Hobsons Bay Bird Watching May 30, 2018
Our group of friends from Singapore was guided by Libby a ranger from Hobsons Bay, accompanied by Artist Kate Gorringe Smith and Jackie Kerin and John to this wetland in Williamstown on our first morning in Melbourne on 21 May. Some of us were first timers in bird watching. It was really an eye opener for them. I got to see first hand some species here live and it was a real treat, with a running commentary from John.
Installation Art at Sungei Buloh April 12, 2017
An initiative by Friends Of Sungei Buloh, to engage the community and encourage greater appreciation of our wetlands. Loyang Secondary School is our first group of students to participate in this environment related art project to celebrate International Coastal Cleanup in Sep 2107
15th anniversary of Volunteering at Sungei Buloh February 22, 2017
Took a walk and settled down for 2 sketches at the Main Hide this morning to celebrate my 15 years of helping out at this wetland reserve.
Chatted with Mendis and Raj, and had a meeting with Halilah and Shufeng on coming art and conservation activities for Loyang Sec School. Then hitched a buggy ride to the New Visitor Centre, stopping enroute along Kranji Trail to look at salvaging fell tree parts for use as materials for installation art here.
Felt good about having served 15 years already and thankful for the chance to continue my volunteering for nature here at Sungei Buloh Wetlands.
Jokingly mentioned that Buloh can use my numerous past sketches to chronicle its changes when I reach 20 years of volunteering.
Friends of Sungei Buloh: in the new Rooster Year Lo-hei and Mangrove Tree Planting at the new Junior Wetlands February 12, 2017
Welcoming the new Lunar Year with Friends of Sungei Buloh.
After the traditional Lo-hei, the delicious vegetarian salad was a great start to good nature practice, followed by mangrove tree planting just outside the Visitor Centre, in a small plot of converted landscape, to be used as a mini wetlands for young visitors.
Watched a demo by a Nparks staff, Win, and donning a pair of oversized Phua Chu Kang Boots (yellow), my digging was started literally with a bang. My specially designed shovel struck a big rock! With help from ShuFeng and another we extracted it and succeeded in planting my first mangrove plant, a Bruguiera gymnorrhiza (Tumu in Malay). Happy and very satisfied with myself, I started on a second plant.
My choice of the next mangrove plant was a more ambitious one. A much larger one with help from Mr Wong T W , this time an Ultraman, as Mr Wong called it. Its the Heritiera littoralis, or Dungon. The seeds, winged ones, have some semblance to the Japanese cartoon sci-fi character by the same name.
Here are the plants I planted.
Its was a great start to a new year with the group’s contribution to our wetlands, in this small but symbolic way of conservation and a common spirit of comaraderie-for-nature.