14 Dec (Sat): Waders Watch Workshop for kids at Sungei Buloh

Come and celebrate the return of the migratory shorebirds! After enduring a long and harsh journey of almost ten thousand kilometres over mountains and seas, the migratory shorebirds have arrived in Singapore from far-flung locations like the Siberian and Tibetan plateaus.
Common greenshanks (Tringa nebularia)
‘Waders Watch’ is one of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve’s signature workshops, where you can learn how to identify our feathered friends! This workshop will cover an introduction to these birds, followed by a birdwatching session around the Reserve where you can hone your newly acquired skills.

Children aged 10 and above are welcome to join in the fun with their family.

21 Dec (Sat): Kayak Punggol to Ubin with Kayakasia

This is a special and easy trail that links together Punggol, Pulau Serangoon (Coney Island), and Pulau Ubin!
Could be called the trail of mystery as we attempt to locate a crumbling villa, the German Girl Shrine, and one of the best look-out point on Pulau Ubin. This trail might also take you into the mangroves of the lesser known Sungai Teris.

8 Dec (Sun): Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk by the NUS Toddycats

Come for this iconic mangrove walk that has been conducted annually for more than 20 years! Great for kids and the family!
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Mangrove boardwalk
Enormous mangrove trees next to the mangrove boardwalk!
Registration now open!

More details on the NUS Toddycats blog.

15 Dec (Sun): Kayak Sentosa with Kayakasia

From the Kayakasia facebook event post: This is an easy coastal trail specially designed for those who would like to try out kayaking for the first time. Whether with your little one or your dog, this short morning paddle introduces the basics of sea kayaking. We even visit a WW2 fort and a couple of islands, all on the clear waters off Pulau Belakang Mati (Sentosa).

Shore exploration for kids with Young Nautilus (Dec 2019, Jan- Mar 2020)

Join Young Nautilus to explore our own coastal backyard in Singapore, and take a closer look at the amazing animals! Expose your children to science and nature, see in action what they have learnt in schools about wildlife! Here's their public programmes.

Founded by educators equipped with degrees in Life Science and Marine Biology, Young Nautilus is an education enrichment partner for schools and families that provide fun and engaging science learning journeys. By fostering a deeper understanding of the world and the dynamic changes that shape it, we enrich what are taught in the MOE syllabus.

In the news: Singapore's Fish Library

How does a fish library help with Singapore's food security and in marine conservation? And just exactly how do you build a fish library? Readers of the Straits Times find out in this article on 16 Nov 2019.
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Plus a fun look at our fishes too!
Here's a closer look at the article.

Launch of "The Young Marine Biologist" badge with Science Centre Singapore

The "I Am A Young Marine Biologist" badge has just been launched on 12 November 2019 at the Science Centre Singapore! Check out the lovely pin logo that features a clownfish with a sea anemone.

The Young Scientist Badge Scheme has been around for a long time, with the objectives of stimulating interest in science activities among the young primary school students. This enables the students to carry out self-directed activities in various disciplines of science, and hope that students develop initiatives and creativity.

What a beautiful badge! Photo by Jani Tanzil.
As part of the Singapore Blue Plan 2018's roadmap of initiatives, the blue community at large, led by several marine scientists were the brains behind this new endeavour! We are so lucky to have Dr Toh Tai Chong, a coral reef biologist to share the development of the card activities and badge design.

26 Oct (Sat): Migratory Birdwatching 101 at Sungei Buloh

Migratory bird season is here again. Every year, thousands of birds escape the cold north to spend the winter months in the warmer southern parts of the earth. Singapore, especially Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, is a favourite stop-over for these birds.
Common greenshanks (Tringa nebularia)
Want to know these birds but don't know how to get started? Sungei Buloh is conducting a workshop for the novice. No prior skill/knowledge is required. Registration opens on 11 October 2019 at 8am.

12 Oct (Sat): Welcome Waders! at Sungei Buloh

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is celebrating the return of the migratory birds with Welcome Waders!, their annual event held in conjunction with the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD).
Go on a journey with these amazing migratory shorebirds. Learn about how these birds connects Singapore with the Arctic and the impact of marine trash. Kids can have a go at being a Junior Birder for a day!

Bring your friends and family and for a day of fun, and learn about our migratory shorebirds at the same time!

IYOR Intern's Take on Singapore's Marine Life - How sea anemones evade predators?

Now that you got to know a bit more about the sea anemones, so how sea anemones evade predators? Let's find out in this post!

The Game of Survival 

Stealthy, quiet, and well-camouflaged, the sea anemones are likened to ninjas of the sea. Photo credits: Grae Hunter

A typical sea anemone (aka sea ninja) has to evade its predators, battle other anemones, and find its next meal in an ocean of scarcity and competition. Toxins are a sea anemone’s most vital weapon because they play a part in capturing prey, repelling predators, digestion, and interspecies competition.