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Cancellation of #EarthDayKL2020 Events

[16 Mar 2020 – We regret to inform that in light of the circumstances in Malaysia related to the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak, we will be cancelling this and all other Earth Day KL 2020 events that were slated in March. This postponement is to ensure safety of all and we really appreciate your kind understanding on this. We truly appreciate your interest in this activity and will keep you posted about developments in this regard. Stay safe and clean, everyone!]

We are excited about the up-coming Earth Day KL 2020 event on 19th Apr 2020 and the pre-events in the run up to the day. It’s a healthy, outdoor activity which we hope both kids and adults will enjoy. We plan to keep the group small of no more than 30 people. We will also be conducting temperature checks and have sanitizers on hand.

Bearing in mind the health and travel advisories which have been issued by Ministry of Health and WHO on Covid-19, we would like to ensure the following for those participating:
i) You have not travelled or transited in high risk countries in the last 14 days, which include China, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Iran and Denmark,
ii) You are fit and well with no fever, cold or flu-like symptoms,
iii) You have not been in any direct contact with any patients.

If you have ANY of the above, we kindly ask you to delay participation and join us later in future events. While we cannot guarantee there is no risk, Friends of Bukit Kiara have been monitoring the evolving situation closely, and want this to be an enjoyable experience for all. As in all activities organized by Friends of Bukit Kiara, we take due measures in the organization of all our activities to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Please sign up for all events at http://bit.ly/EarthDayKL202

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From Glow Worms to Fireflies: The Magical Mysteries Of Bukit Kiara

More than 280 people including 9 Firefly Ambassadors attended a firefly talk and walk in the neighbourhood of Taman Tun Dr Ismail last Saturday on 15th February 2020.  This event was organized by Friends of Bukit Kiara (FoBK) as a run-up activity to the Earth Day KL 2020, which will be held on Sunday, 19th April 2020.   This year marks the 50th year to observe Earth Day globally, with the theme Climate Action.

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Mr Sonny Wong of Malaysian Nature Society speaks to a riveted crowd

People from all walks of life, including children and elderly, came to the talk held at Menara Ken to learn more about fireflies, their habitats and vulnerabilities to changes in the ecosystem due to development and climate change.  Mr Sonny Wong, Honorary Secretary of the Fireflies International Network, co-chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC) a Firefly Specialist Group and firefly conservation program manager of the Malaysian Nature Society, spoke of the international interest in fireflies and support for the conservation of their habitats.

Special guest speaker Dr Wan F. A. Jusoh, Research Fellow at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore, shared her research and study findings which was commissioned by FoBK.  She and her research team have identified at least three genera of fireflies in Bukit Kiara to-date and related the significant difficulty in identifying the fireflies to species level in the absence of taxonomic studies. She highlighted the need for more research and collaboration with different institutions including undertaking a full taxonomy study in the future when funds are available.

“Watching the awe and wonder in the participants’ eyes when they discovered that they have glow worms and fireflies in their backyard – it reminds me why I research them” said the Terengganu-born Dr Wan Jusoh.

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The attendees proceeded to Taman Persekutuan Lembah Kiara for a night walk to observe the fireflies.  The Firefly Ambassadors guided the participants who shared dos and don’ts to be observed during the walk.

“We are very encouraged to see such an overwhelming response to the firefly talk and walk.  It further demonstrates why it is so vital to protect Bukit Kiara as a green lung for future generations”, said Ir Dr Kriban G N, President of FoBK.  He hoped there would be public support for FoBK to conduct more field research on the fireflies in Bukit Kiara.

Also present were Pn Mariam from Jabatan Landskap Negara, Federal Territories Ministry, and her team who participated in the talk and walk.

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#EDKL2020 Pre-event: Young River Scientist

13 Mar 2020 – We regret to inform that Young River Scientist programme planned for this Saturday (14 March 2020) has to be postponed to later due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This postponement is to ensure safety of all and we really appreciate your kind understanding on this. We truly appreciate your interest in this activity and will keep you posted about developments in this regard.

Children explore fun river-related activities. And learn the importance of keeping our rivers clean as an indispensable and sustainable source of our drinking water and for other benefits.

Meet at the stream opposite the park’s playground.

This event is free. But donations to FoBK is appreciated.

Timing: 8.30-11am

Sign up now at https://bit.ly/EarthDayKL2020