World Migratory Bird Day 2009 was held on 9th and 10th May under the theme ‘Barriers to Migration”. With 122 registered events in 51 countries worldwide, it was celebrated with a great deal of enthusiasm and dedication to the cause.
Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka organised a two-day Workshop for School children on ‘Wetland conservation and migratory birds’ to celebrate this event. Workshop was held on 11th and 12th May at Kalametiya for the children of two selected schools in the area. A total of 60 students and 10 teachers from Kivula junior school and Deniya Pingama junior School were participated in the workshop.
Series of seminars on wetlands and wetland conservation, bird migration, and wetland ecology was completed. Field visits to Kalametiya sanctuary and Bundala National Park was also conducted during the period. Students got first hand experience on habitat ecology of many vegetation types at the Bundala National Park, Sri Lanka’s first Ramsar site. Participants were also able to visit one of the oldest prehistoric sites in Sri Lanka at Bundala during the workshop.
Education officers Aruna Padmaperuma, Chandralal Kumara and Susantha Sanjeewa of FOGSL conducted the workshop.