World Migratory Bird Day observed at Virtual University
MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—The World Migratory Bird Day was celebrated on Tuesday to focus attention to the aspect of bird migration and the need for their conservation, importance of wild species and role in preservation of nature.
In pursuit of its mandate of creating awareness among the students and common masses regarding environmental conservation, Department of Biology, Virtual University of Pakistan in collaboration with WWF Pakistan organized a seminar at M. A Jinnah Campus, Lahore.
Ms. Hamera Aisha-Conservation Manager WWF Pakistan addressed the illegal killing, trade and taking of such beautiful asset of the nature. She briefed that this day aims to highlight the incredible numbers of migratory birds being lost each year as a result of illegal killing, taking and trade. The motives behind these illicit activities are totally unsustainable leading to habitat loss with common species are being threatened with extinction
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Sharif Mughal, Subject Specialist, Faculty of Science and Technology, and the organizer of this seminar extended his vote of thanks to all guests and participants from different institutions. He emphasized the importance of the migratory birds as they are adding beauty in the world. He was of the view that students are specially to be educated in respecting what birds are providing to us besides food and aesthetics .He praised students for their attention towards the environmental conservation and migratory birds in specific.
Dr. Fahad Rafiq, Instructor, Department of Biology, Virtual University of Pakistan briefed the participants about the migratory birds routes, behavior and the threats associated with their lives. In addition to this, he briefly discussed the flyways of migratory birds right from Siberia towards Pakistan and different risks associated with their flights.
A video documentary prepared by WWF-Pakistan was shown on this event, addressing the illegal hunting and trade of migratory birds in natural sanctuaries of Pakistan.
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