National Parks

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  • Return Of The King

    Return Of The King

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    As the final installment in an epic film trilogy, "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" was an action-fantasy spectacle that had fans and viewers riveted.The new documentary "Singapore Hornbill Project - Return of the King" may not have the same blockbuster glamour as its namesake, but is no less fascinating. This 40-minute film is about the hornbill, the King of the Forest, and the massive challenge of bringing it back to Singapore's forests.

  • Seagrass: Dugong Food for Thought

    Seagrass: Dugong Food for Thought

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    Seagrasses are unassuming in their appearance, and are commonly mistaken for seaweed or algae. If you are unfamiliar with seagrasses, it will come as a surprise to you that they are closely related to the lily and ginger families!

  • When Orchids Flower Gregariously

    When Orchids Flower Gregariously

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    We are so accustomed to seeing orchids in vases and bouquets, that it is easy to forget that they actually grow in the wild. But every so often, Singapore's native orchids set out to remind us of their presence - by flowering spectacularly all over the island at the same time.

  • Protecting Nature - For Your Health's Sake

    Protecting Nature - For Your Health's Sake

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    For 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, My Green Space will feature different perspectives on what biodiversity means to you and me. This article is part of a year-long series. "The library of life is burning, and we don't even know the titles of the books." - Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, former director-general of the World Health Organisation

  • Spot these Seven Migratory Birds at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve!

    Spot these Seven Migratory Birds at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve!

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    Winter is coming… which is why birds are also flying into Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Come and spot seven migratory birds as they make their epic journey to escape the cold up north.

  • NParks Portraits: Passionate about Conservation

    NParks Portraits: Passionate about Conservation

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    What is the one question that visitors to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve love to ask?

  • Shedding Light on Coral Bleaching in Singapore Waters

    Shedding Light on Coral Bleaching in Singapore Waters

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    A surprisingly rich amount of marine life resides in Singapore’s waters; they harbour over 250 species of reef-forming hard corals, as well as 200 species of sponges, 12 seagrass species and an abundance of crustaceans.

  • Saving A Rare Native In Singapore

    Saving A Rare Native In Singapore

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    Opportunity knocks but once. When it comes to conserving rare and endangered plant species in Singapore, the saying is true in every sense of the word. Imagine the excitement NParks’ conservation officers from the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) felt in February this year, when they spotted the fruit capsules of a critically endangered native plant, Aeschynanthus albidus, on a tree in the Central Nature Reserve. The capsules were swiftly brought back to NParks for mass propagation.

  • Backyard Biodiversity: The Wildlife Of Park Connectors

    Backyard Biodiversity: The Wildlife Of Park Connectors

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    Besides providing tracks for cycling and jogging, our park connectors are also important habitats to an unexpected diversity of wildlife.

  • A Most Odd Tree Doctor!

    A Most Odd Tree Doctor!

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    In a previous issue of My Green Space, we featured arborists, who inspect trees to see if they are healthy. Besides these human “tree doctors”, there is also a species of birds that carries out a similar job. Meet the Laced Woodpecker, a bird that plays an interesting and vital role in maintaining the health of trees.

  • Guiding The Next Generation Of Nature Lovers

    Guiding The Next Generation Of Nature Lovers

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    Experiencing nature doesn’t have to involve trekking into dense forests in khakis and boots. In fact, Ms Ling Chai Joo, a parent volunteer at Zhonghua Primary School, firmly believes nature can be enjoyed in the urban environment.

  • IYB2010 Roundup: Taking Stock of Life on Earth

    IYB2010 Roundup: Taking Stock of Life on Earth

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    2010 was celebrated as the International Year for Biodiversity to highlight the importance of life on earth - animals, plants, their genes and the habitats they help form. Here, we look back on what was accomplished in this landmark year.

  • Monkey Musings: Respecting Singapore’s Long-tailed Macaque

    Monkey Musings: Respecting Singapore’s Long-tailed Macaque

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    You’ve read about them in the news. You’ve seen them around parks and nature reserves, and even in your neighbourhood. But how much do you really know about our local monkeys?

  • 2011: A Forest Odyssey

    2011: A Forest Odyssey

    Conservation

    Did you know that Singapore is not just an island, but also a rainforest nation? This country’s land area includes many kinds of forests: lowland dipterocarp forest, mangroves, freshwater swamp forest, and secondary forest patches. These can be found in many parts of the mainland and on the offshore islands.

  • Forest Feature: Bukit Timah, In Brief

    Forest Feature: Bukit Timah, In Brief

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    What does the name ‘Bukit Timah’ mean to you? There’s Bukit Timah Hill, which is famous for being the tallest hill in Singapore at 163.63 metres.

  • What Does It Take To Move A Mature Rain Tree?

    What Does It Take To Move A Mature Rain Tree?

    Conservation

    As it turns out, a lot of manpower and machinery and two weeks’ worth of patience per tree! Recently at Empress Place, I had the rare opportunity of witnessing trees being transplanted.

  • Return of the Hornbills

    Return of the Hornbills

    Conservation

    Do you know that the Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris convexus), once thought to be extinct in Singapore, has made a comeback?

  • Dive In! The Water’s Fine At Sisters’ Islands Marine Park Dive Trail

    Dive In! The Water’s Fine At Sisters’ Islands Marine Park Dive Trail

    Conservation

    Our country’s coastal and marine habitats are distributed along the northern coast, and the northern and southern offshore islands including Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong. There, you can find more than 250 species of hard corals (32% of hard coral species found worldwide); over 100 species of reef fish; about 200 species of sponges; and 12 seagrass species.

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