15 May 2011

22 May (Sun) is World Biodiversity Day

More properly called International Day for Biological Diversity, there's some special events planned for this weekend. Among the highlights: Kids’ Musang Watch! on 22 May (Sun).
photo by Chan Kwok WaiIn celebration of International Day of Biological Diversity, come watch the wild with Cicada Tree Eco Place! Palm Civets are mammals that live in Singapore—in our forests as well as in our midst! A few families of civets (called Musang in Malay) live wild and free in Siglap! Isn’t that neat? Find out where they live, what they eat, why they choose Siglap as their constituency! For kids 5 to 12 years old, and their families. The event is free, and registration is required.

More events for kids and the family!

21 May (Sat): PrawnWatch at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
In this introduction to traditional prawn farming, learn about the importance of mangroves as a nursery for prawns and other marine life. See a demonstration of traditional prawn harvesting and have fun actually handling the catch! Free.

21 May (Sat): Grow Things! A Gardening Workshop for Kids
Get introduced to the plant kingdom and its importance. Learn to identify our native plants, their habitats and how they adapt to their environment. Look at live specimens of unique plants with animal relationships. Learn how to grow a plant in soil, water and pebbles. Discover epiphytic ‘piggyback’ plants. Explore easy methods of propagation to create more plants. Pot up a plant to adopt and bring home. Find out about easy ways to heal Mother Earth, our only home. For kids 7 to 12 years old and is conducted by Cicada Tree Eco-Place. $25 per child.

21 May (Sat): Guided walk at the 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. More about the Sensory Trail and Pulau Ubin. Booking now online until 14 May. $60 per group of 15 persons, maximum 6 groups.

Other events

21 May (Sat): Talk on "Enhancing Mangrove Habitats"
Eileen, manager in the Parks Division in National Parks Board talks about the importance of mangrove habitats. They not only provide shelter for coastal, terrestrial and aquatic species but also perform as natural water filter for coral reefs to flourish. Their roots assist to prevent coastal erosion and reduce the damages caused by natural disasters such as cyclones and tsunamis. The mangrove habitats are diminishing due to the increasing residential developments along the coastlines. Hence, it is essential for us to do our part in enhancing the remaining mangrove habitats in Singapore. Free.

22 May (Sun): Imprints - a green gathering of short videos, discussion and walking in the Wallace Trail
To celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity, Underneath the Radar, a local art and film collective, presents a medley of short videos specially curated to explore the impact we have on the environment and to share our thoughts on the possibilities ahead. Do join us as we examine plastic soup, superhero mushrooms, sustainable farming, trees from above and ponder how we can tread more lightly on Earth. The session will end with a walk in Wallace Trail, as 1-km nature trail at Dairy Farm Nature Park. Free.

For more nature events see the wildsingapore happenings blog.

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