posted on 16/05/2012: 956 views
The young generation is showing increasing interest in falconry as a sport, said Humaid Obaid Al Muhairi, Managing Director of Dubai Falcon Hospital.
"Falconry is an activity that is usually passed down generations. Now, children whose fathers do not practise falconry are actively taking up the sport. I think it's because of the several falconry competitions with attractive prices being organised,” he added.
Muhairi spoke with Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the World Migratory Bird Day Seminar at the Nad Al Sheba Falcon Centre on Monday.
The seminar stressed that falconry is a sport that is deeply rooted in the Arab world. The Dubai Municipality has planned various activities to mark World Migratory Birds' Day and spread awareness regarding bird species, which have high environmental value.
The speakers at the seminar included Mohammed Abdul Rahman Hassan, Head of Marine Development and Wildlife Section of the municipality; Saif Al Shara, Assistant Deputy Minister of Environment and Water for Aquatic Resources and Conservation of Nature; Dr Gamal Madani, Consultant Protected Areas, Ministry of Environment and Water; and Sarah Gough from the Dubai Falcon Hospital. Muhairi also advised falconers to avoid training falcons near cables and fences.
He said, "The biggest challenge that the hospital faces in protecting the birds are treating them for diseases like Bumblefoot and Aspergillosis. Take Bumblefoot, for example. The incidence of the disease is high because owners are not careful with the birds. If it is diagnosed in the early stages, it can be treated.” Sometimes, the hospital has to treat falcons that have met with accidents.
Protecting endangered species
Dr Madani said that a lot more must be done to protect endangered species. He said the biggest concern is the use of pesticides, which have endangered the life of the Peregrine Falcon. Dr Madani listed the various endangered and potentially vulnerable bird species in the UAE, including the Imperial eagle, the Egyptian vulture and the yellow-breasted bunting. An exhibition of photographs of different kinds of local and international birds has opened for the public at the Falcon Centre.
Meanwhile, a special awareness programme for students will be organised in collaboration with Al Ebdaa Model School in Deira on May 16. – Khaleej Times
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