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  • Sivasothi N
    ... Habitatnews 2004-08: Saturday 5th June 2004 The Habitat Group s Nature Information List To subscribe, email: habitatnews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com ...
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      2004-08: Sat 5th June 2004 - Priscilla of Chek Jawa is no more, Gliding snakes on Nat Geo, new fern at Labrador, even more new blogs... -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Habitatnews 2004-08: Saturday 5th June 2004
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      Contents

      1. Priscilla of Chek Jawa is no more
      2. Flying snake documentary to air on Monday, 11pm
      3. Joseph Lai & Angie Ng discover new record of fern at Labrador
      4. Vesak Day’s traditional animal release slowed
      5. Raffles Museum news
      6. Pulau Ubin stories
      7. Pulau Hantu – A celebration of marine life
      8. Chek Jawa’s is no more
      9. Asian snakeheads in USA
      10. Brood X Cicadas in the USA
      11. The Green Chef of China!

      All links and full stories at Habitatnews webpage:
      http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/index.php
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      The webpage has been busy, so hop over for a visit and catch up on some
      news! Besides the main stories, note the links on the left hand column.

      News
      I was Volunteers, visitors and other stalwarts of Chek Jawa were shocked to hear
      that their favourite ‘wild boar’ the tame Priscilla, had been found on her
      side, dead
      , near where the guided walks begin at Chek Jawa.  She had been a
      fixture at Chek Jawa throughout the days of survey, VIP visits, public
      walks, deferment and the implementation of a guiding system.  A volunteer
      who heard much about her, but never met her, saw her fallen body. She is
      buried there.

      Jake Socha who studied gliding snakes in Singapore (amongst other places)
      for his PhD, came back with a National Geographic crew to film his animals
      in action – it finally comes to television, and a timely email from him
      alerted all of us. Watch out for Jake’s Flying Snakes on Monday, 11pm,
      National Geographic Channel Asia
      .  

      Joseph Lai conveyed some good news from one of Singapore’s youngest Nature
      Reserves, Labrador – he and Angie Ng had been looking for a rare fern that
      once populated the park when they stumbled onto to something else - a fern
      new to Singapore’s shores
      !

      Vesak Day’s traditional animal release was met with a flurry of media
      coverage as Nature Society (Singapore), National Parks Boards, and various
      Buddhists organisations tackled the problem sensitively with some success.


      New webpages and weblogs The Habitatnews webpage is now being well
      complemented by several specialist blogs, creating a rich tapestry of
      pickings for biodiversity and heritage information on the web. Raffles
      Museum News
      provides a peek into the activities of the staff, students and
      visitors associated with the Raffles Museum.

      Pulau Ubin stories intends to build an archive of stories from that very
      special island. The stories were first unearthed when the Pedal Ubin guides
      began training. One of them, November Tan, can lay claim to a significant
      Ubin heritage and taken up the challenge - take a look at her mother’s old
      report card from Bin Kiang school, and November’s bewilderment when she
      realised postal codes in Singapore were only two numbers once!

      The Pulau Hantu webpage had undegone a spectacular transformation, courtesy
      of new templates from a revamped blogger.com and wonderful photos by Debby
      Ng and the other Hantu bloggers. A recent favourite is none other than the
      Yellow-lipped krait! As they began diving refularly at Hantu, they have been
      blessed with visibilities of 3-6 metres! Let the photos tell the rest of the
      story.


      Other news In the US, Asian snakeheads make the news once again as wetlands
      managers brace themselves for a possible invasion. The problem seems under
      control but suspicion of breeding pairs leads to some very drastic measures!

      Shortly after, the 17-year wait for Brood X Cicadas, a very special cluster
      of adults that began to emerge on the dot, after 17 years of feeding on tree
      roots below ground in their larval stage. They apparently create a terrible
      din in eastern US in most neighbourhood, but that strangely, citizens in
      some cicada-free areas Want to join the party and are even attempting to
      introduce the insects to their neighbourhood – to pass on a legacy that will
      emerge in 17 years time!  Baltimore Sun carries a special on both snakeheads
      and Brood X cicadas.

      And I could hardly believe my ears – the Green chef of China refused to cook
      wildlife, got sacked from several restaurants, even beaten up, but survives
      to influence dozens of other chefs into swearing a similar pledge.  The
      story has poetic origins that would soften the hardest heart and I urge to
      scroll through the webpage and search for this story!
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    • N Sivasothi
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        2004-09: Thu 1st July 2004 - International Coastal Cleanup Singapore is recruiting! -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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        13th International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS 2004)
        http://mangrove.nus.edu.sg/iccs

        On Saturday, 18th Sep 2004,
        at beaches and mangroves around Singapore
        This event is coordinated by the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research,
        National University of Singapore & the Nature Society (Singapore)

        Help protect our marine life!

        The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is an annual international event
        coordinated by The Ocean Conservancy. In almost 100 countries around the
        globe, volunteers remove and collect data on marine trash that not only
        creates an eyesore on shorelines, waterways and beaches but hurts marine
        life and the environment.  The data is used to educate and to encourage
        positive change in ourselves, other individuals, organisations and
        governments.

        The International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) now in its 13th year,
        annually involves some 2,000 volunteers who collect, categorise and dispose
        of several tonnes of marine debris from beaches and mangroves around
        Singapore. Between 2001-3, some 10 tonnes of trash have been removed from
        just Kranji mangroves alone! And plastic is the main component.

        On World Environment Day on 5th June this year, United Nations Environment
        Programme’s Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said "Plastic waste kills up to
        1 million sea birds, 100,000 sea mammals and countless fish each year.
        Plastic remains in the ecosystem to kill again and again."

        Every year, this exercise is coordinated by a small team of energetic
        individuals, and we are looking to recruit others who will enjoy
        coordinating the cleanup, working with students and contributing to the
        protection of marine life in Singapore.

        You see, our theme this year is “The Next Generation!”


        We are recruiting the following:

        1. Zone Captains
        • Zone captains oversee a zone consisting of several sites,
        • Liase with leaders of the volunteer groups/schools allocated to your zone,
        • Attend a main committee meeting on the Wed 14 Jul 2004: 6pm – 9pm
        • Attend a coordinators workshop to understand the ops procedure
        • Conduct a recce of field sites in early September
        • Work with volunters on at 18 Sep 2004: 8am – 12pm

        2. Assistant Data Manager/Web Resources
        • Assist the Data Manager in collating national data on Sat 18 Sep 2004
        • Assist in maintaining the ICCS webpage.
        • Good knowledge in Microsoft Excel program and webpage creating skills required.

        3. Assistant Manpower Officer
        • Assist the Manpower officer in confirmation of participants, confirmation site allocation.
        • Liason with Zone Captains, Site Buddies, leaders of volunteer groups.

        4. Assistant Admin Officer
        • Assist the Administrative Officer in admin and coordination.
        • Knowledge in handling mailing lists, Microsoft Excel and Word useful or keen to learn.

        5. Site Buddies
        • Your role is to supervise and educate students at the cleanup site, and to explain to them the significance and far-reaching impact of this cleanup.
        • A knowledge of the marine ecosystems would be useful but can be learnt.
        • Read and understand “Why cleanup?” at http://mangrove.nus.edu.sg/iccs/whycleanup.html
        • Attend a coordinators workshop / recce in early September (on a Saturday afternoon) to understand the operations procedure for the actual cleanup and the site at which you would be working at.      

        6. Mangrove officers
        • Loading Captains, Weighing Captains, Manpower Officer,  
        • Able to work as a team, get dirty and wet, enjoy mannual labour, respond to sudden and frequent changes in plans.
        • Participate in both Dry Ops (9am – 12pm) and Wet Ops (11am – 5pm)

        If you are keen to join us team, please email the ICCS Administrative Officer Angeline Tay (
        g0304902@...) with your:
        1. Name
        2. Preferred role
        3. Email address
        4. Handphone/Tel No

        She’ll contact you with details.

        Thank you, and

        Cheerio!

        N. Sivasothi
        International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
        http://mangrove.nus.edu.sg/iccs

        Research Officer
        Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research
        Department of Biological Sciences
        National University of Singapore
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      • N. Sivasothi
        ... Habitatnews 2004-10: Tuesday 3rd August 2004 The Habitat Group s Nature Information List To subscribe, email: habitatnews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com ...
        Message 3 of 14 , Aug 2, 2004
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          2004-10: Tue 3rd August 2004 - School speakers for marine conservation -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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          International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS 2004)
          http://mangrove.nus.edu.sg/iccs

          School speakers wanted for marine talks

          As part of the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS), a team of speakers conduct talks in participating schools and organisations every year. This tyear more are needed so Chiuen Fang, the coordinator for School Talk is recruiting -  

          "We are recruiting speakers for school talks on the ICCS and marine conservation. So, if you have a flair for public speaking, do join us!

          You will share with students interesting stories about marine life in Singapore, marine conservation, and cleanup issues in Singapore and what we can do about it.

          We hope to increase the pool of speakers as more schools are keen on this talk and we are also getting more and more interesting stories about marine life in Singapore to share with the volunteers!

          It is alright if you are inexperienced, as long as you are keen and enjoy telling stories! We have a prepared slide presentation which you can modify to your liking and a workshop will be conducted on the afternoon of Saturday, 14 August 2004.

          To sign up, please email me at oxidoreductase@... by Tuesday, 10 August 2004. Feel free to email me with your queries as well."

          Chien Fang

          Lim Chien Fang
          ICCS School Talks Coordinator
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        • N Sivasothi
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            2004-12: Wed 22 Sep 2004: Webpage updates: TV shows, ICCS, Hantu moorings, Coral spawning, pangolin in AMK, etc -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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            Updates from the webpage

            More details of all posts on the Habitatnews webpage at:
            http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/index.php

            [1] New and interesting television programmes
            Episode 10 of Site & Sound II features Pulau Ubin.
            Tonight (Wed 22 Sep 2004) Channel I, 8pm.
            http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/index.php?entry=/tvradio/siteNsound-ubin.txt

            A new programme by Starwaves TV premiers tomorrow:
            Ranger Stations, Channel i, from Thu 23 Sep 2004: 7pm
            http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/index.php?entry=/tvradio/starwaves-rangerstations.txt


            [2] International Coastal Cleanup results and photos
            We had a successful cleanup last Saturday and results and photos are
            streaming in.  
            Efforts this year included Loyang mangroves and a wider
            coverage of Chek Jawa. Photos and results are streaming in to: the webpage
            at:
            http://coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg


            [3] James Guest talks on Coral Spawning this Saturday
            "Coral Spawning: How do these animals do it? " A talk and discussion by
            James R. Guest, Tropical Marine Sciences Institute, NUS. Sat 25 Sep 2004:
            3.00pm, SIF Asia Hall, Park Mall.
            Singapore International Foundation, 9
            Penang Road, #12-01, Park Mall. Hosted by: The Blue Water Volunteers.

            More details on the Habitatnews webpage at:
            http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/index.php?entry=/talks/coralspawning.txt


            [4] Moorings at Hantu to reduce coral damage
            Buoys that were set up in 1996 appear to have been removed. The Hantu Blog
            is looking for volunteers to help construct and implement simple moorings in
            Hantu."

            More details on the Habitatnews webpage at:
            http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/index.php?entry=/marine/hantu-moorings.txt


            [5] A pangolin in Ang Mo Kio
            An former visitor finds his way back via a condominium security guard!

            More details on the Habitatnews webpage at:
            http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/index.php?entry=/news/pangolin-amk.txt


            [6] Circle of Life exhibition now on
            100 digital art paintings of animals, plants and nature of Singapore and the
            region. Entries were submitted by students in secondary schools, art
            colleges, tertiary institutions and budding amateur artists.

            Paintings from 28 artists were selected and will be exhibited at epSITE
            EPSON Imaging Gallery located at Level 3, Wheelock Place from 18 Sep - 31
            Oct 2004. Open Monday - Sunday (11am - 9pm daily). Admission is free.

            More details on the Habitatnews webpage at:
            http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg//index.php?entry=/events/epsite-circleoflife.txt


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