| Student Digest - July
by Earlie Pasion
Birds have always delighted most people.
Birds come in different sizes and colors. More than they capture
people's attention through their songs. Because of these reasons,
more and more people are becoming fond of bird watching or birding.
Bird watching is an activity of observing
wild birds in their natural habitat. It is not just identifying
the birds' names but also about their songs, behavior and how they
relate to the rest of the nature.
Birding in Mount Makiling
In the Philippines, the Wild Bird Club
of the Philippines was established to promote bird watching as a
hobby and a responsible enjoyment of nature. Haribon, on the other
hand, a foundation for the conservation of natural resources, started
as a bird watching society. Haribon regarded the Philippine Eagle
to symbolize the environmental state of the country.
The movement of birds from place to
place and bird populations reflect the health of the environment.
Some birds are indicator species and they also forecast environmental
conditions. A bird watcher once said that the knowledge of birds
can help us plan better, more sustainable relationship with nature.
For more information on Philippine Birdwatching, visit www.birdwatch.ph
Popular Sites for Bird Watching
1. Candaba Swamp, Pampanga
2. St Paul's National Park, Palawan
3. Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
4. Mangrove Trail, SBMA
5. Mt Apo, Davao
7. Mt Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna
8. Northern Sierra Madre Nature Park, Cagayan
9. Olango Island, Cebu
10. Sagada, Mt Province
11. Taal Lake, Batangas
12. American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Makati
13. Coastal Road, Paranaque
14. University of the Philippines, Diliman, QC