University of Medan Area has the forest inside the campus area which has an important role for the campus environment. The campus forest serves as the hydro-logical system, maintaining the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide, reducing air pollution and reducing noise. Other than that, the campus forest also provides the vegetation of plants which is useful for the fauna as the habitat, breeding ground and provides food for the animals, Herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles) and birds. Thus, students and lecturers from Faculty of Biology conducted the inventorying of flora and fauna to discover the potential of flora and fauna in the purpose of preserving it.
|Students are conducting research on campus forest vegetation.|
For the flora, the research re-recorded the type and quantity of trees in the campus forest. Then, the existence of fauna that includes birds and Herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles) also been explored to inventorying the fauna.
|Observation of the Herpetofauna and bird species in campus forest area.
The results of several taxa studies were presented in a seminar commemorating the 2016 Biodiversity Day organized by students of the Faculty of Biology. The seminar was held on April 12, 2016 at Campus Convention Hall UMA. The event presented several materials such as Biodiversity and Opportunities in Research by Mugi Mumpuni, S.Si, M.Si, and Inventory of Flora and Fauna at Campus by Rabiah, students of Faculty of Biology. The seminar was attended by students from various universities as well as high school students from various schools in Medan.
|The speaker presents the material at the seminar commemorating the 2016 Biodiversity Day.
Flora and fauna in University Medan Area is very interesting to be investigated. There are many rare organisms and are protected by law. Some rare species that can be found including Kepel Tree (Stelechocarpus burahol), NamNam Tree (Cynometra cauliflora), and Matoa Tree (Pometia pinnata). For bird taxa, there are found as many as 14 species of birds, consisting of 10 families. A total of 11 species belonging to the group of terrestrial birds and 3 species belong to the water bird group, even 4 species of birds encountered are the types that are protected by law. For the Herpetofauna, found 7 species, consisting of 7 families, 6 of which are classified amphibians and 1 type pertained reptiles.