Moeyungyi Wetland Bird Sanctuary, Bago

  • Location: In Bago Division, about 70 miles north of Yangon
  • Area: 40 sq miles
  • Notified: In 1988
  • Best time to visit: From November to February
  • Attractions: Watching millions of birds as well as observing the livelihood of local populace, fauna and flora of the wetlands

Beside splendid Buddhist architecture, Bago is famous for Moeyungyi Wetlands - home for thousands of both domestic and migrated birds.

Established in 1986 in order to control the flood to the down Stream of Sittaung River, Moeyungyi Wetland Sanctuary has an area of 40 squares miles, lying on the east of the Yangon- Mandalay highway. It is actually a large freshwater lake playing an important role in the life of migratory waterfowls and resident nearby as well as an amazing ecotourism area for tourists to observe the birds and feel closer to nature. Moreover, scientists frequently conduct biological researches and organize wetland and wildlife conservation programs in here.

Every year, millions of migrated birds coming from the northern hemisphere along the East Asia Australasian choose Moeyun Gyi Wetlands as a stopover to rest and find food before flying to south. Travelers can sit on the boat and watching many different kinds of birds, especially in the migration season from November to March. According to research materials, there are 125 species of waterfowls consisting of 70 species of migrants. Travelers will have the opportunity to see the rare birds in Asia such as Sarus Crane, Lesser Whistling Duck, Painted Stork, Asian Golden Weaver, Purple Swamphen, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Baer's Pochard, rare Greater Spotted Eagle, Whiskered Tern, Black-browned Reed Warbler and especially large flocks of Asian Openbill in the blue sky. They congregate most crowded at dawn and sunset.

The marsh flora around the lake is less plentiful, including mostly aquatic grass, water lilies and reeds, sometimes a few trees and shrubs. Besides, tourists can observer the working life of local people around the wetland. There are about 30,000 people living in here by the fishing and growing paddy. The Mother Nature has nurtured them to become the hardworking, lenient and friendly people. Some basic infrastructure was built such as a rest house, an information center, two bird observation towers and a restaurant to sever travelers. The slow but peaceful pace of life in this area may help visitors forget the pressures of busy life every day to admire and experience. It’s really an ideal ecological area for travelling and enjoying wonderful rest moments

Come to Moeyungyi Wetlands, you will feel the breath of nature and discover a unique rustic beauty of Bago. Don’t miss this interesting attraction!

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