MIGRATORY BIRD DAY-2012
Migratory birds are passengers without a visa
across many countries. Therefore research and conservation activities for
migratory birds should run by cooperative initiatives between countries. Of 476
known species of birds in Mongolia, 391 are migratory. This shows that Mongolia
is one of the significant countries for these breeding, migrating, and
summering species of birds.
Many countries around the world have been celebrating
World Migratory Bird Day since 14 May 2006. Each celebrating country organizes
this event in order
to give and
promote the information and data on migratory bird research and
conservation actions to the public.
Since 2011, Mongolia has been celebrating this event.
We celebrated the “World
Migratory Bird Day-2012” on 12-13
May of 2012 under the
birds and people –together through time”.
collaboration with the Ministry of Nature, Environment, and Tourism,
Natural History Museum of Mongolia, East-Asian Australia-Asian Flyway
Partnership, UNEP/CMS Secretariat World
Migratory Bird Day Coordinator, and Steppe Forward, the Mongolian
Ornithological Society and Ornithological Laboratory at the National University
of Mongolia successfully organized the World Migratory Bird Day in Ulaanbaatar,
Mongolia on 11-13 May, 2012.
World Migratory Bird
Day-2012 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar 12 May, 2012
11 May, 2012, members of the Mongolian Ornithological Society gave few lectures
to school children, university’s students, lecturers and others.
from the Society, gave a speech on “Migration and Status of Migratory Birds in
Mongolia” to more than 30 students at the Mongolian State University of
Mr D. Batmunkh’s presentation
at the Mongolian State University of Education.
Ulaanbaatar 11 May, 2012
U.Tuvshin from the Society, gave
lectures about Migratory Birds at 77 Secondary Schools, each with over 100
children, in Ulaanbaatar.
Gombobaatar’s lecture title was “Migratory birds and Migratory Bird Day”. He
gave his lecture for 30 lecturers and students from different provinces of Mongolia
at the National University of Mongolia’s conference hall.
than 60 participants belonging to 20 institutes and organizations were registered
in the event at the conference room of the School of Biology and Biotechnology at the
National University of Mongolia. Each participant received a pack containing a
poster and sticker of World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), post card, calendar of
birds of Mongolia and ‘A Field Guide to Birds of Khurkh-Khuiten River Valley’.
After registration, an opening speech
was given by Dr. B. Lkhagvasuren, National Representative of Science and
Technical Panel of the CMS to all registered participants. D.Batbold,director
of the Department
of Foreign Relations
of the Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism also sent his greetings to
participants from the field.
Dr. B. Lkhagvasuren‘s Opening
the opening speech, Dr. S.Gombobaatar introduced all collaborating and financing
individuals, institutions, and organizations to the participants. The event
was sponsored by the Mongolian Ornithological Society, East-Asian Australia-Asian
Flyway Partnership, World Migratory Bird Day Coordinator at the UNEP/CMS
Secretariat, and Ornithological
Laboratory of the National University of Mongolia. The East-Asian Australia-Asian
Flyway Partnership supported most of the event’s expenses in Mongolia. The Ministry
of Nature, Environment and Tourism, National Council of Convention of Migratory
Species, Natural History Museum,
Steppe Forward, State Agriculture University, and Chingis Khaan Airport
collaborated on this event.
total of three different interesting presentations on migratory birds were
given by members of the Society. The first presentation was titled “World Migratory Bird Day” by D.Usukhjargal, Hustai National Park and a board member of
the Mongolian Ornithological Society. His presentation was an introduction to
WMBD, it’s history and future development.
Mr. D. Usukhjargal’s
speech about World Migratory Bird Day
The second presentation was given by
Mongolian Ornithological Society and head of Ornithological Laboratory of the
National University of Mongolia titled “Migratory
birds of Mongolia”. His talk highlight was Migration patterns of Migratory
Bird Species in Mongolia, Migratory species’ status, and conservation in the
Dr. S. Gombobaatar’s
presentation on Migratory Birds
third presentation, titled “The National Bird for Mongolia” was presented by P.Jargalsaikhan, member
of the Mongolian Ornithological Society and Ornithological Laboratory of the
National University of Mongolia. Preliminary results of the National Bird Vote
which was collected across the country from 2009 to 2012 were introduced to all
the participants. According to the vote, The National Bird elected was the
Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) for
Ms. P. Jargalsaikhan gave
a talk on Mongolian National Bird
the presentations, all participants had a tea and coffee break and had a free
discussion on different issues of migratory birds. Then all participants chose
to discuss one of two options of documentary film “Oriental Honey-buzzard in
Taiwan” and “Life”
by the BBC. The majority of participants chose to watch and discuss the “Life”
Documentary serials. A short translation and explanation of the documentary were
given to all participants by Dr. S. Gombobaatar during the film screening.
Coffee break during the
The Natural History Museum and
Mongolian Ornithological Society opened a photograph exhibition on “Migratory Birds of
Mongolia” and “The National Birdof Mongolia” for the event WMBD-2012,
participants went to the exhibition and enjoyed the migratory bird photographs
taken by members of the Mongolian Ornithological Society.
The participants in the
exhibition hall at Natural History Museum
During lunch, participants headed out of Ulaanbaatar to
the field for some bird watching. It took 30 minutes to get the site. There are
a few fresh water ponds, created by
quarry company near Ulaanbaatar. All
participants were split into 4 groups depending on experience and watched birds
at the pond. A sudden heavy snow storm and strong wind could not stop
participants’ bird watching or the bird identification competition!
The competition of Bird
identification during the event at the pond
From the each group, 1-2
participants took part in the competition. The first stage of the competition
was to identify 5 different species of waterfowl in the pond. Each competitor
had binoculars and telescope donated by Mrs Susan Sloan and Chris Leahy, from
Audubon Society, USA and field guide books supported by the Society. A total of
9 competitors identified five species of waterfowl in the pond and shorebirds
on shores within 5 minutes. Organizing committee’s referees eliminated a total
of four competitors out of 9. Then the five competitors competed against each
other on the identification of all species of migratory birds in the pond.
During the competition of
winners were awarded by the organizing committee.
Azzaya was awarded by the first prize. She received 4 different books and field
note books that were recently published by the Mongolian Ornithological Society
and Ornithological Laboratory of the National University of Mongolia.
B. Bayasgalantselmeg was awarded the second prize. She received 3 different
books and field note books that were recently published by the Mongolian
Ornithological Society and Ornithological Laboratory of the National University
T. Munkhnast was awarded the third prize. He received 2 different books and
field note books that were recently published by the Mongolian Ornithological
Society and Ornithological Laboratory of the National University of Mongolia.
Winners of bird
After the competition, all participants and
organizing committee members had a relaxed talk and open discussion on the future
development of this event in the country.
school children and students will be invited to the event in 2013.
event should be closely collaborated with Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism.
financial support will be needed to extend this event through the country.
and illustration contest will be organized for school children on the theme
“Migratory Birds -Our Friends”.
Migratory Bird Day-2013 and “National Bird Fair and National Bird Watching Day”
will be organized on the same day in 2013.
sun set, all members and participants returned to Ulaanbaatar city.
of the National University of Mongolia.
Ministry of Nature,
Environment, and Tourism
Natural History Museum of
World Migratory Bird Day
Coordinator, UNEP/CMS Secretariat
Chingis Khaan Airport
Laboratory of the National University of Mongolia.
Box 537, Ulaanbaatar 210646A. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Tel: 88620704, 96019963, 95182645.
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