One of the ways volunteers can help is to carry all the cool survey equipment to the survey site. It's a bit of a walk along the now dismantled railway track. I'm old, so I can't help much here.
Mandai mangroves have a LOT of trees. I did a very unscientific look at the mangroves in April and there are lots of of interesting and rare trees and plants here. Here's my map with GPS points for some of the rare plants (red=Critically Endangered, yellow=Endangered, light blue=Vulnerable).
Wax plants (Hoya sp.)! Unfortunately, there were no flowers so I couldn't find out exactly what species they are. Perhaps they are one of the rare ones?! Here's an old article in Nature Watch about some of the beautiful Hoyas of Singapore. Near the Hoyas, Rick also showed me an enormous Portia tree (Thespesia polpunea)! I think it's the biggest one I've ever seen.
Gedabu (Sonneratia ovata)!
Tengar merah (Ceriops zippeliana). It sure looks like the young one that Dr Yong pointed out to us on our trip earlier this week.
Mud crabs (Scylla sp.)? He was accompanied by four large but friendly dogs which happily splashed about in the water.
more about Rick's study on his awesome Mangrove Action Squad blog featuring the very macho Mangrove Mafia. Better yet, volunteer to help in his study by filling out this form. You'll get a glimpse of Mandai mangroves, learn more about our mangroves and make a difference for them!
More about Mandai mangroves
- Some special trees and plants I saw in April
- Horseshoe crab eggs seen at Mandai
- My first time to Mandai mangroves
- Siva's awesome compilation of Mandai mangrove resources
- Recent blog posts by others about Mandai mangroves