Sponsored by Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC), three audio-visual presentations were given to audiences in Kuching, Sibu & Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Presentation at the Kuching Library

Presentation at the Kuching Library

Along with Constance, Selwyn and Ali from SBC, Rachel and I have just finished what has been a very enjoyable ‘tour’ of Sarawak. It was wonderful to meet so many local Sarawakians who are interested in nature! Many school students along with teachers attended the presentations and we had plenty of fun with interactive exercises where the kids had to guess what sounds they were hearing.

The 90 minute presentation was divided into three parts. Firstly I spoke about my experience as a nature sound recordist and some of the interesting encounters and sounds I have found along the way. Secondly we discussed the scientific value of nature sounds and how using sound recording as a surveying technique can provide important data for studying wildlife and biodiversity. Finally we looked at some of the positive and negative effects that sound can have on us as humans, and how listening to nature sounds can even benefit our health.

All of this was only possible thanks to the support of Sarawak Biodiversity Centre and to the assistance from the SBC team Asha, Constance, Selwyn and Ali.

Students marking their answers in one of our 'guess the sound' competitions!

Students marking their answers in one of our ‘guess the sound’ competitions.

Students testing out the recording equipment in Sibu

Students having fun testing out the recording equipment in Sibu

More fun with the recording equipment...

More fun with the recording equipment…

Marc Anderson, Sibu

Rachel was driving the show from the laptop.

Rachel was driving the show from the laptop.

Audience in Sibu

Audience in Sibu

The audience at all three venues had many questions after the program - it was great to see so many kids and adults with a keen interest in nature.

The audience at all three venues had many questions after the program – it was great to see so many kids and adults with a keen interest in nature.