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Concern over migratory birds leaving RU campus

Jahidul Islam, RU
Concern over migratory birds leaving RU campus

During the last two years, many migratory birds have been coming to the Rajshahi University (RU) campus. In early October, about 200 such birds came to the campus in search of a safe habitat and food.

But of late, it has been seen that many of them are leaving the campus with the rise in mercury levels.  

Researchers estimate that five species of migratory birds have landed on the water bodies inside the university campus.  The birds have come from Siberia, Xinxiang and the Himalayan region. Though the campus has 30 small and large water bodies, only two draw such winged guests.

The migratory birds along with local birds include ‘sorali’, ‘jolkori’, bittern, kingfisher and teal. Samiya Rahman Mithon, an RU student, said, “When I see roaming migratory birds, it is a treat for the eyes. But nowadays, poachers are catching and selling migratory birds under the nose of law enforcers. There must be proper enforcement of environmental and wildlife laws to check the menace.”

“Preservation of water bodies and lakes should be the prime concern at this moment if we have to increase the number of migratory birds in the country. Besides, the tourism sector will also get a big boost,” observed Mithon.

Assistant professor of the Philosophy department, Md Anisuzzaman, said, “I visited the water bodies and saw many migratory birds. But due to disturbances, many of the winged guests have flown away.

The university authorities have taken no initiative to keep the area quiet and peaceful.” But Prof. Aminuzzaman Md Saleh Reza, president of RU Bird Club, said, “With the rise in temperature, the birds are leaving the campus. They will come again next October.”

Md Saleh Reza, a professor of the Zoology department, said, “I am involved in bird research in the Rajshahi region for the last 10 years. I have seen many birds coming. But nowadays, their numbers are dwindling because of a lack of proper care and food.”

He added, “Birds usually feed on leaves, insects, small fish, frogs, shells and aquatic worms. That’s why many migratory birds haven’t left the campus till now though winter is long gone.

The authorities should make some rules and regulations to maintain a congenial environment for the birds.”

University proctor Prof. Dr Luthfor Rahman, said, “Migratory birds coming to our campus is good news for us.

We will build a bird sanctuary that will inspire bird lovers to visit our campus.”

 

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