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Date: 12th Dec 2016 (Sat) 4pm

Venue: MNS branch office

Coordinator: Ooi Beng Yean

Robert Percival will present a talk on his recent trip to the country of Turkey. The talk will cover Istanbul, Troy, Ankara, ancient Roman ruins, the Limestone features of Pamukkale and man-made Cave dwellings of Cappadocia. If time permits, he will also show a few selected pictures of 3 Volcanoes he visited in Java and Bali Indonesia last year. Light refreshmens will be served after the talk.

MNS members as well as non-members are welcome.

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Pembersihan Tanah Ancam 40,000 hektar Hutan Paya Bakau Di Kerian

PARIT BUNTAR: Salah satu ekosistem paya bakau terbesar di Malaysia kini terancam berikutan aktiviti pembersihan tanah dilakukan di sebuah kawasan dekat Kampung Gula-Gula.

Hutan paya bakau Matang yang berkeluasan lebih 40,000 hektar di daerah Kerian, Perak merupakan ekosistem paya bakau terbesar di Semenanjung, tetapi ia tertakluk kepada aktiviti pembersihan tanah pada minggu lalu.

Pengerusi Friends of Bakau (FoM), Zakaria Mohamed berkata, kira-kira 6 hektar bakau dibersihkan untuk membuka jalan bagi pembinaan kawasan ternakan udang yang terletak kira-kira 30km dari sini.

Kawasan itu berhampiran dengan pusat pemuliharaan burung Kuala Gula yang popular, di mana dianggarkan 200,000 burung singgah pada musim burung berhijrah antara Ogos dan April setiap tahun.

“Apa yang mengecewakan kita apabila melihat usaha kita untuk memulihara kawasan paya bakau hanyalah sia-sia,” kata Zakaria.

Sejak tsunami Lautan Hindi oada 2004, kesedaran mengenai kepentingan pokok bakau semakin dirasai di kalangan rakyat, terutama di Kerian, yang merupakan kawasan di persisiran pantai di Perak.

Penduduk kampung dari Kampung Kuala Gula bimbang penyingkiran plot bakau dari paya yang diberi nama Teluk Rubiah di sini akan membawa kepada lebih banyak pembersihan tanah.

“Kita telah menanam banyak pokok bakau dalam tempoh tujuh tahun lepas dengan sokongan agensi-agensi kerajaan dan NGO yang lain. Tetapi sekarang, kita tidak tahu berapa lama lagi kita boleh meneruskan usaha kita itu,” kata Zakaria.

Paya Bakau Teluk Rubiah berkeluasan 500 hektar, terletak 6 kilometer dari kampung tersebut.

Selain memerhati burung-burung berhijrah, kawasan Kuala Gula terkenal dengan eko-pelancongan, termasuk perkampungan homestay, lawatan melihat bakau menggunakan bot, kunang-kunang, nelayan menangkap ikan dan kilang memproses belacan.

Zakaria berkata, eko-pelancongan di sini mungkin akan terjejas akibat kekurangan hutan bakau, kerana burung-burung akan pergi ke tempat lain untuk berlindung.

Ketua pemuliharaan Persatuan Pencinta Alam Malaysia, Balu Perumal berkata, penduduk tempatan kecewa dan pada masa yang sama bimbang terhadap aktiviti-aktiviti pembersihan tanah, dengan FoM melaporkan perkara itu kepada pejabat daerah.

“Jabatan Perhutanan dan Alam Sekitar, dan Kementerian Sumber Asli juga telah dimaklumkan mengenai perkara itu,” kata Balu, sambil menambah bahawa penduduk tempatan membantu untuk menanam kira-kira 200,000 pokok bakau di kawasan itu.

“Jika ada mana-mana tanah paya lain di Teluk Rubiah jatuh ke tangan persendirian, kami berharap pihak berkuasa boleh memperolehnya semula dan menukarkannya kepada sebuah taman komuniti,” katanya.

Seorang jurucakap ternakan udang mengesahkan tanah itu milik persendirian tetapi enggan mengulas lanjut, manakala Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah Kerian tidak dapat dihubungi bagi mendapatkan komen.

Sources from: Link here

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There is a pressing issue of uncontrolled harvesting of Ikan Loma at Kuala Rui, along Sungai Rui and Sungai Perak, near Gerik, which had became a tourist attraction at the Gerik area.

Hundreds of thousands of Ikan Loma migrates from down stream of Sungai Perak to lay eggs at Sungai Rui and upper stream of Sungai Perak near Bersia Dam area.

At the small village of Kuala Rui, these fishes had to go through a narrow pass under a bridge, near Kuala Rui, where the people just scooped for the fishes, they only wanted the eggs as the ingredient of ‘perkasam’. The fish is however full of tiny bones, so the market price is low. Other areas along Sungai Perak towards Bersia Dam, fishing activities occurred at the Ikan Loma spawning area. There were reported cases where thousands of fishes were being thrown back into the river after obtaining their eggs.

Catching the fish during egg laying season and spawning area is a is a big concern for the conservation of Ikan Loma, the population will drop sharply in very short period of time, because a few generation of fishes were being wiped out.

The egg laying season will start from October to December every year.

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With a permanent building now, we are ready to kick start a monthly basis member’s night again, starting from this September! The all new series of member night will be held on every last Saturday of the month starting from 8pm at the new Branch Building.

The first member’s night (September 2013) will feature the following:

Topic: Slide show on Wonderful Places
By: Mah King Wah
Date: 28th September 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 8.00pm

There will also be a small briefing on the usage of the Branch Building by MNS Perak members, so if you are interested to make use of the building for events or etc, please remember to join this member’s night.

Any member who had something interesting to share is encouraged to contact the branch committee for arrangement. Any sharing of a trip or any interesting stuffs regarding nature are always welcomed.

Thank you.

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The BLIA Ipoh (Fo Gong San Menglembu – a Buddhist association) held a weekend excursion on 27 May 2012 and part of their itinerary included a birdwatching module at KNP. Four MNS bird group members (Chan Kai Soon, Susan Cheong, Chong Lap Weng and Josephine Tan) were there to help them. The entourage included more than 20 little children all below ten years old, some parents, teachers and a monk. They reached the visitor centre at 9.00 am and were split into two groups. The children as well as
adults took turns to look through two scopes set up for them. Simple facts on the birds seen were explained to the children and at 10.15 am a brief quiz was conducted to gauge the level of knowledge learnt. The children had no problem answering the three questions posed to them. Three bird pictures donated by Chan were presented to the winners. The monk on behalf of the group presented each MNS volunteer a small gift as a gesture of appreciation. Following the group photo, the entourage continued their journey of learning to the Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge.

BLIA members, including the children, parents, teachers and monks gathering at KNP

Children take their chances to view the birds through the scope

Everyone is waiting for their chance to look at the birds

Reported by Chan Kai Soon

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