Wing Of Research In Local Development (WORLD) is a member league of OIPA International. WORLD has been addressing and advocating the cause of animal welfare, environment preservation and wildlife conservation for more than 22 years in Rajasthan State, India.
WORLD Organization has celebrated the World Migratory Bird Day, on May 14, with the objective to raise awareness about the need to conserve migratory birds and their habitats, highlighting which are the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance and the best measures to save them. WORLD has designed a special poster to mark the day and has also organized an educational and community orientation program for students in educational institutions of Rajasthan, India.
OIPA International Representative, National Prani Mitra Awardee Shri Manish Saxena – Member State of Animal Welfare Board Govt. of Rajasthan; State Animal Welfare Officer of Animal Welfare Board of India and Director of WORLD Organization – started the programme explaining students about the Migratory Birds seasonal movement between breeding and wintering grounds for availability of food.
He further expressed his grave concern on the increasing light pollution that poses significant threat to migratory birds. As per study of Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals highlights that light pollution has increased by 2.2 per cent per year from 2012 to 2016. Increasing Light pollution is causing birds to change their migration patterns, foraging behaviours and vocal communication, resulting in disorientation and collisions. Natural darkness has a conservation value in the same way as clean water, air, and soil. Artificial light alters natural patterns of light and dark within ecosystems and contributes to the deaths of millions of birds each year.
He appealed to everyone to act responsibly by taking measures to dim building lights during the migratory phase for saving lives of migratory birds and contribute significantly to biodiversity. He stated: “Our small efforts can mitigate the threats and build long term sustainable solutions for the safe migration of Migratory Birds”.
Students shared their experiences, recited poems and short stories. Programme has seen the active participation of more than 400 students. Students took pledge to create awareness in family, friends and their community about the cause.
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