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on 6 Mar, 18:02

Nature Guides: Looking Out for Our Big Cats!

Original post: https://www.facebook.com/events/259903741211649/

Nature Guides are organizing a walk in Sungai Yu to help looking out for our wildlife’s safety particularly for our dwindling numbers of Malayan Tigers.

Come, spare us some time and join us for a CAT Walk! The routes have been determined by MYCAT researchers as poaching hotspots or common poacher access routes into core protected forests. On this walk, participants will enjoy trekking and picnicking within and around the wildlife corridor while helping with patrolling the area. During the walk, participants may have opportunity to see animal tracks in the forest and learn how to find and report evidence of illegal logging and poaching activities in the area.

• Limited to 10 pax only.
• Participants must be 18 years and above.
• Open only to MNS members.
• Require minimum of 5 pax to register with payment by 28th February 2018, the remaining number by 31st March 2018.
• Must be reasonably fit as we will be tracking at a rather long distance and time.

Itinerary: –
Friday (27th April 2018)
– Arrival at Merapoh and settle into accommodation.
– Dinner

Saturday (28th April 2018)
8.00 a.m.
– Breakfast in Merapoh. Buy packed lunch.
– Leave for starting point of hike
9.00 a.m.
– Programme starts.
– Briefing. CAT Walks (5-6 hours)
4.00 p.m
– Exit the forest and return to accommodation.
Evening
– Dinner. Free and easy

Sunday (29th April 2018)
8.00 a.m.
– Breakfast in Merapoh
– Leave for starting point of hike
9.00 a.m.
– CAT Walks (3-4 hours)
Noon
– Exit the forest and return to accommodation
– Debrief and closing. Programme ends.
– Leave Merapoh

Cost:-
• For Malaysian citizens: RM250.00 (For Returning participants and full-time student price: RM187.50)
• For non-Malaysians: RM500. (For returning participants price: RM375.00)
The fee covers the participants’ accommodation (dormitory) for 2 nights, entry permits, guide fees and insurance*. Participants must cover the cost of their own travel to and from Sungai Yu Tiger Corridor, food and other personal expenses.
*MYCAT will handle the permit applications, accommodation, insurance and guides.

To register and for further enquiry, please contact Dennis Loh @ 016-2630352 (whatapp or sms only) or email to lohweihua@hotmail.com . Further information will be shared to registered participants.

PS: See the lonely guy in green? Dennis is waiting for you to join him 😛

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 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.

on 14 Jan, 13:30

Herp Group AGM & Herp Talk: Frogs of Malaysia

Herp Group AGM & Herp Talk: Frogs of Malaysia
Past Event

The MNS Herpetofauna SIG needs you! We are looking to expand our committee so that we will be able to plan bigger and more ambitious trip for you — our members! With up to 8 positions to fill, if you want help out and be involved, you WILL get a position!

Technical knowledge on herps is not required. We just need someone that is willing to lend a helping hand that is enthusiastic about herps! We can train you! As a committee member, you will be able to participate on our herp trips and receive training on finding and identifying herps for free!

So if you love herps and want be involved in Herp Groups inner workings, do come to our AGM and volunteer for one of our positions!

After our AGM, Steven Wong will be giving a talk on the Frogs of Malaysia. There will be a slideshow on all the frogs that he has managed to see in Peninsular Malaysia. He will also be going though the 6 different families of frogs and show how similar frogs can be distinguished. So do come along! Even if its just to catch the talk and learn how to ID frogs!

on 13 Dec, 23:49

MNS Green Living SIG New Year’s Day Forest Cleanup and Tree Planting Session

Let us start the new year on a positive note by focusing on what WE can do for the Planet and society!

Join us at the KDCF for a spot of trail cleanup and tree planting.

Date: New Year’s Day 2016
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 noon.
(We are starting late cos many people would be all partied out. But it’s cool and shady in the forest so you won’t get heatstroke digging away at noon)

The seeds will be Merbau seeds from the MNS HQ, but please feel free to bring other indigenous fruit tree seeds to plant, too. No cost to participants. However, please bring:

1. A spade, trowel, shovel or hoe, if you have one.
2. Gardening gloves
3. Sunblock
4. Drinking water
5. Suitable shoes.

Green Living will provide the rubbish bags and mosquito repellent.
The meeting point is the head of the trail right across the road from the Taman Rimba Riang park in Section 9 Kota Damansara. Kindly bike or carpool with others.
Location MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE depending on the feedback of the Selangor Forestry Department.

To participate, please drop us a line at wongeelynn@yahoo.com or gl.mnselangor@yahoo.com

on 13 Dec, 23:44

Green Living Collaboration With Kedai Jalanan

Date: Sunday, 20th December 2015
Time: 3.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Location: Jalan Panggung street corner, Kuala Lumpur (in front of Malaya-Hainan Cafe)

Green Living would like you to spring-clean your homes for a good cause, and this is how you do it! We need you to root out, clean up and deliver to us the following items:

  1. Wearable and reusable clothes, separated into men’s, women’s and children’s.
  2. Usable bags, including non-woven shopping bags, travel bags, handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks.
  3. Towels, blankets, mats and sarongs.
  4. Shoes, sandals and footwear.
  5. Hotel and sample-sized toileteries (no half-used tubes and bottles, please).
  6. Reusable food and water containers, camping plates and camping/travel cookware.

We will be doing a joint project with Kedai Jalanan, a social initiative started by the Gender Studies Unit of Universiti Malaya, to offer these usable items to the homeless and urban poor in Kuala Lumpur at their monthly pop-up street store. At Kedai Jalanan, each street client gets to pick up to 5 items FOC. Items are arranged neatly in baskets and on clothes racks, and street clients are treated with dignity and respect.

Clothing and items that are in bad condition should be thrown out or put into community recycling bins where stained and torn clothing will be sold as scrap fabric for industrial use.

To donate your items:
1. Select, clean and sort your donations as per our guidelines, and then bring them over on 20th December to Jalan Panggung, where Green Living and Kedai Jalanan volunteers will take them from you.

Alternatively,
2. If you are unable to deliver the items yourself, please contact Ee Lynn at wongeelynn@yahoo.com to arrange for collection / delivery. Please note that it would be impractical for volunteers to drive all across town to pick up contributions from every donor, so please make an effort to meet us halfway.

To volunteer:

  1. Please email Ee Lynn at wongeelynn@yahoo.com to let us know your identities and the number of volunteers.
  2. Volunteers should be at the meeting point at 2.00 p.m. to begin sorting and displaying items. The shop opens for business at 3.00 p.m. and closes for the day at 5.30 – 6 p.m. after which volunteers should help to tidy up and transport unsuitable items to the nearest recycling bins.

The objective of this project is to help redirect usable resources to local beneficiaries. Most of the clothes dropped off in recycling bins end up being sold in ‘bundle stores’ in developing countries (http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/Features/2015/02/16/Where-do-old-clothes-go/) instead of being used to directly benefit the underprivileged in our own city. Many of our clients have also requested clothes suitable for work (e.g. blouses, work shirts, trousers, shoes, baju kurung) as they wish to attend job interviews to seek better employment opportunities, so let us help them in order that they may help themselves. Reusing and sharing our resources is good for the environment and community, and volunteering makes better persons of us all.

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