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One of the most common small herons here, the Striated Heron (Butorides striata) can usually be spotted near any water body. A strict carnivore, its diet consists mainly of fish and sometimes, amphibians and other creatures.

πŸ“·: Francis Yap
Striated Herons are known to use pieces of bread as bait when hunting fish.
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Wow! So resourceful!
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Bread? From where?
[Webinar - Identifying and growing common orchid species and hybrids in Singapore]

What makes an orchid different from other types of flowers? Can you tell the difference between a Dendrobium, Phalaenopsis, and Cattleya?

Register for this online webinar as our colleagues Gillian and Siu Ann explain how orchids are named, their preferred habitats and growth forms, tips on growing them at home, and more!

Identifying and growing common orchid species and hybrids in Singapore
πŸ“…: Saturday, 10 April 2021
⏰: 11 am – 12 pm

Deer Antlered Phalaenopsis
πŸ“·: Charis Chiang
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If you want to catch scenic views along a waterfront promenade, then add Woodlands Waterfront Park to your list!

Our colleague Jessica takes you on a virtual walk, complete with a guide on how to get there and what to check out.

Watch more videos about our green spaces on NParksSG YouTube playlist! πŸ™‚

If you are heading out to our parks and gardens, do remember to observe safe distancing and keep to groups of no more than 8 people, with no intermixing between groups.
The newly-opened Tropical Montane Orchidetum at the National Orchid Garden in the Singapore Botanic Gardens features a diverse collection of rare and endangered mountainous orchids. ☺️ 🌸

If you are heading down, plan your visit on weekdays or during off-peak periods, observe safe distancing, and keep to groups of 8 people and below!

Safe management measures are in place for the safety and well-being of all our visitors. This includes temporary closures when the maximum capacity is reached.

Do you want to know more about orchids? Register for our online webinar Identifying and growing common orchid species and hybrids in Singapore happening on Saturday, 10 April at 11am – 12pm! πŸ’»
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Take a look at the various features at East Coast Park in this 1-minute video, including the newly-opened Coastal PlayGrove at the former Big Splash site. ☺️

If you are heading down, plan your visit on weekdays or during off-peak periods, observe safe distancing, and keep to groups of 8 people and below!

Safe management measures are in place for the safety and well-being of all our visitors. This includes temporary closures when the maximum capacity is reached.
The Sunda Slow Loris (Nycticebus coucang) is the only venomous primate in Singapore! It produces a yellow secretion from glands on the insides of its elbow, which combines with saliva to form venom.

Despite its name, this nocturnal mammal moves deliberately but not necessarily slow. πŸ˜‰

This native species can be found in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Central Catchment Nature Reserve, and Pulau Tekong.
Besides the commonly known honey bees which live in hives, there are other types of bees with different nesting sites!

Solitary bees live alone amongst dead wood and twigs or under the soil while stingless bees nest within crevices in trees and rocky walls, or even in lamp posts!

More info on these important pollinators in our bees & wasps advisory. 🐝

You can also find bee hotels, which are man-made structures for bees to nest, along the Bee Trail in HortPark! 🏨

Feeling inspired? Learn how to build an insect hotel in 4 steps!

πŸ“·: Hang Loo Ming
[Gardening with Edibles Masterclass Series]

Basils and mints are popular culinary herbs. But have you heard of other cultivars with different aromas that you can grow in Singapore?

Add different flavours and fragrances to your dishes! Join our colleague Vicky in this online masterclass as she talks about a wide range of basil and mint cultivars, their various uses, and tips on growing them at home!

Gardening with Edibles Masterclass – Mint and Basil
πŸ“…: Saturday, 24 April 2021
⏰: 10 am – 11 am

Grapefruit Mint
πŸ“·: Vicky Lim Yen Ngoh
[Gardeners’ Day Out]
We have another virtual edition of Gardeners’ Day Out coming up on 17 April 2021, Saturday!

There will be videos on DIY gardening projects and kids activities on our NParksSG YouTube channel, so stay tuned. Learn how to build a rain shelter, propagate herbs in a cup, and make a suncatcher with small flowers! 🌱

If you need to get your hands on gardening-related items, also check out the GDO e-Marketplace. πŸ‘¨β€πŸŒΎ
[NParks Webinar Series: Human-wildlife Encounters in our City in Nature]

Our efforts to enhance our natural spaces have brought us closer to nature and wildlife.

Join us for our very first webinar series on human-wildlife encounters, as our colleagues Dr Adrian Loo and Mr How Choon Beng share insights on the different aspects of the work involved, ranging from wildlife outreach and education to the research done on wildlife management.

Find out about our science-based approach to understanding the ecology and distribution of wildlife and how we promote responsible and positive human-wildlife coexistence in our City in Nature!

Register to participate on Zoom or watch the livestream on NParksSG YouTube.

Human-wildlife Encounters in Our City in Nature
πŸ“…: Saturday, 24 April 2021
⏰: 10 am – 11 am

πŸ“·: Max Khoo
πŸ“·: Lee Shiyun
What do you think are hanging from these trees?
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Handkerchiefs
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Leaves
Just as its name suggests, the Handkerchief Tree (Cynometra browneoides) looks as though white handkerchiefs are hanging from it!

These β€œhandkerchiefs” are actually the flushes of new leaves. After a few days, these flushes harden and turn green, just like the rest of the mature leaves on its crown. 🌳
[Animal & Veterinary Service Free Webinar Series: Bunny Medic 101]

Looking to get a pet rabbit soon? Do you know everything there is to know about taking care of a rabbit properly and ensuring it’s healthy and happy?

Watch our live webinar with AVS veterinarian Dr Chang Siow Foong and Dr Cathy Chan from the Animal Doctors who will share on rabbit care and husbandry.

Joining them will be Ms Zheng Meifang from House Rabbit Society Singapore, Ms Lynne Tan and Ms Stella Loo from Bunny Wonderland as they share more on rabbit welfare cases. You'll also get to meet the 2 bunnies that are looking for a forever home – ChinChin and PanPan. 🐰🐰

There will be a live Q&A session with the vets after the webinar, so be sure to tune in!πŸ§‘πŸ»β€βš•οΈ

Animal & Veterinary Service Free Webinar Series: Bunny Medic 101
πŸ“…: Saturday, 24 April 2021
⏰: 11 am – 12 pm
πŸ“: Live on AnimalBuzzSG Facebook
[Bazaar In the Gardens @ Jurong Lake Gardens]

Want to add the fresh scent of mints to your home? Learn how you can grow them with hydroponics in the April edition of Bazaar In the Gardens!

Sign up for the various activities here! There’s a storytelling and craft session for kids too. πŸ˜‰

πŸ“…: 24 April 2021, Saturday
Guess the wingspan of the White-bellied Sea Eagle, the largest resident raptor in Singapore?
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Less than 1 metre
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More than 2 metres
As the largest resident raptor in Singapore, the wingspan of the White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) can be over 2 metres wide!

Unlike other raptors that hold their wings horizontally, the White-bellied Sea Eagle holds them in a v-shape as it flies. πŸ¦…

Another fun fact – this eagle was featured on the $10,000 banknote from the Bird Series Currency Notes from 1976 - 1984. πŸ’΅