Wednesday, September 16, 2015

10 October (Sat) morning: Free guided walk at Chek Jawa Boardwalk

Hello! We are happy to announce that the free nature outing to Chek Jawa Boardwalk on October 10, Saturday, is now open for registration. Come and join the Naked Hermit Crabs to check out the wildlife residing in the mangroves and coastal area of Chek Jawa. The nature walk is a leisurely stroll conducted on the boardwalk, and there is no need to get your shoes wet. Let the volunteer guides show you the amazing biodiversity that is in our own 'backyard'.

Click here for the online registration form.

Date: 10 October (Saturday)
Meeting time: 9:30 am
Meeting place: Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Duration of walk: Around 2 hours
Cost: Free (donations are accepted)

Click on this post to get more information about getting to Chek Jawa, what to bring, what to prepare for the outing.

More photos below to give you an idea what you will experience during one of our walks. You may also read our blog posts of past walks.

At the coastal boardwalk
Fiddler crabs are commonly seen near the outer mangroves
Eagles flying over Chek Jawa
Jelly fishes in the sea next to the boardwalk
A climb to the top of Jejawi Tower
Cotton-stainer bugs
Drawings done by our visitors

Friday, September 11, 2015

Cancelled - Chek Jawa Boardwalk nature trip on 12 Sep, 2015

For those who signed up with us for the Chek Jawa Boardwalk tomorrow (12 Sep), an email has gone out to inform you that the walk is cancelled. Please read the email if you wish to contact us directly. A mobile number is given in the email.

"Dear participants,

It is with regret that we are announcing our nature trip to Chek Jawa tomorrow morning is cancelled due the continuing haze situation.

While the haze may not affect most healthy adults, we do not wish to see young children exposed to the smoke haze in an outdoor setting. Several parents have written in to say that their families are beginning to feel unwell, most likely due to the smoke haze.

In any case, at least 2 of us (volunteers) will make their way to Chek Jawa to meet and greet any group that may have missed this email. If you intend to be there regardless of the weather, please look out for us".

photo of Ubin shrouded in haze in 2013

Saturday, September 5, 2015

School's out! with the Naked Hermit Crabs

Despite the haze and a light drizzle, we had a record-breaking 108 participants at our Pasir Ris mangrove walk today! As usual, the mangroves did not disappoint and it was a great walk as the participants got to see many creatures such as the Buffy Fish owl, jellyfishes, monitor lizards, dog-faced water snakes and weaver ants at work.

Eager participants registering for the walk!

One of our guides, Becky, introducing herself to the group.

Next, we had Pei Yan telling her group about the Naked Hermit Crabs!
After splitting our participants into 7 groups, our guides gave a brief background on the history of the Naked Hermit Crabs and why we aim to protect our shores in danger. Soon after, the groups got to see weaver ants in action. This ants have an unique nest building behaviour where workers build nests by weaving leaves together using silk from the ant larvae.

Weaver ants working together to build a nest.