Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Nov 2013 school hols walks

Nature Guided-walk at Chek Jawa Nature Reserve, Pulau Ubin

Date: Monday 25 November 2013
Time: 8.30am to 12.30pm
Cost: $13 per pax (adult or kid). Free for kids age 5 yrs and below accompanying adult participants. Excludes the bumboat ride to Pulau Ubin at$2.50 per person one way, and the mini-bus ride to CJ at $4 per person return.
Venue: Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin
Duration: 3 hours minimum


Meeting Point:
We meet at 8.30am at basement of Changi Jetty (also known as Changi Point Ferry Terminal) at Lorong Berkukong, 5 mins walk away from Changi Village hawker centre.

Map: http://www.streetdirectory.com/sg/changi-point/51-lorong-bekukong-499172/26866_79719.html (if link doesn't work, pls copy & paste on your browser)


Walk ends at 12.30pm back at Ubin Jetty.

Please note:
This walk will only be on the boardwalk and dirt trails. We will not be going onto the seashore or mud-flats.
Bring poncho/raincoat/umbrella, hat, fully-filled refillable water bottle, herbal mosquito repellent.
Wear long pants, otherwise wear thick repellent. Long-sleeved shirt, socks and covered shoes are recommended.
Ubin has shops selling drinks and snacks. There are restaurants open for lunch and dinner.

Brief:
In 2001, plans to destroy CJ were shelved and now it is a nature reserve. CJ is one of Singapore's most treasured and loved nature spots, with a diverse combination of scenic habitats and wildlife. Here exists rare coastal forest, rocky seashore, sea grass meadows, ancient coral reef rubble, mud-flats, mangrove and Attap Chee groves. The shallow sea here supports
incredible marine biodiversity, and is home to the rare and globally-endangered Dugong or Sea Cow. We go onto the extensive boardwalk to access the various habitats and to spot a diversity of unique wildlife such as mudskippers, fiddler and tree-climbing crabs, the Great-billed Heron and many others. At CJ, the lush coastal forest grows right down to meet the
Rocky Seashore where, if lucky, we may glimpse a flock of Red Jungle Fowl or a family of Wild Pigs beachcombing for seafood.
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Nite Critter Watch at Pasir Ris Mangrove Boardwalk


Date: Tuesday 26 November 2013
Time: 6.15pm to 8.30pm
Cost: $13 per pax (adult or kid). Free for kids age 5 yrs and below accompanying adult participants.
Venue: Pasir Ris Park Mangrove Boardwalk


Meeting Point:
We meet at 6.15pm outside the public toilet block at right side of Car Park C at end of Pasir Ris Green Road which is off Pasir Ris Drive 3 road.



Walk ends at 8.30pm back at starting point.

Please note:
Bring torchlight with batteries, poncho/raincoat/umbrella, fully-filled refillable water bottle, herbal mosquito repellent.
Bring, poncho/raincoat/umbrella, water in your refillable water bottle, herbal mosquito repellent. Have an early dinner before coming. Please wear long pants, tee-shirt, socks and covered shoes. Long-sleeved shirt is recommended.

Brief:
As dusk falls, we use a bat detector to locate bats. We explore deep into the mangrove forest via the extensive boardwalks to look for other nite critters such as the Dog-faced Watersnake and Black-crowned Night-heron.
Tree-climbing crabs can be seen perched high above on branches, as if they're birds. Several species of owls have been encountered here, plus the Large-tailed Nightjar, another nocturnal bird with a loud "chonk-chonk-chonk" call. Fireflies live in this forest. Though only seasonally numerous, we should meet some. This easy walk is on level pathways and wooden boardwalks. There will be a rest stop at the shelter over the scenic Tampines River.
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Nite Critter Walk at Singapore Botanic Gardens (Tanglin Gate)

Date: Wednesday 27 November 2013
Time: 6.15pm to 8.30pm
Cost: $13 per pax (adult or kid). Free for kids age 5 yrs and below accompanying adult participants.
Venue: Tanglin Gate visitor centre service counter, Singapore Botanic Gardens

Meeting Point:
We meet at 6.15pm at the service counter of the visitor centre at old Tanglin Gate entrance at Cluny Road facing Gleneagles Hospital (NOT the Nassim Gate Visitor Centre at Nassim Road).


Add: 1 Cluny Road (S)259569 (pls note address is the same for all parts of botanic gardens)

Walk ends at 8.30pm back at starting point.

Please note:
This easy walk is mostly on level, paved pathway with a few steps at certain parts. Have an early dinner before coming.
Bring torchlight with batteries, poncho/raincoat/umbrella, refillable water bottle, herbal mosquito repellent.
Please wear long pants, tee-shirt, socks and covered shoes. Long-sleeved shirt is recommended.

Brief:
We will observe Short-nosed Fruit Bats at their daytime roost before they wake up and fly off at dusk. Then use our bat detector to locate insect-eating bats. As night falls, we go to investigate the nearby ponds for other nocturnal critters such as the Four-lined Treefrog with its bubble nest, and the tiny Painted Chorus Frog with its silvery tadpoles. We will then wander on the forest boardwalk to look for scorpions and other multi-legged critters of the night.
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Kids Study Pondlife at Singapore Botanic Gardens


Date: Thursday 28 November 2013
Time: 9.00am to 11.30am
Cost: $15 per kid age 7 to 11 yrs. Participants' sibling age 6 yrs and below can come along free.

Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens

Meeting Point:
We meet at 9.00am at the clock tower inside the Nassim Gate Visitor Centre (NOT at the Tanglin Gate entrance at Cluny Road facing Gleneagles Hospital).
Add: 1 Cluny Road (S)259569 (pls note address is the same for all parts of botanic gardens)

Walk ends at 11.30am back at starting point.

Please note:
Bring poncho/raincoat/umbrella, hat, fully-filled refillable water bottle, herbal mosquito repellent, snacks.
Wear long pants, otherwise wear thick repellent. Long-sleeved shirt, socks and covered shoes are recommended.

Brief:
The ponds in the garden are alive with a diversity of freshwater-dependent critters. Here, kids can easily find, observe and study colourful dragonflies, pond-skaters and other aquatic bugs, and learn about their magical life cycles. Living among the water plants here are the Waterhen, Whistling Ducks, kingfishers, and reptiles such as the Water Monitor Lizard
and Red-eared Terrapins. Topics covered include adaptations of aquatic fauna and flora, life cycles, food chain, habitat, water, pollution and conservation issues. Participants must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
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A Long Nature Trek into Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve


Date: Friday 29 November 2013
Time: 8.30am to 11.30am
Cost: $13 per pax (adult or kid). Free for kids age 5 yrs and below accompanying adult participants. Does not include entry fee of $1 for adult and 50 cents for kids.
Venue: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve


Meeting Point:
We meet at 8.30am at the ticket counter inside the visitor centre of SBWR.


Please note:
Bring poncho/raincoat/umbrella, hat, fully-filled refillable water bottle, herbal mosquito repellent, snacks.
Wear long pants, otherwise wear thick repellent. Long-sleeved shirt, socks and covered shoes are recommended.

Walk Brief:
This beautiful nature reserve is an important resting and feeding spot for migratory birds from the north. November and December are the best months to see thousands of them checking into the reserve. It is also home to a fantastic diversity of native fauna and flora, from rare otters to monitor lizards, woodpeckers and mudskippers! This is The place to spot an Archerfish. In the past, the area had several kampongs (villages) with the locals tending to vegetable and fruit tree plots. Many of these fruit trees and traditional herbs still survive and may be encountered along the trails. The villagers had also constructed fish and prawn ponds in the mangroves which are now used by wetland wildlife such as a family of rare Smooth Otters and two Saltwater Crocodiles. We will also go onto the lovely, long and winding mangrove arboretum boardwalk. The current reserve area may soon be closed to the public, once the connecting new Kranji adventure park is ready. So come see it all before you can't anymore!

Please note: For this trek, we will be taking the longer routes to get deep into the heart of the reserve, but it will be on level dirt trails and elevated boardwalks, suitable for use of strollers and wheelchairs. Participants who come must be ready and able to do quite a bit of walking.
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Exploring Ubin's Kampong and Nature

Date: Saturday 30 November 2013
Time: 8.30am to 11.00am
Cost: $13 per pax (adult or kid). Excludes the bumboat ride to Pulau Ubin which is $2.50 per person one way. Free for kids age 5 yrs and below accompanying adult participants.
Venue: Pulau Ubin


Meeting Point:
We meet at 8.30am at basement of Changi Jetty (also known as Changi Point Ferry Terminal) at Lorong Berkukong, 5 mins walk away from Changi Village hawker centre.


Walk ends at 11.00am back at Ubin Jetty.

Please note:
Bring poncho/raincoat/umbrella, hat, fully-filled refillable water bottle, herbal mosquito repellent.
Wear long pants, otherwise wear thick repellent. Long-sleeved shirt, socks and covered shoes are recommended.
Ubin has shops selling drinks and snacks. There are restaurants open for lunch and dinner.

Walk Brief:
Our nature-guided stroll will bring us through a herb, spice and medicinal plant garden, coffee, coconut, durian and other fruit tree plantations, mangrove forest, grassland and woodlands. We will also bypass 'kampong' village houses with their backyard flower and food gardens. Along the way, we may encounter wild pigs, jungle chickens, monitor lizards and a diversity of birds and bugs living among the wayside wildflowers. This walk starts and ends in the main village which has remained almost unchanged since the 1960s. Come experience Ubin's culture before its all gone.

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Registration:
Email Celine Low at contact@cicadatree.org.sg
giving participants' names, ages & a mobile no.

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