Tag Archives: wildlife

Volunteer Gardener needed – WWF

10 Jul

© WWF-Hong Kong

World Wide Fund For Nature Hong Kong is one of Hong Kong’s leading conservation and environmental education organisations. WWF is currently looking for volunteers to deliver gardening works in their Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Tai Po

Responsibilities:
To support all-round Centre horticulture and maintenance works.

Requirements:
* Has solid working experience in horticulture work and maintenance British style garden;
* With knowledge in maintenance of garden facilities and horticulture equipment;
* With knowledge / experience in organic Farming;

Time: Monday to Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm; anytime

Place: Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Island House Lane, Tai Po, New Territories

If you are interested, please indicate your interest with below information to volunteers@wwf.org.hk .
* Full name
* Contact number
* Available date and time

If you are not an existing WWF volunteer, please fill in the volunteer application form for register first.

Volunteer Application Form: http://d3q9070b7kewus.cloudfront.net/downloads/volunteer_application_form_20170704.pdf

About WWF: WWF was founded in 1961 by a group of passionate and committed individuals with the vision and determination to change the future – for good of the natural world and for all life on Earth.

Today, WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected conservation organizations, with a network active in more than 100 countries. WWF is currently carrying out more than 1,300 conservation projects around the planet – from small-scale local conservation projects to large-scale species protection projects which span all continents.

Their goal is to build a future in which humans can live in harmony with nature.

Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society

9 Jul
Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society

Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society

Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society (HKDCS) was established in December 2003 and it is the only society dedicated to the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises of Hong Kong. Effective from 14 July 2005, HKDCS has been recognized as a charitable organization, with Inland Revenue file number 91/7756.

In recent years, Chinese white dolphin has become one of the most celebrated wildlife adored by the Hong Kong public, and has also been an important member of our fragile marine ecosystem. However, the general public still knows only a little of these mysterious creatures, and local cetaceans have not received the full protection from human yet.

dolphin watch 3In order to enhance the knowledge of general public on cetaceans in Hong Kong and around the world, and to effectively protect them in a long run, HKDCS aims to:

To arouse public awareness on:
– biology and conservation of Chinese white dolphins and finless porpoises in Hong Kong, and cetaceans in other parts of the world
– preservation of dolphins and their habitats in Hong Kong
– impacts posed by dolphin-watching activities to dolphin and the importance of raising standard of dolphin-watching industry in Hong Kong
– global issues of whales and dolphins such as captivity, whaling, fishery bycatch and marine pollution

To conduct scientific research on wild dolphins in Hong Kong and nearby regions like China and Taiwan

To educate the school children on the importance of dolphin conservation

To offer opportunity for research interns and volunteers to participate in the conservation of local cetaceans

To provide a forum for dolphin-lovers to gather, interact and share dolphin-watching and conservation experience

dolphin watch logoThrough scientific research and educating the public, HKDCS hopes to protect the local dolphins and porpoise residing in Hong Kong waters. In this section, learn more about the HKDCS mission, a message from our chairman, as well as the structure of our society including the lists of scientific advisors and committee members.

How to get involved
Take action today by getting involved in the cetacean conservation efforts of HKDCS.

dolphin watchJoin HKDCS on the next dolphin research trip, become a research intern or volunteer to participate in a full range of research and educational activities. Stay in touch with HKDCS by subscribing to their eNewsletter, or read about the latest dolphin sightings and activities featured in their intern blog. You can also support HKDCS by making a donation to support their research programme and public awareness campaigns.

Volunteer
Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society relies largely on volunteers to carry out research, educational programmes and administrative work. HKDCS cordially invites their members to fill these volunteer positions and to help out at various programmes organised by HKDCS.

If you are interested to help out, please email HKDCS (info@hkdcs.org) and they will keep you informed about the next activity or event. The dolphins and the HKDCS team can’t wait to meet you!

Research Intern
If you are an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Biology, Environmental Science or any other related subjects, and are interested in learning more about a career in wildlife research, you are most welcomed to apply for the HKDCS research internship programme to engage in hands-on experience as a dolphin field researcher. Please click here for more details on the duties, requirements and how to apply.

e-Farm

26 Jun

e-Farm is a group of enthusiasts from different walks of life and of different ages with one common goal– doing something for our community and our environment. e-Farm practices organic farming with a target of making it environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

e-Farm Goals
efarm 21. Offering safe and healthy vegetable produce
Farming requires skills to cope with natural threats but the practice of improving yield by using chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides) causes environmental and health issues that harm the farming industry in the end. Organic farming follows the principles of nature and it sustains the environment.

2. Keeping organic farms thriving
e-Farm promotes environmentally friendly models of agriculture to attract more people to join the trade to keep organic farming thriving.

efarm 33. Preserving valuable knowledge of our ancestors
Farming is an old trade. The collective wisdom of our ancestors on farming is our invaluable asset and it is our job to preserve it and pass it on to our children.

4. Researching for new farming techniques
Through trials and errors, e-Farm has an improved the understanding of nature and have identified more effective farming techniques. e-Farm will learn more by researching further.

5. Sharing farm knowledge
Nowadays, organic farming is getting more popular and sharing among farmers is crucial to sustainability of the trade. e-Farm loves to share our farming techniques and experience with other farmers and those who are interested in organic farming.

efarm6. Educating laypeople and school children
Greenhouse effect, toxic fruits and vegetables, carbon footprints… there are a lot of environment issues that we, whether young or old, all need to work on together.

7. Maintaining a get-away destination for urban dwellers
Anyone who looks for a get-away destination can come to e-Farm’s quiet, peaceful and natural environment to relax.

What you can do:
Volunteer – Learning-by-doing, at the farm. Try your hand at caring for animals, growing veggies, engaging kids in the natural world. Volunteers receive training and guidance, and the chance to get their hands dirty!

Community Gardening – Let e-Farm be your backyard! e-Farm welcomes urban dwellers to come and grow produce on their farm- All you need to bring along is a pair of work boots, e-Farm will provide the rest: seeds, young plants, fertilizers, tools and guidance.

Bring the Kids – There is nothing more exciting than a child’s enthusiasm and wonder about the natural world. e-Farm wants to teach the next generation to love and respect the natural environment and believe the best way to learn is by getting involved.
e-Farm hopes you will bring your child to their farm to explore the plants, insects and animals – in the stream, field and forest.
Veggie exploration: See what kind of seasonal produce is being grown and learn to identify a variety of fruit, vegetables and herbs
Stream exploration: see frogs, fish, shrimps, etc. in their natural habitat
Forest exploration: Hike through the forest surroundings, spot butterflies, birds and other small creatures in their natural environment

You don’t need to live off the grid or grow your own crop in order to protect the environment. Simply do your bit to protect the environment and you can make big changes happen!

For more information, visit their Facebook page or contact e-Farm by sending them an email at efarmhk@gmail.com

Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG)

29 Mar

kadoorie farm view from the topNestled in the foothills of Hong Kong’s highest mountain – Tai Mo Shan lies an experimental farm that is also home to Hong Kong’s indigenous flora and fauna. Welcome to the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG), the only place in KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHong Kong where you can see barking deer, wild boar, leopard cats, bats kadoorie farm orchidall indigenous to Hong Kong’s lush countryside, next to orchid houses, butterfly gardens and an experimental organic farm.

At the entrance to this 148 hectare farm with its deep-set valley, streams, woodlands and vegetable terraces stands a ‘Heung’ tree. This tree indigenous to Hong Kong was and is prized for it’s fragrant resin which can be used in the production of incense for memorial ceremonies or aroma relaxation. In the late middle Ming Dynasty, related incense products were manufactured in large scale in regions of New Territories and outlying islands. The products prevailed in the entire nation. Because Hong Kong is the main export and transit place of incense products, people regarded this place as the “incense harbour” literally, and Hong Kong, the exact pronunciation in Cantonese, became the name of our city. Today with wild trees illegally harvested to near extinction it stands as a reminder of the mission of the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden.

The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Their Mission: To harmonise our relationship with the environment.

Their Vision: A world in which people live sustainably with respect for each other and nature.

Their Values:
Sustainable Living
Appreciating the impact of our actions with regard to current and future generations.
Having awareness of our connection with the environment.
Valuing simple and responsible lifestyles.

Justice
Being fair and accountable. Valuing socially equitable systems that protect
the health of the planet, the people and their way of life.
Protect future generations.

Love
Having self-awareness and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things.
Having compassion and respect for all life. Recognising that outer discord
is a reflection of inner discord. Striving for inner silence.

Participation
Engaging mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
fostering respect for different viewpoints, openness, dialogue and teamwork.

Professionalism
Being a role model of caring, integrity, commitment, professional standards and
best practices for partners, organisations, individuals and communities.

Learning
Being adaptive and flexible to changing circumstances. Having a holistic outlook.
Being practical, objective, creative and insightful.

Happiness
Appreciating that our happiness lies in creating and sharing happiness with others.

homegrown_kadoorieVolunteering: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden’s (KFBG) conservation objectives are to help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment. If you are interested in devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, or, helping KFBG in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work in KFBG, please check out their volunteer page.

Or go and check it out for yourself. With an entrance fee of only $30 and a shop selling organic fruit and vegetables and eggs from their own farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.