Malaysian Nature Society Past Events

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 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
No location

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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MY Garden Birdwatch

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 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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