One of the more than 180+ bird species found only in the Philippines
The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) is sponsoring the 2nd
Philippine Bird Festival themed "Endemik: Dito lang sa Pinas"
to focus attention on conserving endemic bird species of the Philippines,
the bird watching hobby and responsible appreciation of nature.
The Philippine Bird Festival, the only
one of its kind in the country, will be held on September 22 and
23 at the Crossroad 77 Convenarium, Mother Ignacia Avenue corner
Scout Reyes Street in Quezon City. The Bird Festival will feature
exhibits by the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines and 14 participating
conservation groups and social development foundations, screenings
of the award winning entries of the 2006 Moonrise Film Festival,
free public lectures on bird watching and nature conservation, merchandise
and an arts activity center for the young and the young at heart.
WBCP members and Bird Festival Committee
chair Alice Villa-Real said the project hopes to raise the bar of
awareness about the unique bird life of the islands, promote public
interest in conservation and encourage the creation of more urban
parks and green spaces.
Villa-Real said there are more than
570 species of birds in thePhilippines, no fewer than 180 species
are found only in the archipelago. "The endemic birds include
the Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker and the White-Eared Brown Dove which
are present in a number of parks and wooded areas in the core of
Metro Manila, " she added.
Similar events take place throughout
the world each year, attracting large numbers of birdwatchers, scientists
and nature enthusiasts. In Asia, some of the well-known bird watching
events are Malaysia's Fraser's Hill International Bird Race and
the Singapore Bird Race and the annual Taipei International Birdwatching
Fair in Taiwan.
The idea for a Philippine Bird Festival
was conceived by local birdwatching hobbyists in 2005 and has received
support and encouragement from conservation organizations and the
business sector since.
This year's participating exhibitors
include: Conservation International, WWF-Philippines, Philippine
Eagle Foundation, Katala Foundation, Haribon Foundation, Isla Biodiversity
Conservation, Polillo Island Biodiversity Conservation, the Center
for Environmental Awareness and Education (CEAE), the Children's
Environmental Awareness and Action Foundation (CEAAF), the Department
of Environment and Natural Resources-NCR, the Protected Areas &
Wildlife Bureau, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the
Philippine Butterfly Habitat Conservation, Happy Earth, Inc. and
the Figaro Foundation.
Alice Villa-Real - 0917-5397861
Michael Lu - 0926-6902972