Pasir Ris mangrove guided walk @9th June 2012
Last Saturday, the Squad conducted our inaugural guided walk for the public at Pasir Ris mangrove boardwalk. Our guides were Melanie, Germaine, Rick and Sankar while our photographer was Max (Melanie’s son). Although there was a slight drizzle in the morning prior to the walk, the weather did not dampen the spirit of some our visitors who have signed-up for the walk on 9th June 2012.
During the guided walk, Melanie and Germaine pointed out some the usual animals found the mangroves and talked a little about the biology of these animals.
The children enjoyed looking at the mangroves crabs and their burrows. Of course, they wanted to have a closer look of the crabs from the boardwalk.
One of the child visitors spotted a creature swimming in a creek that looks like a frog and a fish. As he took a closer look at the animal….
which turned out to be none other than a mudskipper! A Giant mudskipper to be exact…
Of course the plants along Pasir Ris mangrove boardwalk were not also not forgotten!
Before the guides could talk more about mangrove plants, Sankar alerted the other guides about the presence of two Oriental Pied hornbills in the mangrove! For first time visitors to the park, this is a rare sighting and of course, our visitors were extremely excited with their presence during our walk.
As the visitors arrived the mangrove observation jetty at the end of walk, more animals were observed…..
The bird fauna was also seen (but not captured by our lens). They include the usual and charismatic grey herons, little herons. Sankar also managed to point out a raptor-like bird perching on a tree branch opposite of the jetty.
Pasir Ris mangrove is indeed rich in biodiversity with the different animals and plants observed during the walk!
After the walk, visitors, especially children expressed their love and concern for Pasir Ris mangrove in their drawings!
Our children visitors are extremely creative. Have a look at a drawing depecting the biodiversity of Pasir Ris mangrove. Tell us what do you think of them?
Check out also the other drawings from the kids: mangroveactionsquad’s photostream
For those who want to join our FREE Pasir Ris mangrove boardwalk tour , we are conducting another session on the 23rd June 2012 (Saturday)
Time: 5pm-6.30pm (Evening walk)
Meeting point: Pasir Ris Park, Carpark C, meet near the first toilets nearest the entrance to the carpark.
ALL are welcomed including families, small groups or individuals! The more, the merrier!
Kindly sign-up for the 23th June walk HERE.
For more information, kindly visit https://mangroveactionsquad.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/free-pasir-ris-mangrove-boardwalk-tours-on-9th-23rd-june-2012/