BY: VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has celebrated this year World’s migratory bird day with Senior Students of government Secondary school Adiagbo near Tinapa in Cross River State.
Addressing (SS 111) students of the school at the Assembly Hall, Emmanuel Owan head of Calabar office of (NCF) said the day was celebrated globally twice a year and appeal to students to plant trees and be friends of the environment.
He told the students that bird migrate for food while moving from one place to another.
According to Owan, there’s a need for international cooperation and collaboration to ensure the Conservation of migratory birds in their habitats.
Owan further said the Theme for this year is birds connect our world, stating that it is estimated that 1,800 of the world 11,000 birds species migrates with some covering a distance of 543 hours .
He revealed that over 200 species of birds come to Nigeria with 140 birds being water birds annually.
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It aims to draw attention to the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.
The Day is celebrated bi-annually on the second Saturday in May and in October.