Thursday, May 16, 2019

1 June (Sat): Want to learn how to be a nature guide? Come join the Chek Jawa Familiarisation Tour with the Naked Hermit Crabs!

Have you ever wanted to experience what it’s like to be a nature guide? Looking for an interesting activity for your family to take part in during the holidays? The Chek Jawa Familiarisation Tour is here for you! No prior experience is needed. Sign up now! After you have completed the Familiarisation Tour on 1 June, you will be able to participate as a volunteer at the Balik Chek Jawa Day on 2 June. Come join us and make a difference for nature!
Join us to help make a difference for nature!

What is this Familiarisation Tour about?

To help prepare you to contribute to Balik Chek Jawa on 2 June (Sun), this tour introduces you Chek Jawa and hopes to build your confidence to share at one station of your choice along the boardwalk.

It is also a chance to interact with like-minded people and more experienced nature guides while coming up with new and exciting ways to share about our shores. The tour will take you around the Chek Jawa coastal and mangrove boardwalk.

Why should I join this familiarisation tour?

By joining this FREE tour, you will not only learn about the wildlife at Chek Jawa, but also have a chance to contribute to Balik Chek Jawa by learning how to be a nature guide! 
Your help is needed during Balik Chek Jawa:
(a) As guides at various spots or wandering the boardwalk
(b) To help at activities at House No. 1 or at TeamSeagrass or RUM booths

Training Session
Date: 1 June (Sat)
Time: 8.00 am-12 noon
Meeting point: Changi Point Ferry Terminal (near Changi Village)
We will head over to Chek Jawa together.

SIGN UP HERE!

Registration closes on 25 May 2019

Continue reading for more information on what you can learn, and who is eligible to join the tour!

You will learn:
- How to spot wildlife
- Guiding tips
- Tricky guiding situations, e.g. dealing with 'difficult' visitors
- You are expected to read up the bulk of the information on your own. Links to online resources will be provided.

Who can join the Familiarisation Tour?
- Participants should be 19 years old and above.
- Younger participants may participate if accompanied by a parent/guardian during both the familiarisation tour and Balik Chek Jawa.
- Families are welcome to join the familiarisation tour and volunteer at Balik Chek Jawa.
- Individual participants under 19 years of age will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Participants must commit to help at Balik Chek Jawa on 2 Jun, 2019 (Sun).

What is Balik Chek Jawa?

Part of Pesta Ubin, Balik Chek Jawa is a FREE Open House at Chek Jawa. Volunteers (you!) will be stationed all over the boardwalk to share about Chek Jawa's amazing wildlife. There are also lots of fun activities for kids and the family at House No. 1, Chek Jawa's Visitor Centre (There will be NO activities on the seashores).

Date: 2 Jun (Sun)
Time: 10am - 2pm
Meeting point: Chek Jawa Info Kiosk.
More details on Balik Chek Jawa 2018 here.

Click here to see what happened at Balik Chek Jawa last year!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

25 May (Sat) - Free guided walk at Pasir Ris Mangroves

This March, the Naked Hermit Crabs are specially organising a very special nature walk at Pasir Ris Mangroves on 25 May, Saturday. This is a FREE nature walk on the mangrove boardwalk at Pasir Ris Park.

Sign up now on Eventbrite! Don't miss the opportunity to see some wildlife in action! Pasir Ris Mangroves is conveniently located 10 minutes away from Pasir Ris MRT station. We only do Pasir Ris Mangroves two to three times a year, so don't miss this opportunity!

Ria explains to her participants that the best way
to find owls is to look out for their puke pellets
that usually contains undigested matter,
such as bones, feathers or plant matter
Photo by Nicholas Yeo.
This puke pellet contains a shrew's skeleton
(a type of rodent)
Photo by Nicholas Yeo.

One of the spotted wood owls
Photo by Nicholas Yeo.

They aren't always easy to spot so guides usually point
them out. With a bit of patience and sharp eyesight,
the visitor finally spots the owls.
Photo by Nicholas Yeo.

Kapok! The kapok tree produces pods that burst
to expose a cottony interior.
Photo by Nicholas Yeo.

A grey heron heading back to the roost sight.
Photo by Nicholas Yeo.
Taking in the sights and sounds at the shore
Photo by Nicholas Yeo.
Everyone was intrigued by the crab moults
Photo by Nicholas Yeo.

There are many creatures look out for in the mangroves, such as mudskippers, tree-climbing crabs, snails, herons and monitor lizards. The best part of the nature walk is at the end when we get to the small jetty over the river. There is a lot of animal activity in the evenings. We have seen young monitor lizards crawling into their nests as they settle in before nightfall. Sometimes, you may even spot kingfishers, jellyfishes and water snakes! It really is quite exciting for the children to be able to see these animals in the wild.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

14 Apr 2019 (Sun) - Chek Jawa, here we come!

Join us at our regular Chek Jawa Boardwalk outing on 14 April, Sunday. This is a very special and beautiful corner of Singapore mangroves, and the best way is to explore this place is with a nature guide. Our walks are designed for small groups of young families and friends. Best of all, this nature walk is free! Register on Eventbrite here.

Chek Jawa is rich in biodiversity, and with the help of our volunteer guides, you should be able to see lots of interesting plants and wildlife. Even though we are not going on to the shore, there is still much to see and enjoy. There are monitor lizards, fiddler crabs, tree-climbing crabs, spiders, rare plants, wild boar, mudskippers and lots of fruit trees. If we are lucky, we might even spot the Oriental Pied Hornbill, White-bellied Sea Eagle and the giant Atlas Moth.

Date: 14 April 2019 (Sunday)
Meeting place: Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Meeting time: 9:30 am
Duration of walk: 2 hours
Fees: No charge for now, but small donations are accepted
Sign up here.


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Our first time guiding over 300 participants at Berlayer Creek, Labrador Park!

The Naked Hermit Crabs had a blast at yesterday's Celebrating Singapore Shores' event at Berlayer Creek, Labrador Park. It was the first time the marine community got together to offer free activities for families to raise awareness about the wildlife found near our shores. We had over 300 participants sign up for our hourly walks. Over our 4 walk sessions, we saw a variety of wildlife. We saw birds such as the Ashy tailorbird, busy weaver ants and a family of otters.
Photo by: Ley Kun

Monday, March 11, 2019

16 Mar (Sat) - Take a walk on the wild side this school holidays!

The March school holidays will soon be here, and we have a new location to explore with you! We are holding a mangrove walk at Berlayar Creek, Labrador Park, on 16 March, Saturday.

To celebrate the closing of the International Year of the Reef, the marine community and Naked Hermit Crabs are organising activities and special guided walks at Labrador Park on 16 March, Saturday. This is a FREE nature walk on the mangrove boardwalk at Berlayar Creek. We are only doing this walk this year, so don't miss this opportunity! Check out this video to see what we saw yesterday at Berlayer Creek!


In addition, there will be more than 20 marine community groups offering an evening of fun. FREE activities. This mini festival is designed specially for kids and the family with games and prizes, nature walks and films.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

10 Mar (Sun): Join us at Labrador Park to explore Berlayar Creek!

To celebrate World Wildlife Day (3 March), the Naked Hermit Crabs are specially organising a special walk at Labrador Park on 10 March, Sunday. This is a FREE nature walk on the mangrove boardwalk at Berlayar Creek, Labrador Park.

Sign up here.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Great day at Chek Jawa on a Saturday morning

We had a great day at Chek Jawa with about 20 visitors on 23 Feb 2019. So happy to meet with enthusiastic visitors. Very lovely people!


We saw lots of animals including monitor lizards, an Oriental Whip snake, fiddler crabs, tree-climbing crabs, wild boars and macaques. Strangely, we did not see mudskippers in the mangrove and at the coastal side too. Not sure why.

The sun was out, the sky was a beautiful blue, and lots of fresh air. It's a good day to be out enjoying some nature!


One of the kids in the group spotted a pair of needlefishes in the waters just after the beacon. The fishes are about 40 cm long. What a treat to be able to see theses fishes!

We saw lots of long-tail macaques before and after the walk. The guides took the opportunity to remind visitors not to feed the monkeys.


A shout-out with thanks to our volunteer guides - Sumita, Ria, Xiang Tian, LK and our intern, Francine, for guiding!

Also, check out the video that Ria made of the walk: https://wildshores.blogspot.com/2019/02/black-water-at-chek-jawa.html#.XHZanogzY2x



Do join us at our upcoming events in March:

10 March, 2019 (Sunday) - guided walk at Berlayar Creek by trainee guides

16 March, 2019 (Saturday), 4 to 8pm - a community event organised by Celebrating Singapore Shores. Come and meet the wonderful people who are involved in marine conservation and education in Singapore! No registration is needed.

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