World Migratory Bird Day, 2017, Diawling, Mauritania

Category: Africa, Regions, World Migratory Bird Day

Last updated: January 28th, 2019

On Friday the 12th May 2017, Diawling National Park celebrated World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) with schools from Ziré Sbeikhat and Ziré Taghrédient, both located on the edge of the park. The day was celebrated by organisation of field trips for the students, to discover and explore the wetlands close by. It was also an opportunity for the students to take part in bird watching sessions, and identify migratory birds which stopover or stay in the natural spaces of the Diawling Park.
During the field trip, the students learnt about the protection of different migratory bird species and about the migratory routes that they use. This led to discussions about the importance of habitat protection for important species, as well for biodiversity in general.

Girls walk down the steps of a hide
Field trip to watch migratory birds

Field trip to watch migratory birds
This World Migratory Bird Day was also marked by sketches of the birds, poems and proverbs created by the children, around the themes linked to bird conservation. This included awareness-raising on the ban on hunting of birds and the taking of eggs from birds’ nests.

Awareness raising of hunting
The day was hosted by the Director of the Park, by the conservationist, the representative of the Gret in Mauritania, the MAVA representative, Director of Protected Areas and Shoreline, as well as the head of the region of N’Diago, the executive director of the NGO Nature Mauritania, the Gret project director, the Training Inspector of Keur Macéne and in the presence of parents and students.
To find out more, please contact (in French) M. Pape Adama Diop, Head of Communication and Ecotourism of the Diawling National Park.

A person stands under canvas, holding a mock-rifle, while an audience watches
Awareness raising of hunting
Two children hold upa  hge sheet illustrating different birds, as they stand under canvas