Nature webinars by NUS Toddycats and nature groups during the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) COVID-19 mitigation in Singapore!

Emerging from the exams, we were all ready to embark on mangrove clean ups and ecosystem restoration activities but everything came to a grinding halt when COVID-19 pandemic reasserted itself. So folks in Singapore are hunkered down under Phase 2 (Heightened Alert).

Catch up on a host of informative talks about conservation of biodiversity, long-tailed macaques, seed dispersers and smooth-coated otters during this period, leading up to World Environment Day.

Thu 20 May 2021: 7.00pm – Dr Ng Ngan Kee on biodiversity and sustainability [NLB Human X Nature series] » [Registration Link

Sat 22 May 2021: 10.00am – Chanelle Lim & Sabrina Jabbar of the Long-Tailed Macaque Working Group on “Long-tailed Macaques in Our City in Nature” [NParks City in Nature series] » [Registration Link]

Sat 22 May 2021: 2:00pm – Follow the ACRES Wildlife Rescue Team in real life with the legendary Anbu, ACRES’ co-CEO! 
80 calls a day, one van, one hand phone, two power pax; unpredictability, patience, a lot of awareness raising, gentle and firm handling of the distressed wildlife, rain or shine, finding time to take a water break and all of it. Join Anbu, our Co-CEO as she follows our two wildlife rescue officers in action, island-wide. [No registration required; watch at @eyesofacres on Instagram]

Wed 26 May 2021: 10:30am to 12.00pm Taking action for animals
Know of individuals who want to take action for the animals, but do not know how? Hear from Dr Jaipal Singh, Executive Director of SPCA Singapore and Ms Anbu, Co-CEO of ACRES on their journey, but most importantly they will answer questions specifically on how an individual can take action for the animals. [No registration required; watch at ACRESasia on Facebook]

Thu 27 May 2021: 5.00pm – Paul Yoxon, Padma De Silva and N. Sivasothi on global, Asian and Singapore otters [World Otter Day celebrations with Malaysian Nature Society]; » [Registration Link]

Sat, 29 May | 11am – 12pm – Benkamin Lee & Fung Tze Kwan on Canopy Creatures: Native Wildlife Sustaining our Forests [OneMillionTrees Webinar] » [Registration Link]

Sat 05 Jun 2021: 10.00am – Sivasothi on his research adventures with otters and mangroves at the Department of Zoology from the 1990’s to the present day Department of Biological Sciences with his research undergraduates [DBS Alumni & student series] » [Registration Link]

 

More events lined up for ACRES’s 20th anniversary can be found at: https://acres.org.sg/event/
[8:28 AM, 5/20/2021] Anbu Anbarasi Boopal: Thank you Siva 🙏🙏

Join us for our NUS Toddycats activities in May – July 2021

Hello everyone,

We have been busy supporting the Biodiversity Friends Forum in unrolling the Biodiversity Challenge 2021, and we got little busy during the semester. And now we have begun planning for several programmes:

  1. Ecosystem Restoration – Team Leaders are needed for soil prep, tree-planting, sapling protection and monitoring. Training provided.
  2. Mangrove cleanups – Team Leaders are needed for supervising mangrove cleanups. Training provided.
  3. Festival of Biodiversity – Team members wanted for communicating about conservation with members of public at an exhibition and guided walks. Training provided. 

Each project involves a 3-hour of training and then you get deployed to three events of 3-hours each. You are welcome to do more of course! 

We will conduct a briefing in mid-May, after undergraduate exams. If you are keen to get involved, let us know here!

See you soon!

Sat 27 Feb 2021: 4.00pm – 6.00pm – Join us for Sapling Protection Action @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve!

What is Sapling Protection Action?

Why we do it?
This is part of NParks’ exciting coastal restoration plan at Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve at Kranji Coastal Nature Park. Coastal vegetation were mostly cleared by settlements and reservoir construction by the 1970’s. With the extention of SBWR to the western edge of Kranji reservoir in 2014, this is an opportunity to practice habitat enhancement: soil preparation, tree-planting and sapling protection.

How do we participate??
Join is for the next session on Sat 27 Feb 2021. You will receive details about where to meet, your Team Leader and attire (long pants and covered shoes). We will provide gloves (bring your own if you have them) and tools. LImited spaces due to COVID-19 mitigation. Register on Eventbrite at https://tinyurl.com/kcnpspa-27feb2021

SPA poster 27 Feb 2021

Internship with NUS Toddycats, Jan – Jul 2021

Internship with NUS Toddycats

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About the Toddycats NUS Toddycats are volunteers with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at the National University of Singapore. We expose, develop and apply individuals who are keen to contribute to nature and the environment in Singapore to programmes in conservation, education and outreach. This is an immediate means to contribute socially and meaningfully towards the nature and environment in Singapore.

NUS Toddycats are an entirely volunteer group who lead and support activities such as nature guiding at exhibitions and field sites, the organisation and management of public seminars and symposia, coordinate coastal cleanups and initiate dialogues and other engagement through active partnerships.

Objectives The NUS Toddycats Internship aims to secure a motivated intern who will organise and coordinate support for the diversity of activities. In doing so, the intern will be exposed to and acquire skills and work experience in a range of activities including administration and digital organising tools, project and events management, volunteer engagement, and communication for conservation. The intern will also participate in staffing the coordinator at various working groups and stakeholder engagements.

Scope of Internship The NUS Toddycats intern will pro-actively support operational and volunteer management needs of the coordinator and project managers with existing projects which include volunteer recruitment and engagement, nature guiding at field sites, roadshows and seminars, field surveys and coastal cleanups, and liasing and planning for Toddycats participation in various events and stakeholder meetings. Projects include:

  • Bird collision mitigation in NUS
  • Roadkill mitigation in Singaore
  • Coastal cleanups in mangroves
  • Community engagement in nature awarenes and habitat enhancement
  • Volunteer engagement and public education

Candidate Criteria The candidate must be passionate about learning through service. They must possess a good work ethic, be able to work across multiple IT platforms (e.g. Google Docs, Microsoft Office, social media), and ready to undertake tasks independently after some coaching. Some of these skills can be developed, but a strong desire to learn and a passion for the environment are critical!

It is critical that the internship is the sole commitment of the intern during this period.

Internship development NUS Toddycats is committed to the development of the intern through skills training in project management, digital tools and a workplace readiness toolbox, volunteer engagement and understanding the conservation landscape.

Period of internship Jan 2021 – Jul 2021 (or a minimum of three months). A meal and transport allowance is provided.

Reporting Officer The NUS Toddycats intern will report directly to the coordinator, N. Sivasothi and will liase with project captains for specific roles.

To apply, please write to toddycats@gmail.com with your CV.

A diversity of nature and environment talks online, as groups take to Zoom during Circuit Breaker and beyond!

For nature and environment folk, the offerings are numerous and diverse. To find events, check the NUS Toddycats Facebook page and search online. There is much more going on than the few over the next week which we highlight here! 

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In early June, for example, catch these talks on reporting science, wild otters, wild cats and the experiences of our marine youth: 

Thu 04 Jun 2020: 8.00pm SGT (UTC+8) by Kannan & Marcus

  • #SGSTEM Talk & Trivia: Mr Mark Cheong & Ms Audrey Tan from The Straits Times, discuss “how to report a #science story”
  • Register at https://tinyurl.com/sgstem20200604

In celebration of World Environment Day
Fri 05 Jun 2020: 1.00pm SGT (UTC+8) by the Otter Working Group Singapore

  • “The Otter Side of The Singapore Botanic Gardens,” 
  • by Anusha Shivram (Department of Biological Sciences, NUS) – about the use of SBG as a nursery site by the Zouk family of smooth-coated otters, and their ongoing post-natal movement to acquire territory.
  • Register at http://tinyurl.com/owg-wedtalk

Sat 06 Jun 2020: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM SGT (UTC+8) by Singapore WIldCat Action Group

  • Wildcat Lecture #5: Global Small Wildcat Conservation Efforts: Reducing Threats to Wildcats, Improving Lives of Rural People 
  • By Dr Jim Sanderson, IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group
  • Register at: https://wildcatsoftheworld-5.peatix.com

In celebration of World Oceans Day
Mon 08 Jun 2020: 8.00pm SGT (UTC+8) by NParks/SYC

  • “Youth Action for Marine Conservation” – Singapore youth Crystal Wee, Jonathan Tan, Ng Lee Kiang & Nathaniel Soon share their experiences of marine conservation on World Oceans Day, moderated by Cheo Pei Rong
  • Sign up at https://go.gov.sg/wod8june