Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A truly fruitful experience at Pasir Ris Mangroves

80 families and kids joined the free evening walk at Pasir Park mangroves with the Naked Hermit Crabs yesterday!
We had a blast! Lots of special finds including two Very Special Serpents!

Today, we saw two snakes that are seldom seen! The first was the Crab eating snake (top photo) that really does eat crabs. The other was a Shore pit viper! Thanks to Kok Sheng for taking these awesome photos.
Photo by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.
Grandma not only spotted great stuff but also made sure the grandkids saw it too! On the boardwalk we saw lots of Tree climbing crabs. Also Giant mudskippers near the burrows that they build with their mouth! Also large Rodong, snails that look like ice-cream cones. We had a look at the different kind of mangrove roots.
There's also all kinds of awesome critters on the boardwalk itself. We see bagworms (little worms that build a bag to live in), jumping spiders, and lots of Weaver ants. Sean shows how some of the 'ants' are actually something else! Like this mantis (top photo) that looks like a Weaver ant (below).
Photo by Sean Yap on facebook.
We also passed by the Sea poison tree with its beautiful night blooming flowers. Alyce shows us how it has a wonderful fragrance! Alyce is a such a great guide. I always learn something from her!
We also saw a small Malayan water monitor hiding in a mudlobster mound. And larger ones swimming in Sungei Tampines.
Photo by Sean Yap on facebook.
Sadly, the jetty was still closed for repairs so we couldn't stop for long there. Fortunately, the large shelter nearby was not being used so we settled there to do our usual drawing session.
The kids really show how much they observed and learned during the walk.
Mums and dads help organise a more lively group photo!

Mum had pulled up a photo of a heron to help with the drawing!
Another group of artists with their masterpieces.
And here are some of the highlights of our trip!

Thanks to Pei Yan for getting the walks started during the school holidays, and organising the drawing supplies. And to Sumita for organising the walks even though she had such a busy week and day. Sorry I didn't get a photo of Sumita hard at work.

Here is Sankar at the start of the walk. One of the families who joined the walk left a comment on the Naked Hermit Crab blog: "Thank you for arranging such a wonderful walk and accomodating me and my family even though we didn't register online.  My daughter (4 years) loved every moment of the trip and we also enjoyed a lot. A Sankar is a wonderful guide and we loved the way he has shown us the boardwalk. Thank you very much."
We are so glad today, to have Mr Loh Kok Sheng's councillors from Dunman High School join to help with the guiding. They also shared their views in lively drawings. This is the fourth batch of Dunman High students helping the Naked Hermit Crabs at our public walks. Thank you!
Here's Kok Sheng starting off with his visitors. Sean also rushed in to help with guiding this very large turnout! Sorry I didn't manage a photo of him at work.
We also were joined by friends from the Green Beans SOTA! Thanks to the families for coming for the walk, and to the guides and student volunteers for making the walk possible.
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 Sep (Sat).

Date: 27 Sep (Sat)
Meeting time: 9:30 am
Meeting place: Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Duration of walk: Around 2 hours
Cost: Free

More details and registration in this blog post.

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