School children to use drawings to conserve birds

Accra- The Ghana Wildlife Society on Saturday schooled pupils of the Wildlife Society Club on the need to preserve birds in their environment.

The members, from selected schools in Accra, were trained on using drawings to decorate their glass doors and windows to protect the birds from bumping into them and dying.

This is under the Spring Alive Project, sponsored by Heidelberg Cement Group and supported by Birdlife Partnership, the biggest conservation entity with partners in 122 countries to raise awareness of birds, the threats they faced and how to minimise them.

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Ms Louisa Kabobah, Conservation Education Officer asked the children not to litter, especially with plastic waste as they sometimes entrapped the birds and suffocated them to death in their quest to look for food.

She said birds that also migrated from Europe and Asia to Africa due to the change in whether, also faced a number of threats such as pollution, habitat loss and collision.

The Conservation Officer said since they travelled with the help of the sun, moon and stars, depending on the time, they mistaken high rise buildings with lights in the night for the natural lights only for them to bump into them and die.

She said they sometimes crashed into glass doors, which they see their reflections or those of trees they want to land on, thus by decorating them with drawings they could be saved from untimely deaths to help them contribute to the ecosystem or the environment.

Ms Kabobah said the children could better help protect them from the dangers by ensuring that they put off their lights in the light, decorate their windows or doors with drawings, stop littering and others.

Nhyira Ewurama Djamwaa, sharing what she learnt with GNA said it was wrong to scare or kill birds because they were part of nature.

Mr Dankwa Acheampong of St Theresa’s School advised Ghanaians not to hunt for birds because they beautified the environment, adding that fishermen should not also catch them when they land on their nests for flies.

Spring Alive is an international project to encourage children’s interest in nature and the conservation of migratory birds and to get them to take action for birds and other wildlife as well as to participate in events organised by BirdLife Partners.

Spring Alive brings together children, their teachers and families to record their first sightings of five easily-recognised migratory birds: Barn Swallow, White Stork, Common Cuckoo, Common Swift, and European Bee-eater.

Source: Ghana News Agency