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Lack of proper habitant adversely affects migrating birds

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KATHMANDU, Nepal-Due to the lack of proper habitant, the numbers of migrating birds has adversely been facing hard times in Nepal. The last decade witnessed a sudden fall in the numbers of such migrating birds, bird expert, Ham Shankar Baral informed. On the occasion of World Bird Migratory Day, various bird experts showed their deep concern over the extinct of birds in Nepali sky. Nepal is observing the day at the initiation of Birds Conservation Association by holding various programme on Saturday and Sunday.

On the occasion, the bird experts stressed the need to expand the habitant of the migratory birds. They expressed worry that some birds migrating from one continent to another continent have no longer in exiestence and various factors are contributing for the vanishing of those birds enlisted in endangered list.

Heightened human population, urbanization, climate change, industrialization and inferno are the major factors behind the birds’ extinct, according to the report published by UNEP on the occasion of World Bird Day that is being observed with the theme ‘The network for the migratory birds’.

Similarly, since the birds could not get a breath during the course of their long journey, some birds have forgotten their original route, experts warned. ‘Nine percent birds are enlisted in endangered list due to the lack of habitant,’ the report said.

The report also stressed the need of biological network to conserve the migratory birds.

The annual migration of an estimated 50 billion birds—  around 19 per cent of the world’s 10,000 bird species—is one of the world’s great natural wonders, yet the critical staging areas migratory birds need to complete these journeys are being degraded or are disappearing completely.

Celebrated in over 65 countries on 11-12 May, World Migratory Bird Day 2013 has highlighted the importance of ecological networks for the survival of migratory birds, the important human networks dedicated to their conservation, the threats migratory birds facing , and the need for more international cooperation to conserve them.

“I fully support the global campaign to raise awareness about the threats to migratory birds from habitat destruction, overexploitation, pollution and climate change,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement.

Many migrating birds—such as Cranes, Storks, Shorebirds and Eagles—travel thousands of kilometers across flyways that span countries, continents and even the entire globe. Yet pressures resulting from a growing human population, rapid urbanization, pollution, climate change and unsustainable use of natural areas are causing the loss, fragmentation and degradation of natural habitats along the birds’ migration routes and threatening their survival.

Launched in Kenya in 2006, World Migratory Bird Day is organized by the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the African-Eurasian Migratory Water bird Agreement (AEWA)—two intergovernmental wildlife treaties administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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