On the occasion of World Migratory Bird Day, Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON) and Environment Conservation Group are organising a birding trip here on May 11.

According to a press note, the birding trip would be followed by a series of lectures by experts on birds and wetlands. The birding walk would start at 7 a.m. at SACON campus in Anaikatti. For registration and further information, contact Saleem, 97878 78910.

Coimbatore attracts nearly half of the total 150 species of migratory birds that visit Tamil Nadu every year. However, they face a grave threat from water pollution and poaching and were fast disappearing. The habitats have to be protected to stop some species from becoming extinct.

Initiated in 2006, the WMBD is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats.

On the second weekend each May, people around the world organise public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and bird watching excursions in a campaign managed by two international wildlife treaties administered by the United Nations Environment Programme.