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Light pollution threatens migratory birds in N’East, says NCF

By Njadvara Musa, Damaturu
17 May 2022   |   2:39 am
The Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF) has said that light pollution threatens migratory birds and waterfowl sanctuaries at the Chad Basin National Park in the North East geopolitical region.

Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF)

The Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF) has said that light pollution threatens migratory birds and waterfowl sanctuaries at the Chad Basin National Park in the North East geopolitical region.

Project Officer of NCF, Harry Hanson, stated this, yesterday, at an event to mark the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) in the Hadejia/Nguru wetlands, Yobe State.

He said the WMBD themed ‘Light Pollution: Dim the Light for Birds at Night’ was to conserve and protect the Waterfowls Sanctuary of the Hadejia/Nguru wetlands of Chad Basin park.

According to him, there should be awareness campaigns to highlight the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.

He added that NCF was drawing attention to the increased threats faced by the migratory birds, warning that birds’ threatened ecological habitats require international cooperation to conserve across the globe.

The agreement on the conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Water birds is an inter-governmental treaty dedicated to the conservation of migratory water birds along with the African-Eurasian Flyway, he noted.

The Agreement covers 255 bird species that are dependent on wetlands for their yearly migratory cycle.

Explaining that 80 countries and the European Union (EU) have become a party to the agreement on migratory birds across the globe, Hanson noted that the collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention was on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals.

In his lecture, Apeverga Tersoo of the Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology, Federal University Dutse, said that nocturnal migrating birds were usually attracted to light pollution, which leads to disorientation.

The disorientation makes the birds vulnerable to collisions and other dangers, as they deviate from their flyways, he said, disclosing that about 100 million birds die yearly from colliding with buildings and other man-made structures.

“Research has also shown that not only does light pollution affect migration in birds, it also impacts birds in the breeding and wintering seasons,” he said.

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