Saturday, February 18, 2012

25 Feb (Sat): Evening at the Pasir Ris Mangrove boardwalk with the Naked Hermit Crabs

There are fascinating mangroves at Pasir Ris Park! A boardwalk allows us to explore it easily and it's open even at night! Join the Naked Hermit Crabs for an evening stroll through this interesting but often overlooked mangrove.
The boardwalk takes us through tall mangrove trees
and allows to see all kinds of curious creatures.

Here, we are sure to see lots of crazy tree climbing crabs and delightful giant mudskippers. We may even see the archerfish living up to its name, spitting down bugs with an accurate 'arrow' of water.
A giant mudskipper AND a tree climbing crab
that seem to share one burrow.
Pasir Ris is also one of the few places where we can easily observe nesting herons. There are also all kinds of other interesting birds in these mangroves.
Patient parents tending to their young in the nest!
And as the sun sets, we might spot some nocturnal animals like watersnakes. They are well camouflaged as they lie in wait to catch small fishes.
Can you find all three snakes in these photos?
Other special creatures that we might see include the Atlas moth, considered among the world's largest moths!
This moth had just emerged from its cocoon!
If we are very lucky, we might even spot an otter or two! Here's a great clip of an otter seen at Pasir Ris in Dec 2011 shared by Azeoprop.
More about Pasir Ris mangroves and what was seen there recently.

So come join us to explore Pasir Ris mangroves!

We welcome small family and friend groups. And we love kids!

This walk is FREE!

Please register your interest in this online form. We will send you a confirmation note when we receive your registration.

Time: 5pm. We should end at around 6.30pm, just before sunset.
Meeting point: Pasir Ris Park, Carpark C, meet near the first toilets nearest the entrance to the carpark. The meeting point is a short stroll from the Pasir Ris MRT station. See map


Q: Suitable attire?
A: Comfortable outdoors clothes and walking shoes. There may be mosquitoes in the mangroves, so you might want to wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt or bring repellent.

Q: What should I bring?
A: Rain gear, camera. If you want to continue to explore the mangroves on your own after our walk, you might want to bring a small torch.

Q: Age restriction?
A: None as long as the participants are able to walk well and be responsible for their own well-being during the walk.

Q: What if I am late?
A: Just catch up with us on the boardwalk! We will start from the entrance closest to Carpark C (with red star on the image below) and take the first right turn towards the Mangrove Jetty on Sungei Tampines. We will end the walk near the pond.
Click on image for larger view

Q: What if it rains?
A: This is a rain-or-shine event. The Crabs will be there at regardless of the weather. Usually we are able to resume the walk once the rain stops. Please come prepared with rainwear. You make your own decision whether to come or not in the event of bad weather.

Do email us if  you have any other questions

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