Sun 9th June 2019 – before the actual event on Sat 29 Jun 2018, is the all-important recce! Airani, Joelle, Kevin and Otterman (all also from the cycling group Zendogs) dragged themselves away from their weekend recovery of lying comatose in bed to revisit Pulau Ubin. They had fun and are all ready for the big day now!
18 Mar 2019 – On this series of monthly nature explorations to increase Toddycats’ experience for nature guiding , we decided to have a change in scenery – a night walk! After a sumptuous dinner of prata, Joys, Weiting and Tze Kwan led a group of 20 Toddycats for a night time walk along Old Upper Thomson Road. They were greeted by many of the little critters that were active when the sun goes down.
Here’s the night’s tally done by Toddycat Spencer!
Are you interested to share stories of biodiversity in Singapore with members of the public? Join us at Festival of Biodiversity on the last weekend of May 2019 at HDB Toa Payoh Hub and experience a meaningful engagement!
The Festival of Biodiversity is an annual biodiversity outreach event, organised by National Parks Board in collaboration with the Biodiversity Roundtable since 2012. This two-day event allows us to reach out to many heartlanders unfamiliar with Singapore’s biodiversity. If you are keen to join us, register here – https://tinyurl.com/toddycats-fob2019.
Here are the details of the festival: Date: 25 and 26 May 2019 (Sat and Sun) Venue: HDB Hub Mall at Toa Payoh Time: 10.30 am to 10.30 pm
Like the past FOBs, we hope to recruit enough volunteers so that every guide who interacts with the public is fresh and ready! Just signing up and preparing for a single shift makes a massive difference! And we will prepare all volunteers with training.
Compulsory training dates: 15 May 2019 (Wed): 7 pm – 10 pm OR 18 May 2019 (Sat): 9 am – 12 pm
Hosted by, Theresa Su, Lesley Chng, Cherry Goh and Otterman.
Hi everyone! This is Natalie Quah, Otterman’s intern from Jan to Jun 2019. One of the perks is I get to attend Toddycats HOWL, which I did for the first time last Friday!
It was with a mixture of excitement and nervousness as I was waiting to meet various members of the Toddycats, many for the first time. But before long, my nerves were put to rest, because it was dinner time and there’s nothing food can’t fix! It was a delight to reconnect with many familiar faces in the nature community and to make new friends over yummy slices of pizza.
Toddycats’ HOWL always begins with icebreakers to warm us up, with a VERY late Chinese New Year theme, haha! Just as we were done, Weiting arrived late after her Changi practical, having kept everyone waiting (geddit? XD), and wrestled through her task as everyone watched. She rose to the occasion and amused all of us!
Various Toddycats then brought us through news and various upcoming events.
The final part of HOWL was a long-awaited fireside chat! It was an honour to interact with Stephen Beng, chair of NSS’s Marine Conservation Group and Friends of Marine Park. The Resident Blue, as he calls himself, recalled his ocean experience from the time he was a kid to present day engagements,
Stephen’s strong affinity with the ocean and his passion for resolving issues through Friends of Marine Park came through clearly during this session and I was personally inspired to work harder for our local biodiversity!
So my impression of my first HOWL? We had a mix of both sillyness and solemness, leaving everyone feeling full, just like the moon!
In 2013, a shocking announcement was issued by LTA about the proposed Cross Island MRT Line. This proposal to tunnel under the precious and fragile MacRitchie Forest ecosystem was met by nature groups in various ways.
One of those responses was the Love MacRitchie movement, a collective effort by several nature groups in Singapore who share the uniqueness and value of our heritage which is the MacRitchie Forest.
In addition to talks about the issue, education of students and engagement with the media, members of the group also offer guided nature walks at MacRitchie.
Join our nurturing guides on a walk to discover your heritage, understand why we have a love for such spaces, and lend your voice to save MacRitchie from this and future threats.
The walks, which began in 2013, have continued to the present time, even as the investigation and debate on the alignment of the Cross Island Line continues. Find out more during the Love MacRitchie walks in the first half of 2019 by visiting the Love Maritchie Eventbrite page to register.
13 Jan – Venus Loop with NUS Toddycats!
9 Feb – Venus Loop with NUS Toddycats!
10 Mar – Venus Loop with NUS Toddycats!
23 Mar – Ranger Station with Herpetological Society of Singapore
The NUS Toddycats roadshow team was back at NUS UTown SRC again on Wed 20 Feb 2019, at the invitation of NUS PEACE which includes the various projects, NUS Cat Cafe, NUS Paw Friends (feat Mutts & Mittens), NUS Therapy Dogs and VEGE team.
The museum specimens, together with the stories allowed the audience to better understand how plastics that we use in our daily lives can be such a big threat to our marine wildlife. After listening to the plight of our marine environment and marine life, many were game to do take a pledge, a small step to making a difference to the environment.
We had a blast talking to everyone who stopped by, and were glad for the many who penned a pledge to demonstrate their love for nature and the environment in Singapore.
Thanks to NUS PEACE for the great experience amidst many passionate and active volunteers who were busy raising awareness for animal welfare, animal shelters and promoting a cruelty-free diet. And our furry friends who visited with us. Well done NUS PEACE!
NUS Toddycats are at U Town Plaza in NUS these two days (14 & 15 Feb 2019), to feature Marine Life and the Threat of Marine Trash with a road show, thanks to NUS SAVE. Visit the roadshow and meet all the partners, internal and external the they have lined up!
At NUS Goes Lite 2019: Go BYOnd!, organised by Students Against Violation of the Earth (SAVE), learn about SAVE’s upcoming green initiatives, learn how you can go beyond BYO, and check out what the NUS student environmental community (and beyond) have been up to!