26 October 2014

Fun with families at Pasir Ris mangroves!

It was a delight to share Pasir Ris mangroves with families on an evening walk yesterday.
About 50 enthusiastic families and kids found lots of interesting critters during the the free walk with the Naked Hermit Crabs!

We spotted squirrels just as we entered the mangroves! Kids are not only great at spotting creatures, but also at taking photos of them.
Another sharp eyed child spotted the Fire ants carrying off a Cotton stainer bug.
Everyone loves the Giant mudskippers. Although they are really hard to spot. Until they blink!
Sean shows a video clip of a mud lobster, the crazy creature that creates the volcanos around us, but which is seldom seen out of its burrow.
Oh Snake! It was very well camouflaged so it took a while for everyone to finally spot it.
One way to help find an animal is to get a search image of it. Sean helps by showing the kids the photo of the snake that he took.
Oh, that's what it looks like! After that, it's no problem to spot it. It's a Dog-faced watersnake!
The jetty at Sungei Tampines is still under repair. So we can't show the kids the archerfishes and other animals and plants in this area. We look longingly at the jetty from the bridge near the concretised part of the channel.
And here, we spot a heron hunting!
We admire the beautiful blossoms of the Sea poison tree! These bloom at night, and we could see the flowers starting to burst open!
The kids have such a great time sharing what they saw in a drawing session at the end of the walk.
On the way home, Ley Kun showed us the lovely Atlas moth that some of us missed as we were looking down for creatures!
The Pasir Ris mangroves are just 10 minutes from Pasir Ris MRT and just next to DownTown East. It has educational and interesting panels so you can explore it on your own. It is the only mangrove boardwalk that is open 24/7. A night trip to here can be quite amazing. And here's more about why Pair Ris mangroves are so awesome.

The next Naked Hermit Crab walk is at Chek Jawa on 27 Dec (Sat). Check out the Naked Hermit Crab blog for the latest updates.


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