|A whole bunch of new friends!|
Photo by Ria Tan
Just as we arrived, we were greeted by a wild boar, and a large group of long-tailed macaques. All of us were excited to get a sneak peek of the wildlife we would see during our walks, but still remembered to keep a respectful distance from the animals.
|The first sighting of the day|
|Remember not to feed or disturb the animals!|
We were also fortunate enough to run into Mr. Yeo, a true-blue Ubin islander, who used to live on Chek Jawa and was kind enough to share some stories about what Chek Jawa used to be like.
|Mr. Yeo (in pink), describing Ubin's past|
|Let's introduce ourselves!|
Photo by Ley Kun Wong
|Ley Kun (in black hat) giving an introduction about Chek Jawa|
|Dayna (in blue) sharing with volunteers about the Kampung Chek Jawa station|
|Ria (with white bandanna) sharing about Jejawi Tower station and the Jejawi Tree|
Everyone was interested in the large, red balls growing along the boardwalk. These balls are the fruit of the Nipah palm, from which you can get attap chee for your ice kachang! We also managed to find some pretty Nipah flowers growing as well. Find out more at the Nipah Palm station!
|The Attap Fruit|
Photo by Ria Tan
Our sharp-eyed volunteers also managed to spot not just one, but two dog-faced water snakes! These snakes are able to swim, and prey on small animals such as fish.
|Dog-faced Water Snake|
|Luckily for us, they weren't very sssneaky|
We also learnt a lot about the mangrove trees growing around the boardwalk, and the unique way that they reproduce!
The tide was just coming in as we made our way to the coastal boardwalk. We managed to spot multiple herons feeding, and enjoy the sight of the seagrass swaying in the clear waters, among other interesting sights.
|Looking out for shorebirds|
|A coastal horseshoe crab in the seagrass meadow|
At the end of the coastal boardwalk, the last station before we returned to House No. 1, there is a special tree known as the seashore nutmeg. The volunteers were interested in learning about this tree, which is extremely rare and critically endangered.
|Fruits of the seashore nutmeg|
With the walk over, we made our way back to Ubin Jetty with a group of new nature guides. Come see them in action at the Chek Jawa open house on 3 June (Sat)! The event is FREE, no need to register. Just come to Chek Jawa!
|See you at Balik Chek Jawa!|
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Photos by Liz Lim on facebook.
Photos by Wong Ley Kun on facebook.
Photos by Ria Tan on facebook.