27 Feb (Fri): Free screening of "Remember Chek Jawa"

Eric Lin Youwei's "Remember Chek Jawa" will be screened as part of the 3rd Singapore Indie Doc Fest.

Chek Jawa, discovered only in 2001 on Singapore’s Pulau (island) Ubin, is an inter-tidal area of just 1 square km with amazingly rich marine biodiversity. However, unknown to many, in 1992 the area had been slated for land reclamation, scheduled to begin just months from the discovery date. Most Singaporeans felt powerless to reverse the Government’s decision. However, a band of passionate volunteers refused to give up and believed that something could be done. Find out how they followed their hearts and helped change the course of nature conservation in Singapore forever.

More details about the screening.
Trailer on YouTube.

Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Singapore Art Museum - Glass Hall
Website: http://www.chekjawa.net/
Contact: 6337 7535 admin@substation.org

Wild dolphins spotted!

Wild dolphins spotted near Pulau Terkukor which lies between Sentosa Island and St. John's Island.
"I was happily taking photos of Pulau Tekukor when Mei Lin suddenly tapped me hard to tell me there's a group of three pink dolphins on the other side of the boat. It was around 8.36am."

More about this dolphin sighting on Kok Sheng's wonderful creations blog.

More recent wild dolphin sightings
More past dolphin sightings links on the wildsingapore website.

6 Feb (Fri): Workshop for Nature Guides - Fishes

The Fishy Workshop
by the Leafmonkey Workshop

What's so fishy?
Well the workshop is all about marine fishes in our Singapore shores and waters! This workshop is for existing guides and those interested in becoming nature guides to learn how to effectively share stories and information about our marine fishes.

The focus of this workshop is on connecting ordinary people with nature. If you are a nature guide and have been struggling, trying to digest and convert biological facts to fun stories for your visitors, this workshop is for you!

This workshop aims to bring experienced and new nature guides together to brainstorm ideas. Let's learn from one another, and come up with new ways to share our passion.

Be prepared to work hard, have fun, make new friends and definitely learn new ways of looking at guiding and our wild places.

Jeffrey Low, Blue Water Volunteers and NParks
Jeff is a marine biologist by training and profession. He is the scientific officer of Blue Water Volunteers and co-author of the Guide to Common Marine Fishes of Singapore published by the Singapore Science Center. Jeff also conducts a series of ReefFriends training sessions for volunteer divers surveying our shores.

Jeff giving a talk about corals in Singapore at the International Year of the Reef 2008 launch, Reef Celebrations, with a video clip of his talk on the Singapore Celebrates our Reefs blog.

More details of the event on the Leafmonkey Workshop

Time: 7 - 9.30pm
Venue: Civil Service College, 31 North Buona Vista Road Singapore 275983 [Map]
Website: http://leafmonkeyworkshop.blogspot.com/
Contact: leafmonkey@gmail.com