Saturday, 26 May 2018

Katara initiative provides drinking water to birds

Source: Katara. Specially designed bird boxes provide drinking water for birds.
Source: Katara. Specially designed bird boxes provide
drinking water for birds.
Katara Cultural Village is offering custom made wooden boxes to the public free to provide drinking water to pigeons and other birds in summer. Current highs reach 39o C.

The initiative coincides with Ramadhan, the month of kindness, where mercy is shown not only to human beings but also to animals and birds.

Qatar, with its parks, gardens and growing green areas is home to a rich variety of birds and also attracts a number of migratory birds every year. Many Qatari households already use traditional methods to give water to birds. Katara aims to popularise this tradition and encourage people to take proper care of the living beings around them.

More than 1,000 wooden boxes have been prepared. The wooden box is open from all sides, allowing birds to enter and perch on the wood to drink. There is a glass container for water, and a plastic hose to collect water from a tap. The hose automatically stops the water flow when the glass container is full.

"By this initiative, Katara aims to revive a Prophetic tradition that encourages believers to show mercy to all creatures. We also want to inculcate the love for nature and the environment in all members of the society, especially the younger generation," said HE Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, GM, Katara Cultural Village.

The Pigeon Tower in Katara is one of its most photographed tourist attractions.

P1000858 The Pigeon Tower at Katara.
The Pigeon Tower at Katara.

The boxes are available at Katara Building 15.