Anyone who caught the above news in yesterday’s Straits Times would be aware that an anonymous donor has generously donated S$200,000 to the Bird Ecology Study Group.
The donor, once an avid birdwatcher, strongly believes that simply looking at birds cannot sustain a person’s interest for the long term. There is a need to inject a little science into this outdoor recreation. And this is where studying bird behaviour comes into the picture. It then makes birdwatching fun and exciting, besides contributing to our limited knowledge of the regional avifauna.
This donation has since been channeled to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum as seed money for an endowment fund dedicated to the studies of bird behaviour. It is hoped to grow the fund to an appropriate amount that will then allow the museum to recruit a full time, suitably qualified personnel to undertake as well as encourage the study of bird behaviour.
BESG is ecstatic at this sudden development, especially on our tenth year of operation. We are happy that our vision can be maintained and the current website can continue to function in one form or another. In this way the general public can still be actively involved in this fascinating study of bird behaviour.
We take this opportunity to once again thank our donor for believing in the Bird Ecology Study Group.