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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bird Watching in Sarawak talk

Dear Members and friends,

You are invited to a Talk.

Title:         Bird Watching in Sarawak
Speaker:   Mr Yeo Siew Teck

Date:        Sunday 9 April 2017
Time:        7.00pm
Venue:      Islamic Information Centre
                 Jalan Ong Tiang Swee (behind Swinburne University)

Registration:  MNSKB Members, please register with Secretariat at 

Cost:    Free of Charge.  You may walk in and bring your friends.

Bird Watching in Sarawak
A big part  of Borneo’s 650 bird species have been recorded in Sarawak, including most of Borneo’s endemics such as the Bornean Bristlehead, Blue-banded Pitta and Black Oriole.  Sarawak has the highest number of national parks and nature reserves in Malaysia, with over 600,000 ha of totally protected areas. From lowlands and shorelines to cold mossy forests at the  highlands such as Ba’kelalan, Payeh Maga and Bario Highlands to the very important  coasts of Bako-Buntal Bay, where shorebirds come annually.
Yeo Siew Teck is a long-time member of MNS Kuching Branch.  He first got interested in birding through MNSKB and has not stopped since.  He is with Cat City Holidays Sdn Bhd and is one of the few tour operators that sells birding tours in Sarawak.  
Through his experience in bird-guiding, birding tours overseas, he continues to gain birding expertise, especially in imitating bird calls.  He represented the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture,  Sarawak several times in promoting birding tourism overseas, and continues to do so. Siew Teck has often been invited to give talks at  tourism-related workshops.
Come along to find out about the beautiful birds in our forests, and why we should protect the habitats where they live. You will be thrilled to bits by the beauty of these birds.  You  might be converted to a birder one day, and help to protect the environment and the birds. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Public Awareness Talk on Status of Crocodiles in Sarawak

Dear Members and friends,

You are invited to a public awareness Talk.

Title:         The Status of Crocodiles in Sarawak
Speaker:   Mr Oswald Braken Tisen
Date:        Saturday 25th March 2017
Time:        7.00pm
Venue:      Islamic Information Centre
                 Jalan Ong Tiang Swee (behind Swinburne University)

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

Cost:    Free of Charge
            Please bring your friends to this very important Talk.

The Status of Crocodiles in Sarawak

Despite  the recent  downlisting  of salt crocodiles in Sarawak from Appendix I to Appendix II under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of  Wild Fauna & Flora (CITES), crocodiles remain  protected  under the  Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1998.  They are primitive animals,  presently estimated at 14,000 individuals.  Crocodiles are   found in many of Sarawak’s rivers.  In Kuching, they are found in 
Sg Santubong, Sg Bako and Sg Sarawak.
Owing to human and crocodile conflict,  culling of crocodiles is being carried out by the authorities, which may extend to issuing licences to the public to do that as well.  

Details of harvesting and licensing of  crocodiles have yet to be set by the authorities where the meat and skin can be sold in the international market to generate income.  What is the status on the conservation of crocodiles?
Come and listen to our public awareness Talk by Mr Oswald Braken Tisen, Deputy Manager of Sarawak Forestry Corporation, who attended the Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES organized  in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2016.

Love Life,Love Nature,
Cynthia Lobato MNSKB Committee

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Suara Enggang

Dear MNS members,
We are pleased to announce that the January 2017 issue of Suara Enggang is out for your reading pleasure. You can now download a copy from http://www.mns.my/file_dir/61275209358be177a82c03.pdf

·         Bird Conservation Ccouncil Members 
·         Notes from the field
-       Asian Paradise Flycatcher Cuckooed by the Rusty-Breasted Cuckoo!
-       Birds Trapped in Spider Webs
·         International News
·         Fectures 
-      Birding Hotspots: Penang Island 16
-      Oversea’s Birding: Sri Lankan Serendipity
·         Recent Reports: Jan-Dec 2016
·         Books

With warmest regards from the editorial team
(on behalf of Bird Conservation Council of Malaysia - BCC)