migratory birds

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  • Migratory birds embark on winter trip to northeastern Iran 2020-10-26 18:06

    Migratory birds embark on winter trip to northeastern Iran

    TEHRAN – The first group of migratory birds from Siberia landed in the wetlands of North Khorasan province to spend the winter, the head of the provincial department of environment has stated.

  • Northwestern wetlands hosting myriads of migratory birds 2020-10-11 21:00

    Northwestern wetlands hosting myriads of migratory birds

    TEHRAN – With the onset of the cold season, wetlands in the northwestern province of Ardebil are hosting tens of thousands of migratory birds, Saeed Shahand, head of the provincial department of environment, has said.

  • Pretty in pink: Maharloo Lake lures nature lovers  2020-06-14 11:32

    Pretty in pink: Maharloo Lake lures nature lovers 

    Maharloo Lake with an area of 600 sq. km is situated on the outskirts of Shiraz, southern Iran, and is a perfect stopover for nature lovers. The lake turns pink all for a good reason. The growth of bacteria and particularly seaweeds come to change the color of the water body which is rich in potassium and salts.

  • پرنده 2020-05-11 17:41

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    World Migratory Bird Day: birds connect our world

    TEHRAN – World Migratory Bird Day was celebrated worldwide on May 9, under the theme “Birds Connect Our World”.

  • Discover a paradise of migratory birds in the heart of barrenness! 2020-05-06 17:57

    Photo: Mehdi Bakhshi

    Discover a paradise of migratory birds in the heart of barrenness!

    A photo collection depicts various bird species, both native and migratory ones, remaining and nesting across Howz-e Marreh, a seasonal wetland surrounded by barren plains of Qom province, central Iran, May 5, 2020. Now covering an area of 10,000 ha, thanks to recent downpours, the wetland is nearing another, named Howz-e Soltan Lake.  However, the water levels of the two are continuously fluctuating; in autumn and winter, when there are heavy rainfalls, they seem very sprawling, far different from what it looks during the spring and summer.  Named after a neighboring hill, Howz-e Marreh is a refuge for rare bird species as well. It is also a heaven for birdwatchers, nature lovers, and eco-traveling enthusiasts. 

  • Migratory birds death in Miankaleh wetland 2020-02-07 15:01

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    End of the line for Iran's bird-watching paradise?

    TEHRAN – Miankaleh international wetland has recently witnessed the death of over 13,000 migratory birds. Although veterinary organization announced that the birds have been killed due to the “botulinum toxin”, some environmentalists believe that water pollution and other factors that have not yet been investigated have caused unprecedented bird mortality in the area.

  • Some 6,000 migratory birds die mysteriously in Miankaleh peninsula 2020-01-27 20:18

    Some 6,000 migratory birds die mysteriously in Miankaleh peninsula

    TEHRAN – Some 6,000 bodies of lifeless migratory birds have been found so far around Miankaleh peninsula, located in the extreme south-eastern part of the Caspian Sea, IRNA news agency reported on Monday.

  • Migratory birds wing their way to southern coasts of Iran 2020-01-21 21:28

    Migratory birds wing their way to southern coasts of Iran

    TEHRAN – About 90 species of aquatic birds annually migrate to southern Hormozgan province, which is one of the important wintering grounds for migratory birds.

  • Ashuradeh, Iran’s sole island in the Caspian Sea, is a rich ecological haven for many migratory birds. 2019-12-18 18:52

    Birdwatching can propel tourism growth in Caspian Sea island

    TEHRAN – Ashuradeh, Iran’s sole island in the Caspian Sea, and its surrounding wetlands constitute a rich ecological haven for many migratory birds. However, birdwatching has remained somehow an untapped potential for tourism growth in the coastal region.

  • Hour al-Azim wetland hosting flocks of migratory birds 2019-12-03 18:51

    Hour al-Azim wetland hosting flocks of migratory birds

    TEHRAN – Hour al-Azim wetland is hosting flocks of migratory birds this year again after years of water scarcity and no bird migration.

  • Aq-Gol wetland hosts flocks of migratory birds 2019-11-18 18:41

    Aq-Gol wetland hosts flocks of migratory birds

    TEHRAN – Aq-Gol wetland in west-central province of Hamedan is filled with water due to heavy rainfall and now plays host to flocks of migratory birds once again.

  • First flock of white pelicans landed in Kani Barazan wetland 2019-11-11 18:14

    First flock of white pelicans landed in Kani Barazan wetland

    TEHRAN – The first group of white pelicans, amounting to 150, have flown to the Kani Barazan wetland, located in northwestern province of West Azarbaijan.

  • Migratory birds arrive in Gulf of Gorgan, Ashuradeh Island 2019-11-10 18:28

    Migratory birds arrive in Gulf of Gorgan, Ashuradeh Island

    TEHRAN – The Gulf of Gorgan, the largest Gulf in the Caspian Sea in northern Iran, is hosting flocks of migratory birds once again which have flown long distances to spend the cold season.

  • Migratory birds return to Shadegan wetland 2019-10-30 19:22

    Migratory birds return to Shadegan wetland

    TEHRAN – Shadegan wetland in southwestern province of Khuzestan has come back to life by heavy rainfall and is now hosting flocks of migratory birds, Mehr news agency reported on Wednesday.

  • Gavkhuni wetland comes back to life 2019-10-23 12:10

    Gavkhuni wetland comes back to life

    Migratory birds have returned to Gavkhuni wetland once again as heavy rainfall has revived the long-dried wetland.

  • Last Siberian crane wings its way back to Iran 2019-10-21 17:48

    Last Siberian crane wings its way back to Iran

    TEHRAN – The last remaining western Siberian crane, called ‘Omid’ (meaning Hope in Persian), has returned to Iran once again to spend the winter but one month earlier than the previous years, IRNA news agency reported on Monday.

  • Mighan wetland hosts migratory birds once again 2019-10-15 20:23

    Mighan wetland hosts migratory birds once again

    TEHRAN – Mighan wetland in central province of Markazi has returned back to life due to above normal rainfall and is now home to flocks of migratory birds which come to spend the winter, Mehr reported on Tuesday.

  • Flocks of migratory birds came to winter in northern Iran 2019-09-18 23:48

    Flocks of migratory birds came to winter in northern Iran

    TEHRAN – The first group of migratory birds landed in northern Mazandaran province to spend the winter, director for the provincial department of environment (DOE) has said.

  • Rare Baillon's crake spotted in Gandoman wetland 2019-08-05 17:38

    Rare Baillon's crake spotted in Gandoman wetland

    TEHRAN – Rare bird species of Baillon's crake have been spotted for the first time in Gandoman wetland located in the southwestern province of Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari, said Shahram Ahmadi, the provincial department of environment chief.

  • Locals build bird nests; flocks of storks fly to western Iran 2019-06-02 20:12

    Locals build bird nests; flocks of storks fly to western Iran

    TEHRAN – Locals started to build tens of nests for storks in the western city of Marivan, Kordestan province, which attracted many of the birds to stay during the warm season, IRNA reported.

  • Four bird species being eaten into extinction 2019-05-13 19:12

    ‘Four bird species on the edge of extinction’

    TEHRAN – An ornithology expert, Alireza Hashemi, has warned that four bird species are on the verge of extinction in Iran, driven by the destruction of natural habitats, hunting, and other destructive human actions.

  • Flamingos return back to Gavkhuni wetland after 2 years 2019-05-11 22:35

    Flamingos return to Gavkhuni wetland after 2 years

    TEHRAN – Flamingos landed once again in recently replenished Gavkhuni wetland in central province of Isfahan, after 2 years, the provincial department of environment deputy director has said.

  • World Migratory Bird Day: habitat destruction posing threats to the species 2019-05-10 22:00

    World Migratory Bird Day: habitat destruction posing threats to the species

    TEHRAN — Unsustainable development leading to habitat destruction is one of the major threats to migratory birds, Masoud Hosseini, an official with Iran’s Department of Environment has said.

  • Namak Lake not to generate SDSs this year: official 2019-05-05 20:53

    Namak Lake not to generate SDSs this year: official

    TEHRAN – Namak Lake, located in the central Qom province, will not be a hotspot for sand and dust storms (SDSs) for a year due to the recent rainfall which moisturized the soil, Masoud Baqerzadeh Karimi, the director general of aquatic ecosystems at the Department of Environment has said.

  • 2 rare bird species spotted in southern Iran 2019-04-27 22:48

    2 rare bird species spotted in southern Iran

    TEHRAN – Two rare species of rock bunting and masked booby have been spotted for the first time in Bandar Genaveh, southern Bushehr province, Mohammad Tolideh, chief of Bushehr department of environment has announced.

  • Northwestern Kani Barazan Wetland play host to 30,000 migratory birds 2019-03-16 10:56

    Northwestern Kani Barazan Wetland play host to 30,000 migratory birds

    TEHRAN — Some 30,000 migratory birds have winged their ways to Kani Barazan Wetland, located in northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, Mahabad chief of department of environment has said.

  • Over 8,000 lesser white-fronted geese wintering in northwestern Iran 2019-01-18 23:18

    Over 8,000 lesser white-fronted geese wintering in northwest Iran

    TEHRAN – about 8,000 endangered population of lesser white-fronted geese were are wintering in West Azarbaijan province, northwestern part of the country, head of wildlife monitoring affairs at the provincial department of environment has said.

  • Migratory birds wintering in Iran increased by 26.5% 2018-12-31 10:34

    Migratory birds wintering in Iran increased by 26.5%

    TERHAN – The total population of migratory birds took flight to spend the cold season in the country increased by 26.5 percent last winter compared to a year earlier, head of aquatic animals and wildlife affairs at the Department of Environment (DOE) has said.

  • Migratory birds return to Hour al-Azim wetland 2018-12-27 10:15

    Migratory birds return to Hour al-Azim wetland

    TEHRAN – Hour al-Azim wetland has been suffering water scarcity in recent years, which posed a threat to bird migration, while recent autumnal rainfall led to migratory birds flying over the area again to stay in the cold season.

  • Rainfalls bring back life to Bamdej wetland, southwestern Iran 2018-12-16 21:12

    Rainfalls bring back life to Bamdej wetland, southwestern Iran

    TEHRAN – Bamdej Wetland, located 40 kilometers northwest of Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, has been filled with water after autumn rainfalls, while suffering a significant drop in water level during summer, deputy director of Khuzestan province’s environment department general said.