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Bird migration used to show importance of conservation

  • Syamsul Huda M.Suhari

    The Jakarta Post

Gorontalo   /   Mon, September 26 2016   /  08:50 am

From places as far as Alaska in the US, they fly more than 10,000 kilometers to the southwest to reach Lake Limboto in Gorontalo, northern Sulawesi.

Many others fly to the same destination from places in Europe, Africa and Asia.

The migrating birds stop over at Lake Limboto annually between September and October.

To celebrate the natural phenomenon, local environmentalist group Gorontalo Biodiversity Forum organized an event called the Migratory Bird Festival at the biggest freshwater lake in the province.

Rosyid Azhar, a leader of the forum, said the festival — the first event to celebrate the migratory birds — was aimed at raising public awareness about the importance of maintaining the lake, its ecosystem and wildlife.

He said he and fellow environmentalists had been observing the arrival of migratory birds for the past four years at the lake, ...