Ibadan Bird Club Meeting 30 June 2018

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The Ibadan Bird Club (IBC) continues to grow from strength to strength. Our last meeting on Saturday 30 June 2018 was the 28th since the club was re-launched in February 2016, and the 2nd to be held outside the campus of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria. The meeting, which attracted 49 members (29 males and 20 …

World Environment Day

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The 2018 event, tagged “Beat Plastic Pollution” was celebrated at two SCCs: Olive Branches School, Osogbo and St. Anthony’s High School, Ikoyi, both in Osun State. Ademola Ajayi, who is the Forest Center Environmental Educator, gave a brief presentation on the adverse effects of plastic pollution on biodiversity. He encouraged students to refuse plastics if they could not reuse it. …

Ibadan Bird Club meets at the University of Ibadan

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The Ibadan Bird Club (IBC) is a citizen science initiative, which is coordinated by the Forest Center as an activity of the AG Leventis-funded bird monitoring project. The club attracts members of the general public with varying levels of interests and ages. Members share ideas about biodiversity conservation but birds are the focal species. Members are trained in bird identification …

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation strengthens relationships with the Forest Center

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The Forest Center and Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) have long-standing relationships, including a Memorandum of Understanding, which strengthens conservation initiatives. The IITA-Ibadan campus is a haven for birds, and holds about 350-ha secondary rainforest, which has been designated by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA), as it supports 67 bird species that are restricted to the Guinea-Congo Forest …

Tree Heritage Park and Forest School

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  The Tree Heritage Park (THP), located within the IITAIbadan Campus, is an ambient nature park, which holds collections of threatened native trees. Since opening in November 2017, the park has hosted various school and family groups. The first Forest School in Nigeria was installed in the THP, to raise awareness about environmental conservation among school children. The school is …

FEATURED BIODIVERSITY

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Tree pangolin (Manis tricuspis) Pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters, are reclusive nocturnal mammals that roll up into a ball when threatened. They are rarely seen in the wild, and are very hard to raise in captivity. Rescued Tree pangolin before release into the IITA Forest Reserve 2016. Photo: D. Bown. Facts about pangolins There are 8 species in the …

World Migratory Bird Day

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On 18 May, members of the Forest Center School Conservation Clubs (SCCs) celebrated the 2018 World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) at the Tree Heritage Park, a “Noah’s Ark” within the campus of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, where threatened native trees are conserved. WMBD is an annual event, which aims to create global awareness about the protection …