Programme 2016

8th Borneo Bird Festival 2016
Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok, Sabah, Malaysia
15th – 17th September 2016

Time / Date

TALKS @ Kabili Theater 16th September 2016

10.30am – 11.00am

Talk 1 : Searching for Elusive Pheasants by : Mr Roger Rajah

Pheasants are one of the hardest bird to see and in searching for them takes a couple of days to weeks and in some cases in different altitude range. More often it also base solely on luck. This talk cover sort after Pheasants that is found in Borneo, Nepal and Bhutan Tomoko

11.00am – 11.30am

Talk 2 : Social media and Birding by : Mr David Hogan

Discover how social media can assist your bird watching & bird photography hobby with the latest trends, tools and platforms that are currently used by millions locally and around the world

1.30pm – 2.00pm

Talk 3 : Migratory Waterbirds and their habitat by : Ms Tomoko Ichikawa of EAAFP

East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF) stretches from Alaska and Russia, through East and Southeast Asia, to Australia and New Zealand. It includes 22 countries with various economic, cultural, and social backgrounds. The EAAF supports at least 50 million migratory waterbirds of more than 200 species. However, the number of migratory waterbirds is in a sharp decline because of the rapid loss and degradation of their habitats. Continuous monitoring will become very important to support the survival of migratory waterbirds. It would be great if this talk can encourage Bornean bird watchers to discuss how they can participate in the systematic and continuous monitoring in Borneo through their works and hobbies to contribute to the migratory waterbird conservation.

2.00pm – 2.30pm

Talk 4 : Traditional hunting and modern conseravation: What have we learnt? by : Dr K. Yoganand, Sharon Koh & Julia Ng

Traditional hunting is considered a customary right by many indigenous communities and human rights advocates, while it is considered a problem to wildlife conservation by conservationists and government law enforcement agencies. Discussions on this topic often take a political dimension and consequently the reality of hunting and animal population status seldom gets examined. In this talk, we raise two questions in the context of Sabah: 1). Is hunting traditional anymore? and 2). Is traditional hunting compatible with modern conservation? and analyse the facts and perspectives on these questions, based on what we as conservationists have learnt in Sabah over the years. Further, we review the applicability of current wildlife management in Sabah to the question of regulated hunting.

TALKS @ Kabili Theater 17th September 2016

10.30am – 11.00am

Talk 5 : Wildlife Conservation and Wildlife Trade by : Mohd Soffian Abu Bakar, Sabah Wildlife Department

The word ‘Conservation” can be defined as act of preserving, protecting or guarding and wise use. Therefore ‘Wildlife conservation’ is referred as act to preserve, protect and control harvesting of this natural resource. One of the very conservative ways of doing wildlife conservation is through establishing the Protected Areas such as Parks, Sanctuaries or Conservation areas. Wildlife trade is always seen as contradicting to the conservation effort regardless weather it’s legal or illegal. But why do we have CITES? This presentation will overview how the wildlife conservation efforts carried out in Sabah State and how big is the impact of wildlife trade to wildlife conservation in Sabah.

11.00am – 11.30am

Talk 6 : Children and Birding by : Ms Bernadette Joeman

The younger generation are the bearers of good nature conservation, it is our moral obligation to pass on the legacies in appreciating and implementing good practices in nature conservation. Birding is a healthy hobby to instill to our children.

1.30pm – 2.00pm

Talk 7 : How Technology help birding by : Mr Ken Ching, Eco Education and Resources Centre, Hong Kong

Improvement of technology had changed our life in different aspects. In this presentation, we would like to introduce the use of smartphone application in bird watching and how it can help to collect data for research and conservation.