Sunday, November 7, 2010

Festival of Wings (FoW), Kuala Selangor Nature Park (KSNP), 23 to 24 Oct 2010

I drove to KSNP with Harban from Johor Bahru on Friday, 22 Oct. 2010. Arrived around 6 pm. Shared a cabin with Harban for three nights. Shan offered a better accommodation provided by the Majlis Daerah Kuala Selangor but we preferred to be on site to know the facilities better.
Competing Buntings?

KSNP Cabins

Opening Ceremony

The event was officially opened by the District Officer of Kuala Selangor on 23 Oct and later closed by YB Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad, the Member of Parliament for Kuala Selangor on Sunday, 24 Oct. He requested for MNS to produce a poster similar to the one produced by MNS Johor for Panti Bird Sanctuary.
YB Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad, MP for Kuala Selangor closing the FoW

The major activities include a cruise along Sg. Buluh Jajaran?, mangrove tree planting, migratory bird watching at the Kapar Power Plant's ash pond and fireflies cruise at Kg. Kuantan.
Easy does it in the mud!

Mangrove Trees Planting

Migratory Bird Watching at the Kapar Power Plant

The mangrove tree planting was interesting with many, unfamiliar with mud, screaming as they wove their way into the planting zone.

The berembang trees (Sonneratia caseolaris), where the fireflies roosted were relatively small (around 3 m in height). The berembang trees during my youth in Sg. Kemasin, Bachok, Kelantan were relatively tall (6 m high).
Kg. Kuantan Fireflies Center's Logo

Kg. Kuantan's Fireflies Boat Cruise

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Gunung Ledang, 21 February 2010

Gunung Ledang, 21 February 2010
On the Peak of Gunung Ledang after the MNSJ Strategic Planning

Malaysian Nature Society, Johor Branch


I am the present Chairman of the Malaysian Nature Society, Johor Branch (MNSJ) (2010-11) and was duly elected as the President of the Malaysian Nature Society at the 63rd AGM at Taman Rimba Lagenda Ledang, Tangkak on 25th Sept. 2010. It is MNSJ's standing policy to engage directly with the relevant Federal and State agencies/departments on issues related to Nature and the Environment. This non-hostile approach is more effective than the hostile "in your face" attitude but we would have our say if necessary.


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Skudai, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
I am an academician in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia situated in the southern state of Johor, Peninsular Malaysia. My fields of expertise are watershed management, water quality and water quality modeling. I did my B. Sc. and M. Sc. at the University of Iowa (1978 - 83) and worked for the Department of Environment (DOE) until 1990, when I joined UTM and later did my PhD in Watershed Science at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. I was the Chairman of the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Johor from 2006 - 2011. I was the President of the MNS from 2010 to 2014.