• Strengthening Public Awareness: 2023 World Migratory Bird Day Celebrated in Tanguar Haor, Bangladesh

    Nature Eye, a renowned conservation organization, successfully organized the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2023 event at Joypur Government Primary High School in Tanguar Haor, Bangladesh. This significant celebration took place on 13th May, 2023, with the support of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP). The event aimed to raise awareness about the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats, educate participants about wetland importance, and promote the protection of Tanguar Haor—an EAAFP Flyway Network Site and a Ramsar Site. A total of 377 participants, including school students, teachers, and parents from the local community joined the event. A screening of an enlightening documentary titled "Migratory Birds of Tanguar Haor, Bangladesh", which shed light on the diverse avian species found in the region was shown. The documentary explained the migration patterns and emphasized the importance of Tanguar Haor as a crucial habitat for globally threatened and near-threatened species to the audience. Screening of the documentary "Migratory Birds of Tanguar Haor, Bangladesh" © Nature Eye One of the highlights of the event was the birdwatching activity. Students eagerly participated in observing migratory birds, honing their skills in bird identification. Equipped with binoculars, the participants were captivated by the experience of birdwatching, deepening their appreciation for the avian wonders that grace Tanguar Haor. Birdwatching activity at Tanguar Haor © Nature Eye Another important aspect of the event was a lecture on the significance of water for migratory birds, which was the theme of the 2023 WMBD. Participants learned about the crucial role of water habitats in the life cycles of these birds. Wetlands, rivers, lakes, and other water bodies provide essential resources for feeding, drinking, breeding, and rest during their arduous journeys. However, these habitats face threats from human activities, pollution, and climate change. The participants were made aware of the need to protect these vital ecosystems for the conservation of migratory birds. The alarming decline in migratory bird populations visiting Tanguar Haor was also discussed, attributed to factors such as habitat degradation, human pressure, illegal hunting, and water pollution caused by coal collection. Thousands of boats continuously pollute the water, endangering the foraging and roosting grounds of migratory waterbirds. This revelation emphasized the urgency of striking a balance between conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands. Students participating in the art competition © Nature Eye Students showing their drawings © Nature Eye The event concluded with the students’ art competition where they drew the migratory birds found in Tanguar Haor. The successful celebration of WMBD 2023 in Tanguar Haor by Nature Eye would leave a lasting impact on the participants. They gained a deeper understanding of the ecological importance of migratory birds and wetlands while becoming advocates. The project was funded through the 2023 EAAFP WMBD Small Grant Fund. View the report, Click here. Article prepared by Nature Eye.  

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