Prof Beatley began with the quick run through of what many people probably already know about 'green' in an urban setting.
biophilia hypothesis explains to me some of my strange obsession for our wild places.
nature deficit syndrome has been remarked upon in Singapore too.
outdoor programmes to prevent myopia, and outdoor programmes to cut drop out rates to outdoor programmes for pre-school kids.
Austin Bats Bridge. How wonderful if we could do the same for Singapore's wildlife!
Singapore Index on Cities' Biodiversity.
Community in Bloom gardens, planted sidewalks, park spaces near urban areas. We also have a broad spectrum of nature in Singapore to enjoy and explore, including larger parks, park connectors to Real Wild Places, which include rainforests, mangroves, seagrass meadows, coral reefs! Many are well managed with amenities and facilities, and have DIY trail guides. Yet, we still have some truly wild places for the more adventurous. Some are really hard to get to, like the submerged reefs! Being so compact, no one in Singapore is more than an hour away from any of these places. In fact, staying at home or staycations are something that is highlighted occasionally.
field guides issued by the Singapore Science Centre, to information online. I'm always impressed by how much our kids know whenever I guide outdoors.
bird call clips to help us learn more about our wiildlife.
a special unit just to rescue these animals! From their website, since Aug 2009, they have rescued more than 1,000 wild animals from snakes to bats, pangolins to sea turtles. They also deal with illegally traded wildlife.
Long-tailed macaques are becoming an issue as we encroach on their shrinking habitats and people feed them. Among the efforts to deal with this are educational walks, together with enforcement.
sea turtles hatching on our shores, and sighted off our coasts. Wild dolphins are also regularly sighted and currently the subject of a study. We have wild otters too! And Singapore has many groups that focus on marine guided walks. I work mainly with the Naked Hermit Crabs who focus on kids, and last Sunday we had another great walk at Chek Jawa.
Mega Marine Survey, Singapore's first comprehensive marine biodiversity survey.