Keeping similar pace with the world, Bangladesh on Saturday celebrated the World Migratory Bird Day with slogan of “Birds Connect Our World.”
Apart from Bangladesh, the day was celebrated in 47 more countries with a view to standing for and spreading love to the remarkable feathery friends.
Amidst the ongoing shutdown, the Dhaka University Nature Conservation Club hosted discussion programmes and different contests on virtual platform with huge participation of students from different universities and colleges.
Bangladesh Zoology Society, National Museum of Science and Technology and Nature Conservation Society –Bangladesh Programme assisted the event in which around 5,000 students and teachers participated.
Professor Humayun Reza Khan, chairman of Zoology Department at Dhaka University, presided over the programme while Professor Niyamul Naser played the role of the chief organiser.
In line with the central declaration, the participants expressed a strong and common message that successful migratory bird conservation can only be achieved if efforts are united worldwide.
“When the entire world is fighting against the coronavirus pandemic, we took the initiative to celebrate the day on a limited scale so that people become aware about the preservation of the migratory birds,” Niyamul Naser said while talking to UNB over phone.
Marking the day, António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, issued a statement, urging governments and people everywhere to take concerted conservation action that will help to ensure the birds’ survival and their own.
Mentioning that migratory birds connect people, ecosystems and nations, he also said their epic journeys are symbols of our interconnected planet.
“The World Migratory Bird Day is an opportunity to celebrate the great natural wonder of bird migration – but also a reminder that those patterns, and ecosystems worldwide, are threatened by habitat destruction and climate change,” he added.