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26 December, 2017 01:01:00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 26 December, 2017 12:26:28 PM

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Guest birds abandon noisy lakes at JU

Plabon Tarique, JU
Guest birds abandon noisy lakes at JU

The migratory birds that flock to Jahangirnagar University (JU) in winter have abandoned their traditional roosting areas due to public disturbance in the past few days. JU sources said the lake in front of the administrative building and that besides Jahanara Imam hall were the most popular places to watch migratory birds.

But now, the winged guests have flown to the quieter environs of the lakes adjacent to the swimming pool on the campus and the botanical garden area. This has disappointed avid bird watchers who come to the university to see the feathered guests in winter.

 

“I came here with high hopes to watch the migratory birds. But I have seen very few birds at the two main lakes of the university. Most of the birds have flown away to other areas,” said Md Saiful Islam, a bird watcher from Dhaka. Fahmida Farzana, another bird watcher, complained: “The stretch of road from Kabir Sarani to Chourangi point on the campus is more crowded and noisier than the previous year. Especially, the number of vehicles has increased. I myself was feeling discomfort while walking along this road given the noisy environment.”

A visit by this correspondent bore testimony to the complaint. The haphazard parking of vehicles has addedto  the noisy environment that is inimical to birds.

The scenario is particularly bad during public holidays when the whole campus becomes nosier and crowded.

Experts in the university have also blamed the noisy environment on the campus for the birds seeking new roosting places.

 “Though the birds have fled from the two main waterbodies, they have taken shelter at the lake adjacent to the swimming pool and in the botanical garden area,” Md Kamrul Hasan, an associate professor of the zoology department  told The Independent.

“The Wild Life Rescue Centre (WLRC) of the university is now full to the brim with migratory birds. But owing to public disturbance, the most popular areas for bird watchers are now almost empty of the winged guests this year,” he added.

“The varsity authorities have failed to control vehicles coming to the campus from outside. With the registered graduate election scheduled to be held soon, the noise level on the campus has gone up,” Hasan said.

“Though the university authorities have announced Kabir Sarani to Chourangi point as a sanctuary for migratory birds, no initiatives have been taken to keep the area quiet and peaceful. The authorities should make some rules and regulations to maintain a congenial environment for the birds immediately. To raise awareness, we will organise a bird fair in the first or second week of January,” he added.

JU registrar Abu Bakr Siddiq said: “We are aware of the situation. But as the senate election is near at hand, the campus is more crowded now. We will, however, take immediate steps to ensure that our campus remains a safe sanctuary for migratory birds.”

JU pro vice-chancellor Professor Amir Hussain said: “We have imposed restrictions on vehicles entering the campus to reduce disturbance. Besides, we have also taken some initiatives to ensure a calm and peaceful environment here. But outsiders do not follow the restrictions. We cannot take action against them as most of them are our former students.”

“But we will discuss implementing the restrictions strictly once the registered graduate election gets over,” he added.

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