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Thursday, March 24, 2016

MNSKB Birding Trip to Kubah National Park - 3rd April 2016

Dear Members,

MNS KB is organising a second birding trip to Kubah National Park on Sunday, 3rd April 2016. Details are:-

Where?                       :           Kubah National Park
When?                        :           Sunday, 3rd April 2016.
Trip Leader                 :           Eddy Wong
Time & Duration         :           The whole day (8.00 am – 5.00pm)
                                                * We will meet at the entrance of the NP at 8.00 am sharp
                                         Do leave Kuching on time, and to be on the safe side, leave at 7.00 am.

Entrance Fee             :           You need to pay for the entrance fee into the National Park as below
                                                RM 10.00 (locals)
                                                RM 20.00 (foreigners)
§  Non Members will need to pay RM 10.00 (cash term only) to Eddy

Please register by email :     mnskuching@gmail.com

LAST DAY TO REGISTER IS Monday, 28th March 2016, 8pm.

Please provide us your IC or passport number and Mobile Phone number for our indemnity form that you have to sign on that day. Without IC or passport number given, you can't join the activity.

What to bring:
i)          Wear dull clothing
ii)         Enough water & snacks & lunch
iii)        Binocular and/or camera
iv)        Good footwear (no flip-flops)
v)        Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent
vi)        Bird book
vii)       Poncho/Umbrella (in case it rained)

About Kubah National Park
It is located about 20 kilometres from Kuching and takes 40 minutes by road to get there.
The Park is 2,230 hectares in size, dominated by a sandstone plateau, including Mt. Serapi, Mt. Selang and Mt. Sendok,  between 150-450 metres high, with waterfalls.  This habitat is ideal for birds, flora and fauna.
The Park is largely undisturbed natural forest, including vegetation types such as Alluvial, Lowland Mixed Dipterocarp, Kerangas, Submontane and Mangrove forests.  This vegetation mix results in a rich variety of palms, endemic orchids, pitcher plants, gingers, trees, etc.  The natural Frog Pond recorded an estimate of 56 species – more than 1/3 of the species in Borneo.
Kubah National Park has the richest palm habitat in the world. In 1865, Odoardo Beccari, a renowned Italian naturalist and taxonomist collected palms at the Park.  18 endemic palm species have been recorded, out of which 16 species are found in the Park itself.
It is the easiest place in the world to see the Blue Banded Pitta.  Other birds include the Scarlett-breasted Flowerpecker, Wallace’s Hawk-eagle, Borneon Blue Flycatcher, Rufous-chested Flycatcher, Rufous-backed Kingfisher and Great Argus Pheasant.

MNSKB Secretary

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