Pulling Birds at Panti Forest in Malaysia

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JOHOR, MALAYSIA, DECEMBER 2012 – If you’re traveling to Singapore for birding, you might want to think outside the box or, in this case, the island. Some of the best birding in the area is just 90 minutes or so north in peninsular Malaysia, home of the infamous Panti Forest.

The longest way to Costa Rica goes around the world!

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The key areas for lowland forest species are Kakum National Park (famous for the only canopy walk in this part of Africa) and the Ankasa Reserve, for moist savannas Shai Hills Reserve, for Guinea woodland birds Mole National Park, and for the Yellow-headed Picathartes Bonkro Community Forest.

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Malaysia Under Smog From indonesia Forest Fires, But Which Companies Are Lighting Them ?


In Malaysia smog is an annual problem. While relations between Malaysia and Indonesia can at times be tense, Malaysia is playing this very dimplomatically as its thought that some at least of the companies illegally burning the ground to plant palm oil in Indonesia may be Malaysian companies.

Crested Serpent Eagle

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To the north of Kuala Lumpur, is a section of forest, easily accessible from the city. A flight over the forest via Google Earth, shows that quarrying is encroaching into the forest from the north and west and the city is threatening to overwhelm it from the south and east.

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WWF Calls for Zero Burn Laws As Smog Engulfs Malaysia and Singapore


As Singapore and Malaysia struggle with major smog pollution and public health crises from illegal fires in Indonesia, WWF has renewed calls for zero-burn policies to be enacted and enforced.

Indonesia’s Forests Loom As Green Gold

Green (Living) Review

BANGKOK, Nov 16, 2010: All eyes are on Indonesia and its forest policy as climate- change negotiations continue in the upcoming global talks in Mexico, against the prospect of billions of dollars flowing from the planet’s major polluters to the developing world to slow global warming. The forests in South-east Asia’s largest country will be among those coming under scrutiny during Nov. Burma, or Myanmar, comes a distant second, with 32 million hectares of forest cover.

The Deceit of Yes/No Conservation

Nature Conservancy - Science

I live in Santa Cruz and am one of thousands of people that flock to hike, bike and camp in these forests. How Well-Managed Forests Could Change Your Response. This property is run like most other timber property in the Southern Sub-district of the Coast Forest Management District.

Bill Clinton tells Brazil “Biofuels produced at the expense of tropical forests are no victory”

Green (Living) Review

The message would have been even more poignant had President Clinton been speaking about production of palm oil in Indonesia and Malaysia, where due to greenhouse gas emissions associated with land conversion from rainforest to plantations, the emissions from the fuel made from these crops can be nearly 10 times as much as from conventional fossil fuels.

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Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrushes

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If you told someone to go out into a forest and identify it just on its name, chances are they’d manage it. You hear a lot of these guys as you walk through the forest in Mt Kinabalu National Park, and doing so should be a cue to look for them. Today it is found in its own genus, Rhinocichla, with its close relative the Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush, which visitors to montane Malaysia and Sumatra might have seen.

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15 Strategies to Reduce Deforestation


Forests are one of the most important. 80 percent of all terrestrial plants, insects, and animals call forests home. Nearly one third of people in the world depend directly on forests for their livelihoods [1]. The death of the forest is the end of our life. “.

Come@Me: Bird Photography is a Fantastic Waste of Time

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For the entire existence of Wikipedia, one of the world’s largest and most important websites, no one has contributed a better image of this relatively easy to see species (relatively easy if you live in Malaysia anyway). Birders are fairly easy to spot.

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Some Birds to See in Costa Rica around Carara National Park

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Streak-chested Antpitta : The forests of the national park are probably the most accessible, easiest place to see this species anywhere in its range. Riverside Wren : One of the more handsome wrens, this near endemic seems to be imitating some babbler species from Malaysia.

Old, Tired Rainforests

Eco Friendly Daily

The best bet for quick CO2 storage is in the tropics, where the carbon soaked up by newly-planted trees outweighs the trees’ own emissions and other heat-trapping effects of forests. Decelerating growth in tropical forest trees.

Disaster in the Sundarbans

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Endangered Masked Finfoot photographed in Malaysia (Wikimedia Commons). The worst hit are those who make their living off the forests and rivers, where the crabs and fish are now dying. Also, the mangrove forests are the single largest source of forest produce in the country. They provide raw materials for wood based industries and contribute about 41% of total forest revenue and account for about 45% of all timber and fuel wood output of the country.

Let’s Get Sustainable

Environmental News Network

A large portion of condoms, over 10 Billion, are made in Asia and Malaysia ( Malaysia is currently one of the world’s largest natural rubber producers). Family planning is an important topic when talking about the environment and climate change.

Hill Mynas: A Touch of Tropical Asia in Miami

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Distributed across a broad swath of territory that includes India’s Himalayan foothills, Thailand, Indochina, peninsular Malaysia and western Indonesia, this species occurs in moist or semi-evergreen forests that may include secondary growth and degraded habitats in its native range. Miami, Florida has a reputation among the birding community for being overrun with exotic bird species. It is well-deserved.

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City Hornbills

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Singapore lost a lot of birds during its urbanisation, but as the city has tried to green itself some have been coming back Pulau Ubin is a lovely undeveloped island near Malaysia with lots of forest left, and having made it here the hornbills have also begun to be seen on the main island of Singapore too.

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A Broadbill for Christmas

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The first broadbills I ever saw, a small flock of Long-tailed Broadbills in Peninsular Malaysia, were jaw dropping to me. They are to the canopy what pittas are to the forest floor, avian jewels. I never saw one in all the time I lived in Africa, in forests where they could be seen. The broadbills are always a family* that birders visiting South East Asia want to see, and who could blame them?

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Some Biofuels Do More Harm than Good

Eco Friendly Daily

Many biodiesel refineries rely on palm oil imported from southeast Asia, and that is fueling a boom in deforestation that has made Indonesia’s forest loss the worst on the planet after Brazil. Image: Satellite image shows rainforest being cleared for palm oil in Malaysia.

Mangroves Reduce Tsunami Impacts

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Research at the Disaster Research Nexus (DRN) at Universiti Sains Malaysia suggests that mangroves have a protective role in disaster events such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

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Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea–A Field Guide Review

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So–the book covers islands that belong to the Republic of Indonesia and to Malaysia. But, it doesn’t cover all or Indonesia or all of Malaysia. But, maybe not when you think about it, since this area was until recently almost totally tropical forest.

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A Different Kind of Spring

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The local forest birds were a constant source of facemelt as well…when Blue Mockingbird , Keel-billed Toucan , Crimson-collared Grosbeak and Red-legged Honeycreeper reside within walking distance, you can temporarily forget the horror and debilitating pain that is Montezuma’s Revenge.

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Stop to Smell the Giant Parasitic Roses

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The 28 odd species of this genus are found in the Sunda (the islands of Indonesia, Malaysia and the southern bit of Thailand) and the Philippines, and are named for the inescapable (in this region anyway) Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, he of the founding of Singapore fame. At any rate, once the locals knew what they were most landowners with examples protected the patches of forest they were in and joined with the conservationists in setting up the ecotourism project.

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Boucher’s Bird of the Year: The Bornean Bristlehead

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Rail Babbler was number two on our list and it is so special that we made a side trip to the Malaysia’s Panti Forest, near Singapore, just for this bird. Arriving at midnight, we headed directly to the forest, hoping to see nocturnal species while we waited for daybreak.

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Why Are Pangolins Endangered?


who quietly roam through forests and savannahs eating termites and ants. Malaysia. Those who work with pangolins say that they need special one-on-one care to walk them into the forest or savannah and let them feed safely for three or four hours at a time. .

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Africa’s remarkable long tailed birds

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Photograph taken in Malaysia’s Taman Negara National Park by Adam Riley. These long tailed, glossy birds are usually found in small family groups in savanna and forest habitats, where they forage along trunks and branches probing for insects and larvae hidden in the bark. They follow troops of monkeys through the forests, swooping down to snatch insects that the primates flush from the leaves.

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How traveling slow led me to live a greener life

Green Prophet

I was stunned by the peace I experienced walking through ancient forests and sleeping under the stars. While wandering through a 130 million-year-old rainforest in the heart of Malaysia, I heard a local guide explain how climate change is killing the majestic trees.

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The Jewel Hunter: A Book Review About One Birder’s Quest for Pittas and Beer

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Gooddie gets the book off to a quick start by describing his love affair with pittas (“the ultimate forest prize”), and detailing his decision to give up a good career as sales director of an audio manufacturing company (“my life was out of whack”).

Finding an Asian Openbill in Singapore-second ever record!

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We have just returned from an incredible three weeks in Singapore, where unlike many others who visit the country we spent the whole time in nature parks, forests and gardens observing birds.

World’s First ‘Green’ Ice Cream Factory – in Turkey

Green Prophet

Forested areas the size of Greece are cleared every year in Indonesia and Malaysia to provide palm oil for our luxury products.). Turkey is better known for these five unsustainable development projects and a new undersea rail tunnel near a major fault zone than green building.

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Environmental damage highlighted by Google Earth

Eco Friendly Daily

Rampant forest destruction, retreating glaciers and explosive urban growth have been highlighted by a partnership between the United Nations and internet search giant Google.


Money on Trees

Eco Friendly Daily

Minister Witoelar stated that he hoped to sign a treaty this December at the United Nations Climate Council Conference in Bali that would require developed nations to pay $8 to $20 USD for each hectare of Indonesia’s preserved, pristine rain forest.

Most biofuels better than oil for greenhouse gases, worse or similar eco-impact otherwise, study finds

Green (Living) Review

This also applies to indirect land usage changes if existing agricultural land is used for the first time for biofuel production and, as a consequence, forested areas have to be cleared in order to maintain the existing foodstuff or animal feed production. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It once again took a study to find out the obvious, it would seem.

Green Hero: Gili Islands’ Delphine Robbe

Green Traveler Guides

In some aquatic wonderlands, such as the Maldives or Malaysia , more than 70% of coral has died. The once-thriving coral forests have been transformed into desolate maritime moonscapes. s mushrooming forest of hotels, restaurants and homes. | Gili Eco Trust |.

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Why Sustainable Palm Oil is Possible

Conservancy Talk

The expansion of oil palm plantations is the leading cause of deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia. But cutting and burning those forests destroys habitat for wildlife like orangutans , affects the livelihoods and cultural identities of communities that have depended on the rainforest for centuries and increases air pollution—including the heat-trapping carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change. We are helping companies compensate for forest lands they have damaged.

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Environmental damage highlighted by Google Earth

Eco Friendly Daily

Rampant forest destruction, retreating glaciers and explosive urban growth have been highlighted by a partnership between the United Nations and internet search giant Google.


It’s Game Over for Global Warming Unless We Act This Decade

Green Prophet

And just as our refrigerators are melting away, our carbon sink – the Amazon Forest – is quickly growing dryer and smaller, and ten years of carbon emissions absorption has already been lost. The World’s Most Beautiful Mosque in Malaysia is Vulnerable to Rising Seas.

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Deforestation: Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

Conservancy Talk

This is apparent in the high-profile commitments of recent years — from the Consumer Goods Forum, the Tropical Forest Alliance and, in September 2014, the New York Declaration on Forests in which world leaders endorsed a global timeline to cut natural forest loss in half by 2020 and strive to end it by 2030. The heat hazes, affecting people, every year, in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, continue.

Book Review: ‘My Journey With a Remarkable Tree’ in Cambodia

Green Prophet

My Journey’ is both a travelogue of Ken’s movement with a mission through Cambodia and Vietnam, and a tragic, dispiriting account of the impact human greed has upon the forest and those who have depended on it for their livelihood and well-being for centuries. Ken Finn is a passionate man.

Collaborative List – August 2017

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forests above socorro. Forestry Research Institute of Malaysia. Forestry Research Institute of Malaysia. 9 beats, birded 9 countries this month; Belize , Guatamala , Costa Rica, UK, Iran, USA, Greece, Australia and Mexico.

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Professor Wangari Maathai honoured with the 2nd International Green Awards™ Lifetime Achievement Award

Green (Living) Review

As it is the United Nations’ International Year of the Forests, it seemed fitting that the prestigious 2nd Lifetime Achievement Award be given to a woman who established perhaps the greatest tree planting initiative in the world - the Green Belt Movement.

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Palm oil lobby continues to mislead consumers, again.

Green (Living) Review

Communities like the indigenous Penan people of Malaysia find themselves under severe threat from illegal and sometimes violent encroachment of palm oil companies onto their territory. Palm oil, in the same way as biofuels, is not good for the Planet, nor its people, and the wholesale destruction of rainforests more than likely, speaking as a forester, has an adverse effect on the climate locally and globally.

Phillipps’ Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo: A Book Review

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Borneo is the third largest island in the world; politically it is divided amongst three countries–Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak), Indonesia (Kalimantan) and the sultanate of Brunei. Kinabalu (at 13,455 feet the highest peak in southeast Asia), and human development that has resulted in freshwater rice fields, secondary forest, and oil palm plantations, this means that Borneo offers an incredibly high degree of biodiversity.

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