Rising temperatures fail to deter migrating birds from ‘travelling’ – ARAB TIMES


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Thousands of species in the Jahra reserve, islands

KUWAIT CITY, June 25: Despite the significant and noticeable rise in temperatures in the country, nature reserves, whether in Jahra or the islands, have turned into vast colonies of migratory birds of all kinds, depending on what the ornithologists of the Kuwait Environmental Protection Society must say in this regard that has monitored the presence of 7,600 different species of terns on the island, reports the daily Al-Qabas. While society expects the number of terns in Kubbar to reach around 15,000, it is no secret that the flocks of birds will leave Kuwait at the end of its migration season next August in towards the Indian Ocean.

Migratory birds flock to various Kuwaiti islands before heading to other destinations

The company revealed that 11 other bird species have been monitored in the Jahra reserve. The Society said according to records since 1954 that about 391 species of migratory birds have visited Kuwait, while the diversity of migratory birds has been monitored in many areas since last March until this month, from Port areas of Al-Zour, Jahra, Doha, Al-Wafra and Green Island.

Meanwhile, the Public Environment Authority has documented the settlement of large numbers of terns in Kubbar, whose environment is characterized by low sandy shores. The EPA referred to 4 species of “terns” that inhabit the island in the summer (May through August) to breed in large numbers, despite the harsh temperatures that sometimes reach over 50 degrees Celsius, and the lack of fresh water sources. The EPA mentioned that the four types of terns found in Kubbar are: portal, white-cheeked, lesser-crested and great-crested, as they build single nests or in the form of close colonies, preventing the landing of predatory birds.

The EPA added that older terns have been observed guiding their young from the coast of the island to the sea to learn about the surrounding environment and also to receive one of the parents to feed them. The sources indicated that the presence of these types of migratory birds contributes to the ecological balance due to their role in transporting seeds and nutrients from one place to another, traveling thousands of kilometers, forming a link between ecosystems in different parts of the world.

The authority called for the preservation of these species and the environments frequented in the country, including the islands, in order to preserve the environment and its biodiversity, in addition to fulfilling Kuwait’s obligations towards regional and international agreements, such than the Convention on Biological Diversity. and the Convention on the Conservation of Wildlife and Their Natural Habitats in the Gulf Cooperation Council States.


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