Survey Chek Jawa!

Awesome volunteers came for training yesterday at Chek Jawa. For the NParks Ubin Comprehensive Biodiversity Survey using the methods and materials developed by NParks for their citizen science Intertidal Watch programme.
Ubin Comprehensive Biodiversity Survey

Along the way, we saw otters at Changi and at Chek Jawa, and wild jungle fowl too!
Ubin Comprehensive Biodiversity Survey with otters
Two days earlier, the volunteers attended a classroom session. Led by Alan Tan, who is leading the marine component of the Ubin Comprehensive Biodiversity Survey.
Ubin Comprehensive Biodiversity Survey
Then Geok Yeng gave a very thorough and easy-to-understand presentation of the methods and materials that we will be using.
Ubin Comprehensive Biodiversity Survey
We tried out the methods outside on the floor. It was fun!
Ubin Comprehensive Biodiversity Survey
But the real fun began when we headed out to Pulau Ubin for field training!
Ubin Comprehensive Biodiversity Survey
First, a stop at the Ubin Volunteer Hub to soak in the aircon, and soak in the information about how to do the survey. Geok Yeng, quickly recaps the key steps, and emphasises safety issues.
Ubin Comprehensive Biodiversity Survey
The team looks fresh and ready for action, as Alan takes a group photo.
Ubin Comprehensive Biodiversity Survey
Then it was off try out the survey on Chek Jawa.
Ubin Comprehensive Biodiversity Survey
It was hot work under the blazing sun, but we did it! Bravo!
Ubin Comprehensive Biodiversity Survey
The volunteers managed to cover quite a lot of ground in a short time.
Ubin Comprehensive Biodiversity Survey
We ended taking the Long Cut, for a scenic view of Chek Jawa.
Chek Jawa boardwalk
If you would like to join the Ubin Comprehensive Biodiversity Survey marine surveys, please contact Alan Tan ALAN_TAN@nparks.gov.sg

More citizen science surveys to volunteer with. This includes diving surveys of our reefs, as well as intertidal surveys of our seagrass meadows and our intertidal shores.

This article first appeared on the wild shores of singapore blog.

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