World Migratory Bird Day 2021 Oct Event – Nature Conservation Society Myanmar


Event Title:

World Migratory Bird Day event at Nanthar Island and Mayyu Estuary

Event Date: 8th – 10th October 2021

Event Sites: Nanthar Island and Mayyu Estuary, Myanmar


 Nature Conservation Society-Myanmar (NCS)


 Expected about 5000 local community members who living nearby Ramsar Site.


Summary:Poster about Spoon-billed Sandpiper ©️ NCS

The Forest Department of Rakhine State, Nature Conservation Society-Myanmar (NCS) and local partner Rakhine Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association (RBANCA) celebrated WMBD together at Nanthar Island and Mayyu Estuary Ramsar site in Myanmar. The site was designated as Flyway Network Site in 2018 and Ramsar Site in 2020. The site is supporting 5% global population of critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper and other threatened shorebirds as well as sea turtles.


On 8th -9th October 2021, RBANCA team members and local forest department staff are installed four signboards (Height 3 ‘ x Length 6’) about Spoon-billed Sandpiper and other globally threatened species which are fully protection under the Conservation of Biodiversity and Protected Areas Law (2018) Myanmar. One signboard was installed at the Island and another three signboards at Angu Maw, Man Kyi Chaung and Kone Dan villages nearby Ramsar Site). On the event days, the team members distributed (Height 3’ x Length 2’) Spoon-billed Sandpiper information leaflets to villagers and tagged the posters at the grocery shops, markets and tea shops where many people visit. Moreover, the team handover five manual disinfected spray pumps for protection of the COVID-19 virus disease in the villages. When distributing the posters to villagers, the team members explained about the World Migratory Bird Day event and why it is important to conserve migratory waterbirds.


©️ NCS-Myanmar


Table 1. WMBD_Count_Nanthar Island (10_10_2021)

Species Scientific name IUCN Status Numbers
Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger LC 5
Lesser Adjutant Stork Leptoptilos javanicus VU 5
Lesser Whistling Duck Denrocygna javanica LC 8
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea LC 1
Great Egret Casmerodus Albus/Ardea alba LC 7
Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedius LC 9
Little Egret Egretta garzetta LC 63
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis LC 15
Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii LC 2
Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus NT 12
Small Pratincole Glareola lactea LC 18
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola LC 15
Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva LC 5
Greater Sandplover Charadrius leschenaultii LC 35
Lesser Sandplover Charadrius mongolus LC 48
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC 83
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata NT 47
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus LC 31
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia LC 11
Common Sandpiper Tringa (Actitis) hypoleucos LC 3
Common Redshank Tringa tetanus LC 22
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea LC 6
Red-necked/Little Stint Calidris ruficollis/minutus LC 64
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres LC 4
Brown-headed Gull Larus brunnicephalus LC 7
Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica LC 9
Little Tern Sterna albifrons LC 14
Greater Crested Tern Sterna bergii LC 43
Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis LC 51
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia LC 1
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida LC 17
White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus LC 7
Total count 668


Local community are aware of the World Migratory Bird Day event, this is the first time to hold the WMBD event at Nanthar Island and Mayyu Estuary. Moreover, local new media published the news about the WMBD and Nanthar Island includes globally threatened species information.

 Check the event photos [here]

Prepared by Nature Conservation Society-Myanmar

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