Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Branch March Update

A yet to be identified little froggie we stumbled upon during our trek up Gunung Murud, now part of the Pulong Tau National Park complex.

Dear Valued Members and Friends of MNS Miri,

Didi we say it was going to be a dry year this year? Well it's looking rather wet the past couple of weeks and we are almost at the end of March. Hopefully it'll stay cool and fresh like this throughout to Gawai.

Below is an update for March with a quick look into upcoming events and beyond:


12-13th Feb SWS in Lawas;
Musa, Remli, Majelah, Sara, Bor Seng, Nazeri and Anura joined our SWS Team, Daniel and Rose over in Lawas to survey Kuala Lawas by boat. They visited SFC's Kuala Lawas Station and got a better understanding of the lay of the land in those parts. Significant finds were : Black-headed Gull at Kuala Lawas.

Read up on the trip here.

17th Feb : Waterbirds Workshop, Kuching
The workshop was a success that it had to be extended for an extra day. Other the classroom sessions, participants were treated to a fieldtrips to count waterbirds on the coast of Kuching. Wader big shots from SFC, MNS and Birdlife came down for a weekend about waterbirds, wetland habitats in the State.

19th Feb : Dialogue session in Kpg Kuala Sibuti with Bintulu Port Authority and Asian Minerals Limited. Anura and Nazeri attended the dialogue session with the villagers.

21-27th Feb SWS in Mukah;
Anura, Nazeri and Musa made the trip to Mukah to join Daniel, Rose of our SWS Team as well as Liza from SFC Mukah Office. The survey started where SWS left off back in Jan and was completed all the way down to Kuala Igan.

Read it up here.

28th Feb : Lambir Hills NP Special Park's Committee met at Lambir Hills. Nazeri attended.

26th Feb CFZ Survey in Mukah;
This is the southernmost CFZ survey which we hace conducted within the CFZ Northern Sarawak Project. We were joined by Duffy and Liza, staff from SFC Mukah.

Read it up here.

24th Feb Eco Diver Theory Sessions;
Training sessions to be held at end of Feb. Please contact reefcheck_miri@yahoo.com directly for further information. This is an ongoing activity.

05th Mar : CFZ Sg Bakong;
With SFC Miri Office assistance we descended to Beluru, a small town in upper Sg Bakong and conducted our firefly survey with Remli, Kamil, Samantha of SFC Miri and Joyce, Sara, Musa and Nazeri.

Read up the account here.

12th Mar : Birdwatching Kuala Baram;
We confirmed a successfully fledged juvenile Grey-headed Fish Eagle. The subadult was observed feeding on nest with prey item supplied by an adult. One more GHFE for Miri!

Read it up here.


18th Mar : Nitewalk at Lambir Hills National Park
Led by Kamil of Lambir Hills NP and Peter Pillai, participants can expect to see the regular and sometimes special residents of Lambir Hills Park at nite.

Meet 1800hrs at Lambir parking lot. Participation is limited to 15 people and is child friendly.

Please contact Peter Pillai directly to register.

19th Mar: CFZ of Sg Teru,
We are planning a weekend trip to Loagan Bunut to conduct CFZ Survey and Monitoring as well as to check-out the brids in and around the Loagan. Places are limited, send email if interested. We will be leavng Miri 1030hrs and returning to Miri the next day hopefully by lunchtime.

1030 hrs Travel to LBNP
1700 hrs CFZ Sg Teru
0630 hrs Boat ride around the loagan
1200 hrs Travel to Miri

Meet in Miri before departure at 1030hrs, please email Nazeri Abghani directly for details.

25th Mar : Launch of SMK Lutong Birdclub at SMK Lutong
We recently received funding from Shell WCWS program which enables us to set up a Birdwatching Club in Lutong. We will be guiding and training our birdclub members on birdwatching and census taking throughout the year. At this event we will introduce MNS and the year's activities plan.

26-27th March : CFZ Survey and Mornitoring Workshop at Similajau National Park;
A second workshop on fireflies intended for those interested to learn more about fireflies and help with the effort to populate fireflies data for Sarawak. Classroom sessions as well as a field survey of Sg Similajau. Sonny Wong, MNS Senior Conservation Officer and Dr Mahadi Menakbar Dawood, Entemologist, ITBC, UMS will be on hand to share their knowledge and work on fireflies in Malaysia and abroad.

Saturday : Classroom session start 1400 hrs; fieldtrip 1700-2100 hrs
Saturday : Classroom session starts 0800-1700hrs with a break for lunch.
Read the announcement here.

02-03rd April: CFZ of Sg Suai,
Another weekend event to survey fireflies of Sg Suai. We plan to leave Miri Saturday afternoon, return mid-day Sunday,exact timing to be announced. Please email for details.

CANCELLED : Photography Workshop in Lambir with William Ting
Come shoot macro, nitelife, and waterfalls with William Ting and learn basic-intermediate digital workflows practiced by most digital shooters today.

The workshop starts Saturday 1400 hrs and ends Sunday 1400hrs. Come get together with other photography enthusiasts and learn a thing or two about photographing nature. Cost $150 per person with 1 nite shared accommodation at Lambir Hill chalets, dinner, breakfast, lunch, and park entrance fee. Open to all ages.; non-boarding participants get a $30 discount of the registration fee. Minimum requirement : a digital camera preferably a DSLR.

Bring your latop, your gear and some massive inspiration. Best Photo of the weekend (by voting)will receive free family membership to the Malaysian Nature Society.

We have limited places, so register early. Payment in full at registration.

09th April : "Sarawak's Sweetheart : Orang Utan Conservation Campaign" at Pustaka Miri.
A joint collaboration between MNS Miri, Pustaka Miri and Special Park's Committee of Lambir Hills National Park in their effort to increase awareness and knowledge of our natural heritage. There'll be coloring contest for the young ones at the start and talk and slideshow for everyone on Orang Utan conservation in Sarawak by Samantha Kwan, SFC Miri.
1300-1500 hrs Coloring and Drawing Contests, Theme : Sarawak's Ape's and Primates
1500-1700 hrs Talk and Slideshow titled "Sarawak's Sweethearts : Orang Utan Conservation Campaign"

23rd April : Community Outreach in Kpg Kuala Nyalau
0900hrs-1700hrs. We'll be spending a day with the children and young people (and their parents) of Kpg Kuala Nyalau. Main themes would be river ecosystem conservation, fireflies, waterbirds, wetlands and our coral reefs. Other than our usual talks and slideshow, we are hoping to make the day interesting for everyone.

30th April : Community Outreach in Kpg Bungai
0900hrs-1700hrs. We are looking for some very creative and some interesting ideas around activities for children other than talks by Musa, Nazeri and Kumar. These has to be related to theme at hand : Fireflies and River Conservations, Waterbirds and Wetlands, Reefs and Marine Ecosystems. We welcome all input.

07th May : Community Outreach in Kpg Kuala Sibuti
0900hrs-1700hrs. We are looking for some very creative and some interesting ideas around activities for children other than talks by Musa, Nazeri and Kumar. These has to be related to theme at hand : Fireflies and River Conservations, Waterbirds and Wetlands, Reefs and Marine Ecosystems. We welcome all input.

14th May: WMBD : Birdwatching at Lambir Hills with Daisy O’Neill
Birdwatching in conjunction with World Migratory Bird Day.
0700-1000 hrs to meet at Lambir Hills National Park 0700hrs. Daisy will be visiting from Penang to birdwatch with participants in Lambir.
1000-1200 hrs Talk and slideshow "Birdwatching in Sarawak" at Lambir Hills Conference Hall. Park entrance $10/adult; $5/student.

15th May : Community Outreach in Kpg Masjid, Kuala Baram
0900hrs-1700hrs. We are looking for some very creative and some interesting ideas around activities for children other than talks by Musa, Nazeri and Kumar. These has to be related to theme at hand : Fireflies and River Conservations, Waterbirds and Wetlands, Reefs and Marine Ecosystems. We welcome all input.

21st May : WMBD : Community Outreach (Birdwatching) at Pustaka Miri
1300-1500 hrs Coloring and Drawing Contests, “Birds of Sarawak”
1500-1700 hrs Talk and Slidehow : WMBD : Birdwatching in Miri : Common Birds in Your Garden and Other Rare Birds Beyond”

28th May : MY Garden Birdwatch at KRP
0700-0900 hrs Birdwatching around KRP compound for common birds
0900-1100 hrs Talk and slideshow, "MY Common Garden Birds"
Brunch and refreshments will be served

Discussions initiated for a "Birdwatching on Campus" at Curtin University 1600-1900hrs. A slideshow "Birds in Sarawak" and a late afternoon birding around campus.

18th June : MY Garden Birdwatch with students in Bekenu
We will be birdwatching with 45 students from 3 schools in Bekenu in conjunction with WMBD and MY Garden Birdwatch. There'll be a talk and slideshow, "Birdwatching in Miri : Common Garden Birds in Your Garden and Other Rare Birds Beyond".


Community Outreach April and May:
We’ll be looking for volunteers to help MNS Miri conduct community outreach programmes for the rest of the year which includes programs at Kpg Kuala Nyalau, Kpg Kuala Sibuti, Kpg Bungai and Kpg Masjid. The programs will have components of CFZ, Waterbirds and Reefcheck incorporated with contributions from our Projects team.

We are also underway to set-up a Birdwatching Club at SMK Lutong, under Shell’s We Care We Share programme after recently won an award for the WCWS project.

My Garden Birdwatch
Keep your ears peaked for My Garden Birdwatch that will be running on the 4-5th June, there will be training sessions in May in conjunction with World Migratory Bird Day 2011. More details in the pipeline.

Members will soon receive their proxy forms by mail. Please remember to vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” the adoption of the new MNS Rules and Regulations and mail in the envelope supplied.

MNS is an NGO solely driven by support and contribution from it’s members. Those who have submitted their dues a large thank you.

While we warmly welcome new members to the family, we'd like to take this opportunity to remind current members to renew their membership. Why not do it for the next 3 years? Your contribution helps us work together better towards achieving MNS vision.

Below are members whose membership has expired:
Lee Bor Seng
Kamal Abdullah
Ting King King
Azeeza Bujang
Wouter Rensink
Anne Malissa King
Alison Brown

Members who have just recently renewed their membership, "We thank you for your support!":
Nurashikin Mohd Ikhwan
Henry Law Ing Hua
Rohaya Binti Amat Dollah
Puteri Shariza Megat Khalid

Members whose membership will expire end of March, we urge you to renew your membership. Your continued membership ensures our sustained effort within our immediate sphere of influence:
Sim Wan Chee
Dominique Dodge Wan
Gianna and Keith Minton
Sara Wong Ching Tai
Mas Nur Afiqah Rabani
Catherine Chia
Nordiyana Abdul Hamid
Nooriza Mohd Noor

Do read up on more of our activities’ through our blog and Facebook. Maybe join us one of these days in our activities.

Please email us for comments, input, feedback : mnsmiri at yahoo dot com.

Kind Regards,
Anura Dason,
MNS Miri Branch

Links :
MNS Main: http://www.mns.my/
MNS Miri Branch: http://www.mns.my/state.php?sid=5
MNS Miri Blog: http://mnsmiri.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mnsmiri

Useful Acronyms:
MNS – Malaysian Nature Society
MNS BCC-WG – MNS Bird Conservation Council –Waterbird Group
AWC – Asian Waterbirds Census
SWS -Sarawak Waterbird Survey (short for Waterbirds and Wetland Habitats Survey for the Sarawak Coast Project)
CFZ – Congregating Fireflies Zone

Our 3 months look-ahead:




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