Independence day for the independence of biodiversity

This year’s project has been quite unique particularly in adjusting with different event of this year, not to mention the school schedule, the presidential election, even the schedule of the bats who just want to flying around. Our students were almost wear out.  They have been practiced by themselves, carrying up the bamboo poles, setting up and moving out mist nets, but the bats just prefer not to get caught in the mist net.  Until 17 August…. 17 August is our independence day…  Celebrating independence day in the field is just fascinating.  And these girls made a special picture for the day right from the our field transect….

Nuy_Zahrah And wrote these in their facebook:

“Karna Soekarno telah berhasil memperjuangkan Kemerdekaan Indonesia, mari kita perjuangkan kemerdekaan itu kembali! Kemerdekaan hutan dan isinya, kemerdekaan biodiversitas! Let’s Save Our Forest, Let’s Save Our Future! Happy Independence Day, Indonesia! We’ll take care of your forest!”

“Because Soekarno had successfully fought for the Indonesian Independence, let us strive back for our independence! The Independence of the forest and its contents, the independence of biodiversity! Let’s Save Our Forest, Let’s Save Our Future! Happy Independence Day, Indonesia! We’ll take care of your forest!”

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Students are the backbone in our research: Meet Zahrah…

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Cannot do without them…  Conservation research can be completed when we teach the young generations to do a good research.  Conservation means sustainability and bringing students to the frontline of conservation means sustainability of the Indonesian’s forest and its biodiversity….  Let’s meet Zahrah and get to know her! Continue reading Students are the backbone in our research: Meet Zahrah…

Students are the backbone in our research: Here’s Noey

We are so excited preparing for our trip to Lampung next week (yaay!!!), we will do training in Way Canguk, set up line transect and collecting preliminary data on our research on Bat and Bird Ecosystem Service”.  Two of our students from Biology Departement, University of Indonesia, Nurul (a.k.a Noey)and Zahra will help us collecting data also will conduct their own dissertation project.

Let the student introduce them self.  Here is Noey!

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Pembayaran Jasa Ekosistem

Jasa ekosistem sangat bermanfaat bagi umat manusia, seperti udara segar yang kita hirup, ketersediaan makanan dan air, pemandangan yang indah, dan lain sebagainya. Sayangnya saat ini jasa ekosistem sering diabaikan, mayoritas ekosistem dunia rusak tak terkendali, serta berubah fungsi. Hal ini disebabkan karena nilai ekonomi jasa ekosistem belum terukur, sedangkan pengambilan kebijakan lebih fokus pada keuntungan nilai ekonomi dan finansial yang akan didapatkan. Padahal intervensi ekonomi dan finansial dapat menjadi instrumen yang kuat dalam mengatur penggunaan sumber daya alam maupun jasa lingkungan, hingga mencapai sebuah keberlanjutan.

salah satu contoh jasa ekosistem yang belum terhitung nilainya
kupu-kupu sebagai penyerbuk bunga, salah satu contoh jasa ekosistem yang belum terhitung nilainya

Salah satu mekanisme yang dicanangkan dalam menjembatani celah ini adalah mekanisme Pembayaran Jasa Ekosistem. Continue reading Pembayaran Jasa Ekosistem

Tak cuma kelelawar, burung pun turut menyerbuki durian

Tumbuhan tak pernah tidur, setidaknya pada beberapa jenis…. Tahukah bahwa selain kelelawar, burung, dan serangga ternyata turut menyerbuki durian? Proses penyerbukan dengan demikian terjadi baik pada siang hari dan malam hari. Jika burung spiderhunter dan lebah melakukannya di pagi hari, kelelawar bekerja di malam hari. Setidaknya itu yang diamati Yumoto (2000) di Sarawak.

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Gambar 1. Arachnothera robusta menghisap nektar pada bunga durian (diambil dari Yumoto 2000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great mormon butterfly on Cat’s whiskers flowers

Great mormon on flower of Cat's whiskers (Orthosiphon aristatus)

“When you have a garden that is being pollinated by insects, it’s a healthier garden. Where there are butterflies, there are other bugs like bees. A happy garden is full of insects.”

I completely agree. This is a picture of Great mormon foraging on nectar of Cat’s whisker flower in a small agricultural garden just outside Jakarta. The Cat’s whisker is a medicinal plant that used for diuretic problems. In a sunny morning while people busy working on the garden, this butterfly was also busy flying around the bushes of Cat’s whisker. Everybody has their own job. Except pollinated by insects, in Hawaii, Cat’s whisker flower is pollinated by the humming birds.  A short morning walk at the garden was able to increase my knowledge on butterfly-plant interactions.  Just open your eyes!

Lampung Fun Project

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By. Prescillia Putri

I love my life!

I think I was extraordinary lucky when I was a student to have a lot of fantastic experiences in life.  To have freelance jobs during my study that include travelling, field site, kids (*and food!), which fill criterias of the dream job!  What else a girl can ask for?

February last year, I got the chance to help my supervisor (you can see her blog her here: http://wildlifewisdom.wordpress.com/) to do an education work about Bird and Bat ecosystem service in Bengkunat, West Lampung.   Before we do the awareness work, two of my friends have done their research there before, but they needed someone to do the awareness.   As we know, Bird and Bat are known for their role for pollinating plants and to helping reduce the pest.  Continue reading Lampung Fun Project