Month: August 2019

St John’s Island International Coastal Cleanup by Cicada Tree Eco-Place, Sat 21 Sep 2019

Cicada Tree Eco-Place will join ICCS 2019 by cleaning up St John’s Island beach to help make a difference for our native wildlife such as marine turtles during this nesting season on the shores of Singapore.

Date : Sat 21 Sep 2019
Time: AM
Venue: St John’s Island – Beach SJ1

Note: Due to limited boat capacity, we are fully booked for this activity. If you wish to be on waitlist, send us your name and contact details. Volunteers must be fit to cleanup for 60-90mins and be comfortable to travel by boat. For enquiries, please email our coordinator Teresa Teo Guttensohn at:

What is ICC?

The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is an annual event conducted in 70-100 countries, coordinated by the US-based agency, The Ocean Conservancy, a non-profit organisation.

Marine Debris Data and Education

The programme aims to remove and collect data on the debris from the shorelines, waterways and beaches of the world’s lakes, rivers and oceans. This information serves to educate the public on marine debris issues and to encourage positive change by submissions to governmental and international organisations that will reduce debris in waterways and enhance aquatic environments.

Who Coordinates ICC in Singapore?

The International Coastal Cleanup, Singapore (ICCS) is coordinated by Toddycats! – volunteers of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (formerly the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research) of the National University of Singapore, and is led by N. Sivasothi aka Otterman.

Curse of Marine Litter

The programme which began in 1992 is strongly supported by numerous local and international schools, private and government organisations who have battled the curse of marine litter for more than two decades.

Learn about ICCS:

Save the Malayan Tiger CAT Walks, Aug-Sep 2019

Join the Citizen Action for Tigers (CAT) Walks at Sungai Yu Tiger Corridor and Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia, to help save Malayan Tigers from the edge of extinction — Friday 16-18 August and 18-22 September 2019.

When you participate in a catwalk, you are directly helping in the survival of the Malayan Tiger, its rainforest home, and the amazing diversity of plants and animals living there.

There are now less than 200 Malayan Tigers (Panthera tigris jacksoni) left in the wild in Peninsular Malaysia.

This Malayan sub-species is on the extreme edge of extinction.

Young and caring for the wild – ST, 11 August 2019

Ms Teresa Teo Guttensohn, president and co-founder of Cicada Tree Eco-Place, which focuses on environmental education, has seen primary school-aged children who “scream when they see a butterfly”.

Getting children to learn about flora and fauna should be “through direct interaction”, she says. “It promotes conservation of our local biodiversity, which has something to do with how we live.”

The Straits TIMES, 11 August 2019

National Day Love SG Nature Walk @ Singapore Quarry

Cicada Tree Eco-Place celebrated our nation’s 54th National Day by going outdoors with fellow Singaporeans and visitors to enjoy Singapore’s amazing nature along the Rail Corridor.

Kids enjoying the outdoors and nature

This follows in our tradition of appreciating our natural heritage on National Day! On 9 August last year, we took a walk at MacRitchie Rainforest to search for the native durian tree named after Singapore.

The free public guided nature walk started with a fun “leaf-yoga” warm-up session at Fuyong Park led by volunteer Bala and a welcome message on eco-living by volunteer Teresa.

Led by volunteer guides Andrew and Li Fang, participants and their families enjoyed a slow discovery walk along the forest’s edge at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, and encountered some of the interesting wildlife living in the area.

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