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Palawan prepares IEC to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day PDF Print E-mail

By Celeste Anna R. Formoso

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, May 6 (PNA) -- Known as one of the provinces in the Philippines with a sundry of avian treasures, the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) and other environment organizations concerned with their conservation are gearing to celebrate the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) this month.

Melo Ponce de Leon, representative of the information office of the PCSDS, said the celebration will take place on May 10 to May 11 with the help of United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to give importance to the migratory birds’ protection in the province and other parts of the country..

Ponce de Leon said this year’s celebration is further centered at pushing forward the tandem between protecting the world’s migratory avian gems and eco-tourism so the industry can help in the global effort.

Various information, education and communication (IEC) campaigns will be undertaken by the PCSDS to raise the awareness of the people of Palawan on avian protection.

In Palawan, birds are known to dwell during migration season in the Tubattaha Reef Natural Marine Park (TRNMP) in the island town of Cagayancillo and Ursula Island in the mining town of Bataraza, Lake Manguao in the fortress town Taytay, and Barangay Iwahig that has become popular over the years as a wetland for bird.

Palawan has been identified as one of the seven Endemic Bird Areas (EBA) of the Philippines by Birdlife International (BI).

In Puerto Princesa City, the St. Paul Subterranean River National Park, where the underground river is located at Sitio Sabang, Barangay Cabayugan, is one of the five most Important Bird Areas (IBA).

Birders all over the world have been flocking the site for the opportunity of personally appreciating some of the 15 endemic avian species such as the Palawan peacock pheasant (Polyplectron napoleonis), Philippine cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia), Chinese egret (Egretta eulophotes), and Nordmann’s Greenshank (Tringa guttifer).

The Philippines is included in what is called the East-Asian Australasian Flyway (EAAF), one of the migratory flyways of the Asian and Australian continents that include 22 other countries.

The birds migrate from the northern Artic circle to New Zealand to pass the cold season. During this migration, they temporarily stay in the countries they pass to rest and feed.

Ponce de Leon said they usually take shelter in places that have water, or what are called wetlands. This is the reason why wetlands are also important and protected.

Hundreds upon hundreds of birds with over 170 species pass the migration path, and most of them are globally threatened or near-threatened species, she said.

Accordingly, the WMBD “was initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. On the second weekend each May, people around the world take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programs and birdwatching excursions to celebrate WMBD.”

“Migratory birds connect all corners and almost every environment of the world along their migration paths. WMBD is a global event and also hopes to connect the world, and bring together organizations, governments and dedicated people to protect migratory birds for future generations.”

WMBD works as a network to increase public knowledge about migratory birds and their importance and also connects groups of people to share, celebrate with and learn from each other. (PNA)



























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