The first Saturday in September has been set aside to consider the ecological importance of vultures that are otherwise mostly dismissed with a shudder. With some species under severe threat of extinction, the International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) aims to educate a reluctant public on the critical role of this creature to the well-being of the environment. The IVAD has grown from being run by the Birds of Prey Programme in South Africa and the Hawk Conservancy Trust in England to an international event. With vultures traditionally being perceived as representing death and decay, conservationists are hopeful that the day will help create awareness and change public attitudes. To mark the celebration for the year 2016, GWS adopted the theme “Stop killing vultures” with a number of campaign activities outlined for the 3rd and 4th of September, 2016 in Accra.
The campaign was aimed at:
Activities to mark the day were interview sessions with “The Enquirer” and The Ghanaian Times” newspapers, PowerPoint presentation and colouring competition with 250 Sunday school children at the “Prince Emmanuel SDA Church, Ring Road” and “St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church, Adenta. In the future, we hope to cover a greater number of audiences.