As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Rare species of birds and butterflies flourishing in heartland and urban parks

Mar 25, 2017, 2:41 pm SGT

Melody Zaccheus
Copsychus malabaricus - Khao Yai.jpg
white-rumped sharma (f) Source:Wikipedia
SINGAPORE - Your neighbourhood park could be home to rare species of birds, such as the blue-crowned hanging parrot, spotted wood owl and the endangered white-rumped shama.

Of the 152 bird species spotted by NParks' "citizen scientists" during three garden bird watching sessions over the past two years, 110 of them were found in urban green pockets, such as Yishun Park, Punggol Park and Choa Chu Kang Park.

These findings from NParks' Community in Nature Biodiversity Watch programmes, which were first launched in April 2015, were shared by Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and National Development Desmond Lee on Saturday morning at an event at Kent Ridge Park (March 25).

The programme has grown from 400 volunteers to 1,000. So far, three garden bird watching sessions, two butterfly watches and three BioBlitzes have been carried out.

BioBlitzes involve participants spending either 12 or 24 hours documenting biodiversity in an area.


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