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Tue 14 Sep 2004

WildAsia.net's Naturalist in the Lodge

Category : malaysia

WildAsia.net has announced "Naturalist in the Lodge," in which various wildlife lodges provide accommodation and subsistence in return for reports, promotion and training.

The "pilot" lodge is Tabin Wildlife Lodge, adjacent to the Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Sabah, East Malaysia. Here, they would like the first "Naturalist in the Lodge" to focus on bird surveys and records for the Wildlife Reserve.

The visiting birdwatcher to Tabin would get free accommodation and food for up to 2 months in return for doing bird/wildlife surveys, training the local staff and leaving behind a decent report on the birds of the area and how to see them, and anything else of interest that they come across. The report will also be used to improve the information base of the WildAsia website, further promoting the Lodge.

In future Wildasia.net hopes to offer opportunities for naturalists interested in other groups such as plants, insects, fish, etc to take part in the "Naturalist in the Lodge" programme - you can subscribe to wildasia.net's alerts.

Source: Reza Azmi, wildasia.net

Posted at 4:11PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Tue 14 Sep 2004

Pedal Ubin Guide is one of four Bayer Young Environmental Envoys

Category : news

"Their passion for the environment not only helped to create awareness about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling, but it also earned four Singapore youths a week's trip to Germany.

Cycling around Pulau Ubin to learn about the flora and fauna, as well as the various landmarks - that's the aim of "Pedal Ubin".

For 23-year-old Geography undergraduate Tan Peng Ting, who volunteers as a guide, it also means being back on familiar ground.

Three generations of her family used to live on the island although she has never lived there herself.

This has spurred her, as a member of the Nature Society and volunteer of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research in NUS, to start an online archive which contains personal stories, oral history and articles of Ubin. [Ubin Stories]

Tan Peng Ting, Bayer Young Environmental Envoy, said: "I want to show people and let them know more about Ubin, and that there are certain really interesting places. It is more than just adventures sites for camping and cycling.

"My sense about nature and the green places, it is generally about widening the awareness.""

'The other winners: 25-year-old civil and environmental engineering NTU graduate, Tee Boon Chong single-handedly initiated a recycling project for his hostel, 20-year-old Yap Cheah Chang introduced creative projects including a recycling cum jackpot machine, and 22-year-old Ng Wai Ling, from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, organised a camp in a nature reserve for tertiary institutions.'

The four winners will join 50 other youths from around the world in Germany from November 28 to learn more about sustainable development from a global perspective. They said they hoped to bring back new knowledge about nature conservation, so that they can apply them in Singapore, to help further their cause for the environment. - CNA: "4 youths win trip to Germany to learn more about the environment," by Hasnita A. Majid. Channelnews Asia, 13 Sep 2004 [pdf].

See also: "Student gets green award for bid to preserve P. Ubin" by Radha Basu. The Straits Times, 14 Sep 2004 [pdf]. "From Ubin to Germany," by Evelyn Gan. Today, 14 Sep 2004 [pdf].

Posted at 2:16AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news