2010 May 29 - Biodiversity Race 2010

We have to go along the Western Adventure Park Connector Network (WAPCN)
1) start at Bukit Batok Nature Park.
2) take team photo at 3 out of the 5 checkpoints along the WAPCN.
3) are allowed to walk or take public transport (buses and trains).
4) observe AT LEAST 10 birds, 5 butterflies, 3 dragonflies and 5 plants. Common names of the flora and fauna species have to be indicated in the Observation Sheet provided. 1 point for each correctly identified specie.
5) take photographs of observations, if possible. 1 point for each photo of correctly identified specie.
6) end at Choa Chu Kang Park.
Arrived at Bukit Batok Nature Park for registration.
After collecting the guide sheets for Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies and Plants, and route map for event, we discussed on the route to take.

We stayed in Bukit Batok Nature Park for the first hour to do most of the observations, and walked to Bukit Batok Town Park for the first team photo, and the other flora and fauna.

Then we walked to Brickland Road for 2 more team photos before taking a bus to Choa Chu Kang bus interchange, and finally walked to Choa Chu Kang Park.

First dragonfly for the day, Crimson Dropwing.
Common Flangetail
Female Green Baron
Malayan Eggfly
Peacock Flower
Javanese Ixora
Lantana Camara
With prizes sponsor and arbitrators
First prize - a pair of binoculars for each team member.
Also won a stamp collection for bird of the day - Grey Headed Fish Eagle.
Designs on T-shirt

A write-up by one of the arbitrators:

pedal power

Went along Ulu Pandan Park Connector (Toh Guan Road East) crossing over PIE towards Bukit Batok East Park Connector (0.9 KM)
The 12 animals

Went around Little Guilin

and onwards to Choa Chu Kang Park Connector (5.6 KM)

Part of the track runs under the MRT.
Lots of beautiful butterflies where the track runs parallel with Brickland Road.
Crossed KJE and cycled along Choa Chu Kang North Park Connector (1.3 KM).

Along Pang Sua Park Connector towards Zheng Hua Park (4.9 KM).

Could not cycle in Zheng Hua Park as it has very steep slopes.
Went to Fajar Shopping Centre for lunch.

Caught in the rain on the return journey. Waited under the MRT track, opposite Bukit Batok Driving Centre. After about half an hour, the rain showed no sign of stopping. Put on my raincoat and cycled in the rain. Raindrops on the outside and sauna within.

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