30 Oct (Thu): Green Drinks with Citibank presentation

This month, one of our regulars - Calvin Quek - will be giving a talk centred on corporate citizenship. We are hoping to have another speaker but that is waiting to be confirmed.

Calvin will be presenting Citibank's corporate citizenship and volunteerism program and how the company goes about being a better more engaged citizen. He willl talk about Citi's microfinance programs, financial education seminars and how it plans to tackle climate change. Most of the talk will focus on ways to craft effective corporate citizenship programs, and how NGOs can better partner with corporates. If there's enough time, he might touch on Socially Responsible Investments and Philanthropy.

Time: 8-10pm
Venue: Food #03, 109 Rowell Road (Off Serangoon Rd in Little India) map
Website: Green Drinks Facebook Group
Contact: olivia@greendrinks.org

29 Oct (Wed): MAD lesson on Frogs & Toads

Singapore has 25 species of frogs and toads, 19 of which live in our forests. If our forest is degraded due to un-natural climate change, we may easily lose some of our amphibian species.

Kids will learn about the diversity of frogs and toads in Singapore, the differences between frogs and toads, learn about their ecology —- their life cycle, where they live, what they eat, what may eat them. Get to know how to create amphibian habitats that will attract native frogs and toads to breed!

This MAD lesson will also include information about global warming and our carbon footprint and kids will leave the lesson with a pledge to do easy eco-actions daily in their lives so as to be part of the solution to protect our environment and wild habitats.

To register email leopardcat@pacific.net.sg

Make A Difference! MAD lessons on wildlife by Cicada Tree Eco-Place and generously supported by Intel is suitable for kids aged 5 to 10, from kindergarten to primary school.

Dates and times:
22 October (Wednesday), 9.30am – 11.30am
25 October (Saturday), 2.30 – 4.30pm
29 October (Wednesday), 9.30am – 11.30am
15 November (Saturday), 2.30 – 4.30pm
Venue: Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Cost: $15 per kid. Maximum number for a group sign-up (e.g. school groups and groups from organizations) is 20 and minimum fee to run is $300 (even if a group is less than 20 kids). (For groups with 40 kids, we can run 2 classes per session).
Website: http://cicadatree.blogspot.com/
Contact: leopardcat@pacific.net.sg

29 Oct (Wed): “Pricing” the Environment: Case Studies on Climate Change and Turtle Conservation

Southeast Asia faces enormous environmental challenges possibly in the form of rising sea levels because of climate change, and also a degradation of its natural resources. These issues were dealt with in a special focus edition of the ASEAN Economic Bulletin (AEB) on “The Environment, Climate Change, and Natural Resources in Southeast Asia” (April 2008).

Managing environmental resources is not easy. Markets normally do a good job in dealing with scarcity — as things become scarcer, their prices increase, people consume less and producers invest more in producing them.

However, this does not happen when environmental goods and resources (global warming and sea level rises, climate fluctuations, nature conservation) became scarce, because few of them are bought and sold in markets. To overcome this shortcoming, economists and social scientists have devise methods to “price” environmental resources and to manage their impacts using markets.

Dr Herminia A Francisco will speak on “Adaptation to Climate Change: Needs and Opportunities in Southeast Asia”. The discussion will cover adaptation strategies and options for the impacts generated by climate change. Adaptation is important because sea-level rises and weather fluctuations will have widespread impacts on Southeast Asian economies and communities.

What are the adaptation options available to deal with climate change and sea-level rises? How costly are adaptation strategies?

Dr Orapan Nabangchang will focus on “Mobilizing Resources for Marine Turtle Conservation in Asia : A Cross-Country Perspective”. The presentation will discuss the results of a comparative study conducted in China, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam to assess the value placed by communities and individuals in marine turtle conservation.

Can communities in the region be entrusted to play an important role in financing conservation in the region? Or will reliance come from the international community as far as conservation issues are concerned?

More details and reply form on the ISEAS website

Time: 10am – 12 noon
Venue: Seminar Room II, Institute of South East Asian Studies
Website: http://www.iseas.edu.sg/
Contact: 6778 0955 or admin@iseas.edu.sg

20-26 Oct: Highlights of the week ahead

For the kids and family
Special marine events include
Other wild walks
Talks this week include
Other special events
For Nature Society (Singapore) members only
Now open for bookings
Announcements
  • In case you are planning your own trip to Kusu Island or St. John's, please note that the road to Marina South Pier is closed and ferry services suspended 29 Sep-28 Oct for the Kusu pilgrimage season.
  • Admiralty Park Phase 2 is now open: the largest park in the Northwest district with both recreational amenities and a mangrove swamp. It has a hilly terrain, shaped like a river valley to reflect the history of the site, which used to have a river (Sungei Cina) running through it.
Visit the wildsingapore happenings blog for a full listing of upcoming events for the next three weeks and to search for events by your area of interest.

James shared this gorgeous photo of an otter on Pulau Ubin! Isn't it great to know that our shores and islands still have such amazing wildlife?!

Otter, originally uploaded by James@CK.

26 Oct (Sun): Dive Pulau Hantu with the Hantu Bloggers

A unique and educational dive experience in our local waters. Discover what is truly, uniquely Singapore!

Your support helps us monitor and document Hantu's reef on a regular basis! Let's see what's waiting for us out there this time!

Pre-registration is required.

Organised by the Hantu Bloggers, check out their blog for more details of the trip and past exciting encounters.

Join the The Hantu Bloggers Yahoo Group to read the trip itinerary, and to be informed of future dives.

Website: http://www.pulauhantu.org/
Contact: hantublog@gmail.com

26 Oct (Sun): Free Chek Jawa boardwalk tour with the Naked Hermit Crabs

photo by Andy DineshThe Naked Hermit Crabs introduce you to Chek Jawa without getting your feet wet. Enjoy the great view and find out more about rare coastal plants, cute fiddler crabs, aggressive mudskippers, sturdy mangrove trees, interesting bugs and more!

The free walk will be held every the last Sunday of the month. You don’t even have to sign up. On each public walk day, a few of the volunteer guides will be stationed at the Chek Jawa Info Kiosk in front of House No. 1 at Chek Jawa.

Group size? Come in small friends and family groups of around 6 people or fewer. We expect to have a few guides volunteering each time, but cannot guarantee that we will have a lot of guides. Please …. don’t organize a huge company group and show up at our free walk-in tours. We will be overwhelmed and you will go away very disappointed.

Time: 3 pm meet at the Chek Jawa Info Kiosk
Duration: Two hours
Cost: no charge for now, but donations accepted.
Website: http://nakedhermitcrabs.blogspot.com/
Contact: nakedhermitcrabs@gmail.com

26 Oct (Sun): Painting with Pui San at Sungei Buloh

Free art-and-nature appreciation at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Pui San welcomes artists of all ages or anyone who wants to learn. His objective is to encourage creativity while enjoying nature at the same time. Bring along your favourite drawing or painting supplies.

More in the art in the wetlands blog.

Time: Meet 8.30am at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve ticketing counter (Visitor Centre). Session usually lasts until about 11am.
Admission charges: While the art session is free, usual admission charges to Reserve apply. $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://artinwetlands.wordpress.com/
Contact: Tham Pui Sam at thampuisan@hotmail.com or the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve at info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

26 Oct (Sun): Mangrove walk at Sungei Buloh

Free guided nature walk along the Mangrove boardwalk under shady mangrove trees. Spot mudskippers, crabs and other marine life, learn about our mangroves, enjoy views of the Johor straits.

Suitable for young children.

Registration is not required for small walk-in groups. But each walk is limited to 15 persons per guide and is on a first-come -first-served basis. The walks are weather permitting and may merge with other activities at the Reserve. Those coming with large groups are advised to pre-register.

More about the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the wildsingapore website and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks' Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and is held every Sunday morning, subject to availability of guides.

Time: 9.30 am (subject to availability of guides) for walk in guests, register at the Visitor Centre.
Tour duration: One to one-and-a-half hours. Suitable for young children.
Entry charges: While the walk is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
Contact:
info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

25 Oct (Sat): MAD lesson on Frogs & Toads

Singapore has 25 species of frogs and toads, 19 of which live in our forests. If our forest is degraded due to un-natural climate change, we may easily lose some of our amphibian species.

Kids will learn about the diversity of frogs and toads in Singapore, the differences between frogs and toads, learn about their ecology —- their life cycle, where they live, what they eat, what may eat them. Get to know how to create amphibian habitats that will attract native frogs and toads to breed!

This MAD lesson will also include information about global warming and our carbon footprint and kids will leave the lesson with a pledge to do easy eco-actions daily in their lives so as to be part of the solution to protect our environment and wild habitats.

To register email leopardcat@pacific.net.sg

Make A Difference! MAD lessons on wildlife by Cicada Tree Eco-Place and generously supported by Intel is suitable for kids aged 5 to 10, from kindergarten to primary school.

Dates and times:
22 October (Wednesday), 9.30am – 11.30am
25 October (Saturday), 2.30 – 4.30pm
29 October (Wednesday), 9.30am – 11.30am
15 November (Saturday), 2.30 – 4.30pm
Venue: Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Cost: $15 per kid. Maximum number for a group sign-up (e.g. school groups and groups from organizations) is 20 and minimum fee to run is $300 (even if a group is less than 20 kids). (For groups with 40 kids, we can run 2 classes per session).
Website: http://cicadatree.blogspot.com/
Contact: leopardcat@pacific.net.sg

25-26 Oct: Singapore Bird Race 2008

Get ready! It's the time of the year again when we rush about all day and night across Singapore looking for as many birds as possible. Get into the field, embrace the great outdoors, the mud, the sun, maybe even the rain and not to mention, the birds. Experience the competitive spirit, the banter, the camaraderie and the company of familiar birdwatching friends, as well as make new ones.

Registration Deadline: 15 Oct 2008

Open to both Nature Society (Singapore) members and non-members. Each team must have a minimum or maximum of 3 or 4 participants respectively.

More details on the NSS website.

Venues: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (start), MOE Dairy Farm Adventure Centre (end)
Cost: Members and non-members: S$35 each, Students (tertiary institution and below): S$20 each
The fees will cover pre-race refreshments, souvenirs and the post-race dinner. Post-race dinner only: S$20 each
Website: http://www.nss.org.sg/
Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

25 Oct (Sat): Under the Billiard Room: Encountering the Raffles Hotel through its Animals

A talk by Dr Chee Lilian. In 1902, a tiger was allegedly shot under the Billiard Room of Singapore’s foremost colonial monument, the Raffles Hotel. This rare specimen has since refused to leave the premises, resurfacing intermittently in the hotel’s history as archive, anecdote, humour, satire, even translated into children’s stories.

Although Singapore is synonymously known as the ‘Lion City’, it was the tiger whose presence was more significantly felt in the island’s history. We find that the tiger narrative could open up new perspectives within the monument’s architectural history which are less abstract and culturally distant than we imagine.

Time: 2.30-4pm
Venue: Multi-Purpose Room in Central Lending Library
Website and contact: http://www.nlb.gov.sg/

25 Oct (Sat): Henry Ridley, Agnes Joaquim and Vanda Miss Joaquium

"Henry Ridley, Agnes Joaquim and Vanda Miss Joaquium: A Historical Review". A talk by Harold "Roby" Johnson. Come find out more about our national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim.

Time: 4-6pm
Venue: Function Hall, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

25 Oct (Sat): Guided walk at Evolution Garden

A free guided walk of this unique garden in the Botanic Gardens, that tells the story of how our plants came to be. An easy stroll on paved paths among strange plants.

Suitable for kids.

The 4pm tour is conducted in mandarin.

This walk is held every fourth Saturday of the month.

Time: 9am (English tour) 4pm (Mandarin tour)
Venue: Register at Visitor Centre before the tour starts.
Contact: Visitor Services 6471 7361

25 Oct (Sat): Heritage and nature walk at Fort Canning Park

Free guided walk to discover the most historic part of Singapore. Malay & Chinese historical records point to this hill as the centre of a kingdom that arose around 1300AD. Previously a "Forbidden Hill", Fort Canning Park once housed some ancient Malay rulers as well as Sir Stamford Raffles who had his house built in 1823 during his 3rd and last visit to Singapore.

This walk is conducted by volunteer guides every last Saturday of the month.

Time: 4-5.30pm
Venue: Meet at Cox Terrace, in front of Fort Canning Centre, Fort Canning Park
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: Lili at 63321302 or Goh_lili@nparks.gov.sg

25 Oct (Sat): Mangrove walk at Sungei Buloh

Free guided nature walk along the Mangrove boardwalk under shady mangrove trees. Spot mudskippers, crabs and other marine life, learn about our mangroves, enjoy views of the Johor straits.

Suitable for young children.

Registration is not required for small walk-in groups. But each walk is limited to 15 persons per guide and is on a first-come -first-served basis. The walks are weather permitting and may merge with other activities at the Reserve. Those coming with large groups are advised to pre-register.

More about the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the wildsingapore website and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks' Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and is held every Saturday.

Time: 9.30am and 3.30pm for walk in guests, register at the Visitor Centre.
Tour duration: One to one-and-a-half hours. Suitable for young children.
Entry charges: While the walk is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
Contact:
info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

25 Oct (Sat): Guided tour @ HortPark

This free tour of HortPark features HortGardens, a collection of 20 theme gardens and the GardenPatch, a patchwork of display plots showcasing garden designs, concepts and products by local gardening-related companies. See nurserymen at work, propagating plants for our garden city.

This tour is conducted every last Saturday of the month.

Please register 15 minutes before the tour. Registration is on a first-come-first served basis.

Time: 10-11.30 am
Venue: Register at Visitor Information Counter @ HortPark
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: 64715601 or NPARKS_HortPark@nparks.gov.sg

22 Oct (Wed): MAD lesson on Frogs & Toads

Singapore has 25 species of frogs and toads, 19 of which live in our forests. If our forest is degraded due to un-natural climate change, we may easily lose some of our amphibian species.

Kids will learn about the diversity of frogs and toads in Singapore, the differences between frogs and toads, learn about their ecology —- their life cycle, where they live, what they eat, what may eat them. Get to know how to create amphibian habitats that will attract native frogs and toads to breed!

This MAD lesson will also include information about global warming and our carbon footprint and kids will leave the lesson with a pledge to do easy eco-actions daily in their lives so as to be part of the solution to protect our environment and wild habitats.

To register email leopardcat@pacific.net.sg

Make A Difference! MAD lessons on wildlife by Cicada Tree Eco-Place and generously supported by Intel is suitable for kids aged 5 to 10, from kindergarten to primary school.

Dates and times:
22 October (Wednesday), 9.30am – 11.30am
25 October (Saturday), 2.30 – 4.30pm
29 October (Wednesday), 9.30am – 11.30am
15 November (Saturday), 2.30 – 4.30pm
Venue: Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Cost: $15 per kid. Maximum number for a group sign-up (e.g. school groups and groups from organizations) is 20 and minimum fee to run is $300 (even if a group is less than 20 kids). (For groups with 40 kids, we can run 2 classes per session).
Website: http://cicadatree.blogspot.com/
Contact: leopardcat@pacific.net.sg

20-24 Oct: Free Yoga Sessions @ Esplanade Park

Retreat to the lush outdoor environment of the Esplanade Park and join the instructors from Pure Yoga as they guide you through 60 to 75-minute yoga sessions daily during the Singapore Sun Festival.

Monday 20 October : Restorative Yoga
Restorative yoga helps to soothe the nervous system and calm and focus the mind. It is great for remedying jet lag, injuries and the onset of cold or flu.

Tuesday 21 October : Pranayama and Meditation
This group meditation class is offered to students of all practice levels who are interested in more fully integrating their yogic transformation. Conscious relaxation through breath awareness is the goal.

Wednesday 22 October : Hatha Yoga
This class teaches the traditional approach to yoga asanas (postures) and breathing techniques. It also focuses on alignment, sun salutations and deep stretching.

Thursday 23 October : Power Yoga
This lesson is ideal for beginners who want to try a more challenging practice. This class includes a powerful sequence of postures that is energising, fun and dynamic. Yoga experience and knowledge of basic postures are recommended.

Friday 24 October : Yin & Yang Yoga
This class blends the elements of yin yoga with those of vinyasa flow. It will include some slow deep hip opening stretches and move into a movement practice of connecting postures through breath.

Time: 6.30pm
Venue: The Sun Tent, Esplanade Park
Website and contact: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

12-19 Oct: Highlights of the week ahead

The special shore activity this week is the Kusu Island Reefwalk with the Blue Water Volunteers

Other nature walks
For Nature Society (Singapore) members only
Other activities
Now open for bookings
Announcements
  • In case you are planning your own trip to Kusu Island or St. John's, please note that the road to Marina South Pier is closed and ferry services suspended 29 Sep-28 Oct for the Kusu pilgrimage season.
  • Admiralty Park Phase 2 is now open: the largest park in the Northwest district with both recreational amenities and a mangrove swamp. It has a hilly terrain, shaped like a river valley to reflect the history of the site, which used to have a river (Sungei Cina) running through it.
Visit the wildsingapore happenings blog for a full listing of upcoming events for the next three weeks and to search for events by your area of interest.

A sad photo for this week. This crocodile at Kranji was found dead, probably drowned as it was trapped in an abandoned drift. More about it on the annotated budak blog.

img_4961, originally uploaded by budak.

19 Oct (Sun): Dairy Farm to Upper Seletar Ramble

for Nature Society (Singapore) members only

Dairy Farm to Upper Seletar Ramble with the Nature Ramblers led by Ho Wah Loong. This trek will take you through undulating terrain along the Western Catchment area. There is a good chance of seeing interesting birds and small mammals along the way. We’ll picnic at an idyllic spot at Upper Seletar Reservoir. Bring a lunch pack or snacks and plenty of water. Booking is not required. This 8km/4hr ramble is geared for robust walkers and not suitable for children below 12 years old.

Time: 7.30-11.30am, meet at the MOE Dairy Farm Adventure Centre (near junction of Dairy Farm & Upper Bukit Timah Roads). The ramble ends at Mandai Road.
Website:
http://www.nss.org.sg/
Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

19 Oct (Sun): Sports Fishing at Semakau with the Sport Fishing Association of Singapore

From January to September 2008, SFAS Semakau sport fishing trip will be an on going fishing league, based on a point system, there will be total of nine trips to compete for the League Champion and a final shoot out in October 2008. Those who do not wish to take part in the league can also come for the trips during this time.

The SFAS practice catch and release and among the rules are that anglers must demonstrate proper conduct and practice good fishing ethics and etiquette, and anglers are to use artificial lures or flies for sport fishing and not to use any organic baits (dead or alive) in all fishing activities.

Registration details to be confirmed. More details.

Time: 7.30am-2pm
Website: http://www.sfas.net/
Contact: info@sfas.net

19 Oct (Sun): Mangrove walk at Sungei Buloh

Free guided nature walk along the Mangrove boardwalk under shady mangrove trees. Spot mudskippers, crabs and other marine life, learn about our mangroves, enjoy views of the Johor straits.

Suitable for young children.

Registration is not required for small walk-in groups. But each walk is limited to 15 persons per guide and is on a first-come -first-served basis. The walks are weather permitting and may merge with other activities at the Reserve. Those coming with large groups are advised to pre-register.

More about the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the wildsingapore website and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks' Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and is held every Sunday morning, subject to availability of guides.

Time: 9.30 am (subject to availability of guides) for walk in guests, register at the Visitor Centre.
Tour duration: One to one-and-a-half hours. Suitable for young children.
Entry charges: While the walk is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
Contact:
info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

18 Oct (Sat): Butterfly Walk at Bukit Timah Cycling Track

for Nature Society (Singapore) members only

Butterfly Walk at Bukit Timah Cycling Track with Gan Cheong Weei. We will be taking the trail towards the quarry on the right. Butterflies that can be spotted here include the ever magnificent and endangered Common Birdwing and Common Rose. Others like the Knight, Horsfields Baron, Archduke, Malay Viscount and many more forest denizens can be encountered on this track, not forgetting the Autumn Leaf which has called Singapore home since Sep 1999. Please bring enough drinking water and insect repellent.

Time: 9.30am, meet at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Visitor Centre.
Website:
http://www.nss.org.sg/
Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

18 Oct (Sat): Mangrove walk at Sungei Buloh

Free guided nature walk along the Mangrove boardwalk under shady mangrove trees. Spot mudskippers, crabs and other marine life, learn about our mangroves, enjoy views of the Johor straits.

Suitable for young children.

Registration is not required for small walk-in groups. But each walk is limited to 15 persons per guide and is on a first-come -first-served basis. The walks are weather permitting and may merge with other activities at the Reserve. Those coming with large groups are advised to pre-register.

More about the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the wildsingapore website and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks' Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and is held every Saturday.

Time: 9.30am and 3.30pm for walk in guests, register at the Visitor Centre.
Tour duration: One to one-and-a-half hours. Suitable for young children.
Entry charges: While the walk is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
Contact:
info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

18 Oct (Sat): Mangrove walk at Pasir Ris Park

Eppy Walk What exactly is a mudskipper? And who is Fiddler crab or Sesamine crab? Does a dog-faced water snake look more like a dog or a snake? Join the team and discover answers to the questions above and more. And if we’re lucky, we may be able to see some of the seashore animals at the river mouth (depending on the tide conditions).

Suitable for kids.

Registration closes one day before the walk date.

This walk is held every third Saturday. More details on the Pasir Ris Park website.

Time: 9-10am
Venue: Pasir Ris Park, Pasir Ris Green (Carpark C)
Cost: $4/person
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: chong_wei_teng@nparks.gov.sg

18 Oct (Sat): Guided walk at Sensory Trail, Pulau Ubin

Experience Ubin's wonderful nature through your senses along our Sensory Trail, the trail will brought you to the patch of herbs and spices and a "Secret Garden" to feel the original garden used to be on the island. Much more along the trail for you to explore.

This walk is held every third Saturday of the month.

For more details about this walk, see the NParks website
More about the Sensory Trail on the wildsingapore website and Ubin Volunteers blog


Time: Walks starts 9.30am and lasts for about 1.5 hours. Meet at the Pulau Ubin Main Information Kiosk next to the Ubin Jetty.
Cost: $60 per group of 15 persons, maximum 6 groups
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: Jacky Soh jacky_soh@nparks.gov.sg or 65434734

18 and 19 Oct: Screening of sustainable architecture documentary

ArchiFest with US documentary filmarker kontentreal showcases the documentary series e2 Design Series. Narrated by Brad Pitt, the series explores ideas, initiatives and drivers of change in the world of sustainable architecture. Currently in its third season, e2 continues to traverse the globe, covering sustainable practices in design, energy, transport, water, food and urban development. This special outdoor casual screening also brings back an episode from season one, featuring Malaysia architect Dr Ken Yeang and his work on the National Library Building.

Free admission.

Time: 7-9pm
Venue: The Plaza, The National Library
Website and contact: http://www.archifest.sg/fringe_e2.html

18 Oct (Sat): Guided walk at the National Orchid Garden

A leisurely stroll through a garden of orchids and other special plants.

This walk is conducted by the volunteers of the Singapore Botanic Gardens and is held every third Saturday of the month.

Time: 9am, 10am, 11am and 4pm, register at Visitor Centre 15 minutes before the tour starts. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis.
Tour duration: One hour.
Cost: While the tour is free, admission charges to the Orchid Garden applies: $5/adult, $1/student, $1/senior citizens (above 60 years) , Child below 12 years - Free
Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg/
Contact: Visitor Services 6471 7361

18 Oct (Sat): Reefwalk at Kusu Island with the Blue Water Volunteers

The evening Kusu Island ReefWALKs are back. Our wild and wonderful coral reefs are just too exciting to be enjoyed by divers only! Non-swimmers are most welcome, as we only visit the reefs during low tide, so you only expect to get wet around your ankles at most.

Trained and enthusiastic volunteer guides will introduce you to the marine life found on Kusu Island and share reef stories.

Suitable for children.

Pre-registration is required.

Time: 5.30-9pm
Venue: to be advised
Cost: $15/person
Website: http://www.bluewatervolunteers.org
Contact: reefwalk@gmail.com

6-12 Oct: Highlights of the week ahead

For the kids and family

In the forests and mangroves
For Nature Society (Singapore) members only
Other events
Now open for bookings
Announcements
  • In case you are planning your own trip to Kusu Island or St. John's, please note that the road to Marina South Pier is closed and ferry services suspended 29 Sep-28 Oct for the Kusu pilgrimage season.
  • Admiralty Park Phase 2 is now open: the largest park in the Northwest district with both recreational amenities and a mangrove swamp. It has a hilly terrain, shaped like a river valley to reflect the history of the site, which used to have a river (Sungei Cina) running through it.
Visit the wildsingapore happenings blog for a full listing of upcoming events for the next three weeks and to search for events by your area of interest.

Photo of the week! A colugo mama with her baby! This native animal is still common in our forests, but you have to be a keen observer to spot it. Thanks to James for sharing this amazing photo!

Colugo, originally uploaded by James@CK.

12 Oct (Sun): Birdwatching at Pulau Semakau

for Nature Society (Singapore) members only

Willie Foo leads this walk. This is a good time to visit Semakau for migrant surprises and old favourites. Resident attractions include the Great-billed Heron, Pacific Reef Egret and Malaysian Plover. There are possible sightings of rare migrants such as the Chinese Egret and Oriental Pratincole.

Book your place with Willie at willie.foo@kbr.com by 11 Oct. IC or Passport is mandatory for boat boarding. Strictly for members only on a first come first serve basis. Children under 12 years old are not allowed (NEA regulation).

Time: 7.30am, meet at the West Coast Ferry Terminal near the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club. Return to mainland by 2.00pm. Free parking at Carpark 2 off the West Coast Highway.
Registration fee: Non-refundable fee of $28 for boat ride and administration. Send your cheques to NSS office by 20 September with the All-Purpose Form (back page). Number of persons per trip: 11, 22 or 33.
Website:
http://www.nss.org.sg/
Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

12 Oct (Sun): Nature Walk at MacRitchie Prunus Trail

Free guided nature walk along boardwalks hugging the MacRitchie Reservoir. Learn about this mature secondary, spot forest and aquatic wildlife, enjoy panaromic views of waters surrounded by luxuriant forest.

Suitable for young children.

Pre-registration required.

More about the MacRitchie Prunus Trail on the wildsingapore website and NParks website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks Central Nature Reserve and is held every second Sunday of the month.

Time: 9.25am. Meet at entrance of the trail, about 50m after the canoe kiosk on the eastern side of MacRitchie Reservoir Park.
Tour duration: About one hour.
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: vanessa_chang@nparks.gov.sg or call 6554 5127.

12 Oct (Sun): Mangrove walk at Sungei Buloh

Free guided nature walk along the Mangrove boardwalk under shady mangrove trees. Spot mudskippers, crabs and other marine life, learn about our mangroves, enjoy views of the Johor straits.

Suitable for young children.

Registration is not required for small walk-in groups. But each walk is limited to 15 persons per guide and is on a first-come -first-served basis. The walks are weather permitting and may merge with other activities at the Reserve. Those coming with large groups are advised to pre-register.

More about the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the wildsingapore website and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks' Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and is held every Sunday morning, subject to availability of guides.

Time: 9.30 am (subject to availability of guides) for walk in guests, register at the Visitor Centre.
Tour duration: One to one-and-a-half hours. Suitable for young children.
Entry charges: While the walk is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
Contact:
info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

12 Oct (Sun): Horseshoe Crab Rescue & Research

for Nature Society (Singapore) members only

Pre-registeration required: email Dr Hsu at hsu_chia_chi@hotmail.com, stating your name, if you are a NSS member or not, affiliations (eg. school / company), experience (if any) and contact details for this monthly mission to rescue and study the Mangrove Horseshoe Crab (HSC). We have also started an on-going HSC Training & Accreditation Programme for anyone keen to be a qualified HSC R&Rer. We recommend that you bring a cap, shoes/booties, sun block, insect repellent, cutter (for HSC rescue) and camera. Washing facilities available.

Time: 2.30pm, meet at the extension of Kranji Road at the junction with Kranji Loop. Take bus 925 from Kranji MRT station and alight at the Chinese temple along Kranji Loop, cross the road and look for the nameless track that starts beside Leong Soon Pte Ltd (251 Kranji Road).
Website:
http://www.nss.org.sg/
Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

12 Oct (Sun): "Getting to Know MacRitchie" by MediaCorp

Want to about the history and importance of MacRitchie? This is the walk for you. This 1.5 hour walk weaves through old water structures that make up part of MacRitchie's history (and even Singapore's history), and an old remnant forest that is filled with amazing facts about the Singaporeans you've never met.

The free walk is held every second Sunday of the month. Kindly dress in comfortable clothing and shoes for this walk. Do bring along water and an umbrella. In the event of bad weather, the walk will be cancelled.

Time: 9-10.30am
Meeting point: The roundabout, near the cafeteria at MacRitchie Reservoir Park
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: Call 65545127 for enquiry and/or free registration.

11 Oct (Sat); Numbers and Shapes - a guided tour for kids

Let your child learn about numbers and shapes in this specially organised nature trail! Many opportunities for counting and distinguishing shapes will be given in this tour which focuses on leaves and other plant parts!

Suitable for children in K1 – P2 levels

Time: 10-11am
Cost: $6 per child/parent
Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg/education/workshopchi.asp
Contact: Singapore Botanic Gardens nparks_sbg_edu@nparks.gov.sg or 6471 9961

11 Oct (Sat): Shapes, Sizes and Textures - a guided tour for kids

A guided tour for kids at the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden.

Waxy, hairy, smooth or rough. Big, small or tiny. Compound or singular. In this tour, you can learn about the many varied shapes, sizes and textures of leaves and other plant parts of interesting plants in the Children's Garden.

Suitable for children in P3 - P6 levels

Time: 10-11am
Cost: $6 per child/parent
Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg/education/workshopchi.asp
Contact: Singapore Botanic Gardens nparks_sbg_edu@nparks.gov.sg or 6471 9961

11 Oct (Sat): Forest walk at the Botanic Gardens Rainforest Trail

A free guided nature walk through a rainforest right in the heart of the city! Along paved trails, under the shade of giant trees, learn about our rainforests, spot forest creatures and strange plants.

Suitable for young children.

More about the Botanic Gardens Rainforest Trail on the wildsingapore website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NPark's Singapore Botanic Gardens and is held every second Saturday of the month.

A special Mandarin version of this tour is at 4pm.

Time: 9am, 10am, 11am, 4pm; Register 15 minutes before the tour at the Visitor Centre.
Tour duration: One hour.
Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg/
Contact: Visitor Services, 64717361 or NPARKS_SBG_Visitor_Services@NPARKS.GOV.SG

11 Oct (Sat): Mangrove walk at Sungei Buloh

Free guided nature walk along the Mangrove boardwalk under shady mangrove trees. Spot mudskippers, crabs and other marine life, learn about our mangroves, enjoy views of the Johor straits.

Suitable for young children.

Registration is not required for small walk-in groups. But each walk is limited to 15 persons per guide and is on a first-come -first-served basis. The walks are weather permitting and may merge with other activities at the Reserve. Those coming with large groups are advised to pre-register.

More about the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the wildsingapore website and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks' Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and is held every Saturday.

Time: 9.30am and 3.30pm for walk in guests, register at the Visitor Centre.
Tour duration: One to one-and-a-half hours. Suitable for young children.
Entry charges: While the walk is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
Contact:
info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

11 Oct (Sat): Go Green, Go Vegetarian Part 4

for Nature Society (Singapore) members only

In our fourth session, we will show you how to make Vegetarian Claypot Rice and Special Thai Salad using ingredients that can be grown in your garden. This zesty, fresh salad is a wonderful accompaniment to the savoury rice, giving it extra oomph. As always, our special creations are simple and easy to prepare.

Pre-registration required. To ensure cost effectiveness, please register your interest by email or SMS to Joe (contact@nss.org.sg), Angie or Evelyn.

Time: 2.30-4.30pm
Venue: Nature Society (Singapore), 510 Geylang Road, The Sunflower #02-05 Junction of Geylang Road and Lorong 28 Closest MRT is Aljunied.
Cost: $8 per person
Website: http://www.nss.org.sg/
Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

11 and 12 Oct: Screening of sustainable architecture documentary

ArchiFest with US documentary filmarker kontentreal showcases the documentary series e2 Design Series. Narrated by Brad Pitt, the series explores ideas, initiatives and drivers of change in the world of sustainable architecture. Currently in its third season, e2 continues to traverse the globe, covering sustainable practices in design, energy, transport, water, food and urban development. This special outdoor casual screening also brings back an episode from season one, featuring Malaysia architect Dr Ken Yeang and his work on the National Library Building.

Free admission.

Time: 7-9pm
Venue: The Plaza, The National Library
Website and contact: http://www.archifest.sg/fringe_e2.html

29 Sep-5 Oct: Highlights of the week ahead

Special events of the week: World Animal Day!

World Animal Day by Acres with the theme "Small Changes, Big Differences" a 2-day carnival at Orchard Road features
  • Nature Trail: brand-new exhibits about the threats faced by wildlife
  • Cruelty-free Room to learn simple ways to make a difference in our walk-in
  • A behind-the-scenes experience with the ACRES Wildlife Rescue Van
  • The Body Shop's makeover and stand out in cruelty-free products!
  • Performances by local bands such as EIC and Plain Sunset
Paws by the Beach celebrating World Animal Day. Activities include
  • SPCA's Animal adoption
  • NParks about our wildlife and wild walks
  • SPCA's Stand up for whale sharks
  • With an appearance by Utt ( MTV VJ)
Wild walks
Talks this week
Shore walks
Film screening
Announcements
Visit the wildsingapore happenings blog for a full listing of upcoming events for the next three weeks and to search for events by your area of interest.

Singapore has world-class reefs and marine life. Find out more at Ria Tan's talk this Saturday where she reveals more about the "Secret Shores of Singapore".

4-5 Oct: World Animal Day with Acres

Themed "Small Changes, Big Differences", ACRES will be staging a 2-day carnival right in the heart of town to encourage people to lead a more compassionate lifestyle.

With our brand-new exhibits, learn about the threats faced by wildlife on our Nature Trail, find out simple ways you can make a difference in our walk-in Cruelty-free Room and have a behind-the-scenes experience with the ACRES Wildlife Rescue Van! Participate in The Body Shop's makeover and stand out in cruelty-free products! Be encouraged to take an active step in making a positive change for the animals by placing a ribbon on our Tree of Compassion.

With exciting performances from a wide spectrum of local bands such as EIC and Plain Sunset, come down and celebrate the cause and make this World Animal Day a meaningful and memorable one for the animals!

Help support ACRES' work by collecting small change from your family, friends and colleagues and join us during the carnival in filling up our Column of Hope! Every small contribution counts!

World Animal Day (WAD) is an international event, commemorated each year on the 4th of October, to celebrate life in all its forms.

ACRES is urgently looking for up to 40 volunteers every hour over this carnival period to help us in our educational and fundraising efforts.

Some areas where help is needed:
  • Manning the various exhibits
  • Guiding activities (nature trail and cruelty free room)
  • Mascots
  • Donation tins
  • Securing signatures for the "Animals Matter to Me" petition
  • Overnight security on the 3rd and 4th of October 2008
  • Set up and take down of carnival.
  • Preparation for the carnival at ACRES office: folding brochures, preparing donation tins, making new badges

Time: 11am-9pm Saturday and Sunday
Venue: Outside The Cathay location map
Website: http://www.acres.org.sg/
Contact: Charlene Tan charlene@acres.org.sg

5 Oct (Sun): Rainforest walk at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Free guided nature walk along natural winding hillside trails under tall rainforest trees. Learn about our only substantial patch of primary rainforest, spot forest creatures and strange forest plants.

Suitable for children aged 9 and above. The trail is not accessible to prams and wheelchairs.

Pre-registration is required.

More about the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve on the wildsingapore website and NParks website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks' Central Nature Reserve and is held every first Sunday of the month.

Time: 3.55pm. Meet at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, gather at the ranger counter.
Tour duration: About one hour.
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: vanessa_chang@nparks.gov.sg or Tel:6554 5127

5 Oct (Sun): Mangrove walk at Sungei Buloh

Free guided nature walk along the Mangrove boardwalk under shady mangrove trees. Spot mudskippers, crabs and other marine life, learn about our mangroves, enjoy views of the Johor straits.

Suitable for young children.

Registration is not required for small walk-in groups. But each walk is limited to 15 persons per guide and is on a first-come -first-served basis. The walks are weather permitting and may merge with other activities at the Reserve. Those coming with large groups are advised to pre-register.

More about the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the wildsingapore website and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks' Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and is held every Sunday morning, subject to availability of guides.

Time: 9.30 am (subject to availability of guides) for walk in guests, register at the Visitor Centre.
Tour duration: One to one-and-a-half hours. Suitable for young children.
Entry charges: While the walk is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
Contact: info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

5 Oct (Sat): Paws by the Beach - celebrating World Animal Day

World Animal Day is a day where animal lovers acknowledge and give thanks for the way in which animals enrich our lives. Also, we take a moment to think of all those animals that still need our help.

We are taking this chance to spread the messages of being kind to animals and being a responsible pet owner. These are very important issues because right now, we take in more than 800 unwanted animals (pets and strays) each month.

Star appearance!
Utt ( MTV VJ) will be making an appearance at our celebrations from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. He'll be on stage introducing three of our SPCA dogs that will be up for adoption, and will be talking about how to adopt a pet from us and save a life! Afterwards, you'll be able to buy an SPCA poster for $2 and Utt will autograph it especially for you.

Stand up for whale sharks

Whale sharks are majestic creatures, known as the gentle giants of the sea. Find out more about whale sharks and why the SPCA is against the importation and display of these creatures at the Integrated Resort on Sentosa.

Exhibition

A showcase of our work at the SPCA, including the sterilisation of pets, information about animal abuse and tips on responsible pet ownership.

Find an animal to adopt

Pictures of animals currently up for adoption at our shelter will be on display at our pet-care area. Open your hearts and give one of our furry friends a home.

National Parks Board

More than a thousand different animals reside on our tropical island and many of them can only be found in our nature reserves. As we celebrate World Animal Day, the National Parks Board would like to share with you how you can help protect our natural heritage so that the nature reserves can continue to be a safe haven for the animals. You can help in the following ways:
- think again before you release animals into the wild
- do not feed monkeys
- leave your pets at home when you visit nature reserves

In addition, National Parks will share information on their regular, free guided walks at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

Also lots of games, face-and-hand painting, animal balloons for children, pet-care advice corner, a play by Underground Theatre entitled The Crow's Lament

Stage show times
12pm: Best Kept Pet Competition
12.30pm: Meet Utt (MTV VJ)
1pm: A skit by Underground Theatre titled The Crow's Lament
2pm: Fastest Tail-wagging Competition
2.30pm: Kunalen magic show

Time: 10.30am to 6pm
Venue: East Coast Park (Car park area C3) near McDonalds
Website: http://www.spca.org.sg/whatsnew.html#WAD08
Contact: enquiries@spca.org.sg

4 Oct (Sat): "Secret Shores of Singapore" talk at Sungei Buloh

Ria Tan will share on the "Secret Shores of Singapore" through 300-600 recent photos and stories of adventures and discoveries on our living shores.

With a special focus on Cyrene Reef! more about this reef

From Changi to Tuas, Sentosa to the Sisters Islands and beyond. Nemos, sea snakes, living corals and more. Ria will also share about some of the threats to our shores, and the many ways ordinary people CAN make a difference about our little-known shores. For a sample of the photos in the talk, see the wildsingapore flickr site

Ria is not a scientist and is just an ordinary person who has been photographing the shores for the last 7 years. She is also co-author of the Chek Jawa Guidebook and Southern Shores guidesheet. She also volunteers as a guide with Chek Jawa, Pulau Semakau as well as wildfilms, the Naked Hermit Crabs and TeamSeagrass. She blogs at wild shores of singapore and also contributes to several blogs including wildfilms, wildsingapore news, wildsingapore happenings and the singapore celebrates our reefs blog.

All are welcome!

Time: 10.30am-12noon
Venue: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
Contact:
info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

4 Oct (Sat): Green Vibes at Bishan Park

Don't Just Eat Your Vegetable! Learn More About Them @ Green Vibes - An Educational Tour in a Vegetable Garden.

An oasis of greenery with more than 100 species of vegetables and herbs awaits you. Located right in the heartlands, Green Vibes offer visitors a chance to experience its bounty and wealth of agricultural crops up close. There is truly something for everyone in the family.


More details on the NParks website.

This event is held every first Saturday of the month.

Time: 9-10am
Venue: Bishan Park (next to Bishan Road)
Contact: Register with Gin Chua at 64597744 or chua_tiong_ghim@nparks.gov.sg

4 Oct (Sat): Nature walk at Lower Peirce Boardwalk

Free guided nature walk along boardwalks through cool, shady forests and by the Lower Peirce Reservoir. Learn about our forests, spot forest and aquatic wildlife, enjoy panaromic views of waters surrounded by luxuriant forest.

Suitable for young children.

Pre-registration required.

More about the Lower Peirce Trail on the wildsingapore website and NParks website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks Central Nature Reserve and is held every first Saturday of the month.

Time: 9.25am and 10.25am. Meet at Casuarina Entrance of the trail along Old Upper Thomson Road, which is a 2-minute walk from Casuarina Road.
Tour duration: One-and-a-half hours. Suitable for young children
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: vanessa_chang@nparks.gov.sg or call 6554 5127.

4 Oct (Sat): Mangrove walk at Sungei Buloh

Free guided nature walk along the Mangrove boardwalk under shady mangrove trees. Spot mudskippers, crabs and other marine life, learn about our mangroves, enjoy views of the Johor straits.

Suitable for young children.

Registration is not required for small walk-in groups. But each walk is limited to 15 persons per guide and is on a first-come -first-served basis. The walks are weather permitting and may merge with other activities at the Reserve. Those coming with large groups are advised to pre-register.

More about the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the wildsingapore website and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks' Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and is held every Saturday.

Time: 9.30am and 3.30pm for walk in guests, register at the Visitor Centre.
Tour duration: One to one-and-a-half hours. Suitable for young children.
Entry charges: While the walk is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
Contact:
info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

4 Oct (Sat): Screening of Diminishing Memories of Lim Chu Kang

Diminishing Memories I and II are two thought- provoking and intimate documentaries, a tribute to Yee Peng's indelible memories of Lim Chu Kang. Follow Yee Peng's personal journey in her attempt to re-capture her lost childhood and her struggle in letting her beloved kampong go.

Both films are narrated in Mandarin and subtitled in English, with interviews conducted in Mandarin, English and the Teochew dialect. Screenings will be followed by the director's Q&A sessions.

To book tickets contact the Arts House Ticketing Hotline: 6332 6919 or email tickets@toph.com.sg

More info on the Arts House website.

Screening dates:
19 Sep (Fri) 7.30pm
20 Sep (Sat) 4 and 7.30pm
3 Oct (Fri) 7.30pm
4 Oct (Sat) 4 and 7.30pm

By popular demand, additional screening dates
15 October, Wednesday, 7.30pm
16 October, Thursday, 7.30pm
17 October, Friday, 7.30pm
18 October, Saturday, 4pm and 7.30pm
29 October, Wednesday, 7.30pm
30 October, Thursday, 7.30pm
31 October, Friday, 7.30pm
1 November, Saturday, 4pm and 7.30pm

Venue: The Arts House, Screening Room, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
(Nearest MRT- Raffles Place)
Tickets: S$8.50 Full; S$6.50 Concession (Students & Senior Citizens)
The filmmaker will donate her proceeds from the premiere to The Substation and the Asian Film Archive**
Website: http://diminishingmemories.spaces.live.com/
Contact: Yee Peng at eng_yeepeng@yahoo.com.sg