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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Walk from Kubah National Park to Matang Wildlife Centre along the Rayu Trail

Dear Members,

Walk from Kubah National Park to Matang Wildlife Centre along the Rayu Trail

Day/ Date: Sunday, February 4, 2018 
Meeting Time: 9:30 in the morning at Kubah National Park
Estimated Length of Walk: 3 hours
Meeting Point: Kubah National Park
Level of Fitness Needed: Good
Cost: Park entry fees and bus 
Transportation: Participants must provide their own from Kuching to Kubah National Park Headquaters
Items to Bring: Refer to the attached list
Facilitator: John Roland Tuton
How to Register: email mnskuching@gmail.com

On Sunday, February 4, 2017 MNSKB will be organising a walk from Kubah National Park to Matang Wildlife Centre along the Rayu Trail. This trail goes through the heart of the park and ends at Matang Wildlife Centre.  Kubah is rich in plant and animal life, particularly palms, frogs and birds. Mixed dipterocarp forest covers much of the park and shades Rayu Trail.  

Mr John Roland Tuton  who is an active member of MNSKB, will lead and facilitate.  The start time is 9:30 in the morning from Kubah National Park headquarters. You need to be relatively fit for this 3-hour walk that passes through the uneven and steep terrain and it is not a suitable activity for young children.

Participants must provide their own transportation to Kubah National Park, which is approximately one hour from Kuching. We suggest car-pooling.  MNKB will arrange for a bus to transport walkers from Matang Wildlife Centre back to the park headquarters. The cost of the bus, per person (including children), is RM15 for members and RM25 for non-MNS members.

Entrance fees for the Park are RM10 for Malaysian adults and RM5, aged 6-18, while the fees are RM20 for non-Malaysians and RM7, aged 6-18.   Please note that non-MNS members will be charged and additional RM10 to join the trip.

What to bring:  
·  Footwear with good grip which may get wet (e.g. Kampong Adidas or trekking sandals)
·  Light clothes/outdoor wear
·  Rain coat/poncho
·  Sun cream & hat
·  Leech socks (In case you need to buy Leech socks,The Outdoorshop Montanic at Viva City 4th floor sells them).
·  Drinking water & packed lunch
·  Backpack

To register for this activity please email MNSKB at mnskuching@gmail.com by Wednesday, 31 January 2018. We are able to accommodate a maximum of 20 people and registration will be on the first come basis. 

Please include the following information in your email: 
·     Names of members of your group, including children
·     IC or passport number
·     Telephone number
·     MNS Membership Number

We are looking forward to you joining us in this walk in the park. 
  • Please bring extra set of clothes and leave in your car. This is in case you got wet or sweaty you can change into dry clothes.

Love Life, Love Nature
MNSKB Committee.


Dear members and friends,
 Speaker:  Dana Anak Badang
 Date:       Sunday 28 January 2018
 Time:       7.30pm 
 Venue:    Islamic Information Centre (Lower Baruk)
                Jalan Ong Tiang Swee (behind Swinburne University)

 Registration: MNSKB Members, please register with Secretariat at: 

Photo 1   Unconformity Structure Contact 23Ma Between Pedawan Formation 145Ma Kayan Sandstone Formation 65Ma

About The Speaker
·       Dana Badang is a Geoscientist.
·       He  holds  a Masters Degree in  Science in Environmental Conservation.
·       In 2017, he obtained his Doctorate in Philosophy in Environmental and Development in 
·       Geoheritage, Geoconservation & Geotourism.
·       Dana coordinated  the geoheritage for geopark’s development in Sarawak in the Sarawak River Delta
         in Kuching from 2013-2017.
·       His other past experiences included heading the Hidro-geology Activity, Minerals & Geosciences Department in Sabah in 2013.
·       He was in charge of  the  Geological Heritage Inventory in Minerals and Geosciences Department Malaysia, Sarawak, from 2000-2013.

Photo 2  Bako Seastack Formed By Plateau Sandstone Formation

Description of talk:

Geology is the scientific study of the Earth, including the materials that it is made of, the physical and chemical processes that occur on its surface and in its interior, and the history of the planet and its life forms. There are many fields in geology; hence it contributed to the formation of various earth resources.

The geological resources have been playing very important roles in development, economy, social and community well being. The mineral industry derived from one of important geology fields has undoubtedly been a major contributor to the economic, social and industrial development in most countries over the globe. However, despite important roles of geology in many aspects of development, there are neither proper linkages between geology and sustainable development nor its sustainability used and sustainability science until now.
Through the geoheritage concept which involves proper identification, characterization, assessment and rank of significant geoheritage sites based on its scientific, aesthetic, cultural and recreational heritage value now, geology is closer to the public.

Photo 3  Semi-circular Shape Geological Landscape Formed by Kayan Sandstone Formation 65Ma in Bengoh Highland

Cynthia Lobato
MNSKB Committee

URGENT - Asian Waterbird Census (AWC)

Dear Members

The Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) season is here again.  Migratory waterbirds have already arrived (some still arriving) across wetlands in our country and they are expected to reach its highest numbers in January. Hence, MNSKB  seeks your support and participation to make AWC (Malaysia) a success.
 The AWC is part of the global International Waterbird Census (IWC). This citizen-science programme supports conservation and management of wetlands and waterbirds worldwide. In Malaysia, this census is the ONLY consistent, annual waterbird and wetland monitoring programme to date which began in 1999.
 The information helps to promote the designation and management of internationally important sites such as nationally protected areas, Ramsar SitesEast Asian–Australasian Flyway (EAAF) Network Sites and Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) as well as helps in identifying and protecting important  new sites for waterbirds. The results of this census and information are also used to promote national waterbird and wetland conservation and international cooperation along the East Asian–Australasian Flyway.
By far the highest record of these shorebirds are found along the coasts of Sarawak. Bako-Buntal Bay was nominated as Malaysia’s first East –Asia Australasia Flyway Site  in May 2013.The site  supports  5,000 waterbirds at one time.
 We need volunteers to help to count, record and photograph these shorebirds, as well as to learn and appreciate why the feeding grounds must be protected for their survival.

Below are the dates for the counts:-

     Date                         Time                      Site                            Meeting Place

 Thursday 18th Jan      11.00am-6.00pm      Asajaya roost sites      Giant Supermarket, Stutong

Note:  Drive from meeting place to Asajaya takes 1 hour.

Friday 26th Jan     7.00am-11.00am      Buntal Bay                   Fish Market, Kpg Buntal

Note:  Drive  to Kpg Buntal takes 45 minutes.  There will be a short boat ride to get
           to the sandflats.

Wed 31st Jan   1.00pm - 5.00pm     Sejingkat Ashponds     Sarawak Energy Bhd
                                                                                               Security Gates

Note:  The timing scheduled for meeting includes travelling time.  It is important that you are PUNCTUAL as the timings are scheduled according to the tide timetables.

What  to Bring 

Binoculars (MNS can spare 3 pairs of binoculars)
Drinking Water
Insect repellent
Sun cream & hat
Footwear which may get wet
Light outdoor wear (long sleeves, dull colours)

Contacts:  Rose Au 016 890 9468,  Daniel Kong 019 867 4699

Please register with MNSKB Secretariat  at mnskuching@gmail.com at least one day before the scheduled dates.

Friday, December 8, 2017

An overview of the mammals of Borneo and the specialized ecology of the Bornean Clouded Leopard.

An overview of the mammals of Borneo and the specialized ecology of the Bornean Clouded Leopard.

Talk by Quentin Phillips

Date Thursday 7 Dec 2017
Time: 7.30-9.30 pm
Venue Islamic Information Centre

A short biography is as follows;
Quentin was born in 1951 in Sandakan, Sabah  where his father  worked in the timber business. Later the family who were all interested in natural history  moved to Kota Kinabalu and Quentin became an avid birdwatcher as well as keeping many different wild mammals as pets.  Quentins' sister Karen is a professional wildlife artist and together they have produced two best selling Field Guides to the birds and mammals of Borneo.

Its foc and open to public. 

Please register before 7 Dec to mnskuching@gmail.com

See you there,
Cynthia Lobato 
MNSKB Committee

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Talk on Vulnerability of Beaches in Malaysia

Dear members and friends,

We are happy to announce that the postponed talk will be now on 30 Nov .

Come and listen to this interesting Talk and find out about our marine environment in Lundu, Kuching and Miri - are our coasts are eroding, are corals and reefs dying?

Beaches are at the interface of terrestrial and marine environments, facing threats from both directions. Identifying these threats are priority of the Malaysian National Plan of Action (NPOA) on the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CCF), which is partly to achieve Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) measures. The assessments cconducted by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak students since the year 2011 utilises semi-quantitative scientific benchmarks called the Coastal Integrity Vulnerability Assessment Tool (CIVAT).

During the Talk, we will highlight the coastal vulnerability of beaches surrounding Lundu, Kuching, Miri and selected turtle nesting beaches in Peninsular Malaysia. We further demonstrate robustness of the tool, and how such important assessments can be done through citizen science by the use of supplementary data such as shoreline tracing, or historical and existing research literature and socio-economic questionnaires. It is a powerful tool enabling education, outreach, and preliminary decision-making.

Until today, there are limited studies of the vulnerability of beaches in Malaysia with the aim of localised solutions for climate change adaptation whilst empowering local communities. It is important to continue such assessments to address sustainable development efforts in the face of current and future pressures.

Topic: Vulnerability of Beaches in Malaysia

By: Dr Aazani Mujahid from Faculty of Resource Science and Technology, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak

Date: Thursday 30 Nov 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Islamic Information Centre ( Lower Baruk)
Jalan Ong Tiang Swee, Kuching
Cost: Free of Charge. You may walk in and bring your friends

Registration: MNSKB Members, please register with Secretariat at

Cynthia Lobato