News ACNR involves Rwandan children in migratory birds’ conservation

Within this campaign, the emphasis is made on the highlight of the arrival of spring and all citizens, specifically children and families are encouraged to observe and record the arrival of 5 migratory bird species each year. Some of the birds to record are White Stork, Barn Swallow, Common Swift, Common Cuckoo and Eurasian Bee-eater.

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Source Rwanda for You
Release date 23/12/2015
Contributor Prudence Ndabasanze
Geographical coverage Rwanda
Keywords Migratory birds, spring alive,

Commonly birds migrate searching for favorable climate conditions, favorable nesting area or searching for food resources. They usually come in Africa in the beginning of September until December and leave African countries from 1st June 21.

The Association pour la Conservation de la Nature au Rwanda (ACNR) which is implementing Spring Alive in Rwanda encourages children to raise their voices so that birds and environment are conserved for their better future. Some researches revealed that some bird species are disappearing while others are decreasing and the young generation has no idea about the existence of these species.

Spring Alive concept notes indicate that “children today are less likely to have heard the call of the Common Cuckoo than their parents, and much less likely than their grandparents.” The project also reminds the whole world to play a significant role in protection of the birds since they are in trouble.

Most farmers spray their crops with chemicals that kill insects and “weeds” some missed their normal food, decrease of trees where they can nest; towns are growing bigger, leaving small space for birds to feed and rest, 500 million birds are killed by shooting or trapping as they migrate each year while some of them are from species which grow rare and so many other hindrances.

Spring Alive is an international project to encourage children’s interest in nature and the conservation of migratory birds and to get them to take action for birds and other wildlife. It began in 2006 as a European project and was soon spread to Central Asia while it was extended to Africa in 2010.

Spring Alive is funded by the Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa (MCFEA). In Rwanda, ACNR facilitate children less than 16 years to participate in Bird watching, Establishment of school garden, Photo and Drawing competition and so many other programs designed to encourage children take action in birds and other wildlife conservation.

By implementing Spring Alive project, ACNR organized a Bird watching activity in Akagera National Park located in Eastern Province of Rwanda. This bird watching tour is for students and teachers to explore the beauty and importance of biodiversity putting much attention on migratory bird species. For the first time, a total of 32 including 20 students from different schools namely Kimihurura Primary School and College Amis des Enfants from Kigali together with Rwamagana Lutheran School and Center for Champions located in Rwamagana from District were taken in Akagera for bird watching.

Editor: Chania

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