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Sat 13 Jan 2018 The 1st Biodiversity Challenge: Human-Wildlife Co-existence (open to all)

In January 2018, Biodiversity Friends Forum will launch the first Biodiversity Challenge: Human-Wildlife Co-existence, an idea for introducing youth to the issues which was mooted by Second Minister for National Development, Mr. Desmond Lee, after the first forum in August.

Did you hear about our otters turning up on Changi Airport’s tarmac or read about wild boar sightings or hear about critically endangered sea turtle hatchlings at East Coast beach? What do you do when you encounter wildlife in urban settings? How can we manage human-wildlife interactions in Singapore?

Learn from experts and implement ideas, join us on a journey to solve a Biodiversity Challenge on human-wildlife co-existence!

The first step starts here:
BFF Biodiversity Challenge: Human-Wildlife Co-existence
Seminar and Workshops: 13 Jan 2018, Saturday
8:30am – 4pm
Venue: Function Hall, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Limited spaces, register by 5 Jan! http://www.bit.ly/hwc2018

Suitable for all students in JC, ITE, polytechnic; undergraduates, fresh graduates or young working adults (aged 16-30) interested in human-wildlife interaction issues in Singapore. No prior knowledge required.

For queries, email: Biodiversity Youth Singapore at biodyouthsg@gmail.com.

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“Inspiring a love for nature” – NUS News features NUS Toddycats Theresa Su and Ong Say Lin [10 Oct 2017]

NUS News sought out Theresa Su and Ong Say Lin for a feature on the mentoring and coordinating volunteer work they do with NUS undergraduates through NUS Toddycats. Theresa who worked on mangrove mudskippers and Say Lin who worked on wild pigs are our Toddycats HOWL coordinators. Say Lin is a coordinator for The Shelter Pawject as is Theresa for the Festival of Biodiversity and both are active with year-round mangrove cleanups too.

Thanks to Cassandra Yue for the lovely article (click to read).

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Toddycats @ Public Libraries in September for “Friends of the Forest”

20170902 Toddycats at Jurong Regional Library

For Toddycats and friends heading down to help out, look out for these seniors on these dates:

  • Sat 02 Sep 2017: 10am-6pm @ Jurong Library – Chloe, Rachel, Theresa or Joelle
  • Sun 03 Sep 2017: 10am-1pm @ Central Public Library (Victoria Street; basement) – Chloe, Rachel & Alvin
  • Sun 10 Sep 2017: 10am-6pm @ Queesntown Public Library – Chloe, or Rachel
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Happy National Day, from Toddycats HOWL 18!

Thanks to Theresa and Say Lin, we got through a vigorous agenda of 10 items in four themes between 7.00pm and 9.30pm!

  1. News from our regular programmes, The Shelter Pawject, Love MacRitchie, International Coastal Cleanup, Ridge Walks and Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk
  2. Toddycats Represent in Friends of Sister's Island Marine Park, Sungei Buloh WR, various working groups and the Biodiversity Roundtable.
  3. Youth in Biodiversity – about the GBYN experience, the upcoming BYF, and nature in campus.
  4. About developments and how Toddycats have and will contribute their thoughts.

In the last session, Toddycats considered ideas they will facilitate a discussion of at the next HOWL.

And we bid everyone a Happy National Day!

Walk with primates – Raffles’ Banded Langur Working Group 3rd Volunteer Information Session Sat 18 Jun 2017: 1.00pm – 2.30pm @ SBG

From Andie Ang,

Dear friends,

The Raffles Banded Langur Working Working Group initiated 6-month long surveys for the primate with the help of volunteers in the past year. Two six month survey cycles have been completed and you can be part of the 3rd cycle!

A briefing session results from the previous surveys will be conducted on Sat 18 Jun 2017: 1.00pm to 2.30pm at the Function Hall, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Sign up to attend briefing session: tinyurl.com/3rd-RBL-session

From:
Andie Ang, Ph.D.
Chairperson
Raffles’ Banded Langur Working Group
www.facebook.com/RBLWG

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Toddycats’ prepare for Festival of Biodiversity 2017 – this time, a forest walk at the MacRitchie forest!

NUS Toddycats hit the trail again, in preparation for the Festival of Biodiversity 2017. The annual celebration of Singapore’s biodiversity by members of the Biodiversity Roundtable of Singapore with NParks will present a two day event of talks and exhibitions at Serangoon NEX on 27-28 May 2017: 10.30am – 10.30pm.

Toddycats’ seniors conducted the second of three training sessions (two field trips and a lab session) which last saw them at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. With the exams over, 21 joned the training today which was conducted by Sean Yap, Joleen Chan, Erin Tan, Marcus Ng, Alvin Wong & Claire Jonquieres.

During the training, seniors shared stories about insects, mammals, birds and reptiles, and about themes such as flight and gliding in the tropical rainforest, forest fragmentation, human-animal conflict such as the macaque culls and the recent year of the rooster red jungle fowl fiasco and invasive species introductions.

Animal life helped out with a Draco gliding to a tree, a flatworm everting its gut to digest a snail, ants tapping mealybugs for honeydew, barklice spinning a silk layer around tree trunk like cling wrap, and a stalk-eyed fly chasing off another fly with a dramatic display. And they were bedazzled by a colugo, resting just three metres above the ground!

Chloe is mesmerised!

Shhh, a resting colugo (a nocturnal forest denizen)

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Training in small groups along the trail

Thanks to Chloe & Weiting who organised this session, and Alvin for highlights!
For photos from the walk, see Toddycats’ Flickr album and Alvin’s Flickr album.

Shelter Pawject: Toddycats June visit to Uncle Khoe’s K9 and PawPerfectLove Shelters

Registration has opened for our Shelter Pawject’s next trip on Sunday, 11th June 2017, 9.00am – 1.00pm.

Join us for a morning of washing, bathing, feeding and walking with our furry friends! Register at Eventbrite