18 April 2013

Celebrate Earth Day on our wild shores this Saturday!

Celebrate Earth Day this Saturday! Join the free Pasir Ris Mangrove boardwalk tour with the Naked Hermit Crabs! An evening stroll where 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.
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.

Or join the Earth Day Celebrations at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

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9am - Plant-a-Propagule (while stocks last, plant a baby mangrove tree!)
9.30am and 9.45am: Guided Tour of the Mangroves
10-11am - Talk on "Mangroves: Web of Love and Hate Relationships"
Throughout the day - Pebble Painting, Nature Origami

While the activities are free, entry charges to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.

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'. The 'official' Earth Day site is http://www.earthday.org/. 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 more Earth Day activities held in Singapore, on the Celebrating Singapore's Biodiversity blog.

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