Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Little Friend - Mr. Smooth Guardian Frog (Limnonectes palavanensis)

Photo taken at Ulu Padas Forest Reserve.
Let me introduce my litte friend for today. This is Mr. Smooth Guardian Frog (Limnonectes palavanensis). A very nice common name and did he looks like a Guardian? Hmm... for sure he is the foret guardian where he inhabits. This little fella can be found on the forest floor of primary forest and most often can be found in the lowlands but it has been recorded up to 1, 300 m a.s.l.  

Why i call him "little" because he is small indeed. The size is approximately 30 mm for male and 40 mm for female. They are small.

How did the male and female meet and look after the eggs? Males call from below leaves on the forest floor and attract females to a terrestrial egg diposition site. Eggs are laid on the ground and are guarded by the male. Finally tadpoles hatch from the egg jelly, climb the male, and are transported by the male to a nearby body of water.  Interesting right?

Alright, that is a little bit info and story of my little friend Mr. Smooth Guardian Frog. Till next time we share another story of another friends i have in the forests of Sabah..mmm.. Sipitang to be more specific. Till then guys!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Environmental Education Activities

Just to update on some of the EE activities that i have been involved since our company joint the SEEN network. It was a good thing te bo part of the network and i get to know more of the EE activist. Can i say their are activist or practitioners? Okay, let it be EE practitioners. Here is some activities that i involved in 2010.
  1. Environmental Awareness Workshop for youths organized by SFI and SNC as invited speakers/facilitators.
  2. World Environment Day 2010 for Sipitang District co-organized by SFI & DOE, Sipitang.
  3. Youth Development Programme - Eco Shopping Game organized by SFI and EAC as invited speakers/facilitators. 
  4. EE Race 7 for Kota Kinabalu and Penampang organized by EPD, KK.
Eventhough it is only four so far but it is a good start. The awareness on the cleanliness of the environment in Sipitang is so poor. After WED 2010, there is still not much impact on the communities. Their are still rubbish everywhere in town and on side of the road. Along the beautiful Sipitang esplanade, there are plastics everywhere. Feel very pity for the people living here because the beauty of this small cowboy town is spoiled by the scenario of pieces and pieces of plastics, bottles, cans, papers etc. I leave it till here. Hope to make a little change somewhere somehow.


Clean-up campaign at SMK Padang Berampah during
Environmental Awareness Workshop March 2010.
Clean-up campaign in Sipitang town during WED 2010 celebration.
SFI youth perform during the WED Appreciation Night. We have a
great time and happy to see all the talented youths on stage.
YDP Series 4. Group photo of all youths involved in the programme.
Teachers visits SFI Nursery during the EE race - 7.