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Monday, August 16, 2010

Taiping raptor count announcement : looking for Volunteers

Monitoring raptor migration over Taiping, Perak in autumn 2010

Dear friends,

In autumn 2009, Raptor Study Group (RSG) members, despite limited funds, managed to carry out 59 days of raptor counting at Taiping. That effort obtained valuable data on the timing of migration, species distribution, peak migration dates and other information. It is important to continue full season monitoring at Taiping as this will complement the current MNS spring raptor migration study at Tg. Tuan and also provide valuable insights into the regional conservation status of Black Baza, Chinese Sparrowhawk and Oriental Honey Buzzard, the three main species occurring at this site.
This year Perak Branch is fortunate to have obtained funding from the Merdeka Award Fund to carry out another full season count at Taiping. This means we will be able to pay volunteers a small daily allowance as well as provide accommodation. For this year we hope to have not only the regular raptor diehards but also new volunteers join us. The Taiping experience promises to be inspiring, educational and enjoyable!

The information below provides details of what is involved and on how to book your dates for the event.
·      Date: Saturday 25 Sept through to Sunday 21 Nov, 2010
·      Count site: Taman Lake View, Taiping, Perak.
·      Daily observation period: 0900 hrs till 1700 hrs, with closing time dependent on whether raptors are still passing or not
·      Work assignment: Due to limited funds, the counting team will consist of a maximum of only two persons who will be provided accommodation and be paid a daily allowance. However, the project leader will be on standby to provide guidance to the team as well as act as back-up counter during busy times. Volunteers who can serve for several days at a stretch, especially on week days, are most welcome. However, those who can volunteer for just a few days are also encouraged to sign up.
·      Transport:  Traveling subsidy to Taiping may be available on a case-by-case basis, depending on the amount involved and the budget available. To minimize our carbon footprint, participants are reminded to car-pool or to use public transport.
·      Accommodation: Volunteers will be provided free accommodation at 45 Lorong 25, Taman Lake View, Taiping, the site of the migration count.
·      Registration: To register your name on the dates you plan to volunteer, please send a email to me.

If you have any questions, please contact any of the following persons:
Lim Kim Chye (kcyian@streamyx.com) 
Lim Aun Tiah (limbird@streamyx.com) 
Khoo Swee Seng (swekhoo@yahoo.com) 

I look forward to welcoming you to Taiping!

Lim Kim Chye

Project Leader
Monitoring raptor migration over Taiping, Perak in autumn 2010

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