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IITA-Ibadan Campus is a hotspot for bird conservation

Biodiversity focus: IITA-Ibadan Campus is a hotspot for bird conservation

By supporting about 270 different species of birds, the 1000-ha IITA Campus in Ibadan remains one of Nigeria’s hotspots for bird conservation. The campus is blessed with different kinds of habitats, including forest, wetland, farmland, and residential areas. “This huge diversity of birds is attributable to the different kinds of habitats found within the campus,”…

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Biodiversity focus: The Straw-colored Fruit Bat (Eidolon helvum)

Biodiversity focus: The Straw-colored Fruit Bat (Eidolon helvum)

The Straw-colored fruit bat (Eidolon helvum) is a rapidly declining mammal and has been classified as Near Threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. Despite being an adaptable species, widespread deforestation and hunting for food and medicinal uses are the main causes of declining populations. Mainly found south of the…

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Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo cristata, as it scans for prey and predator during the IBC meeting.
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IITA Forest Unit hosts the first Ibadan Bird Club Meeting in 2019

The first meeting of the Ibadan Bird Club (IBC) in 2019 was held at IITA Ibadan on 26 January. The event attracted 36 members including three children known as the IBC Juniors and nine beginners. In his opening remarks, IBC Coordinator Adewale Awoyemi welcomed members and introduced them to the basics of bird watching, especially…

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