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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Notice of AGM on 8th July 2018

Dear Members

Please find attached herewith the  Notice of AGM of MNS Kuching Branch on 8th July 2018. This will be followed by refreshments.

The term of the MNS Kuching  Branch Committee has been extended to 2 years instead of 1 year since last year.

 Hence, there will only be an Annual General Meeting but no ELECTION at the forthcoming  Annual General Meeting  of MNS Kuching Branch 

  • Please register your attendance with mnskuching@gmail.com to help us make seating and refreshments arrangements latest on 7 July.
P O BOX A144 Kenyalang Park
93824 Kuching Sarawak


Notice is hereby given that the 23rd  Annual General Meeting of Malaysian Nature Society 
Kuching Branch will be held at Telang Usan Hotel, Ban Hock Road, 93732 Kuching, Sarawak
Sunday   8th July 2018 at 2.00pm


Adoption of the Agenda for the previous Annual General Meeting
To approve and adopt Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
To consider Matters Arising from the previous  Annual General Meeting
Kuching Branch’s  Report
Treasurer’s Report
To consider and adopt the Audited Financial Statements for the financial year ended 31st May 2018

Any other matters can be brought to the attention of the Honorary Secretary of  Malaysian Nature Society  Kuching Branch  in writing at least one (1)  week before the Annual General Meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Audrey Anak Dominic  Neng

MNS Kuching Branch

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Talk: Southeast Asia and migratory birds – how can we better conserve them?

Dear members and friends,

You are invited to a public awareness Talk.

Southeast Asia and migratory birds – how can we better conserve them?

Yong Ding Li (Author of 125 Best Birdwatching Sites in South East Asia will be launched in August 2018)
Date: Friday 29 June 2018

Time: 7.30-9.00pm

Venue: Islamic Information Centre (Lower Baruk)

Jalan Ong Tiang Swee (behind Swinburne University)

Registration: MNSKB Members and friends,
 please register with Secretariat at mnskuching@gmail.com

Cost: Free Admission
Please bring your friends to this interesting talk.

Southeast Asia and migratory birds – how can we better conserve them?

Southeast Asia is a region steeped in exceptionally high levels of biodiversity, including charismatic animals ranging from the Orang Utan to the hornbills. Less known to people many are the migratory birds. Many of these migratory birds arrive in the region every year from August onward, adding colours and live to forests, coasts and even many of the paddyfields that dot the region. Many of these birds, including hawks, shorebirds and flycatchers would have travelled many thousands of kilometres to get here. In this talk, Yong Ding Li will talk about the phenomenon of bird migration in Southeast Asia, with a special focus on Borneo. Besides the science, Ding Li will also present on the threats faced by migratory birds, some of the work led by BirdLife to conserve migratory species, and why migratory birds creates new opportunities for wildlife conservation and ecotourism in Sarawak. 

About the speaker
Yong Ding Li oversees migratory bird conservation work at BirdLife International’s Asia regional office. Through this role, Ding Li works closely with the Malaysian Nature Society and other BirdLife partners on bird conservation projects, particularly that on shorebirds.
Before completing his doctoral work on conservation biology at the Australian National University, Ding Li was involved in a number of bird research and conservation projects in Malaysia (Terengganu, Sabah), Indonesia (Sumatra, Sulawesi), the Philippines (Mindanao) and Singapore. He is author of four books, including the upcoming ‘Best 125 Birdwatching Sites in Southeast Asia’ and 40 peer-reviewed papers.

MNSKB  Secretariat 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Man meets frog Talk by Prof Indraneil Das and Sing Tyan Pang

Dear members and friends,

You are invited to a talk Man meets frog Talk by Prof Indraneil Das and Sing Tyan Pang

Date:    Thursday 12 April 2018
Venue:  Lower Baruk, Islamic Information Centre, Jalan Ong Tiang Swee, Kuching
Time:    7.30pm - 9.00pm

Admission is free.

Man Meets Frog

 by Prof Indraneil Das

How humans interact with the natural world is a fascinating area of study. Man’s relationship with amphibians is an ancient one, and in this talk, we shall examine how different cultures perceive the humble katak.

The International Bornean Frog Race

Sing Tyan Pang
Pang will present on the International Bornean Frog Race, the 7th edition of which is planned for 28 April 2018, at the Matang Wildlife Centre. A registration booth will be set up at the site for MNS members and others to join.

In order to facilitate seating arrangements, please reply by return email  mnskuching@gmail.com if you wish to attend the talk.

Thank you & best regards,
Cynthia Lobato
MNSKB Secretariat

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Proboscis Monkey: Diseases & Conservation

Dear Members and friends,

You are invited to a public awareness Talk.
Title:         Proboscis Monkey:Diseases & Conservation
Speaker:    Dr Chong Yee Ling
Date:        Thursday 29 March 2018
Time:        7.30-9.00pm
Venue:      Islamic Information Centre (Lower Baruk)
                 Jalan Ong Tiang Swee (behind Swinburne University)
Registration:  MNSKB Members and friends, please register with Secretariat at mnskuching@gmail.com
Cost:    Free Admission
            Please bring your friends to this interesting talk.

Talk on Proboscis Monkey:  Diseases & Conservation

Dr Yee Ling Chong has a background in molecular ecology of RNA viruses and bacteria. Her general research focuses on animal disease ecology. She is conducting multi-disciplinary research on microparasites (viruses and bacteria) and macroparasites of wild and urban animals including primates, rodents, birds, fishes and pest insects.

 Summary of Talk
Proboscis monkey (Nasalislarvatus)is an endemic species found in Borneo and is currently considered as an endangered species under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is a highly selective feeder and its diets consists of fruits and leaves from over 90 species of plants. The habitats of the proboscis monkey are often associated with waterway, either the coastal or riparian-riverine ecosystem, which include the mangrove forests, riverine forests, beach forests, peat swamp forests and mixed dipterocarp forests.
Proboscis monkeys are constantly facing conservation threats, mainly habitat loss due to activities, such as fish or shrimp farm cultivation, logging and town developments. The current endangered status of proboscis monkey and its susceptibility to microbial infection has brought forward the need  to gain an  insight into the enteric microbiome of this monkey.
 This talk will highlight the diet and feeding habitats of proboscis monkeys, their common diseases and enteric microflora, associated with a variety of bacteria and viruses, some of which have known or suspected zoonotic potentials. The understanding of the enteric microflora of proboscis monkeys is imperative to expedite future disease diagnosis and outbreak monitoring for the conservation of this endangered species.
Cynthia Lobato
MNS Secretariat