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Migratory Bird Festival at JNU

  • Published at 04:41 am May 11th, 2013
Migratory Bird Festival at JNU

A one-day migratory bird festival was held yesterday at Jagannath University (JNU) to mark the occasion of World Migratory Bird Day.

Festival activities included: a bird identification competition, a quiz, a picture show and a photographic presentation, as well as a poster design programme featuring slogans on the environment and birds.  The JNU Natural Study and Conservation Club, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Bangladesh Bird Club and the Environment and Life Foundation jointly organised the event.

JNU Vice-Chancellor Mizanur Rahman was the chief guest and inaugurated the festival, while Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmed, the country representative of IUCN, was the event’s special guest. The Chairman of JNU Geology department Prof Saiful Islam presided over the festival at the university’s central auditorium.

Addressing the festival, the vice-chancellor said thousands of migratory birds come to our country each year, but some people eat those birds after buying them from illegal bird hunters. He appealed for voices to be raised in this regard, to re-establish the ecological balance in the country’s environment, urging all to be proactive in protecting migratory birds.

Ishtiaq said: “Migratory birds are an important part of the ecological balance in the environment, as they eat harmful insects. So we should all come forward to save them from extinction.”

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Environment and Life Foundation Mukit Majumdar Babu termed peoples’ attitudes towards the migratory birds visiting Bangladesh as “sorrowful.”

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