August 18, 2016

Conservationists to accelerate public awareness on bird preservation

THE MYANMAR Bird and Nature Society plans to accelerate its education programme to spread awareness about the preservation of birds among general public, according to its spokesperson.
This is part of the MBNS’s mission to protect native species of birds from extinction, said the MBNS’s Chairman Dr Thein Aung.
Raising public awareness through photography exhibitions tops the list of his bird conservation programmes, to be implemented during the term of the current government administration, he added.
“Hunting, commercial selling and consumption of birds including quail, snipe and some water birds create scarcity of birds and extinction,” he said. “Actions need to be taken against the bird hunters and sellers.”
According to one survey, Myanmar is the natural habitat of more than 1,000 rare species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and fishes.
In early 2015, conservationists identified over 20 new species of birds including the Black-headed Bunting (Emberizo melanocephala), the White-browed Crake (Porzana cinerea) and the Little Curlew (Numenius menutus), all of which can be found in Myanmar.
Seven species of them were identified as new species for South East Asia, 13 for Myanmar and nine for the region, said bird observers.— Zar Zar


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