s between humans, causing a pandemic.
Meanwhile in Kenya children, artists, performers and conservationists have gathered to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day. They met on the edge of the Great Rift Valley to try to counter the negative influence which bird flu has had on how people view migratory birds. Kenya's part of the Great Rift Valley - a vast geographical feature that runs from northern Syria to central Mozambique - is a haven for birds like flamingos, pelicans and storks, but is thought to be at risk from bird flu. Millions of birds migrating from Asia to the northern hemisphere stop here to enjoy the freshwater ponds, dams and lakes, all possible conductors for the avian flu virus.
The role of migratory birds versus the trade in bird products in the spread of avian flu has also been the source of much debate, with conservationists contending the disease's spread has not closely followed known bird migrations.The scientists have not yet reached a consensus on the issue.
Because the role of migratory birds is a very obvious, it's often very tempting to say that migratory birds are bringing the disease, says Robert Hepworth, executive secretary of the Convention on Migrating Species, to the Reuters. He said that the actual evidence of migratory birds spreading this disease across continents on a large scale is still unclear.
Meanwhile in India a six-member team of trappers and ornithologists sent by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has finally got the clearance after a long wait to trap birds, for the Forest Department’s permission. This clearance unfortunately has come a little late, as from 13,000 bar-headed geese, which were, there till February there are less than 300. The birds fly away from March-end to early April. Internationally, bar-headed geese are being studied as potential carriers of the virus, since many died in a bird flu outbreak at Qinghai Lake, China, last May.
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