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Monday, May 27, 2013

June 2013 newsletter

Dear Members,

Please be informed that the June 2013 newsletter is out.  You can download a copy from https://www.mns.my/file_dir/12580636051a2d1059f3eb.pdf

·         MNS calls for politicians to make a green stand
·         Green Living – Removing weeds the natural way
·         Clean indoor air air with plans
·         19 year old invents ocean cleanup array
·         All you want to know about TAPIRS
·         MNS Photography quarterly contest
·         June 2013 Calendar of Activities
·         Hornbill Conservation Project
·         MNS National AGM 2013 (http://www.mns.my/article.php?aid=2243&sc=1)
·         Branch Annual General Meetings 2013 (http://www.mns.my/article.php?aid=2246)
·         Selangor Branch AGM
·         Membership Matters

Leong Wee Chin
Membership Officer
Malaysian Nature Society

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Invitation to support "Reminiscing Forgotten Treasure"

IBEC's Director, would like to invite you to attend our Lunch Hour Talk

Assalamualaikum & salam sejahtera, 
On behalf of the IBEC's Director, I would like to invite you to attend our Lunch Hour Talk as follows: 

Date        :        23 May 2013 (Thursday) 
Time        :        12:30 -2:00 pm 
Venue:        TR10, Level G, FRST/IBEC Building, UNIMAS 
Speaker:        Dr. Michael T. Wan 

The tentative of the talk is as follows:- 

1.       Introduction: definitions
2.       Fundamentals
3.       ERA process
      a.      Deterministic approach
      b.      Probabilistic approach
      c.      Advantages & disadvantages
      d.      An integration of both approaches
4.       Application in Malaysia: Federal & state agencies
     a.   Formulation of botanical pesticides
     b.   Development of pesticide R in insects
     c.   Pesticide human side-effects
5.       Summary & conclusion
6.       References
Your participation is highly appreciated.
Thank you.

Meri Binti Sabas
Office Secretary 
Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
94300 Kota Samarahan
Tel:   +6082-581000 ext 3007
Fax:  +6082-583004

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Monday, May 20, 2013

66th MNS National AGM

MNS Selangor is honoured to play host to the 66th MNS National AGM. The dates selected are Sept 14-16 2013. After much deliberations the committee has picked the Nur Lembah Pangsun Eco Resort (NLPER) as the venue for this year's AGM. NLP Eco resort promises to be an exciting nature getaway to provide a perfect balance between work and play. A separate listing for the AGM program and activities packages can be found here:http://www.mns.my/file_dir/180734173451984c56cef70.doc

On behalf of the committee I would like to welcome all participants to a weekend with nature in metropolitan Kuala Lumpur!


Henry Goh
MNS Selangor Branch Chairman

Nur Lembah Pangsun Eco Resort
Hulu Langat, Selangor
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Photographs wanted for MNSKB display

Dear members,

MNSKB often receive invitations to set up booths at events. Unfortunately, we are unable to do so because of the lack of materials. As such, the branch has decided to have a mobile booth to showcase our activities and achievements in such events to make an MNS presence.

For the project, we need from the members photographs that you have taken over the years. These are the themes:-

IBAs (important bird areas), birding group, tree planting, MNS general eg. who we are, BP column, talks/events, trips, AWC(Asian Water Bird Counts), Gardenbird watch, activities with schools, Bako Buntal Bay activities, coastal wetlands and migratory birds.

For Santubong Peninsula:
Hornbills, dolphins, Wallace, mangroves, history/culture, archaeology, geology, the mountain itself, forest types, otters, the legend, map of Santubong.

Please resize the photos to below 100KB so that we can select from the computer to do a mockup.

Credits will be given to all photos selected.

Please send in your photos by the end of May 2013. mnskuching@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.

Love Life, Love Nature.

Cheong Ah Kwan
Branch vice chairman
Malaysian Nature Society Kuching Branch

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Biodiversity Day on 18 and 19 May 2013 (Saturday & Sunday).

Dear Friends of Biodiversity

The Sarawak Biodiversity Centre will be holding its Biodiversity Day on 18 and 19 May 2013 (Saturday & Sunday).
We have many activities lined up including colouring and pottery painting contests for primary school students. For more information on the contests, please call my colleague, Constance Vanessa Victor at 082610610, or send her an email at constance@sbc.org.my
We have public talks scheduled on both days from topic ranging from plants in Sarawak, to edible mushrooms, orchids, our rivers and biodiversity and wildlife conservation in Sarawak.  Please send me an email (biosar@sbc.org.my) to register if you wish to attend these talks.
We will also have representatives from indigenous communities throughout Sarawak who have been actively documenting their Traditional Knowledge with us these two days.  Come sample some of their wares and play their traditional games.  Learn about how they have sustainably utilised plants/biodiversity throughout the centuries.
We have R&D Demonstration, face painting, eco-snakes and ladders, paper art and origami activities to take part in.  We've even thrown in an element of fear factor at one of our booths.  Come and also learn how to make soaps - and if you're lucky, you may even get to make and take the soap home!
Oh yes, a clown will also be making his rounds shaping animal balloons for children of all ages (0-100 years?) during the two days.
Not forgetting, the kind people of the Sarawak Medical Department will also be conducting a free health screen throughout the two days, while our friends from Tarat Fisheries will feature a tankful of live local freshwater fish!

So make a date with SBC on 18 and 19 May 2013 for a fun filled learning experience.  Bring friends and family.

The Biodiversity Day is held in conjunction with International Day for Biological Diversity which falls on 22 May each year.
Attached is our programme (correct at current email time) for your reference. We look forward to seeing you!

Biodiversity for a Better Tomorrow.
Warmest Regards
Asha Devi Kaushal
Communications Officer
Sarawak Biodiversity Centre