Moeyun Gyi Wetlands
Moeyun Gyi wetlands are situated in Bago Division, about
70 miles north of Yangon, by the Yangon – Mandalay highway. It is just two –
hour drive from Yangon. In 1878 a water storage reservoir was constructed in
Moeyungyi area. Many year later, the reservoir changed naturally into
wetland with the extend of 40 square miles which have high wetland
conservation value. As a result, the wetlands have been notified as a
wildlife sanctuary since 1988.
Every year, millions of birds usually fly from the
northern hemisphere to the south along the East Asian- Australlian Flyway to
escape from winter. They stop to rest and feed in Asia. So the flyway
contains a network of wetlands and Moeyungyi is one of the them.
Moeyungyi is a vital shelter for both reaident nd
migratory waterfowls. A census at Moeyungyi revelaed that there are 125
species of waterbirds including 70 species of migrants. Little Grebe,Grey
Heron, Sarus Crane, Asian Open- Bill, Ruddy Shelduck, Purple Swamphen, Spot
– Billed pelican, Pheasant Tailed Jacana, Black Winged Stilt, Great
Cormorant, etc., can be seen abundantly.
The best season to visit is from November to March . In
addition to bird watching , you can observe the livelihood of local
populace, fauna and flora of the wetlands.