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Friends of the Forest library booths – we did it!

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Originally posted on Love MacRitchie:
What an exciting two weekends it was! As part of the Love Our MacRitchie Forest movement, NUS Toddycats held a series of “Friends of the Forest” conservation booths at various public libraries around Singapore to raise…

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Friends of the Forest library booths – a mid-week update!

This gallery contains 5 photos.

Originally posted on Love MacRitchie:
Over the past weekend (2nd and 3rd September 2017), the children’s sections of Jurong Regional Library and Central Public Library went abuzz with the sights and sounds of our forests, as the NUS Toddycats brought…

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!

Mon 31 Oct 2016: 6.30pm @ LT27 – Free Public Talk: Professor Jerry Coyne: “Evolution Is True, And Why People Still Don’t Believe It”

We are pleased to co-host with the Humanist Society of Singapore, Professor Jerry Coyne for a public talk on Evolution on 31 October. As spaces are limited, please register for your free ticket via eventbrite! lkcnhm-hss-coyne.eventbrite.sg.

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Toddycats Changi Retreat 2015: a sumptuous, all-vegetarian, zero-food-waste BBQ!

It’s been 7 years since the Toddycats Appreciation Dinner in 2008, but we finally managed to get all our volunteers together over 24 and 25 July 2015 (Friday and Saturday) for a Toddycats Retreat @ Changi Fairy Point Bungalow!

We’ve been working hard in the past few years, conducting nature-guided walks for the public, coordinating many coastal and mangrove cleanups, and being involved in numerous other outreach initiatives such as Ubin Day and Festival of Biodiversity. Many of us work together in such events, yet don’t actually know each other very well. This gathering session gave us the opportunity to reconnect and learn more about each other, beyond that burning passion for conservation! The retreat was also a chance for us to thank all our passionate Toddycats for the work everyone has contributed to over the past few years.

With the help of Alvin, we managed to grab Changi Fairy Point Bungalow 2 – a nice location with a relaxing atmosphere, and the Changi Point Boardwalk a stone’s throw away. A couple of us reached the bungalow around 3pm, and started prepping for our all-vegetarian BBQ.

Despite unconventional decision of having all-veggie BBQ, we decided it would be a good chance to show that being vegetarian didn’t necessarily require us to cut back on good food. Before Friday night, Sankar, Joelle and I raided online recipe journals for meat-free BBQ options, and prepped pasta salad, corn salsa, lentil bean burgers, grilled tofu, raita, and loads more! Vegetarianism does have many environmental benefits, and many of us – if not already vegetarian, do take necessary measures to reduce meat intake.

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We also brought our own lunchbox/plates, cutlery and tumbler, to reduce the amount of waste generated!

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DSCF7644After a fulfilling dinner, we headed inside to relax.

The night was not yet over, and though a couple of us had to leave earlier, the rest headed out to Changi Point Boardwalk for a nightwalk! The boardwalk was teeming with life, and we even witnessed a flat-tailed house gecko carcass (Hemidactylus platyurus) being carried by an army of weaver ants (Oecophylla smaragdina) for their supper.

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These tireless Toddycats proceeded to play even more games when we got back from the nightwalk, and Marcus – who had been busy with the whale carcass salvage, joined us! Junius had brought along many boardgames – which kept us all up until 3am, when everyone finally decided to wrap up the night.

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By 10.30am the next morning, we had cleared up the bungalow, and many of us headed back into the field for Toddycat-duties with ICCS 2015 on-site recces happening around the island. It was a truly enjoyable night with everyone, and we look forward to the next Toddycats Retreat!

Toddycats at Ubin Day, 13-14 Jun 2015

Toddycats at Ubin Day 2015 (13-14 Jun 2015)

DAY 1

Preparations for Ubin Day had begun weeks before the event and finally on 12 Jun 2015, Sankar A & Lynn Ng (Toddycats SG50 Interns), Becky Lee (ICCS Intern) and Toddycats Joys Tan and Joleen Chan got together to pack logistics for Ubin Day.

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The next day, Toddycats began arriving on Ubin as early as 7.00am! To beat the dawn awakening, some Toddycats like Law Ing Sind and Becky Lee had stayed over the previous night!

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Toddycats arrived early to set up our booth.

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All done!

The first day a huge crowd overran the booths! Many had come in celebration of Siglap Day as well.

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Toddycats excite the the crowd with stories about the specimens!

Iris Ng and Lee Juin Bin informed people about the Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium IV – BoSS IV will be held on the 01 Aug 2015 and you can find out more here!

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Iris Ng and Lee Juin Bin hard-selling BoSS IV

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Ubin Day’s first BoSS registrant – see you at BoSS!

The Toddycats booth had a very special visitor: Mr Desmond Lee, Minister of State with the Ministry of National Development.

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Mr Desmond Lee enjoyed the ICCS interactive exhibit.

Becky Lee and Sankar A chatted with another special visitor, the Minister of National Development Mr Khaw Boon Wan, who was fascinated by the Hawksbill turtle and dugong specimens we had on display.

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Sharing with Mr Khaw about Singapore’s marine biodiversity and the threats they face.

Civet Intern Claudia Ang, was actively sharing stories about the Common Palm Civet and the cruelty behind Kopi Luwak. You can find out more here.

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Claudia Ang and the Common Palm Civet!

DAY 2

As the sun rose over Ubin, rainclouds appeared over the island – uh-oh!

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A view of the sky from the boat to Ubin; photo by Chay Hoon

And sure enough, it started to pour!

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The rain was very heavy.

Toddycats offered Pedal Ubin once again, which had been revived for the first Ubin Day last year. Pedal Ubin guides Alvin Wong, JoelleLai, Marcus Ng, Chloe Tan, Travis Ho, Sankar A, Ng Xinyao, Ng Chao Xiang and Yeo Wei were ready in time and greeted by a very high attendance rate which saw enthusiastic participants turn up early!

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Alvin Wong conducting the safety briefing for Pedal Ubin participants.

We visited nature and heritage sites on Pulau Ubin including the German Girl Shrine and the “Y U So Like That!” drink stall.

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Pedal Ubin at the German Girl Shrine.

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Joelle Lai’s group take a photo outside the Kampong House.

In response to the launch of the Ubin Way based on the positive highlights of kampong life, we had everyone engage in light-hearted conversations with one another. This relaxing element was injected specifically this year as guides can be quite focused on guiding and forget to have a conversation!

Alvin’s group was even joined by none other than MoS Desmond Lee who was active that day on the island in many events, despite struggling with jet lag.

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At the German Girl Shrine.

Some lucky participants were treated to a durian feast at Jelutong Bridge – shiok! It’s the start of bountiful durian harvest in the region.

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On the way back, we stopped at Pekan Quarry, where Andy Dinesh, David Tan and other enthusiastic birders had set up a birding tentage. Participants and guides were introduced to the very rare Oriental Darter.

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Birders braving bad weather.

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The oriental darter (aka snakebird) with the Grey Heron on the bottom right. Photo by Cherry Goh

Meanwhile, the Toddycats booth at Ubin Village was still going strong.

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Letchumi M is not staring down the booth guide. Just listening intently!

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Toddycats young and younger!

At last, Ubin Day came to and end and it was time to clear up. Becky Lee and several Toddycats saw to the safe transport of all the specimens back to LKCNHM.

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Precious LKCNHM specimens loaded up onto the bumboat!

NUS Toddycats thank the hardworking volunteers who made this event possible, as well as National Parks Board, Ria Tan & Min Lin Lim (WildSingapore), the Ministry of National Development and all the contributing groups of this year’s Ubin Day.

See you at the next Ubin Day!

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Toddycats at Ubin Day! 

 Good morning everyone! This weekend is Ubin Day and the Toddycats are out at Pulau Ubin conducting outreach on marine and terrestrial biodiversity of Singapore.  Besides our booths, there are many activities available to every visitor, to experience the Ubin … Continue reading