The FUD Conservation Society, which is domicile in the Department of Biological Sciences, was officially founded on 6 March, 2018. The increasing need to safeguard the natural environment, biodiversity and humans necessitated the formation of the Society. The Society provides a platform for nature and biodiversity enthusiasts to work together for the protection and sustainable management of plant and animal species. The Society regularly organizes various conservation activities ranging from public awareness events on biodiversity conservation; monthly birding expeditions; as well as engaging its members and the public on conservation activities such as tree planting, minimize deforestation, and sustainable use of biodiversity resources.
On 30 November, 2019, the Society in collaboration with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and Total Nigeria Limited marked the 2019 Climate Action Week with the theme “Promoting Nature Based Investment for Climate Resilience in Nigeria”. The event commenced with six-kilometre nature walk and community awareness campaign. This was followed by a lecture on Global Warming and Climate Change and tree planting activities. The event received more than one hundred (100) participants from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions within Dutse metropolis.
The Society organized a one-week Intensive Field Course on Ecology and Conservation to help expose students to current techniques and concepts and consequently improve their general understanding of ecology and conservation. The training also aimed at providing them with fundamental skills and capacity for independent learning and research.
Furthermore, the Society awarded a scholarship to train ten (10) students of the department on the above-mentioned matters between 20 – 27 November, 2019. Nine instructors drawn from the Departments of Biological Sciences; Environmental Management; and the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), provided training on various aspects of biodiversity conservation, ranging from ecology, population ecology and methods in ecological applications, to current issues in biodiversity conservation, wetlands ecology, insects and plant ecology and conservation, as well as bird ecology and conservation.
The course was delivered through very rigorous field activities, series of lectures, documentaries and practical activities. The students took home wonderful experiences concerning biodiversity conservation and they have now been equipped and set to become ambassadors for biodiversity conservation in Nigeria and beyond. The Society spent Eighty-Eight Thousand and Six Hundred Naira (N88, 600) on the training.
Pictorial scenes of the Intensive field course on Ecology and Conservation
After the training, the Society received the following comments from the trainees:
Hi all, our ecology and conservation field course has successfully ended, the training was really an educative one…To all our facilitators, we really appreciate you, May God increase you all in wisdom, good health, long life and prosperity and wishing more money to your accounts…we really appreciate you all.
To all our facilitators, thanking you is just a small word against what you have done for us. You are great and really, people like you are too few. I appreciate your time and work!
A great full heart to our facilitators, for the knowledge you have deposited in us. We will forever be grateful, and to my fellow trainees, thanks for the love you showed me and we should become ambassadors of biodiversity conservation.
Three radio programs (of two hours each) on biodiversity conservation and sensitization were held by the Society on World Biodiversity Day (22 May, 2019), World Snake Day (18 July, 2019), and World Migratory Bird Day (29 October, 2019).
During the programs, some comments received by the Society from the public during phone calls are:
The establishment of this Society, particularly in Jigawa State and especially here in Dutse is indeed innovative and rare among other Nigerian Universities. We really need something like this for the fact that our biodiversity is in danger
This is a very welcome development for Dutse people and Jigawa State at large, and this are among the benefits of the University been here in Dutse.
The Society rehabilitated the department of Biological Science Botanic Garden, with the aim to increase the physical contact of individuals with nature, so that people can appreciate the aesthetic value that nature offers to us. The rehabilitation activity includes; planting of exotic and indigenous trees, ornamental flowers, and provision of thatch roofing and cement seat for two huts, clearance as well as landscaping.
Plate 1: Procured flowers
Plate 2: Landscaping
Plate 3: Cement seat in one of the hut and clearance of the garden premise
Plate 4: Planting and final touches on the landscaping
Support/donations to Nigeria Tropical Biology Association (NTBA) Conference and Biological Sciences Students Association (BIOSSAN)
The Society provided an active support and donated funds towards the successful hosting of the Nigeria Tropical Biology Association Conference (NTBA) that took place between 7 – 11 April, 2019 at the University. Additionally, the Society supported Biological Sciences Students Association (BIOSSAN) with funds during their conservation week.