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on 28 May, 22:28
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MY Garden Birdwatch

The Eighth MY Garden Birdwatch 2017

The Eighth MY Garden Birdwatch 2017
Past Event
17 Jun - 18 Jun
7:00 - 0:00
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The only garden bird count in Malaysia returns for its eighth year. MY Garden Birdwatch is an annual bird count that aims to keep track of the population of garden birds. Also the count is used to raise awareness of birds as an indicator of the health of our natural environment.

Participating in this count is easy. You just need to follow the guidelines to count the bird on 17 or 18 of June. Then, proceed to our website, http://www.mygardenbirdwatch.com to enter the data.

For further information, please check the website, http://www.mygardenbirdwatch.com and any inquiries can be directed to mygardenbirdwatch@gmail.com.mygb-2017

on 28 May, 22:21
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2nd MY Garden Birdwatch Bird Walk 2017

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An opportunity to see and identify common garden birds is scheduled at Taman Rimba Kiara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail (GPS: 3.140399, 101.631901, next to Plaza Vads). Registration begins at 7:00 am. The walk starts promptly at 7:15am-9:00am.

Enjoy a bit of birdwatching and see the birds that frequent the park. A simple bird walk will allow you to view the birds and practice recognising and identifying the birds by name. This is a helpful exercise leading up to the MYGB survey which occurs on the 17th and 18th June, 2017. After the walk you can visit our MYGB booth which is supported by the local Resident Association. Come sign up as a counter.

It is suggested that you wear suitable attire in dull colour, sunhat and bring along a notebook and pencil/pen. Also bring along some drinking water and a light snack. This event is suitable for the whole family and those interested in learning more about Garden Birds. For details and to register, please contact Izzat Fauzi @ 011-19130271 or email mygardenbirdwatch@gmail.com

on 2 Feb, 13:20

NEC Day Trip : A Bug’s Life!

Hello parents and kids! NEC is going to organize a day trip program, “A Bug’s Life!” on 11th February 2017. The kids will find out more about the entomology is and they will enter a new world of science.

Bugs are accessible, small, curious, and catchable, and thus children will learn how to identify an insect from other arthropods, investigate how and what insects eat, where they live, and what benefit they are in our shared world and so much more.

Date : 11 Feb 2017 ( Saturday)
Time : 9.00 AM – 1.00 PM
Cost per person : RM 45 for MNS Member
 RM 48 for Non Member

Join us and your kids will be sure to have a great fun time with friends. Parents are welcome to join as well with the fee of RM20/pax only. Lunch will be provided for the kids and parents. To book, please call us at 03- 62771703 or email us atnec@mns.org.my .

Method of payment:

Bank in to MALAYSIAN NATURE SOCIETY account:

Maybank        :  012138304679

Please keep bank in slip and email or bring during the actual date of camp as prove of payment.

Contact person : Ms. Zalikha / Ms. Nisha
  Programme Officers
  Nature Education Centre FRIM Kepong
Phone  : 03-62771703 / 013-3204684 / 019-7768243
Email  : nec@mns.org.my

Originally posted at: http://www.mns.my/article.php?aid=3340

on 13 Oct, 08:43

Loggers block media from investigating Janda Baik logging

This post is put up on behalf of Janda Baik resident Christine Lim, who is trying to raise awareness on the destructive logging in Janda Baik. This is her English translation of a Bernama article carried by Free Malaysia Today.

 

Loggers prevent media from investigating logging in Janda Baik
Bernama | October 11, 2016
They prevented the passage of the media and environmental activists who wanted to see the uncontrolled logging activities of the past 20 years in the Permanent Forest Estate of Janda Baik

 

BENTONG: The greed of those carrying out uncontrolled logging activities in the Permanent Forest Estate of Janda Baik over the past 20 years is a nightmare for the close to 2,000 residents of Janda Baik Village.

Their livelihoods are increasingly affected because five major tributaries including Ulu Sungai Benus, Sungai Kuala Lurau and Sungai Tampik, which supplied clean water and were tourist attractions, have been “raped” by certain parties for their own interests.

Accordingly, the Association for the Protection of Natural Heritage of Malaysia (PEKA) has taken the initiative to defend the plight of the villagers by urging the cessation of logging activity before the situation worsens.

President Puan Sri Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil said that although the various parties deny the situation, Peka has clear evidence that the deforestation is increasingly serious.

As proof, PEKA and several media agencies including Bernama surveyed the area and found that forest clearing is still in progress.

Among the proof they found is a new trail enabling log removal that was found 3 kilometers deep into the forest, when they entered by a 4-wheel-drive vehicle.

However, when the parties involved became aware of the presence of PEKA and the media, they acted to block the passage they were clearing by placing the equipment in the middle of the route.

Sabrina Shariffa described their actions as extreme because not only do they harm the environment but they also affect the livelihood of the majority of the local population who provide homestays.

“This is a permanent forest reserve. Janda Baik is an ecotourism area but it is losing the natural resources such as rivers, including flora and fauna.

“I feel this is unfair to the residents who have invested money to provide homestays. They are disappointed and they are now speaking out to stop the logging because it has gone overboard,” she said.

She said her organization is always monitoring the situation in the area but needed the cooperation of local residents to ensure that those responsible stop their logging activities.

“It is time for the residents to take action out of desperation. PEKA will always provide support for the welfare of the population and the environment before we lose this valuable resource,” she said.

Meanwhile, local area representative Mat Sabri Ahmad Malek, 58, said that such activities do not only affect the income of the population but also cause several other problems such as mud floods, shallow waters, and decreasing fish population.

“We are no longer able to cope with this situation. We, with PEKA’s help, will put up barriers immediately for the good of all,” said he, who used to work in freshwater aquaculture.

Jefri Jais, who represents the tourist guides in the area, also expressed disappointment in the steep recent decline in the number of tourists in this ecotourism area, which has been deeply felt.

He claimed that tourist visits to the area have fallen by about 50% as many are aware of the destruction of flora and fauna.

on 3 Mar, 01:21

Shark Awareness Programme

Shark Awareness Programme
Past Event

Learn all about sharks and learn to be with sharks in a unique marine awareness programme on Pulau Tenggol, Terengganu.

Join MNS Marine (the Malaysian Nature Society Marine Special Interest Group) and SSI (Scuba Schools International) for World Oceans Day 2016 as we focus on the ocean’s top fish.

This programme is held in conjunction with the anti-shark’s fin soup campaign My Fin My Life Campaign #myfinmylife, of which SSI and MNS are partners.

By joining this programme, you will:

  • learn about the role and importance of sharks within the marine ecosystem,
  • learn about shark and shark-finning trade and consumption, and
  • appreciate sharks and their ecosystem in the wild through skills training and certification in snorkelling (so you minimise harm to yourself and the ecosystem).

Here’s what you will experience:

  • seminars, group discussions and games
  • snorkeling skills training and certification as well as snorkelling sessions to appreciate sharks in the wild.

At the end of the programme, you should have

  • sound knowledge of sharks in the ecosystem (SSI Shark Specialty Certification)
  • snorkeling skills for marine-friendly snorkeling (SSI Snorkeling Certification)
  • an interest in championing shark and marine conservation.

Details

Date: 3 – 6 June 2016

No of participants: 30

Facilitation & training: MNS Marine facilitators and SSI instructors

Location: Pulau Tenggol, Terengganu

Fee: RM830 (quad share) / RM910 (triple share)

The fee covers all island costs including accommodation (air conditioned rooms with attached bathrooms on a triple/quad share basis), all meals, boat transfers from Dungun jetty, snorkeling gear, activities, guided boat trips for snorkeling, marine park and MNS marine fund fees and group travel insurance. (see Registration Form for details)

Please arrange your own transport to and from the jetty.

The MNS Marine facilitation are volunteers led by Wong Siew Lyn (MNS membership no. F/Q/9321/B) and Adeline Loh Chooi Ping (MNS membership no. O/E/20559/B).

The SSI Snorkeling Certification and SSI Shark Specialty Certification to the value of RM9,600.00 are generously sponsored by SSI.

For more information, email Adeline. Trip info and registration form are on https://www.facebook.com/groups/mnsmarinegroup.selangorbranch/, also check out #myfinmylife, http://www.divessi.com/sc-sha; http://siputscuba.com/ and http://pulautenggol.com/

on 24 Feb, 22:04

Mammal Talk: Fruit gardens enhance mammal diversity and biomass in a Southeast Asian rainforest

Mammal Talk: Fruit gardens enhance mammal diversity and biomass in a Southeast Asian rainforest
Past Event

Talk synopsis:
As many protected areas are frequently inhabited by people, this can cause conflict between conservation practitioners and the local indigenous community.

This talk is about a study, located in Krau Wildlife Reserve, Pahang, Malaysia, which aimed to assess how traditional cultivation techniques of fruit gardens within a protected area by an indigenous community might affect terrestrial mammal abundance, diversity and assemblage composition.

They found that fruit gardens contained similar species richness and abundance levels but higher diversity and almost threefold higher mammal biomass. Fruit gardens contained five times as many fruit-producing trees and a positive correlation was found between the number of fruit trees and total mammal biomass.

Mammal community composition differed between the two habitats, with fruit gardens attracting eight species of conservation concern.

Their results suggest that traditional agroforestry systems may provide additional resources for mammals and therefore their net effects should be considered in conservation policy.

Speaker:
Jonathan Moore is a recently graduated masters student with an Mres in Conservation Biology from the University of Nottingham, UK Campus. He has just published his first lead author paper in Biological Conservation based on the data collected from his masters degree. He is currently working as a field assistant in Malaysia for a clouded leopard project, studying clouded leopard distribution, density and prey species, run by WILDCRU at Oxford University. He is also the project leader for the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network project located at Pasoh, Malaysia, collecting long term camera trap data on terrestrial mammal populations. His scientific interests are focused on understanding animal-plant interactions, animal seed dispersal and predator-prey interactions particularly in increasing degraded ecosystems.

All, including children, are welcome to attend this talk. Please register by sending your name and email address to wongpuimay@hotmail.com.

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