#MigrantWATCH 2016/17 has been officially launched today at University of Colombo. Prof.Sarath Kotagama delivered a lecture on Bird Migration and the kind of birds that migrate to Sri Lanka.
MigrantWATCH was launched on 29th of October 2011 exactly five years ago and its history together with the objectives of the MigrantWATCH too has been explained to the 80+ strong audience. An captivating video on Bird Migration particularly compiled for MigrantWATCH 2016/17 by Jeewa Mendis charmed the audience.
Photos by Rukmal Ratnayake
MigrantWATCH 2016/17 event – a public lecture on ‘Changing Patterns of Bird Migration’ by Prof.Sarath Kotagama is organized on 29th.October at Department of Zoology, University of Colombo. A number of rare migrant birds were recorded in colombo suburbs including Comb Duck, so a field visit to Thalawathugoda wetland too has been organized to observe the visitors who settle in the city on Sunday, 30th of October.
These MigrantWATCH events are free and open for non-members as well, so be free to invite your friends who are interested..!! FOGSL also welcome the kids – the birders of next generation.
Flyer for first field observation under MigrantWATCH 2016/17
#migrantWATCH event on 27th.September: As we reach the peak of this migratory season, the main event of MigrantWATCH 2014/15 was held today at University of Colombo. The lecture on the topic “Migrant Birds of Sri Lanka” was done by Prof.Devaka Weerakoon to an audience of about 100 who attentively listened to the interesting facts on Migrant Birds. On behalf of MigrantWATCH team; Malaka Rodrigo had given an update of MigrantWATCH activities of the season while Prof.Sarath Kogatama opened the floor explaining the importance of observation of Migrant Birds.
A special lecture on “Palaeobiodiversity of Sri Lanka with emphasize on Birds” by Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi has also been organized together with MigrantWATCH event by the Biodiversity Secretariat of Ministry of Environment has organized this special lecture.
28th.September: Field Visit to Thalangama for migrants and other common birds
Birding was conducted on Sunday morning to a large crowd gathered at Thalangama wetland. There were lot of new comers who enjoyed birding.
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has dedicated year 2014 to the value of “Island Biodiversity”. Sri Lanka is already recognised as one of the biodiversity hotspot of the world and being an island (along with India’s Western Ghats) has helped higher concentrations of endemic. Starting the FOGSL lecture series under the theme “Birds of Sri Lanka: Splendor of Island Biodiversity” prof.Devaka Weerakoontalked about why Island biodiversity is important, how Sri Lanka became a Biodiversity Hotspot and need to take action to conserve our threatened biodiversity.