Successful Public Awareness Campaign Raises Concerns about Poaching of Migratory Birds in Bholagonj, Sylhet Division, Bangladesh

World Migratory Bird Day 2023 © Sylhet Agricultural University

The Department of Parasitology at Sylhet Agricultural University recently organized a successful event in commemoration of World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) in Bholagonj, Sylhet Division, Bangladesh. The event, aimed to raise public awareness about the poaching of migratory birds and promote their conservation in the region.

On 8th May, 2023, a promotional programme was conducted to generate interest and encourage local participation. The response from the community was overwhelming, indicating a genuine desire to learn more about migratory birds. During the program, over 470 attendees were provided with fundamental knowledge about migratory birds and engaged in discussions.

Promotional programme © Sylhet Agricultural University

In the days leading up to the main event, dedicated teams were formed to handle different aspects of the program, including to arrange the venue, set up decorations, prepare informative materials, and ensure the availability of transportation and meals for all participants. Banners, leaflets, posters, and other visual aids were designed to convey the importance of migratory bird conservation and the detrimental effects of poaching. To mitigate the risk of inclement weather, the decision was made to hold the event in a local prayer hall with the permission of the local authorities.

Main event © Sylhet Agricultural University

On May 17, 2023, prominent guests, including mentors, professors, and local authority personnel, joined the event, further highlighting the importance of the cause. Through a series of engaging presentations, speakers shared insights on migratory birds, their habitats, and the grave consequences of poaching. The inclusion of audience participation, question-and-answer sessions, and interactive storytelling made the event informative and captivating.

Posters against illegal poaching © Sylhet Agricultural University

The event organized by the Department of Parasitology at Sylhet Agricultural University has not only heightened public awareness about the issue of migratory bird poaching but also instilled a sense of responsibility and commitment among the local community. By bringing together various stakeholders, this campaign has taken a significant step toward protecting migratory birds and their habitats in Bholagonj, Sylhet Division, Bangladesh.

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The project was funded through the 2023 EAAFP WMBD Small Grant Fund. View the report, Click here.

Article prepared by Sylhet Agricultural University.

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