• World Migratory Bird Day 2023 Celebrated in Aceh, Indonesia, for students with special needs “Everyone Can Protect Birds”

    World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2023 was celebrated in Aceh, Indonesia with great enthusiasm and a series of engaging activities organized by the Pusat Riset Konservasi Gajah dan Biodiversitas Hutan (PKGB) at Syiah Kuala University. The aim of the event was to raise awareness and involve over 8-participants, including teachers, and students with special needs, in the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. ©️ PKBG-USK The event kicked off with a seminar on 25th May 2023, with the theme "Water: Sustaining Bird Life." The seminar, held in collaboration with the Research Center for Elephant Conservation and Forest Biodiversity (PKGB) and the Pembina Aceh Province State SLB, featured two sessions. In the first session, Mrs. Maria Ulva, an expert in practicing children with special needs, introduced different bird species using hand puppets as visual aids. This method proved effective in engaging students with special needs and helping them understand and appreciate birds. ©️ PKBG-USK Dr. Abdullah, the head of the Research Center for Elephant Conservation and Forest Biodiversity, led the second session. He discussed small activities that individuals can undertake to protect the environment, such as avoiding smoking, littering, and consuming wild birds. The session also included an introduction to various migratory bird species found in Aceh Province through audiovisual presentations. One of the highlights of the celebration was the application of inclusive education methods. This approach aimed to provide equal educational opportunities to all students, including those with special needs, by incorporating migratory bird conservation materials into the curriculum. Teachers played a crucial role in adapting the learning materials and techniques to suit the needs of students with different limitations. The efforts resulted in an inclusive learning environment where all students could actively participate and understand the importance of bird conservation. ©️ PKBG-USK The event also featured a Migratory Bird Festival, during which students and parents received souvenirs and learning aids to support their education. Teachers and committee members who demonstrated exceptional skills in explaining the materials to students were also recognized with souvenirs. As a symbolic gesture, birds were released by the students and teachers to promote the idea of birds thriving in their natural habitats rather than being confined in cages. ©️ PKBG-USK The outcomes of the World Migratory Bird Day 2023 event were significant. Students with special needs gained knowledge about birds, conservation, and environmental preservation. Teachers were educated about the importance of preventing the consumption of wild birds and involving parents in ecosystem conservation efforts. The event fostered a sense of responsibility and appreciation for nature among the younger generation. ©️ PKBG-USK The Pusat Riset Konservasi Gajah dan Biodiversitas Hutan (PKGB) at Syiah Kuala University, along with their partners and sponsors, successfully organized a memorable World Migratory Bird Day celebration. The event showcased the power of inclusive education, creative teaching methods, and community involvement in raising awareness about migratory birds and their habitats. It left a lasting impact on the participants, empowering them to contribute to the conservation of our natural heritage. The project was funded through the 2023 EAAFP WMBD Small Grant Fund. View the report, Click here. Article prepared by Pusat Riset Konservasi Gajah dan Biodiversitas Hutan, Syiah Kuala University

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