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Preparing for the Biodiversity Challenge 2020!

The Biodiversity Challenge is an annual orientation open to anyone with relatively little exposure to biodiversity in Singapore, but are keen to learn more and contribute. It is organised around three elements, and involves spending some 20 hours over 5 months on the following:

  1. Empower yourselves by attending the BFF Seminar & Workshop [4 hours]
  2. Equip – Attend three curated field trips offered by seniors and log your experience in a shared field journal on wordpress. [3 field trips, 10 hours]
  3. Engage & enable – by sharing about nature first with friends and family, and then with the public at a booth during the Festival of Biodiversity [6 hours]

Graduates of the last challenge said this is what they liked of the programme – everyone was welcoming, anyone could join, they made friends and met people in the nature community, their eyes were opened to new places, and they made aware of many things which were hapening in the local scene and got to share existing information about wildlife in Singapore with friends, family and the public.

Graduates of the 2019 Biodiversity Challenge

We have begun preparations for the 2020 programme to roll out in Feb this year. Watch this space!

First meeting – Otterman with Joy Wong, Lesley Chng & Karl Png
Alumni chip in – Otterman with Anna, Joash, Ben, Joy & Cheryl

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Walks for the Biodiversity Challenge 2019

This year, participants of the Biodiversity Challenge 2019 are being offered a series of curated walks by members of the nature community. In addition to the exploration of a diversity of ecosystems and wildlife, each trip involves engagement with Facilitators who will act as a human library, and with each other, to build a network of natural history enthusiasts.

We have visits to forests, mangroves, inter-tidal areas, and participants will learn about macaques, crocodiles, otters, pythons, birds and wildlife rescue, from March to May 2019:

  1. Labrador Walk with N. Sivasothi aka Otterman (NUS Toddycats)
  2. Crocodile Watch with Bernard Seah (SBWR Volunteers)
  3. Monkey Walk with Joys Tan and Quek Xiao Tong (JGIS)
  4. Bird Walk with Xu Weiting (NUS Toddycats)
  5. ACRES visit w/python talk by Sankar Anantharayanan (HSS)
  6. Intertidal Watch with Cheo Pei Rong (NParks)
  7. Love MacRitchie Walk with Chloe Tan (NUS Toddycats)
  8. Otter Walk with Chong Marjorie & Tina Liow (Otter Working Group)

We are also pointing participants to other walks, workshops and festivals offered by the community in Singapore, and will guide reflections and discussions about their experiences and the landscape in Singapore.

Thanks to the community for their nurturing support of enthusiastic new individuals!

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Register now for the 2019 Biodiversity Challenge!


Empower: Attend the BFF Seminar & Workshop on Sat 23 Feb 2019 [sign up here: link]

Equip: Attend five curated field trips offered by mentors, log your experience in a field journal and attend a reflection session.

Engage: Attend a Festival of Biodiversity (FoB) 2019 preparation workshop (in May) and engage the public at FoB on 25 & 26 May 2019.

Enable: Conduct Acts of Nature to contribute towards Singapore as a more enlightened space for Human-Wildlife Coexistence.

Read about the BFF programme in this article: “Making BFFs at the Biodiversity Friends Forum, by Joy Wong. Mygreenspace, Vol 1 (40) 2019.