Monday, May 21, 2012

Shameless Self-promotion

If you're free this coming weekend, do take part in the Festival of Biodiversity, happening at the Botany Centre in the Singapore Botanic Gardens!



From the NParks website:
Do you know that Singapore is home to more than 400 species of marine fishes? Do you know that Singapore is also home to 250 species of hard corals, which is almost one third of the diversity found in the world? Do you know that species such as the horseshoe crab and the banded leaf monkey can be found in Singapore? Join us at the festival to explore and learn more about Singapore's rich biodiversity!

Join us in the many exciting activities we have in store for you at the festival, and find out how you can play a part in conserving our biodiversity. By participating in the festival, you can gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Singapore's rich biodiversity, its benefits, and relevance to us in Singapore.

Regardless of your age group, there is definitely something for you at the festival. Pen down these dates in your calendar and join us on 26 or 27 May!
There's a wide variety of activities, including exhibitions, film screenings, art and craft and storytelling sessions, guided tours, and talks. Here's a teaser from Ria, who created a bunch of cute mascots to be worn by the volunteers guiding at the Singapore Marine Biodiversity exhibition!



Such an event presents an excellent opportunity for my very first talk about the importance of documenting animal carcasses. My talk will be on Sunday 2pm, at the Function Room.
Bodies of evidence: A morbid celebration of biodiversity
2 pm @ Function Room, Singapore Botanic Gardens

Death is an inevitable part of life. Stumbling upon dead animals can be an unpleasant, smelly affair, but we have much to learn from carcasses. In this talk, you will learn how dead animals can tell us a lot about the presence of wildlife in urban Singapore, as well as the impact of human activities on the natural environment.
I'm still in the midst of preparing the slides for my talk, but I can guarantee that it's definitely not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach!



Do follow the Festival of Biodiversity blog for further updates in the days leading up to the festival. Hope to see you there!

(Cross-posted to Monday Morgue)

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