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WBCP 2nd Quarter Report 2007

Membership

Twenty-seven (27) more members joined the club on the 2nd quarter of 2007 for a total of 111 members. Outside of Metro Manila, members are found in Palawan (3), Cavite (7), Camarines Sur (2), Laguna (2), Nueva Ecija (2), La Union (2), Rizal (1), Pampanga (1), Bataan (1), Cebu (4), Negros (1) and Davao(2). Outside the country, members can be found in Singapore (5), US (4), UK (3), Australia (1), Belgium (1), and Denmark (1).

Filipinos remain the majority members but Americans continue to lead over other nationalities with 7 members followed by 4 British members, 3 Singaporean members and 2 Indian members. Other nationalities are represented with one member each: Australian (1), Belgian (1), Dane (1), German (1), Swede (1).

Trips
Guided Trips – 9 trips

The 2nd quarter continued to be busy for the club members as more bird watching trips were conducted for different organizations including the Young Minds Academy scholars of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation in Olango Island (Cebu), the Ecology class for Science teachers from Region IV-B (Mimaropa) on a summer course at the De La Salle University at the Manila Film Center (Pasay), the Bio Camp for kids of personnel from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources at the Ninoy Aquino Park (Quezon City) and students of San Isidro Elementary School at the Malaybalay City Watershed (Bukidnon).

The club continued to conduct guided trips for the general public, including the highly successful birdwatching for kids at the American War Memorial (Taguig) and a guided trip at the University of the Philippines campus (Quezon City).

Members joined visiting birdwatchers from the Nature Society of Singapore led by Lim Kim Seng, Doreen Ang, and Jimmy Chew, as well as Swiss birding couple Marie-Jo and Claude Rabille at Mt. Makiling (Laguna) and at Mt. Palay-Palay (Cavite).

Club Trips – 13 trips

Club members visited nearby wetlands in the Coastal Lagoon (Paranaque) and Tanza (Navotas), familiar sites in Tagaytay Highlands (Cavite) and Mt Palay-Palay (Cavite) as well as to new sites such as the bee-eater colony in Tadlak Lake (Laguna). Other sites visited are the South Road Properties (SRP) and the Mt. Pungol Mananga Watershed, both in Cebu City.

Club members also actively participated in raptor migration monitoring with 3 trips to the Pag-Asa Station in Tanay (Rizal).

Club in the News

Alice Villa-Real was invited as guest by Mila Alora on the radio program, Mornings with M aired on DwBr 104.3 FM on May 12.

Japanese cable news channel NHK TV feature on the Philippine Duck included WBCP’s 2nd Philippine Bird Festival and birdwatching in Candaba was telecast on News Today Asia on May 30 and on News Today 30 Minutes on June 13.

News reporter Margaux Ortiz interviewed Alice Villa-Real and Mike Lu for the article “Watch, Not Catch Wild Birds in the City” that came out on the May 31 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

As part of Unicef’s information campaign on the avian-flu, writer Marifi Jara-Villegas interviewed WBCP founder Ned Liuag for the article “Be Bird-flu safe as you enjoy Birdwatching” on the June 1-2 issue of the Business World.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer came out with a full-page article, “Birdwatching in the City” by Elvira Mata on June 3. Based on an interview with Mike Lu and Anna Gonzales, the article featured urban bird watching sites in Metro Manila, photos from Alex Loinaz, Delia Unson, Ivor Lee, Edsel Ramos and the bird stickers of Jonathan Villasper.

More Activities

Earth Day
WBCP members Mike Lu and Anna Gonzales celebrated Earth Day as guests of the Malaybalay City Government on April 20, 2007. They conducted a mini-bird festival for Grade 5 & 6 students of the San Isidro Elementary School at the Kaamulan Open Theater with lectures on birds of the Philippines, a coloring session and guided birdwatching at the city watershed.

On April 22, WBCP actively participated in Earth Day celebrations at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) with coloring sessions, photo exhibit and as part of the outdoor art installation during the closing ceremonies.

As part of the celebrations, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed an Executive Order declaring the Coastal Lagoons as the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area. WBCP members Arne Jensen, Jon Villasper and Ipat Luna provided significant input to the framework plan submitted by the Protected Area and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) to Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Angelo Reyes.

International Day of Biodiversity
The Club participated in the week-long celebration of the International Day of Biodiversity with a week-long photo exhibit of wetland birds at the Visitor’s Center of the Ninoy Aquino Park and tarpaulin display exhibits at the SM City, both in Quezon City. At the closing ceremonies at the Mall of Asia on May 26, WBCP assisted in the ceremonial release of a pair of Rufous Night-herons which were later brought to the Coastal Lagoons in Paranaque City.

Pista y ang Kagueban (Feast of the Forest)
Alice Villa-Real and Chary Dino were invited by the Puerto Princesa City Mayor’s Office to take part in the annual Pista y ang Kagueban (Feast of the Forest) celebrations on June 23. Alice Villa-Real gave a talk on birds and birdwatching during the opening ceremonies held at the Irawan watershed.