Tuesday, January 22, 2008

22nd January

Today's the first session of our forest patrol to patrol the forest and watch out for potential hazard and wildlife traps. Despite being a weekday activity, we managed to get 8 volunteers and 6 staff to help out.

After a briefing by Choon Beng, we were divided into 2 groups and ferried by the pickup and landrover to our destination.

Some of us armed ourselves with makeshift hiking sticks to complete our patrolling look.

Other than patrolling the deep forest, we took time to enjoy the nature.

There were countless cotton stainers seeking shade under the Sea hibiscus leaves. These cotton stainers are adults but it seems that the mating season's not here yet as we did'nt spot any that's in action.

Knema globularia (Seashore nutmeg tree) is fruiting in the forest too. The shape of the leaves resembles that of a durian but does'nt have a copper underside like the latter.
These fruits are eaten by the hornbills that helps to disperse the seeds.

Snake found along the roadside....No idea what's the name but will find out. He's alive and motionless until we touched it. Opps..

With Angie in the group, how can we forgo of a chance to ask her more about plants? She's always happy to share her knowledge with us.

Walked pass a hole filled with fresh water reflecting the greens from the foliage of the nearby trees. Someone tasted it and confirmed that its indeed fresh water. =)

The other team that patrol the other area did'nt have time to enjoy nature as they found 3 traps - 1 wild boar trap and 2 smaller traps.

Brenda and James was the ones who found the wildboar trap. Along with How, Joyce and Robert Heigermoser, the five of them successfully dismantled the trap. Heros of the man man!

After a morning of work, nothing beats lunch and coffee at the local restaurant...

During lunch, we tried the fruits of the cocoa tree. There is a unforgetable fragrance emitted from the pulp that no other perfumes could match. We were advised not to have too many as it is known to cause a floating sensation.

3.30pm - CJ walk
The sun continued to shine bright and fearlessly. Despite being told that there were only 2 guided groups from Ngee Ann Poly expected, Robert Heigermoser, KS Wong, Teck Chye, KC Hah, KC Auyong, Angie, Alyce, decided to stay on braving the weather hoping to find pleasant surprises in CJ. Alan joined us and lead one of the group later on.

Last January we lost our carpet anemones, sea cucumber, common seastars to the flood that caused a drop in sanility.
One year later, most of the animals are recovering.

Carpet Anemone are recovering in the seagrass lagoon and coral rubble area. Although they are not as abundance as before, we are still glad to see them recovering.

Sandfish Sea Cucumber

Blue spotted Nudibranch found at the coral rubbles. Hope there's enough sponges growing for this guy to feed on.

Adult horseshoe crab found in the sandbar area

And Common Sea stars~ Am so glad to find one which looks healthy. Think Ron found another 2 near the area the first one was spotted.

We thought our day could'nt be any better when we were heading home.
Alyce spotted a pair of hornbills near the Ubin main jetty. Then to our surprise, a few more pairs flew down. We were counting and realised that for the first time, 15 hornbills were partying at the same area!
Pardon me for the lousy photo but somehow if you look, you would see that there are 8 hornbills here. There were a few more pairs around that area and flew down occaionally.
The rest of the volunteers could testify that there were 15 hornbills. Cool man!


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