RAPTOR WATCH 2019
Raptor Watch 2019 is flying back to the shores of Tanjung Tuan! It will be held on 9 – 10 March , 2019 (Saturday & Sunday) at the Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve. Staple favorite activities including guided walks/arts & craft/games will be featured, but don’t forget to visit the main stars of the event – our majestic raptors who will be circling around the iconic Cape Rachado lighthouse at the top of the hill! Visit https://mnsraptorwatch.wordpress.com/ for more information on the event.
Raptor Watch Programme
Day 1 ( 9th March 2019)
|7:30am||Booth set-up, all vehicles must be removed before 9am|
|9:00am – 5:00pm||Forest Walks, registration at MNS Nature Guide Booth. (Last walk at 3:30pm)|
Marine Walks, registration at MNS Marine Booth. (Last walk at 3:30pm) , Booths, Stalls (Merchandise, Exhibitions, Activities, and Games) , School Programs at KPA Booth (Educational Exhibition & Nature Bingo), Nature Quiz at Booth 12
|2.00 pm||Arrival of Chief Minister of Melaka|
|2.15 pm||Welcome speech by MNS President|
|2.30 pm||Official launching Ceremony by CM of Melaka (at PERHILITAN compound)|
|2.40 pm||Courtesy visit by VIP to the Raptor Counting Team|
|3.00 pm||Installation of IBA and Raptor Signage with VIP|
|3.20 pm||Courtesy visit by VIP to the exhibitors|
|3.40 pm||Refreshment for VIP and delegates. (Program adjourns for VIP)|
|5.00 pm||End of program for Raptor Watch Day 1|
|6.00 pm||Firefly & Crocodile Tour to Sungai Timun (Depart from Tanjung Tuan, 45 minutes journey)|
|7.30 pm||Stargazing activity (open to public) (Venue: PERHILITAN compound)|
Day 2 (10th March 2019)
|9.00 am||Arrival of students & Registration|
|10 – 12 pm||Nature Quiz at Booth 12|
|10.00 am onwards||School Programs at KPA Booth (Educational Exhibition & Nature Bingo)|
|10:00 am onwards||Nature Walks and Marine Walks (last walk at 11.30 am)|
Q : How to join Raptor Watch 2019?
A : Raptor Watch is open to everyone. Just show up at the Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve on 9 – 10 March 2019. You can sign up for activities when you are there.
Q : Is the program (with nature walks) just for 1 day?
A : No this year, Raptor Watch will be for 2 days. And since the event will be held at the Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve, there will be mangrove/beach and nature walks.
9 March Saturday : 10.00, 10.20, 10.40, 11.30, 11.50, 12.10, 13.00, 13.20, 13.40, 14.30, 14.40, 15.00, 16.00, 16.30 (*The last Mangrove/Beach Walk on Saturday will be at 16.30)
10 March Sunday : 10.00, 10.20, 10.40, 11.30, 11.50, 12.10 (*The last Mangrove/Beach Walk on Sunday will be at 12.10)
Each walk will last approximately 1 hour.
The last Nature Walk is at 11.30 am on Sunday
Q : Are there any fees to join Raptor Watch 2019?
A : Yes, there will be a conservation fee of RM 1 charged for every adults 12 and above.
Q : How long is the walk to the light house? Is the walk way gravel?
A : The walk up to the lighthouse is roughly about 20-30 minutes. You will be walking on tar road all the way up.
Q : Is there any place near there where can just sit down and watch the raptor migration above us?
A : The only place perfect to sit and hopefully catch the raptors flying by is on the beach nearby. You can walk past the PNB Ilham resort and make your way to the beach.
Q : Is it possible to come to the forest reserve on my own to see the raptor migration after the event?
A : Yes, the migration should be ending by end of March. You can still go up the forest reserve but you will not be able to go into the lighthouse. Best time to go is between 10am to 3pm to see the raptors, but this is just a suggested time.
Q : What should I wear / bring on that day?
A : Any comfortable clothing that is lightweight and suitable for outdoor events, a comfortable pair of walking/sports shoes, a hat/cap and sunblock would be recommended. You may also bring along your own pair of binoculars to witness the raptors and do not forget to bring along your camera to snap pictures of your adventure.