enlightened PRESS RELEASE - English  French  Spanish (published on 7 May 2020)

"In the EYE of a BIRD"... and when the skies fall silent? Stop the illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds!

Awareness campaign on the Importance of Migratory Birds and a campaign to halt the illegal killing, taking and trade in Migratory birds.

A radio Talk-show aired  one of the foremost media outlet in the state highlighting the importance of conserving migratory birds and the need to halt the illegal killing, taking and trade in migratory birds.A one day field excursion organized for high school students at wetlands (Tinapa) in Calabar, Cross River .The proposed event will commence on 9 May and end 10 May 2016.  A radio talk show will aim at raising awareness about the importance of migratory birds, the threat they face along their flyways, the illegal killing, taking and trading of migratory birds and the destruction of the wetland’s the utilize. We believe that we will reach about 10,000 people or more in this way. The celebration will be wraped up with a field excursion on 10 May, 2016, with a visit to Tinapa: an artificial wetland that is adjoined to the Calabar River, a stretch of the Cross River estuaries. This site serves as wintering ground and stop overs for some species of migratory birds. It harbours species like the White-faced Whistling ducks, herons and Egret. Student will be put through basic bird identification skills and assist in the identification of some of the migratory birds with the aid of pictures, field guide and binoculars. After students are taught about birds they will take a walk along the birding lane. They will make notes and sketches, pick up clues and solve puzzles all related to the birds they see.

Silhouette, plumage and other field marks will be used as well as habitats in identifying these birds.

 Students will be enlightened on the importance of migratory birds and what they can do to prevent or stop the illegal killing, taking and trade in migratory birds. Student will be taught how to compile a checklist of migratory bird and make a booklet for sale in their school shops as part of promotional materials for awareness.

A final report covering all activities of the celebration will be compiled and submitted to donors and other major stakeholders.

8 miles 122
Cross-River state Calabar 4° 50' 26.07" N, 8° 13' 3.9828" E
Start date: 
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 07:00
End date: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 09:00