INTEREST IN, PREVENTION OF AND CONCERN FOR BIRDS AMONG WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT COLLEGE STUDENTS IN NIGERIA
Abstract:Birds have conservation value as significant elements of natural systems because they are responsible for insects and rodent control, plant cross-pollination and seed distribution which result in perceptible paybacks to people. This study contributes to providing insights into the interest in, prevention of and concern for birds among wildlife college students. A multi-stage sampling procedure was used in the selection of 448 respondents. Primary data were obtained on respondents' characteristics and their interest in, prevention of and concern for birds through the use of a structured questionnaire. Descriptive statistics were used for data analysis. The results showed that the mean age and family size of students were 24 years and 5 persons respectively while 62.7% of the respondents were male. The respondents have a piece of very good interest in birds (3.9), seek more prevention of birds (3.1) and have more concern for birds (3.8). Pearson Product Moment Correlation showed that there was a strong positive and significant association between college students’ interest in and their prevention of birds (r = 0.787; p < 0.05), and the concern for birds (r = 0.829; p < 0.05). Similarly, the college students’ prevention of birds and their concern for birds (r = 0.943; p < 0.05). Based on the results of the study, it was suggested that college students should be taught more about birds to improve their interests, increase the promotion of birds and show more concern for birds as this will assist to create a positive perception and help the students understand their roles in the fulfilment of their training as wildlife conservators.