NATIVE BIRDS TAKE FLIGHT AHEAD OF SINGAPORE’S INAUGURAL NATIVE BIRDS’ DAY

– Jurong Bird Park spearheads event to heighten appreciation for native birds with support from National Parks Board.
– Two pairs of native birds to be placed in a purpose-built aviary at Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West as part of a multi-agency rescue and rehabilitation programme.

To mark the upcoming inaugural Native Birds’ Day spearheaded by Jurong Bird Park, a pair of black-naped orioles (left) and pink-necked green pigeons will be placed in an aviary as part of a joint rescue and rehabilitation effort with NParks.
To mark the upcoming inaugural Native Birds’ Day spearheaded by Jurong Bird Park, a pair of black-naped orioles (left) and pink-necked green pigeons will be placed in an aviary as part of a joint rescue and rehabilitation effort with NParks.

Singapore, 15 November 2013 – White-rumped shamas, emerald doves, Oriental magpie robins, green pigeons and Oriental white-eyes. What do all these have in common? These are more than 100 species of birds native to Singapore.

Jurong Bird Park with the support of National Parks Board (NParks) and Nature Society of Singapore (NSS), will be organising a two-day festival to celebrate the inaugural Native Birds’ Day on 23 November 2013. The festival, to be held on 23 and 24 November 2013, is designed to build greater appreciation for native birds.

“Birds play an important part in our rich biodiversity, especially native birds. However, not many of us are aware of their existence, and the role they play to maintain the balance in our biodiversity. Jurong Bird Park is coming together with National Parks Board and Nature Society of Singapore to bring native birds to the fore so we can develop greater appreciation for them and to ensure they continue to thrive in the community,” said Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

He continued, “The Native Birds’ Day Festival is a weekend where we want to bring everyone together to celebrate our native birds and get everyone to learn about them in a fun and engaging way.”

To mark the upcoming Native Birds’ Day, Jurong Bird Park and NParks will join hands to place a pair of pink-necked green pigeons and a pair of black-naped orioles into a purpose-built rehabilitation aviary. These two pairs of native birds were brought to Jurong Bird Park by a member of the public.

Three of the four were juveniles when they were brought to the Bird Park. The veterinarians had to rehabilitate and nurse them back to health, and this included hand-raising them until the birds were old enough to eat on their own. As part of the rehabilitation process, they will remain in the aviary for 7 days so that they can get used to their surroundings before they are released. This activity is part of the two agencies’ efforts to conserve the native bird population in Singapore.

“The aviary at Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West will offer the birds a lush and green environment to rehabilitate before they are released back into the wild. The aviary, the first of its kind in a town park, is made possible with the support of the community at Ang Mo Kio. Volunteers have been conducting bi-monthly surveys at the park, and you might be surprised to know that more than 15 species of birds have been sighted in Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West. Such collaborations show that everyone has a part to play in realising Singapore’s City in a Garden vision.” said Ms Kartini Omar, Director of Parks, NParks.

The activities planned during Native Birds’ Day Festival at Jurong Bird Park* include –

Native Birds Day Festival

To commemorate Native Birds’ Day, Jurong Bird Park will be offering a 50 per cent off its adult admission tickets to those who sign up for the Native Birds’ Day expert forum on 23 November 2013. Members of the public are to sign up for the forum by emailing the following details to corpcoms.jbp@wrs.com.sg before 20 November 2013 –

– Name
– Email Address
– Phone Number
– Number of tickets required

Each participant will be allowed to purchase up to two admission tickets at the special discounted rate.

*Activities are free but park admission charges apply

JURONG BIRD PARK LAUNCHES INAUGURAL NATIVE BIRDS’ DAY

– Event aims to raise public awareness on the importance of native birds

Singapore, 14 Oct 2013 – In a tribute to native birds, Jurong Bird Park, Asia’s largest bird sanctuary, will celebrate the inaugural Native Birds’ Day on 23 and 24 November.

The event aims to raise awareness on the importance of native birds and how the public can help protect them through a host of engaging activities including an expert forum, a bird photography trail, a photography exhibition and activities for children designed to educate young minds on the importance of conservation, in a fun and engaging manner.

As a special offer to native bird lovers, a 50% discount off Jurong Bird Park’s adult admission tickets will be offered to members of the public who sign up for the expert forum on 23 November. After the forum, participants can still partake in various activities held in the Park.

The forum and activities are free, but normal admission rates of SGD20.00 (adult) and SGD13.00 (child 3 to 12 years) apply for entry into Jurong Bird Park, unless otherwise indicated.

Native Birds’ Day activities

    1. Native Birds’ Forum
    Listen in on this expert forum, helmed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, NParks, Nature Society and a veteran photojournalist from a leading newspaper. This in-depth discussion takes participants through the status of native birds and the importance of these beautiful birds in our ecosystem. Speakers also share their passion and enthusiasm for birds through personal anecdotes. Be inspired, and find out how you can play your part for our native birds!

    Topics include the photography of birds in ‘Birds in Action,’ ‘Sunbird basics,’ ‘Birds of Sungei Buloh’ and ‘Conservation projects locally and regionally.’

    All forum participants will get 50% off Jurong Bird Park admission. Do sign up soon by emailing corpcoms.jbp@wrs.com.sg before 14 November with your name, email address, phone number and the number of tickets required, as places are limited. Each participant will be allowed to purchase up to 2 adult admission tickets at a 50% discount. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Dates: 23rd November only
    Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm (Registration at 10.00am)
    Venue: Lakeview Room, Jurong Bird Park

    2. Photography Trail
    Kick-start your morning with an enriching photography trail which will heighten your senses. Follow wildlife photographer David Tan on a fascinating journey as he shares a few tips and tricks. Hone your own techniques through this exclusive hands-on session on the intricate art of bird photography. Whether you are an avid bird photography enthusiast looking to add better images to your collection, or a beginner looking to take a simple photograph, this trail will have something for everyone.

    All participants have to bring their own DSLR or a compact camera as equipment will not be provided. Slots are limited to 20 per session, with a minimum age of 15. Do sign up soon by emailing corpcoms.jbp@wrs.com.sg with your name, email address, phone number and preferred session before 14 November, as places are limited.

    Dates: 23rd and 24th November
    Time: 9.00am, both days (Registration at 8.30am)
    Venue: Entrance, Jurong Bird Park

    3. Photography Exhibition
    Indulge in a visual feast as photographs of our favourite native birds are showcased in a special exhibit. Be mesmerised as picture-perfect moments, such as a bird in mid-flight, or a parent feeding its chick, are encapsulated within these frames. The exhibition will be a whole-day affair, so feel free to pop by any time during the course of your visit.

    Dates: 23rd and 24th November
    Time: 8.30am to 6.00pm
    Venue: Penguin Coast

    4. Education Awareness Booth
    Children will be gleefully occupied by the plethora of entertaining and enriching activities available for them. Colour a bird on a sheet of paper, or if you are game enough, your own face could be the canvas for our friendly face-painters. A few of our local bird specimens, such as a hornbill casque, will be on display as well. For anyone who wants to know more, our volunteers will be happy to answer your burning queries.

    Dates: 23rd and 24th November
    Time: 11.30am to 4.00pm
    Venue: Penguin Coast

    5. Show Segment
    In addition to the above, there will be a special 15 minutes show segment once a day. Be awestruck as you watch Otto, our yellow-naped Amazon, sing the entire line of “I left my heart in San Francisco”! Kids can even choose to mimic the bird in a mini mimicry contest, where the winner walks home with a token. For those who wish to come up close and personal, a short photography session with the bird will also be conducted. Be sure not to miss this fantastic opportunity to interact with Otto!

    Dates: 23rd and 24th November
    Time: 1.45pm – 2.00pm
    Venue: Penguin Coast