Photographs: Dr. Oliver Seet
Captions: Carmen Pang
A group of NUS senior alumni joined Cicada Tree Eco Place for a Love Our MacRitchie Forest Walk on March 21, which was also the International Day of Forests. The nature walk took place at Windsor Nature Park, a 75-hectare nature area that buffers the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
Guided by CTEP’s Vilma D’Rozario (far left) and volunteer Carmen Pang (next to Vilma), the group included those who have joined us on our walk last November as well as some who were visiting the park for the first time.
While the morning sun brought many jungle critters and birds out of hiding, the group welcomed the cool respite provided by the forest canopy. In addition to enjoying the shade, we were also delighted by the sweet scent wafting through the air from a wild pandan tree.
Among the delightful critters we saw were treehugger dragonflies, which demonstrated how to properly celebrate International Day of Forests — by hugging a tree!
We saw many native Singapore wildlife, including this common sun skink that was basking in the sun next to our path. Its scales reflected the sunlight brilliantly and attracted much admiration from the group.
The Windsor Nature Park is home to one of Singapore’s last remaining freshwater streams and provides a natural habitat for creatures such as saddle barbs and catfishes.
“Where? Where?” “There! There!” Being the exact same shade of green as the fern that it was clinging on, this green crested lizard was testing how good our eye were.
Circle of life — through decomposition and decay, fallen trees and leaves become nutrients for new growth.
Fungi are the primary decomposers of dead plant materials in the forest. By feeding on dead trees and plants, fungi break down dead matter and return nutrients to the soil so new plants can grow again.
In addition to being productive recyclers of the forest, fungi also provide sustenance to many creatures, including this snail that was feasting on clumps of mushrooms.