Muscat: For the first time in the Sultanate, the Environment Society of Oman (ESO) commemorated World Migratory Bird Day 2013 under the global theme ‘Networking for migratory birds’.

The two-day event in Muscat included public lectures, a dedicated photography exhibition and a bird watching tour.

“There are millions of migratory birds which occupy the grounds of Oman and its varied habitats. It is our responsibility as a community to ensure the safety and wellbeing of these precious creatures.” said Waheed Al Fazari, an Omani bird watcher and wildlife biologist, during an evening of lectures at the Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) Eco Centre.

Oman-based wildlife photographer, Jens Eriksen also spoke about migratory birds during the first day event.

The annual worldwide campaign raises awareness on migratory birds and their environments as well as conservation solutions.

“ESO continues to invest in providing training on bird research,” commented Juma Al Araimi, ESO Field Assistant,

“Suitable habitats are vital for migratory birds as they provide the areas necessary for feeding, resting and breeding,” he added.

Al Araimi further said that the theme ‘Networking for migratory birds’ also highlighted the need to cooperate and network amongst organisations and people to conserve migratory birds.

ESO concluded the Oman LNG sponsored event activities with a bird watching tour on day two for visitors and keen bird watchers to Al Ansab Wetland in the heart of Muscat to observe the beautiful mechanics of nature’s pilots. With its abundance of bird life, the Wetland is home to approximately 280 species of seasonal birds. The wetland is also renowned for some Omani plants, butterflies and other flora and fauna.