17 April 2012

Celebrate Earth Day in our mangroves!

This weekend, lots of Earth Day activities are scheduled in our mangroves! Many are suitable for kids and the family, and some allow us to roll up our sleeves and help Mother Nature. Here's more about these activities.
A hornbill at Pasir Ris mangroves!
What is Earth Day?
There's often much confusion about Earth Day.

From wikipedia: Started nearly 40 years ago in the US, the Earth Day celebrated on 22 Apr is not a UN-sanctioned 'Day' or 'Year'. There are two websites claiming to be the 'official' Earth Day site: http://www.earthday.org/ and http://www.earthday.net/. In addition, there is a UN-sanctioned Equinox Earth Day which is celebrated around March at the annual equinox. This is managed by the Earth Society Foundation.

Nevertheless, a wide range of activities are conducted under the banner of 'Earth Day' in many countries on 22 April.

Here's some Singapore Earth Day activities in our mangroves!

21 Apr (Sat): Earth Day Celebrations @ Pasir Ris Park
Join the FREE celebrations of Earth Day at Pasir Ris. Go on a Mangrove Adventure and see creatures of the mangrove forst. Explore and learn with hands-on activities at the Sensory Kitchen and Butterfly Garden. Participate in many other exciting activities and win attractive prizes. Want to do more for Earth Day? Register your organised group (more than 10 persons) and sign  up for the Park Cleanup.

21 Apr (Sat): Free Earth Day walk at Pasir Ris Mangrove boardwalk with the Naked Hermit Crabs
There are fascinating mangroves at Pasir Ris Park! Easily explored through the boardwalks and it's open even at night! Celebrate Earth Day with the Naked Hermit Crabs, join this evening stroll through an interesting but often overlooked mangrove.
Here, we are sure to see lots of crazy tree climbing crabs, delightful giant mudskippers and cool monitor lizards. Pasir Ris is also one of the few places where nesting herons are easily observed. And as the sun sets, we might spot some nocturnal animals like watersnakes. If we're lucky, we may catch a glimpse of the rare Mangrove pitta or the family of otters that have been seen here! The walk is free and suitable for children. This walks is also held on 28 Apr (Sat).

21 Apr (Sat): Earth Day at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Join this guided walk to identify passerine birds from their calls. You will help carry out a bird census. A great opportunity to learn how a passerine bird census is done and to identify birds by their calls. While the walk is free, entry charges to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.

28 Apr (Sat): Earth Day Coastal Cleanup @ Tanah Merah – a call to Organisations to hit the beach! Companies and groups, come make a difference by cleaning up this much neglected shore which is very much alive!

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