The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and some conservationists have called for the eradication of light pollution to conserve migratory birds.
This is contained in a statement signed by the NCF Head of Communications, Mr Oladapo Soneyeby, recently at the end of an event hosted to mark the World Migratory Bird Day in Lagos.
The World Migratory Bird Day is an annual event used to raise awareness of bird migration and the importance of protecting the flyways and habitats utilised by birds during this seasonal experience.
The statement quoted the Director-General of NCF, Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, saying that Nigerians should participate jointly in bird conservation by eradicating light pollution.
Aminu-Kano expressed concern about the challenges the birds were facing, especially migratory birds’ challenges, such as, but not limited to, loss of habitat, persecution, famine and pollution.
He said that this year’s theme: “Light Pollution: Dim the light for birds at night,” was a clarion call to action for all to participate in bird conservation jointly.
According to him, research shows that birds do have accidents flying at night because of illumination from cities.
“When we switch off light bulbs that are not so useful, we help to reduce the chances of the birds having head-on-collision with buildings, trees, and other infrastructures,” Aminu-Kano said.