Saturday, February 11, 2006

Bird fair held at JU

The Daily Star JU Correspondent

Hundreds of bird lovers thronged the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus on February 10 to take part in the daylong bird fair.

With the objective to create awareness among people about birds and their habitat, the university's zoology department and the Institute of Policy Support Unit of the environment and forest ministry jointly organised the fair.

Vice-chancellor Khandaker Mustahidur Rahman inaugurated the programme at the proposed Zahir Raihan auditorium at 8:00am.

Bangladesh Bird Club, Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh, Wildlife Rescue Centre, Nature Study and Conservation Club and Jugantor Swajan Samabesh were the co-organisers of the fair.

Seven teams of students and four of bird experts in a "bird race" event identified 61 species of birds on the campus.

Seven universities and colleges took part in bird identification and watching competitions while a children's drawing competition on birds was held in the corridor of the auditorium. A debate on selected topics on birds was also held.

The organisers rewarded Dr Md Ali Reza Khan, curator of Dubai Zoo, for his remarkable research on birds and Sazzad Hossain Mukul, chairman of Shilmaria Union Parishad, for establishing a bird sanctuary at his own initiative in his area.

The number of the species of birds on the campus rose to 128 from 81, including 30 species of migratory birds, since 1988 due to friendly environment and habitat. About 70 species breed on the campus, says a publication styled "Jolpipi" of the organisers published on the occasion.

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