Vol 5 No 1
at Sungei Buloh
for Children &
5th Anniversary Celebrations: events and messages
BabeWatch R(A): Herons at
Time and Tide Wait for No Man: what you can see at the
(Dec 98-Jan 99)
to Sungei Buloh Nature Park's
5th Anniversary Celebrations
ong chui leng
December 1998 marks Sungei Buloh Nature Park's 5th Anniversary, and the Park has
lined up a series of events to count down to this first major milestone
Kicking off the countdown
was a donation of $120,000 from HongkongBank's
Care- for-Nature Trust Fund to set up the Sungei Buloh Education Fund.
It will be used to fund the Park's public education activities, including
programmes promoting awareness of the Park as an important natural heritage
and inculcating a greater knowledge and appreciation of nature. Proceeds
and donations collected from visitors to the Park from the sate of publications and activities like the Spot-art
Competition will also go into the fund for future projects.
30 November 1997
A ceremony was held for the setting up of the Sungei
Buloh Education Fund. The cheque of $120,000 from
the HongkongBank's Care-for-Nature Trust Fund was
presented by Mr Connal Rankin (Chief Executive
Officer, HongkongBank) to Dr Tan Wee Kiat (Chief Executive Officer, National Parks Board).
Launch of the new Sungei Buloh
Nature Park brochure.
The countdown to the 5th Anniversary was kicked
Dr Tan Wee Kiat, Chief Executive
Officer of the National Parks Board, distinguished guests, ladies and
gentlemen, Good Morning.
When the Sungei Buloh
Park was opened in 1993, HongkongBank was among
its first corporate supporters. Even today, if you take a stroll around the
Park, you will easily see from the many signages
the Bank's involvement in this uniquely important natural heritage of ours.
While the educational and instructional signages,
which were installed at the inauguration of the Park, have seen better
days, given the inevitable wear and tear of the past four years, the
ecological importance of the Sungei Buloh nature park and its value to our environmental
awareness-building efforts have not, in the least, been diminished. I am
also glad to add that the same goes for HongkongBank's
commitment to the conservation of the Park and to the environment as a
Having supported the original effort to establish the Park, I am pleased
that the Bank has been invited back by the National Parks Board (NParks) to help mark Sungei Buloh's first major milestone and, even more
importantly, to participate in NPark's effort to
enhance quality and range of educational activities at Sungei
Buloh for the enjoyment of Singaporeans and foreign
Being Singapore's first and only wetlands nature park in itself makes Sungei Buloh an ecological
jewel in land scarce and urbanised Singapore. Yet I would venture to add
that Sungei Buloh's
greater value lies in its uniqueness as a living classroom for our school
children and, indeed, for all of us. It is on this premise that we have
chosen to assist the National Parks Board in its endeavour to raise the
profile of the Sungei Buloh
Nature Park in the lead-up, as the backdrop behind me puts it, the
countdown to its 5th Anniversary.
On this note, I am pleased to announce HongkongBank's
donation of S$120,000 to the National Park's Board for the setting up of a Sungei Buloh Education Fund
to fund the Park's public education activities.
I hope this Education Fund will go some way to attracting more school
children to the Park and, in the process, enrich each and every one of them
with a greater knowledge of nature at work and, more importantly, with a
deeper appreciation of the importance wetland parks like Sungei Buloh are to our
Before I conclude let me share with you a quick observation. At the height
of the recent haze a colleague at the Bank remarked how human beings can be
so silly in the way they all tend to take granted, the sunny blue sky in
this instance, only to start realising how precious something is when they
longer have it.
I hope that in time to come, we will not be saying the same of the Sungei Buloh Nature Park and
for that matter, all our other parks and seashores. Hopefully, the setting
up of this Education Fund will help us keep the Sungei
Buloh Nature Park as a cherished jewel of our natural heritage and a living
classroom for generations to come. Thank you.
General Manager &
Chief Executive Officer
at the launch of the 5th Anniversary Countdown 30 Nov 1997
(30 Nov - 6 Dec 97)
BirdWatch Week, an annual Park event since 1996,
promised fascinating views of Heron Watch migratory birds. Guides with
telescopes were stationed at Main Hide to assist visitors in spotting and
our feathered friends from afar.
Kid's Lucky Dip (30
Nov - 6 DEC 97)
All the children who visited the Park during this period were kept busy
around route 1, collecting clues along the bird trail for a chance at the
lucky dip. Armed with our trail booklet: "Endless Summer: The Story of
a Seasoned Traveller", the children found out about the wonders of
migration from the journey taken by our star, the Common Redshank (Tringa totanus).
Many happy kids went home from the Park not only with newly acquired
information on these fascinating birds but also generous prizes like stamp
prints, binoculars, first-day covers and other souvenirs, all kindly
sponsored by HongkongBank.
(30 Nov 97 - 30 Nov 98) The 'Care For Nature' Spot Art
Competition, which spans the entire year, is open to all children aged
between 6-16 years. Each month, 10 top entries will be selected from both
the Primary and Secondary category to qualify for the Grand Finale.
(17 Jan, 28 Feb, 21 Mar 98) This features fun-filled
activities while on a tour to heronry. The activities will illustrate the
survival needs of the herons and the importance of conserving the wetland
habitats that are essential to the herons.
(18 Apr, 30 May, 27 Jun 98)
Plant and bring home a part of the mangrove swamp, as part of our mudflat
Ecology Trail (Jul
- Sep 98)
A trail along Route 1 for a better understanding of the interdependency in
the world of living things.
The annual BirdWatch event will be held again.
In addition to the
regular wader spotting, we will also be conducting bird-sketching
workshops, mime performances and story telling
sessions at the Park.
Tan Wee Kiat
Chief Executive Officer
National Parks Board
at the launch of
the 5th Anniversary Countdown
30 Nov 1997
Sungei Buloh's rich food
source, thanks to its mudflats and mangroves, has made it a natural stopover
site for migratory birds during the colder months. Luckily for us, this very
unique attraction and its potential was recognised,
and in 1989, the government conserved it as a nature park. Today, people from
all walks of life come to see the large variety of birds and plants, which
thrive in diverse habitats here in Singapore's only wetland park.
Sungei Buloh Nature Park
was officially opened on 6 December 1993 with this mission, 'To be a centre
for excellence in tropical wetland management for conservation, education,
research and compatible recreation'. The team here at Sungei
Buloh has worked very hard, through its educational
programmes, publications and collaborations with researchers and
institutions, to bring Sungei Buloh
closer to Singaporeans. And the response has been encouraging. The Park sees
more than 200 visitors each day, However, more can be done to draw on the
large untapped market out there.
Sungei Buloh and HongkongBank have recognised this potential, and in
preparation for Sungei Buloh's
5th anniversary in December next year, they have come together to organise,
not a 3-month, or even a 6-month, but a whole year's programme aimed at
letting people discover this very different, very natural part of Singapore. HongkongBank is kindly donating $120,000 towards the Sungei Buloh Education Fund for
this purpose. On behalf
of the National Parks Board and Sungei Buloh Nature Park, I would like to extend our
appreciation to Hongkong Bank for their generous