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).
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
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
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.
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.