Annual Asian waterbird census held
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR participated in the recent conduct of Asian waterbird census through consecutive bird watch at Magat-Maris Dam in Alfonso Lista, Ifugao and at Talaca, Tabuk, Kalinga ON January 12-13 and January 17-18, respectively.
Ecosystems Management Specialist II Linda Claire Pawid said the waterbird census primarily aims to “monitor the existence of various waterbird species especially the endangered ones”.
This year, an estimate of 20,000 egrets were observed in Kalinga while they were about 4,000 egrets; 2,000 ducks and more than 400 herons observed in Ifugao.
The waterbirds which passed the region were mostly from China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Australia.
According to Senior Ecosystems Management Specialist Trinivic Silang, November to February is the season of migratory birds wherein the month of January is the peak.
The results of the census are eyed to serve as basis for waterbird population and the changes in waterbird area distribution.
In the Cordilleras, the DENR-CAR was joined by the local government units of Alfonso Lista and Tabuk; officials from barangay Namnama; Department of Tourism-CAR; Philippine National Police-Alfonso Lista; National Irrigation Authority; National Power Corporation; SN Aboitiz; Kalinga State University; Ifugao State University-Alfonso Lista Campus; Benguet State University; Baguio-Benguet Wildbird Photographers Club; Wildlife Enforcement Officers of Alfonso Lista.
Prior to the bird count and monitoring, the participants had an orientation about the activity. The orientation was conducted not only for the participants to know how the waterbird census is done but for them to have increased awareness and knowledge about waterbird species, wetlands and their importance at the local, national and international level.
The Asian waterbird census is an annual activity conducted across Asia and Australasia wherein government agencies, local government units and organizations dedicated to wildlife visit wetlands in their areas and count waterbirds.
The activity is part of the global waterbird programme called the International Waterbird Census led by Wetlands International.
Apart from the Asian waterbird census, the DENR-CAR also participated in the International Black-faced Spoonbill census on January 1-4. The objective was to monitor sightings of the endangered species. Unfortunately, such was not observed in the region. |GJNF
2017 Asian Waterbird Census Conducted at Alfonso Lista
The 2017 Asian Waterbird Census and the International Black Faced Spoonbill Census (IBSC) was done at Maris and Magat Dams spillways, Namillangan and Sto Domingo, Alfonso Lista, Ifugao on January 13, 2017. The activity was to count, monitor and capture different species of waterbirds dwelling in the reservoirs. It was also to spot and take photo of new specie called the Black Faced Spoonbill that is said to have migrated to the dams as its new habitat.
The Census was participated by the different offices, schools and organizations led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) attended by representatives of the different PENROs and CENROs of DENR-CAR, in coordination with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of A. Lista, Ifugao as the Municipality host, the National Power Corporation (NPC) Isabela, SN Aboitiz, National Irrigators Association (NIA), Ifugao State University (IFSU) and Benguet State University (BSU) represented by some Instructors and students, Wildlife Enforcement Officer (WEO) CENRO A. Lista designated and members of the Wildlife Photographers Association (WPA) Baguio city as lead photo captures of the different kinds of waterbirds.
The participants from the different PENRO and CENRO offices arrived on the 11th day of January 2017 and had an orientation at the CENRO A. Lista, Namillangan A. Lista, Ifugao on January 12, 2017 in the morning regarding the details of the activity and had another orientation in the afternoon of the same date with all the participants from the different Institutions and Organizations at the SB Office, Municipal Hall, A. Lista, Ifugao to further explain the essence and flow of the activity. It was decided that it should consist of Two (2) schedules of counting; the 1st schedule was at 5:00 PM (sunset) of January 12, 2107 right after the orientation and the 2nd was at 6:00 AM (sunrise) on January 13, 2017 with two (2) teams per schedule having two (2) locations, one at Maris and the other one at Magat Dam simultaneously.
The two teams with different locations had spotted, counted and captured various species of birds such as Heron, Egret and the Philippine Duck. Details of the sighting of the Black Faced Spoonbill, other species and the official count of the species mentioned were said to be consolidated and to be published/reported by members of DENR-CAR Biodiversity Division, Baguio City.
After the conduct of the Census, the participants took the opportunity to enjoy some of the amenities of the proposed Eco- Tourism Park of the Municipality of A. Lista, these include sight-seeing, boating and the 1000 steps hiking. They all departed in the afternoon of January 13, 2017. |C. A. Lista, PBalao