World Mi­gra­tory Bird Day ob­served at Vir­tual Univer­sity

Pakistan Observer - - LAHORE CITY -

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.

A jug­gler with his ‘team’ on bi­cy­cle is on his way to earn some liveli­hood.—NNI Ad­vi­sor to the Chief Min­is­ter for Health Khawaja Sal­man Rafique pre­sid­ing over a meet­ing of Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee on Dengue. Chief Traf­fic Of­fi­cer Tayyab Hafeez Cheema ed­u­cat­ing a mo­tor­cy­clist about traf­fic rules at an aware­ness camp.—NNI

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