Nigerian Conservation Foundation commemorated the 2019 Spring Alive Campaign on Thursday, 14th November, 2019 at Alpha Beach and Lekki Conservation Centre.
The goal of Spring Alive Campaign in Africa is to help children, friends, families and teachers to understand the need for international conservation for migratory species. Other objectives include getting these individuals to engage with, and take action for birds and nature. It also encourages the general public to become more involved with nature conservation in their communities.
Earlier on the day, NCF team in company of bird lovers proceeded to Alpha Beach, Lekki for bird watching and beach clean-up exercise. Though no migratory bird was recorded, some resident birds recorded include Speckled Pigeon, Cattle Egret, Northern Grey-headed Sparrow, Swallow, Village Weaver and the Laughing Dove.
Dr. Joseph Onoja, Director Technical Programmes while addressing the bird watchers revealed that birds are indicators of the condition of an environment. He said: “When you observe that birds are suddenly disappearing from an environment or dying, it shows that the air in the environment may have been polluted and not safe for humans.”
Later in the day, the Art and Craft Session held at Lekki Conservation Centre and was facilitated by Mr. Omotoyosi Ogunlende, CEO of 5&10 Kraft Zone. He took the school pupils of Genesis High School, Okun Ajah Community Senior Secondary School, Royal Treasures School and Precious Star School through the crafting of paper and cards to make images of birds.
Mrs. Abidemi Balogun, Head, Environmental Education, who is the Project Lead highlighted the six migratory birds the campaign focuses on as White Stork, Sand Martin, Common Swift, Barn Swallow, Eurasian Bee-Eater and Common Cuckoo. She said, ”Out of the 6 migratory birds the campaign centres on, only 2 could be found in Nigeria, which are Barn Swallow and Common Cuckoo.”
She said further that this year’s theme ”Bird collisions with windows and glass” highlights the dangers faced by the migratory birds in the course of their migration, ”Birds while migrating across cities usually collide with high rise buildings and glass structures. This happens because birds do not know the difference between glass, windows and pathway, thereby crashing into the buildings and causing their death immediately.”
This year’s Spring Alive Campaign was sponsored by HeidelbergCement.