Join us as a Toddycats volunteer at Festival of Biodiversity 2017!

19264266751_f72272bb20_kHave a treasure-trove of nature-related stories but not sure who to share them with? Come join the NUS Toddycats at the Festival of Biodiversity 2017! This annual event aims to create awareness and promote efforts in conserving and enhancing our local biodiversity. Check out various recounts of past years’ Festival of Biodiversity events!

Where: NEX Serangoon

When: 27–28 May 2017

Not sure if you have enough stories to tell? Fret not. There will be two training sessions this year (volunteers need only to attend one) to equip volunteers with nature tales on the specimens on display this year.

In addition, volunteers with NUS Toddycats this year will have a chance to embark on not one, but TWO nature walks for an immersive experience in our natural habitats before we gear up for FOB 2017!

If you have a passion for our natural heritage, and want to lend a voice to our local biodiversity, sign up here: tinyurl.com/fob-volunteer2017.

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Sat 01 April 2017: 7.30am – Join us for a very muddy World Water Day mangrove cleanup @ Lim Chu Kang!

Join NUS Toddycats for the third year-round coastal cleanup at Lim Chu Kang. We are determined to clear this area of marine debris and plan to get muddy as we venture deeper into the mangrove this time. Working alongside us on the beach will be volunteers from NUS SAVE.

Transport is provided for 40 people (be sure to choose the right ticket), read all the details (itinerary, safety, site details) at the Eventbirite registration page.

Ridge Walk – a series of five Friday evening briskwalks along the Southern Ridges

Dear friends,

In 2008, a 9-km series of trails, bridges and walkways were unveiled – these reconnected the Southern Ridges which had been carved through by several roads (see map). An almost continuous traffic-free walk from NUS to HarbourFront became possible and takes two hours at a brisk pace.

This is an excellent way to get in some exercise at the end of a tough week, amidst a unique landscape and greenery. Get to know various points along the Southern Ridges and plan your future visits. But it all starts with a walk and we are hard pressed to find the time.

To get you going, NUS Toddycats, in conjunction with Ridge View Residential College are leading a series of brisk walks for NUS staff, students and friends from YIH Plaza through to HarbourFront MRT on the following dates:

  1. Fri 24 Mar 2017
  2. Fri 28 Apr 2017
  3. Fri 19 May 2017
  4. Fri 30 Jun 2017
  5. Fri 28 Jul 2017

If you struggle to keep up initially, you can peel off at any time. Several popular stop points along the way are:

  1. 2.0km, 22 mins – Science Park 1 (Kent Ridge MRT Station); [route]
  2. 4.0km, 51 mins – Reflections at Bukit Chandu (near Pasir Panjang MRT Station) [route]
  3. 5.3km, 1h 12mins – Alexandra Arch (near Labrador Park MRT Station); [route]
  4. 6.2km, 1h 22mins – Henderson Waves (near Telok Blangah) – Bus Stop no. 14051 & 14059; [route]
  5. 8.8km, 2h 5mins – HarbourFront (near MRT Station); [route]

Your guides frm NUS Toddycats will be Kenneth Pinto, Xu Weiting, Airani S & N. Sivasothi.

If there is threat of heavy rain, strong winds prior to a storm or haze, we will cancel the walk and inform you by email.

Register here!

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Scrubdown! Our first 2017 shelter visit to Uncle Khoe’s K9 & Paw Perfect Love Shelter

Sun 19 Feb 2017 – The Shelter Pawject made the first of four trips to Uncle Khoe’s K9 & Paw Perfect Love shelters. The team of 20 volunteers were armed with cleaning supplies, logistics and home-cooked food, and ready for a good workout!

Many pairs of hands make quick work indeed – in just three hours, hard scrubbing removed algae and moss off the floor and furniture, old cabinets were replaced, and shelter dogs were fed with nutritious home-cooked food. Everyone put heard and soul into the scrub down to ensure a healthy though small environment for the resident dogs. And three volunteers (Robina, Xinlei & Jing) decided to become walkers for the cooped up canines.

Thanks to everyone who made our trip a success – all the volunteers for the hard work and effort, Jane for sponsoring the logistics (2 metal cabinets, 120L dustbin & gogovan) and Say Lin for sponsoring the photoshoot. Also, thanks to the shelters for having us!

Not forgetting our fur pals (Nokia, Baby Girl, Bella and all) – we filled your bowls but you filled our hearts. See you all soon! 🙂

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By Grace & Joys Tan

Biodiversity Roadshow @ The Forum

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16-oes-biodiversity-roadshow-forum-16feb2017jl16 Feb 2017 – NUS Toddycats joined forces with the BES Drongos and Campus Creatures for the first time to take part in the Biodiversity Roadshow organised by NUS’ Office of Environmental Sustainability at the Forum.

We showcased wildlife commonly found within the leafy Kent Ridge campus, and by extension, in wild spaces around Singapore.

We had at our booth preserved specimens of commonly encountered snakes in NUS, a plantain squirrel, a palm civet, a specially curated insect box from the Lee Kong Chian Museum accompanied with blown up posters of other campus creatures found in campus.

A popular display with curious students and staff, they were given advice about what to do during snake encounters (most of all, don’t hurt the snake!), how to best enjoy the natural history museum on campus (free for all NUS staff and students), and learn about the wildlife that still survives urban Singapore.

We thank NUS OES for hosting us at the roadshow – it was fun! For more pictures from the event, see our flickr album.

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86 remember the Battle of Pasir Panjang at our annual walk and learn about the ridge

Sun 12 Feb 2017 – 86 participants and guides walked together bright and early from 7.00am to 12.00pm in remembrance at the annual Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore and we were joined by members of the Malaysia’s Military History Lover’s Club as well as friends from Australia and Japan. We have been sharing news and stories with them over Facebook since the walk.

Several volunteer guides with other museums were with us too. The Pasir Panjang guides shared stories with participants about the history, biology and geography of the ridge (see the webpage) and heard stories ourselves from the many who came.

For photos from the event, see the Pasir Panjang Heritage Facebook page.

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NUS News shared the walk on their Facebook page.

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Guides – Oi Yee, Alvin, Stella, Airani and Sivasothi

888kg of marine trash removed from Lim Chu Kang by 67 Toddycats & friends during the Chinese New Year / World Wetlands Day coastal cleanup

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Sat 04 Feb 2017 – 67 volunteers from Toddycats & Friends removed 888kg of trash in more than 100 trash bags from Lim Chu kang beach and mangrove for the Chinese New Year / World Wetlands Day coastal cleanup.

See “Almost 900kg of rubbish cleared from Lim Chu Kang mangrove,” by Zhaki Abdullah. The Straits Times, 05 Feb 2017 which featured regular volunteer Adrian Lim and his four-year old daughter Elizabeth (see photo below), and the video uploaded earlier the same day here.

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