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May 14, 2018

More than half of annual migratory birds stopped coming from Siberia


May 14, 2018

Islamabad: Environmentalists, ornithologists and bio-scientists have called for protection and preservation of the aerial route of migratory birds that come to this part of the globe from Siberia and other cold regions of the world every winter. Owing to widespread hunting of these birds, unchecked urbanization, number of such migratory birds has drastically gone down and if efforts are not made to restore their course the day is not far when they stop coming here, says a press release.

The issue of migratory birds was highlighted at a seminar organised by the Pakistan Youth Hostels Association (PYHA) at its Islamabad branch in connection with World Migratory Birds Day.

A large number of youth including students of Government College of Technology Jhang who are currently staying at the Youth Hostel, youths from local schools and colleges, members of civil society and Nature lovers. Ambassador Qazi Humayun, National Secretary of the PYHA while highlighting the significance of the day said birds are the natural pests, environment conservationists, cleaners and equalizers and their arrival every year diversifies and enriches our environment. This is our common duty to curb any attempt that disturbs this natural cycle of migration of birds, he said.

Ambassador Humayun was of the view that PYHA has been highlighting such issues and celebrating such days like Tourism Day, Mountain Day and youths’ activities in order to promote and encourage the people, particularly the youth to participate in environment and tourism friendly activities.

Vice Chairman of the Pakistan Wildlife Foundation and a noted ornithologist of the country, Safwan Shahab Ahmad while speaking on the occasion said if migratory birds stop coming, our wetlands will dry up and our great natural fauna and flora will suffer unimaginably. He regretted that no tangible efforts were being made to raise awareness among people about the dangerous trend of disturbing migratory birds’ arrival. Most of the birds he said either perish because of the excessive use of pesticides, other fall prey to hunters’ nets and power pylons and the remaining few are forced to other parts after finding the dry ponds and lakes.

Environmentalist Dr Ejaz Ahmed also expressed his dismay over lack of field activities by youth on environment and its protection. He called for raising awareness among people about birds. In Pakistan he said there are found 660 to 690 various species of birds. About migratory birds’ route, he said they use Indus Fly Way which is one of 13 most travelled routes of the migratory birds. Our crops owe to these migratory birds as they kill insects and their refuse is used as natural fertilizer.

In Islamabad, Rawal Lake, Margalla Hills National Park, Simly Dam, Rawal Dam are frequented by migratory birds in winter, he said. Junior Ambassadors of Pakistan Wildlife Foundation, Minahil Safwan and Mohibullah also gave presentations on the occasion calling for joint efforts to befriend, protect and stop harassing of the migratory birds. Samina Naz a volunteer and member of civil society conducted proceedings of the event.

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