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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

NCF conducts annual water bird census

The Nigerian Conservation Foundationhas conducted an annual water bird census at Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands in Yobe and Jigawa States, reports NaijaAgroNet.

This,NaijaAgroNet gathered was done as part of its commitment and dedication to the conservation and management of Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) within and outside protected areas reports.

Disclosing this at a capacity building workshop on effective monitoring of IBAs in Cross Rivers State, facilitated by NCF’s Ruth Akagu and Professor Augustine Ezealor, they said the purpose of the Water Bird Census which took place in six communities; Baturia, Nguru Lake, Dagona, Gsahua (new site), Katagum and Marma Chanel, was to ascertain the population of water birds.

The workshop focused on IBAs in unprotected areas and participants acquired skills in basic field techniques on bird sampling and identification, effective utilisation of the IBA form and METT framework and learned about the processes involved in establishing SSGs.

The training was funded by the RSPB (Birdlife in the UK) and facilitated by NCF with support from A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute and National Park Service.

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