26 April 2011

Hundreds of new Singapore biodiversity discoveries, a new website and more!

About 500 species of plants and animals new to Singapore, and more than 100 species new to science have been discovered over the last decade! Among them, the Green Tree Snail (Amphidromus atricallosus temasek). Described by Mr Tan Siong Kiat, a curator at the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research. According to him, these snails are very well-camouflaged in the tree tops. Trying to spot one is like looking for a needle in a haystack!
This is highlighted in Singapore’s Amazing Biodiversity Discoveries, in the latest My Green Space newsletter (Issue 9 Vol 2/2011) by NParks which has many other interesting articles about our biodiversity.

12 April 2011

22 Apr: Earth Day in Singapore for kids!

Lots of biodiversity activities specially for kids at the Singapore Botanic Gardens! And MORE activities to celebrate Earth Day in Singapore.
Image from The Stem blog

What is Earth Day?
There's often much confusion about Earth Day.

11 April 2011

16 Apr (Sat): Talk on "Success in growing native orchids in parks and gardens of Singapore"

Did you know that of the 226 species of native orchids recorded in Singapore, 178 of these species are considered to be extinct? Only five of them are common!
Native orchids have been attached to trees in many of our parks.
Come for this talk to learn about the recent orchid conservation programme in our parks.

06 April 2011

Mangroves: the "most carbon rich forests in the tropics"

Mangroves store more carbon that almost any other forest on Earth! Let's celebrate mangroves together with other forests, in this International Year of the Forest 2011!
Mangroves at Kranji Nature Trail
Mangrove forest at Kranji Nature Trail

A recent study found that mangroves store up to FOUR times more carbon per acre than most other tropical forests around the world. How do mangroves do this?

01 April 2011

19 Apr (Tue): Second sea turtle forum - How are the released sea turtles doing?

In August 2010, several captive bred hawksbill turtles were released at Big Sisters Island.
This month, a follow-up forum is being conducted to share how these sea turtles are doing. All are welcome to attend!

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