One of the newest organizations we’re excited about, the mission of 500 Women Scientists
is to promote a diverse and inclusive scientific community that brings progressive science-based solutions to local and global challenges.
What we love especially are their values, many that we share. We list theirs here and are working on ours (coming soon!):
- Recognizing that science touches the lives of every person on this planet;
- Advocating for a strong role of science in society;
- Identifying and acknowledging structural inequities and biases in science;
- Pushing for equality and standing up to inequality, discrimination, and aggression;
- Pushing to develop and strengthen access for traditionally underrepresented groups to fully participate in and become leaders in science;
- Supporting the education and careers of all scientists;
- Enhancing scientific mentorship and encouraging an atmosphere of collaboration;
- Stepping outside of our research disciplines to communicate our science and engage with the public;
- Using the language and wonder of science to bridge the divides that separate societies and to enhance global diplomacy.
Check out the interview with Maryam Zaringhalam, a molecular biologist who describes herself as “floating at the intersection of art x science x society x advocacy x STEMinism”. She talks about her various interests and activities, and her insights as an Iranian-American on the recent travel ban. Great read!
3 places left in the upcoming CAT walk. Support tiger conservation and get the chance to walk where tigers still roam! If you can’t make it to this one, the next one is in Nov.
What is CAT?
The Citizen Action for Tigers (CAT) program involves participants walking on the trails where the Malayan Tiger and other wildlife have been recorded. Since 2010, more than 200 CAT walks have been done by more than a thousand volunteer participants from over 31 countries. The CAT program is run by the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT).
Malayan Tiger Corridor Trek Trip
For this 4 Day 3 Night trip – Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 September 2016:
Cost per adult/non-student, based on a group of 8 pax = RM$960 (S$320)
Cost per adult/non-student, based on a group of 7 pax = RM$1097 (S$366)
Cost per adult/non-student, based on a group of 6 pax = RM$1280 (S$426)
Cost per student/repeat cat walker, based on a group of 8 pax = RM$720 (S$240)
Cost includes car transfers KL-Merapoh, guided treks, night drive, and village guesthouse accomodation.
Cost excludes coach Singapore-KL, and meals.
Why Support CAT?
In Peninsular Malaysia, there were about 3000 Malayan Tigers in the 1950s. Presently there are less than 300 individuals. This sub-species is now on the extreme edge of extinction.
The presence of walkers on these trails will discourage illegal and destructive activities such as:
-poaching of wildlife
-cutting of forest trees
-burning of forest
-clearing forest for illegal plantation
Our survey walks will:
-report on animal snares and traps encountered so that they can be de-activated
-submit evidence of wildlife poaching activities encountered to the Wildlife Crime Hotline so that they can be investigated and stopped
-look for signs of wildlife such as Sun bear claw marks on trees, tiger paw prints and hoof marks on the trails, and observing wildlife encountered while on the trek.
-we support the local Batek Orang Asli native people community by engaging them as our guides.
Itinerary & program:
Day 1 Thursday 22 Sept:
8.00am – Board coach to KL
1.00pm – Arrive in KL, have lunch.
2.00pm – Pick up by van transfer to Merapoh, Sungei Yu.
5.00pm – Check-in village guest house.
7.00pm – Dinner in village
Day 2 Friday 23 Sept:
7.30am – Breakfast in village, pack lunch to go on whole day survey-trek.
8.00am – Leave for tiger survey-trek Trail 1
4.00pm – Back in village
7.00pm – Dinner in Gua Musang (Civet Cave) town
Day 3 Saturday 24 Sept:
7.30am – Breakfast in village
8.00am – Leave for tiger survey-trek Trail 2
1.00pm – Back in village for lunch
2.00pm – Visit MYCAT Sungei Yu Reforestation Site (refer below for details on our fun activities there)
7.00pm – Dinner in village
8.00pm – Night drive to look for wildlife
11.00pm – Back in village house
Day 4 Sunday 25 Sept:
7.30am – Breakfast in village
9.00am – Leave for KL
2.00pm – Arrive at KL coach station, lunch
3.30pm – Board coach for Singapore (actual time to be confirmed)
9.00pm – Arrive in Singapore
Visit to the reforestation site:
The MYCAT reforestation project site was recently launched on 29 July 2016. The site is under a portion of the longest elevated viaduct at Sungei Yu. The aim is to cover the de-forested site with native vegetation to encourage wildlife to use it as a green corridor to travel between the Titiwangsa central forests and Taman Negara. Participants will get a crash course on how to hands-on do maintenance on such a site to ensure the planted vegetation will survive and grow, and learn about native plants and their specific symbiosis with wildlife. We may also get to do some planting at the site with saplings sourced from the nursery of the Batek Orang Asli village nearby.
To join the trip, contact MYCAT: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Zooniverse folks:
Panthera works in 50 countries around the globe to protect big cats and their vast landscapes. Motion-activated camera traps are used to count cats and their prey species, identify where they live, and determine how conservation efforts are helping to protect these animals.
These cameras produce thousands of images of fascinating animals, from the iconic leopard and rhino to the lesser-known aardwolf and civet. While certainly high-tech, these cameras do not distinguish between animal species. That is why we need your help to identify the big cats and other wildlife in these photos.
Log onto the Camera CATalogue now and help identify the amazing wildlife in these camera trap images. It’s a fun way to spend a few minutes (or a few hours), test and improve your animal knowledge (who knew what a gemsbok was?!) and support efforts to better protect leopards, other wildlife and their landscapes…without ever leaving your chair!
The Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) is calling for 100,000 signatures to seek justice for the Malayan tiger by Global Tiger Day on 29 July 2016.
The online petition also calls for strengthened prosecution against wildlife crime and better protection for Tiger habitats and can be signed online, not just by Malaysian citizens at bit.do/mycatpetition
“Time and again Malaysia has seen Tiger traffickers and traders get away with a slap on the wrist, although the law allows for so much more. Why should they get away with lenient sentences, when Tigers get the death penalty?” said Dr Kae Kawanishi, Tiger biologist and MYCAT General Manager.
Read the FULL petition at bit.do/harimau.
(Read the full article from TRAFFIC here)
Every year, volunteers with the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) celebrate National Day with a coastal cleanup @ Lim Chu Kang beach and mangrove. This year, they will be working on Saturday 6th Aug 2016: 8.00am – 10.30am.
To join in, Sign up here by 1st August 2016!
Transport will be provided from Kranji MRT to the cleanup site @ Lim Chu Kang beach and mangrove.