NCF celebrates World Migration Birds DAY.

By Alkasim Bala

Nigerian based Nongovernmental organization, Nigeria Conservation Foundation NCF has Organized an inter secondary school debate and drawing competition to create awareness on the need to preserve migratory birds and their habitat to prevent them from extinction.

According to an environmentalist and one of the panelists at the event, Mr Paul Tersoo the inter school debate held at Nguru local government of Yobe state is part of activities to commemorate this year’s World Birds Migration Day.

The World Migratory Birds Day is celebrated annually on two peak days that is the second Saturdays of May and October to highlight the need for international collaboration to preserve the migratory birds.

The day was first celebrated in 2006 to counteract the negative publicity about birds as potential vectors of Avian Influenza virus.

Mr Paul Tersoo who is also a lecture with the department of environmental sciences, Federal University, Dutse said about two thousand bird species of the world migrate annually covering enormous distance across international borders in search of space for breeding, feeding, resting and overwintering hence the need for international action to protect them against human, natural and other threats.

Also the Hadejia/Nguru Westland Conservation project officer of the Nigeria Conservation Foundation Mr Henry Hanson Junior explained that the inter secondary school debate and on the spot drawing competition was organized in collaboration with an Egyptian Non governmental organization the Egyptian New life project to create awareness on the importance of vulture like the Egyptian vulture facing extinction and other migrating birds in safeguarding the ecosystem among the the younger generation.

Mr Henry Hanson who expressed satisfaction with the performance of the over forty students that participated in the competition said NCF was working to promote the sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of present and future generation.

He also called for the review of wildlife/ forestry laws and its enforcement to achieve the desired.

The theme of this year’s competition is ” Importance of Vulture to the environment and the on the spot drawing of Egyptian vulture, where Habiba Salisu of Reality Model School became the overall winner.

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