Wednesday, February 13, 2019

23 Feb (Sat) - Free guided walk at Chek Jawa Boardwalk


Join us our regular Chek Jawa Boardwalk outing on 23 February, Saturday. Come explore this very special and beautiful corner of Singapore mangroves with us. Just gather your family and friends, and have someone do the signup on behalf of the group. 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, 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: 23 February 2019 (Saturday)
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.

For more information on what to expect at our Chek Jawa Boardwalk outings, and when preparing for your visit, please make sure you read our post specially written for you.



More photos in the next section.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Want to guide? Join our guiding workshop on 9 and 10 March!

Always wanted to be a nature guide? Want to be a better nature guide? This workshop is just for you! First timers and existing nature guides are welcomed.

Find out what makes a good nature guide (psst, not knowledge, as most people think!). Ria Tan of www.wildsingapore.com, shares easy tips on guiding effectively - mainly by connecting with your participants: from the grumpiest toddler to the scariest know-it-all. Facilitated by experienced guides from various Singapore nature groups, there'll be hands-on activities to brainstorm solutions to your deepest nature guiding worries. 

Then test your newfound approach and guide alongside the volunteers of the Naked Hermit Crabs (http://nakedhermitcrabs.blogspot.sg) for an actual tour of the Berlayar Creek Boardwalk - with real participants. Experienced volunteers will demonstrate and help you guide during this walk. More about Berlayar Creek Boardwalk https://celebratingsingaporeshores.blogspot.com/2018/01/singapore-mangroves-few-steps-from-mrt.html

You can even have a chance to give back to the Naked Hermit Crabs by being a station guide for the "Celebrating Singapore Shores!" event on 16 March (Sat) at the same Berlayar Creek Boardwalk, organised by Celebrating Singapore Shores and Lepak in SG. Do note that participants are required to commit to being a station guide for this event if they attend the workshop. More details will be provided during the workshop.



Indoor classroom workshop
Date: 9 March (Sat)
Time: 2pm - 6pm
Venue: Singapore Sustainability Academy



Outdoor field session with the Naked Hermit Crabs
Date: 10 March (Sun)
Time: 4pm-6pm
Venue: Berlayar Creek Boardwalk (Meet at Labrador MRT station street level)

Celebrating Singapore Shores Event with the Naked Hermit Crabs
Date: 16 March (Sat)
Time: 4pm - 8pm
Venue: Berlayar Creek Boardwalk (more details provided at the workshop)
A confirmation email will be sent out after registration.


Hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Happy World Wetlands Day!

Last Saturday's walk gave participants close wild encounters to several animal superstars in Pasir Ris Park and Mangroves. To prepare for our special World Wetlands Day walk (2 February), the guides decided to meet early to plan our route. While doing our recce, we were alerted by some bird photographers to the presence of the family of Spotted Wood Owls who frequent the park. We later shared this magical experience with the participants. Kids and adults alike were enthralled to see the family of owls and puke pellets which often contains rodent bones.
Spotted Wood Owl
(Photo by Jimmy Ng)
In the mangroves, we were lucky to encounter many different types of birds and some mangrove pit vipers! Under the supervision of one of our guides, our participants got to get close to one of the adult pit vipers in the mangrove who was resting on the boardwalk. This was a good opportunity for us to educate the importance of respecting nature from a distance and this allowed our participants to understand that snakes do not attack unless it is under self-defense. Mangrove pit vipers are highly venomous. However, no snake or person was harmed as co-existence just means that you respect each other's space, even if children are present. With the right guidance, we can all co-exist with our wild neighbours, regardless of whether they are scaly or furry.
Our scaly superstar, the mangrove pit viper who was
resting on the boardwalk all day and went unnoticed
our friend notified us of their presence. Participants got to go
close to the pit viper but nothing happened as there was
no touchingof the reptile by participants or guides.
(Photo by Peter Chua)

Another young mangrove pit viper
(Photo by Peter Chua)


A third mangrove pit viper who went unnoticed by
everyone except one guide
(Photo by Sumita)
To end the walk, a famous family of otters swam past the jetty and came onto land. This delighted our participants and other park-goers who were all capturing the scene with their phones and cameras. This was truly a perfect end to an unforgettable walk.


Otters making a special guest experience at the end of our walk!
(Video by E Lim)

We would like to thank all of our guides (Ria, Ley Kun, Xiang Tian, Becky, Liz and Sumita) for guiding our participants. To all our participants, we hope you had a wonderful day with your loved ones and we hope to see you at our next walk in February! Remember to follow our Facebook Page for updates on registration for our next walk at Chek Jawa.

A truly joyous occasion to commemorate World Wetlands Day!
(Photo by Ria Tan)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

26 Jan (Sat): FREE Guided Pasir Ris Mangrove Walk

Our first walk of 2019 aims to celebrate the beauty and importance of our global wetland ecosystems. We'll be exploring the mangroves of Pasir Ris in lieu of World Wetlands Day, 2nd February 2019. This year's theme is "We are not powerless against climate change". Join us to find out how you can help our wetlands.

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!



How do wetlands protect us from climate change?


Credit: World Wetlands Day website

Credit: World Wetlands Day website

Credit: World Wetlands Day website

To learn more, join the Naked Hermit Crabs at Pasir Ris Mangroves on 26 January, Saturday. This is a FREE nature walk on the mangrove boardwalk at Pasir Ris Park.


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, January 3, 2019

2019 Schedule for our FREE Guided Walks

As we turn 12 this year, we hope to continue growing with the help of your support! We will continue to offer FREE nature walks at Chek Jawa Boardwalk and Pasir Ris Mangroves. We have two special walks in March at Berlayar Creek, Labrador Park, to celebrate the closing of the International Year of the Reef. 

These walks will help us to reach out to more people on the marine life our shores are home to and in return, we hope that this will safeguard our threatened natural shores such as Chek Jawa.


Here is our schedule for 2019. All walks are held at Chek Jawa Boardwalk (Pulau Ubin) unless stated otherwise.

26 Jan (Saturday) - Pasir Ris Mangroves
23 Feb (Saturday) - Chek Jawa
9 Mar (Saturday) - Guide training and Walk at Berlayar Creek
16 Mar (Saturday) - Station Guiding at IYOR closing at Berlayar creek
14 Apr (Sunday) - Chek Jawa
25 May (Saturday) - Pasir Ris Mangroves
1 Jun (Saturday) - Guided Training and Walk at Chek Jawa

2 Jun (Sunday) - Balik Chek Jawa. No registration required.
13 July (Saturday) - Chek Jawa
17 Aug (Sunday) - Chek Jawa
7 Sep (Saturday) - school holidays - Pasir Ris Mangroves
20 Oct (Sunday) - Chek Jawa
23 Nov (Saturday) - Pasir Ris Mangroves
15 Dec (Sunday) - school holidays - Chek Jawa


It gives us much joy to share what we know about the plants and animals that live in the fragile coastal ecosystems of Chek Jawa and Pasir Ris Mangroves. Sign up for our walks and get to know Singapore's own biodiversity from volunteers who care about such things.

Registration for our walks are done online through Eventbrite. We open registration 10 days before each walk.

Click here to access our Facebook page and Eventbrite for updates on our trips.









If you have any questions, feel free to write to us at nakedhermitcrabs@gmail.com.

Happy nature exploring!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

That's a wrap!

Instead of the usual run-of-the-mill post on the flora and fauna we saw, we’ll share about why Naked Hermit Crabs’ walks are so rewarding for guides. As volunteer guides, we enjoy what we do when we see adults whose faces light up with the same curiosity and excitement as our younger participants.


Our guide, Sumita, sharing about who we are and
why we do walks at endangered shores such as Chek Jawa
Photo by: Liz Lim


Photo by: Ria Tan
One of our guides, Chen Xi, shared with us that "I enjoy guiding with NHC because I get a chance to introduce people to the plants and animals they may not know about. It's also a good way to have a nice walk outdoors and relax."

The sight that always takes our breath away
Photo by: Liz Lim


Excitement!
Photo by: Ria Tan

Photo by: Ria Tan


We’ve been guiding at Chek Jawa for almost a decade and no two walks are ever the same. On most occasions, you’ll catch our guides being surprised about things we don’t expect to see. Another of the Naked Hermit Crabs, Xiang Tian says, "I enjoy guiding because the places we guide at are great to visit and we never know what we're going to see on our walks! The places we guide at are also at risk, so it's meaningful to show people what is there before it is gone.".


Sometimes we just enjoy the things
Ubin has to offer, such as organic Ubin jackfruit!

Photo by: Ria Tan


Looking forward, we hope to continue raising awareness about our vulnerable shores and to lend our voice to safeguarding our beautiful shores. We have a lot of exciting things coming up in 2019. Watch this space and our Facebook for our 2019 walk dates!



Over 60 participants and 7 guides joined us
at our last walk for 2018 at Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin!


We-fie by one of our participants, Jimmy Ng

Saturday, December 1, 2018

16 Dec (Sun) - Free guided walk at Chek Jawa Boardwalk


Join us our regular Chek Jawa Boardwalk outing on 16 December, Sunday. Come explore this very special and beautiful corner of Singapore mangroves with us. Just gather your family and friends, and have someone do the signup on behalf of the group. 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, 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: 16 December 2018 (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.

For more information on what to expect at our Chek Jawa Boardwalk outings, and when preparing for your visit, please make sure you read our post specially written for you.





More photos in the next section.

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