A local environmental organization warned that bird observers in Kuwait are inadvertently threatening the safety of migratory birds by releasing updates on their latest observations. The Kuwait Environment Protection Society (KEPS) said in a recent statement that its observation and protection team observed hundreds of birds in Kuwait during the summer. The statement was the latest of periodic updates that KEPS provides throughout birds’ passing season, with details about the kinds of birds and places where they make their stops in Kuwait.
But these sort of updates provide guidelines for bird hunters who are searching for the best locations and times to carry out their illegal practice, the Green Line argued in a statement yesterday. Instead, bird observation teams should release annual documented reports outside the migratory birds’ passing season, the Green Line said. “By rushing reports about observing flocks of birds, their numbers and locations, bird observers play the role of a radar that guides illegal hunters,” the statement reads.
The nongovernmental organization reiterated that the lack of laws which provide proper protection for migratory birds in Kuwait require professional or amatuer photographers to be ‘extra cautious’ when reporting their findings. KEPS had announced Saturday that the list of birds observed in Kuwait from May 1st to August 31st this year increased to 278 different types. The most recent observations include the sooty shearwater, the black tern, the thick-billed lark, the paddyfield warbler and the red knot, KEPS said in a statement.
Plants defy harsh weather
KEPS also announced that several summer plants blossomed during the past few months in Kuwait despite harsh weather conditions that varied between very hot days and others with high humidity. These plants include the chrozophora, the Syrian mesquite, the alhagi, the purslane, the colocynth and the bindii. They all grew in different place around the country despite lack of rainfall, said Moudhi Al-Dousary, Wildlife Protection Committee member at KEPS, in a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).
Source: Kuwait Times