Selangor International Bird Race

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Wings of KKB

The Wings of KKB birding event will be re-branded as the Selangor International Bird Race 2018 and is the 7th year that this bird watching event is taking place in Kuala Selangor, Kuala Kubu Baharu and Genting Highlands.

The Selangor International Bird Race is also hosted by the Hulu Selangor District Council (MDHS), Tourism Selangor and takes place from 20 to 22 April 2018. This is also the state of Selangor’s premier birding event, supported by Tourism Selangor and Tourism Malaysia, apart from various other NGOs and sponsors.

Selangor International Bird Race 2018

Bird Race in Selangor
The scene at the last Selangor International Bird Race. Photo from MDHS Facebook Page.

This birding event attracts bird watchers, bird photographers and the general public as a lot of awareness has been done over the years. You will also see many schoolchildren and university students participating.

The campaign to generate awareness among younger school children has been a massive success over the years, and the participation by various schools has grown tremendously.

Initiatives have been done by the organizers and committee of the event, including sponsors and NGOs. During the event, sponsors and vendors dealing in birding equipment will also have promotional booths.

Children Bird Race Malaysia
Kids are participating in the bird race in Kuala Kubu Bharu. Photo from MDHS Facebook Page.

Kuala Kubu Bharu and Frasers Hill (Important Bird Area) and has several sought-after birds for many bird watchers. Even foreigners come here to spot some of these birds to check off their list.

You can find birds such as the Marbled Wren Babbler, Silver-Breasted Broadbills, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Large Niltava, Rhinoceros, and Great and Bushy Crested Hornbills at both these places.

The Selangor bird race will begin in Kuala Kubu Bharu town and head towards Bukit Fraser, passing through the Selangor Heritage Park. The event ends with a special gala dinner at Fraser’s Hill.

Bird Painting Contest Selangor
Winners of the bird painting contest from 2017.

Program for Selangor International Bird Race 2018

  • Selangor Bird Race
    – Primary School Category
    – Secondary School Category
    – University Category
    – Open Category
  • Selangor Bird Photography Contest
    – Open Category
  • Selangor Bird Painting Contest
    – School Category
    – Open Category
  • Explorace
    – Primary School Category
    – Secondary School Category
  • Special Children Bird Race Program

 

Lumba Burung Selangor
The trophy for the winners of 2017. Photo from MDHS Facebook Page.
2018 Wings of KKB
Student participants at the last Wings of KKB 2017. Photo from MDHS Facebook Page.

Selangor Bird Race Itinerary

Below is the tentative itinerary for the Selangor Bird Race for three days, starting on 20 April and ending on 22 April. It is recommended to double check the final program on the event day.

20 April Friday 

  • 08.00 PM – Registration for School Categories
  • 09.00 PM – Bird Seminar
  • 11.00 PM – Event day ends

21 April Saturday 

  • 07.00 AM – School Category Log Book Submission/Photography Category Registration
  • 08.00 AM – School Category Race/Photography Contest Begins
  • 09.00 AM – Explorace for Schools and Exhibition Begins
  • 10.00 AM – Open Category/University and Anak-Anak Istimewa Registration
  • 11.00 AM – Conference/Seminar for Open Category Participants
  • 12.00 PM – Submission of School Category Log Books/Open Category Race Begins
  • 01.00 PM – Lunch
  • 03.00 PM – Prize Giving for School Category Winners
  • 05.00 PM – Event Day Ends
  • 08.00 PM – Gala Dinner at Shazan Inn Hotel in Fraser’s Hill

22 April Sunday

  • 08.00 AM – Bird Race Event
  • 12.00 PM – Submission of Open Category Log Books, Photography Category, IPT
  • 03.00 PM – Prize Giving & High Tea
  • 05.00 PM – Event Day Ends
Selangor Bird List
Some birds are spotted during the bird race—a photo from MDHS Facebook Page.
Bird Painting Contest Wings of KKB
The open category winners for the bird painting contest. Photo from MDHS Facebook Page.

During the last Wings of KKB 2017, a total of 800 participants took part in all three categories. There were local and international participants, and most of them were from neighbouring Southeast Asia.

Other international participants came from Egypt, Sudan, Australia, the Philippines, Ethiopia and The Netherlands. Each country sent a representative team from one of the bird clubs.

Selangor Bird Race Particpants
International participants from Wings of KKB 2017. Photo from MDHS Facebook Page.

Selangor International Bird Race 2018 (Wings of KKB)
Venue: Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor Heritage Park and Fraser’s Hill
Date: 20-22 April 2018
Day: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Time: 7.30 AM – 8.00 PM
Contact: +6 03 6064 1331 / 6064 1555
Website: http://wingsofkkb.blogspot.my/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WoKKBOfficial/

*All photo credits go to Majlis Daerah Hulu Selangor (MDHS).

Judges for Selangor Bird Race
The judges and officials for the Wings of KKB 2017. Photo from MDHS Facebook Page.

This premier bird watching event in Selangor is supported by many different organizations, which are;

  • Selangor State Government
  • Tourism Selangor
  • Hulu Selangor Consulates College
  • Tourism Malaysia
  • Hulu Selangor District Education Office
  • Hulu Selangor District Tourism and Recreation Club

 

Conclusion

This year, the re-branding from Wings of KKB or Kuala Kubu Baharu will take on an international level by calling it the Selangor International Bird Race or SIBR.

This will increase awareness and invite more bird watchers and photographers from neighbouring countries to participate here in Selangor while promoting local tourism.

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