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Thursday, January 17, 2019

An Introduction to the Insects

Dear members and friends,

We like to invite you for a talk on insects of Borneo by Chien Lee.
Date :Saturday 26 Jan 2019
Venue: Islamic Information Centre Lower Baruk
Time 7.30-9.30 pm
Please register by email mnskuching@gmail.com by latest on 25 January

An Introduction to the Insects of Borneo

With an estimated three million species, insects are by far the most diverse forms of organisms on the planet. The greatest diversity are found in the tropics, and Borneo is a hotspot for some of the most amazing and varied forms. Because no field guide books exist on Bornean insects, many naturalists and guides are faced with a daunting task when it comes to identifying species they encounter here. In this workshop we will learn an overview of the insect orders and families that can be found in Borneo, discuss techniques for their field identification, and learn about their fascinating behavior and adaptations.

Ch’ien Lee’s background is in Biology (Ecology).

He also studied Entomology.
Did field studies on animal presence and usage in different habitat types.
A freelance wildlife Photographer since 2005, he has photographed Batang Ai National Park, Mulu in Sarawak and other places in Sabah.
His subjects included mammals, snakes, orchids, and birds.
Participated in scientific expedititions in Batang Ai, Ulu Baleh and Payeh Maga.
Contributing photographer to Phillipps Field Guide to Mammals of Borneo (2016)

Cynthia Lobato
MNSKB Secretariat

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Movie night on Migrating birds

Dear members and friends,

You are invited for another movie night on Migrating Birds. Before the movie,  we have a short presentation by two student MNSKB Members,  Jason Teo Jia Hong and Batrisyia Teepol.

In August/September this year, MNS HQ funded  these 2 young members 
for their stay and accommodation,  while Kuching Branch sponsored their airfares and road transportation,  to participate in the Hornbill Volunteer Programme at Belum-Temonggor Forest Reserve in Perak.

Jason will share his experiences at the HVP. With the help of Professor Andrew Alec Tuen and Rose Au, MNSKB helped Batrisyia to secure a Conservation Leadership Programme sponsorship to study shorebirds at Bako-Buntal Bay for 1 year, August 2018- August 2019. Batrisyia will share what she has learned so far from the Programme.

Date : Wednesday 5thDec 2018
Time: 7.30-9-30 PM At Discussion room (Please be on time)
Venue Islamic Information Centre.
 Please register latest on 4 Dec at mnskuching@gmail.com

Information about the movie.

Migrating Birds - Scouts of Distant World 
Director: Petra Hofer and Freddie Rockenhaus
Running Time: 90 minutes
Country: Germany 
Year 2016
Countries screened in: Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Namibia, Mali, Rwanda, South Africa

Every year billions of birds migrate from the northern summer breeding grounds to the southern overwintering grounds and every year billions of birds die on route. They starve, die of thirst, are killed by exhaustion or environmental poisons, by enemies, by winds, or by power lines. Despite this, the migrations take place year after year; generation after generation. This film shows the voyages of migratory birds with breathtaking aerial photography from the Arctic to Africa, from Siberia to Malaysia. It explains how the birds orientate themselves, why they migrate and how, for example,  a young stork finds the way to Africa even though he has never been there. 

It answers questions you may have or have not thought of. It will leave you with even greater respect for our feathered friends. It will get you to ask how we can be part of their journey and ensure birdsreach their destinations. 

Cynthia Lobato

MNSKB Secretariat

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Santubong All Summits Challenge Presentation

Dear members and friends,

You are invited to an exciting Santubong Challenge presentation by an avid Sarawakian hiker,  Ian Vong and his team members who hiked Mount Santubong from  27-28 October 2018.
This Challenge has never been attempted before and it  took about 40 hours to complete the 40 KM hike.

Date: Wednesday 14 Nov 2018
Time: 7.30-9.00
Place :Islamic Information Centre (Lower Baruk)
Speaker:Ian Vong 
About Ian Vong:
He is  hiker who loves  challenging hiking  and the  breathtaking sceneries of  Borneo.

Mount Santubong is one of his favourite places to hike. From August 2017 until July 2018, Ian had   trekked and climbed a total of 45 times  to explore the entire Mount Santubong mountain range. 

The famous Mount Santubong summit (810 m) is the main  attraction for both locals and foreign trekkers. If you were to view from the side of the mountain there are 7 summits, with elevations ranging  from 450m to 850m above sea level.

Ian:  I love nature and I would like to do something meaningful by raising funds for the environment. If everyone were to participate and contribute a little, we can all save our environment.

Save Mother Nature. Heal the world before it's too late.
Campaign objectives:
-       Raise funds for Malaysian  Nature Society.
-       Promote the etiquettes of hiking.

Please register at mnskuching@gmail.com.  The  last day to register is Tuesday 13 Nov.

Cynthia Lobato
MNSKB Secretariat

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Talk: Primates in Sarawak and the Globally Threatened Red-Banded Langurs of Maludam, Sarawak.

Dear members and friends,

MNS  Kuching Branch and WCS  have arranged for Dr Elizabeth Bennett to give a talk on Primates in Sarawak and the Globally Threatened Red-Banded Langurs of Maludam, Sarawak. 

Date: Wednesday 24 October
Time :7pm (Please be on time)
Venue: Lecture Theatre (L001) Swinburne University. 

There will be people there to show  direction to the venue.

Parking is Free

About the speaker

Elizabeth Bennett is the Vice President for Species Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). She received her Ph.D. from Cambridge University, UK, for research on the ecology of primates in Peninsular Malaysia. She moved to Sarawak, Malaysia,  in 1984, and worked there for the next 18 years. This started by conducting the first ever detailed field study of the proboscis monkey, followed by studies of the effects of hunting and logging on wildlife. Her time in Sarawak culminated in her leading a team, with WCS and Sarawak Government staff, to write a comprehensive wildlife policy for the State, and subsequently to head a unit within the Government to oversee its implementation. She then became Director, Hunting and Wildlife Trade Program at WCS. This included working with WCS field staff to develop strategies to address the bushmeat trade in Central Africa and the illegal wildlife trade in China. Her current role involves overseeing WCS’s species conservation programs globally. Liz has trained wildlife practitioners at many levels, including post-graduate students and government wildlife staff in Sarawak, Sabah, Myanmar and China. She has published widely, with more than 130 scientific and popular publications. Her services to conservation have been recognized by her being awarded the “Golden Ark” award by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, “Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” (MBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, D.Sc. (honoris causa) by Nottingham University, and and Merdeka Award for Outstanding Contribution to the People of Malaysia.

  • Pre registration  is required and NO WALK-INS. Last day to register is Monday 22 October since we have to order refreshments. 
  • Email to register mnskuching@gmail.com
  • Only those on registration list are welcome to join us for refreshments.
Hope to see you there and don't miss it.
Cynthia Lobato
MNSKB Secretariat

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Science of Rabies

Day and Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Venue: Lime Tree Hotel, Jalan Abell, Kuching
Time: 7:30 to 9:00 pm

The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and Sarawak Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) are jointly organising an awareness talk about rabies, The Science of Rabies. The talk will be held at the Lime Tree Hotel, Jalan Abel, Kuching, on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 7.30pm.

The speaker, Dr Samuel Kiyui, graduated from University Pertania Serdang in 1978 as a veterinary, and is the owner of Country Veterinary Centre, here in Kuching. He is an active member of MNS and SSPCA.

Rabies, a potentially fatal viral disease, hit the headlines in June 2017, when it spread to Sarawak. Dr Samuel aims to develop our understanding of the different types of rabies, the mechanisms by which it spread, and ways in which it affects different species. He will discuss rabies from the scientific perspective. 

SSPCA has since June of last year, worked closely with government agencies including city or town councils and the Department of Veterinary Services, to increase not only awareness of the disease, but to stop the spread of rabies. Datin Dona Drury-Wee, President of SSPCA, will discuss this as well as other work which they do.

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

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

Best regards,

MNSKB Secretariat

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