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Raptor Watch Week 2010

Posted in Event and activity on March 29, 2010 by Admin

Words by Lai Ah Moi

This year’s event attracted bus loads of school children and college students. Groups of students were seen participating in treasure hunt along the nature trail. Many families also came to join in the fun and activities at the resort as well as watching the raptors circling overhead. There were participants from other countries as well.

Various stalls were set up for registration of guest and participants, games and sales of bird watching equipments.

Raptor counter Chan Kim Fatt counting raptors using the Kowa Doble Barrel scope lent to the Raptor Study Group for the raptor count by our Perak member Tan Chin Tong

Nature Owlet sold books etc, to the public to increased awareness of our nature heritage. Selangor MNS set up a stall selling T-shirts for all ages and other souvenirs. There were choices of different birds to be printed on the t-shirts on the spot at a price.

Selangor MNS also helped Perak MNS sell the Bird Group T-shirts. Seven of our T-shirts were sold.

Many photographers set up their cameras with huge telephoto lenses to capture shots of the raptors in flight at the most vantage point, that is the Tanjung Tuan light house area.

Carol Ho a volunteer totally engrossed in her duty to ensure not a single passing raptor escaped her sharp eyes

The first day many raptors were seen circling over the Tanjung Tuan and the resort grounds. Bird watchers and photographers were seen happily snapping shots of these birds.

The birds came in waves over the northern part of the headland. More than 2000, mostly Oriental Honey Buzzards were counted on the first day.

The second day was disappointing for those of us with only binoculars, as the raptors have changed course towards the southern part of the headland due to the previous night’s storm. Nevertheless more than 2000 raptor were also counted through the powerful scopes set up at the light house compound.


Raptors over Tanjung Tuan Lighthouse.This is a flock of Oriental Hoey Buzzards

Two of MNS Perak members, Kit Wan and Kim Chye, had volunteered to help in the raptor count as part of Raptor Watch’s 60 day project that will end on April 4, 2010. At the time of this writing the total stands at over 70,000 birds.


Face painting, very popular activity among visitors to RWW

Members should not miss RWW next year as the event is not only for birdwatchers but for any one who wishes to witness a natural phenomenon, the phenomenon of seeing hundreds, sometimes thousands of birds of prey making landfall over Tanjung Tuan.

To me, RWW 2010 was a memorable one. I would certainly return again for raptor watch next year.

Laporan lawatan Kelab Pencinta Alam

Posted in SIG Youth & Student on March 25, 2010 by Admin

Laporan and gambar disediakan oleh Maniamaran Vadivelu, Koordinator KPA Perak

Koordinator-koordinator Pendidikan Kelab Pencinta Alam (KPA) Perak telah menganjurkan lawatan sehari ke Taman Alam Kinta, Gua Kandu dan Muzeum Gopeng pada 13 Mac 2010. Butir-butir mengenai lawatan ini adalah seperti berikut;

Bilangan Peserta

Ahli KPA Perak dari lapan Sekolah Menengah seramai 30 orang dan 2 orang dari Institut Pendidikan Guru Kampus Ipoh (21 perempuan, 11 lelaki);

1. SMK Sultan Azlan Shah, Lenggong
2. SMK Dato’ Kamaruddin, Batu Kurau
3. SMK Convent, Taiping
4. SMK St. Bernedette Convent, Batu Gajah
5. SMK Menglembu, Ipoh
6. SMK Kampong Pasir Puteh, Ipoh
7. SMK Jalan Pasir Puteh, Ipoh
8. SMK Raja Permaisuri Bainun
9. Institut Pendidikan Guru Kampus Ipoh, Ipoh

Koordinator Pendidikan Negeri Perak

1. En. Manimaran Vadivelu
2. Cik Lee Yuat Wah
3. Cik Soon

Jurulatih Aktiviti Memerhati Burung

1. En. Lean
2. En. Khoo
3. En. Chew
4. Pn. Chew

Jurulatih Aktiviti Menjelajah Gua

1. En. Robert
2. En. Mah King Wah
3. En. Lee Phooi Leng

Aktiviti

1. Berkumpul Dan Ice Breaking

Semua peserta, guru pengiring dan koordinator telah berkumpul di medan tempat letak kereta di hadapan Pasar Batu Gajah jam 8.15 am selepas pendaftaran. Koordinator telah memperkenalkan diri masing-masing dan aktiviti Ice breaking telah dikendalikan oleh Cik Lee Yuat Wah. Setelah selesai aktiviti Ice breaking, En. Manimaran telah memberi taklimat mengenai aturcara aktiviti hari ini dan cara perjalanan ke tempat-tempat aktiviti. Setelah itu para peserta, guru pengiring dan koordinator telah bergerak secara konvoi dengan kenderaan masing-masing menuju ke Taman Alam Kinta.

2. Memerhati Burung Di Taman Alam Kinta

Dalam perjalanan ke Taman Alam Kinta, rombongan telah berhenti di tebing Sungai Kinta dimana En. Chew bersama Puan Chew menunjukkan beberapa spesies burung terdapat di situ dengan menggunakan kamera mereka. Selepas itu rombongan bergerak ke Taman Alam Kinta dan sampai di sana jam 9.00 am.

Di Taman Alam Kinta, Cik Lee Yuat Wah telah memberi taklimat tentang peraturan di Taman Alam Kinta dan memperkenalkan semua jurulatih aktiviti memerhati burung kepada para peserta. Selepas itu, En. Manimaran telah membahagikan para peserta kepada 4 kumpulan untuk melakukan aktiviti. Aktiviti telah dimulakan dengan taklimat mengenai Kemahiran Memerhati Burung oleh En. Lean.

Selepas itu para peserta telah diberikan lembaran kerja untuk dilengkapkan semasa aktiviti. Setiap kumpulan telah dibawa secara berasingan oleh jurulatih masing-masing ke lokasi berlainan dan telah didedahkan dengan segala kemahiran memerhati burung dengan kamera mereka. Para peserta sangat seronok dan mengambil bahagian secara aktif untuk memerhatikan burung di lokasi masing-masing.

Para Jurulatih telah mengendalikan aktiviti ini dengan penuh semangat dan dedikasi. Para peserta telah berusaha untuk melengkapkan lembaran kerja semasa aktiviti bagi kumpulan masing-masing. Selepas selesai, para peserta telah berkumpul dan setelah ucapan terima kasih kepada para Jurulatih, En. Manimaran telah memberikan panduan untuk ke Pekan Gopeng. Rombongan telah bergerak secara konvoi dengan kenderaan masing-masing pada jam 10.30am.

3. Aktiviti Menjelajah Gua Kandu

Rombongan telah sampai di Pekan Gopeng jam 11.00am. Di sana ada peserta berhenti rehat, makan dan ke tandas sementara menunggu jurulatih aktiviti gua. Selepas itu, En. Robert telah membawa rombongan ke destinasi secara konvoi. Kereta rombongan telah diletakkan dekat Gua Kandu dan ada beberapa guru pengiring tidak sanggup menyertai aktiviti atas sebab kesihatan. Maka mereka telah ditinggalkan di tempat letak kereta.

Di hadapan Gua Kandu,setelah diambil bilangan para peserta telah dikenalkan kepada para Jurulatih aktiviti gua. En. Robert telah memberikan taklimat mengenai jenis gua, kemahiran menjelajah gua dan peraturan-peraturan semasa menjelajah gua. Selepas itu, para peserta telah dibawa masuk ke dalam gua dan dalam perjalanan, En. Robbert telah menerangkan mengenai pelbagai struktur yang didapati dalam gua seperti stalaktit, stalagmit, titisan air dan sebagainya. Para peserta telah kagum dengan keadaan di dalam gua tersebut.


Manimaran (left), MNS Perak’s coordinator for KPA activities

Satu aktiviti di gua yang sangat menarik peserta kita ialah apabila En. Robert mengarahkan semua peserta diam, memadamkan lampu suluh masing-masing dan cuba menghayati suasana gua yang semulajadi. Setelah sampai di suatu tempat di dalam gua, terpaksa menggunakan tali untuk memanjat dan meneruskan perjalanan. En. Robbert hanya membenarkan peserta yang sanggup sahaja untuk memanjat. Disebabkan keseronokan, ingin tahu dan bersemangat hampir 95% peserta sanggup memanjat dengan menggunakan tali.

Setelah itu para peserta telah dibawa keluar dari gua dengan menggunakan laluan yang sama. Di luar Gua, peserta telah berkumpul untuk diambil bilangan dan mengambil gambar kumpulan serta mengucapkan terima kasih kepada para jurulatih aktiviti gua. Para peserta sangat seronok dengan aktiviti ini dan ada yang ingin kembali ke sini lagi.

4. Melawat Muzium Gopeng

Rombongan telah bertolak dari Gua Kandu ke Pekan Gopeng jam 2.00pm. Dua buah sekolah tidak bersama aktiviti ini dan pulang kerana mereka pernah ke muzium Gopeng sebelum ini.

Di Pekan Gopeng rombongan telah melawat Muzium Gopeng di mana mereka dapat mengetahui sejarah Gopeng , aktivi perlombongan biji timah dan asal usul serta adat istiadat penduduk di sana. Muzium Gopeng merupakan sebuah rumah kedai yang mempunyai pelbagai bahan sejarah.

5. Bersurai

Setelah ucapan terima kasih daripada para koordinator, para peserta telah bersurai bersama guru pengiring ke destinasi masing-masing pada jam 3.30pm.

A Well Kept Secret

Posted in Articles from members, SIG Geology, Caving & Trekking on March 22, 2010 by Admin

Images & words by Vera Radnell

I’m a newbie in town and keen to see all the interesting things around. One day I stumbled across a few words “ancient rock art in Ipoh”. I was immediately alerted. This was definitely something I had to see…. where is it ? Who can I ask for directions?


The sign is at the end of a short dead-end street and points at a polo ground


Look across the polo ground and to the left..a large limestone karst. The cave must be somewhere in there.


This cave is too small

My interest stems from collecting rock art on stamps. OK OK, I’m a philatelist, with a nice collection of birds on stamps but now working on an exhibition entitled The History of Hunting. The rock art stamps for my story illustrate hunters and their weapons so I was curious to see what the paintings here represented.


The reward a the end of the steep climb is worth it

With directions from a neighbour, I found the Ipoh rock face gallery recently and was very happy to see one has to climb up hundreds of steep steps to reach the paintings. What a good deterant I thought, one has to be really keen to climb so many steps. I know what damage vandals can cause and luckily very little modern graffiti adorns the lower rocks.


This isn’t what you want to see… modern graffiti

Upon seeing the myriad display of ancient paintings one instantly forgets the steep climb and you gaze in awe at the representations. Why are the paintings so high up, how old are they, what was used to make the drawings, what do those figures represent? I wasn’t the only admirer of the paintings that afternoon.


Looks like a marine creature..a dugong or a cat fish? The drawings have many similarities to Arnhem Land paintings of the Northern Territory, Australia

Standing in the shade of the tree was an elderly gent (an expert in Indian rock art) with a sketch pad and nearby was an archaeology student from Singapore working on his masters thesis based on the hundreds of paintings here. Noel, the student answered my many questions then invited me to visit his website where more questions on his topic can be answered.

Noel also admitted he collected rock art on stamps but only for SE Asia. He did agreed it was a good idea to keep this special place “a well kept secret”.

For further discussions on philately please contact me at vradnell (at) yahoo (dot) com

70th Anniversary Roadshow – Perak Leg

Posted in Event and activity on March 8, 2010 by Admin

MALAYSIAN NATURE SOCIETY kicked off its 70th Anniversary roadshow with a bang, aptly in the very place it was born – Perak.

Held in Ipoh on March 6th, Saturday, 2010, the event was graced by MNS President Tan Sri Mohd Salleh and Vice President Jeffrey Phang. The Secretariat was represented by Dr. Loh Chi Leong, Ms. Maye Yap, Ms. Leong Wee Chin and Mr. Sonny Wong.


In anticipation of good participation response, the historical premise of No.5 Jalan Gopeng (or the new road name Jalan Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah, near Casuarina Impiana Hotel) was used to host the event.


Like good ol’ days


Executive Director Dr. Loh Chi Leong and MNS Perak Chairman Mr. Leow Kon Fah


Sonny Wong took the opportunity to sell MNS merchandise to raise fund


A total of 61 participants turned up.

As planned, the day’s itinerary went on without a glitch and Perak members had a good opportunity getting to know Secretariat staffs and council members who worked behind the scene to keep MNS true to its objectives.

The roadshow’s itinerary was as follow;

2:00pm – Registration
2:30pm – Opening speech by MNS Perak Chairman
2:40pm – Presentation by MNS President
3:00pm – Question and answer Session
3:30pm – Review of MNS Rules and Regulations by MNS Executive Director
4:15pm – Question and answer Session
5:00pm – Refreshments
6:00pm – Panel Discussion “Conservation in MNS Perak”
7:00pm – Buffet dinner (halal)
8:30pm – Firefly conservation lecture by MNS Senior Conservation Officer
9.30pm – End

The recent dry weather notwithstanding, temperature was raised a few notch higher that night with a generous serving of spicy food. A small fee of RM22 per person was collected for the buffet dinner prepared by the popular northern Indian cuisine specialist Pakeeza Restaurant.

For those who could not make it to the roadshow

We would like to draw your attention to the review of MNS Rules & Regulation presented by the Secretariat. It highlighted crucial aspects of running MNS in the new millennia and how the society is going to counter new challenges ahead.

Take for example Membership Fee. Currently, MNS is spending a hefty amount of its membership fee collection on producing the Malaysian Naturalist magazine for membership distribution and offering them at bookstores around the country. It accounts to 70% of MNS’s overall running cost (See pie chart below). This leaves very little budget for conservation projects.

To make more sense and enable more conservation projects to be funded, the Secretariat has made some new proposals and one of them is to redistribute MNS’s overall running cost. This involved taking Malaysian Naturalist magazine out of the equation and find ways to offer it at market value so as not to burden MNS’s coffer. See proposal below.

Besides the issue of MNS running cost, there are many other proposed revisions that require attention.

We need your feedback

For those who did not attend the roadshow, we urge you to read up by downloading this PDF File. Your can forward you opinion and feedback to Secretariat at hod.services@mns.org.my

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