, this is it. Ria Tan's "Secret Shores of Singapore" is unparalleled and she speaks from the heart. Don't wish you could be there, just go!

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Sun 27 Nov 2011

An introduction to raptors of Southeast Asia by Yong Ding Li, ver 2011

Category : books

Update: the version I posted last Saturday was the 2010 version. I met YONG Ding Li a few hours ago and he informed he had updated the guide and subsequently sent me this 2011 version (the artwork is by the author as well): "Raptors in Southeast Asia," by Yong Ding Li, 2011. Nature Society (Singapore) Bird Group & Southeast Asian Biodiversity Society. 45p.

Thanks Ding Li!

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Fri 25 Nov 2011

Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk 2011 - registration closed

Category : events

Registration has closed for the Raffles Musem Toddycats' Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk in December. All spaces have been taken up. Thank you for your interest.

Happily though, there are numerous other nature events being conducted in Singapore, even this week - just see Wild Singapore Happenings.

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Fri 25 Nov 2011

Diving with wild turtles in Singapore waters! Debby Ng of Hantu Bloggers speaks at the Nat Geo Store this Sat 26 Nov 2011: 2.30pm

Category : talks

"Can you dive with wild turtles and sharks in Singapore? Yes! Pulau Hantu is one of Singapore's most renowned Southern Islands for its myriad of micro and mega fauna."

"Although it's been visited for decades, divers continue to discover new species records in the small but rich coral reefs of Singapore. How do these wild marvels cope with a relentlessly changing coastline, and how do they adapt to development?"

"Join us for this marine talk given by Debby Ng, a photojournalist with a passion for the environment, who will bring clarity to the usually murky waters of Pulau Hantu with her underwater photos and videos."

Debby's work with the Hantu Blog began in 2004 and has moved from strength to strength ever since. Join her this Saturday 26th November 2011: 2.30pm at the National Geographic Store at Vivocity.

Debby's talk is the second in a series of three talk on marine life in Singapore, held in conjunction with a marine life exhibition of posters by WildSingapore at the National Geographic Store at Vivocity this November and December.

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Wed 23 Nov 2011

The ICCS Year-Round Cleanups at Tanah Merah East

Category : coastalcleanup

The International Coastal Cleannup Singapore has announced a programme for Year-Round cleanups for the beaches at Tanah Merah East in 2012. They are mnow recruiting volunteer Site Buddies interested in managing cleanups three times a year.

To find out more, click the image below.

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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

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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.

*SCAPE - Contact Us

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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)

Registration
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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