By Mindanews | Friday| August 20, 2010 | Filed
under: Environment, Top Stories
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte with
Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia at a press conference
launching the 1st Asian Bird Fair
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 August) – Davao
City, home of the country’s national symbol – the
Philippine Eagle, will host next month’s 1st Asian Bird
Fair and 6th Philippine Bird Festival.
At least 18 foreign organizations with 46 delegates
have confirmed participation in the bird fair on September 23
The decision to hold an Asian Bird Fair was made during the 9th
Thailand Birdwatching Fair in Samutprakarn, Thailand on November
22 and confirmed on March 14 this year during the 11th Raptor
Watch Week in Tanjung Tuan, Malaysia.
The Bird Conservation Society of Thailand, Chinese
Wild Bird Federation, Malaysian Nature Society, Nature Society
of Singapore, Wild Bird Club of the Philippines and the Wild Bird
Society of Taipei — the founding organizers – agreed
to “establish, support and promote an annual Asian Bird
Fair” to “encourage friendship, collaboration and
the exchange of experience and best practices among the bird clubs
of Asia; foster bird-watching as an eco-tourism activity; highlight
bird festivals, bird fairs and bird races in the region; and promote
the host cities/countries — their natural beauty, wild bird
conservation efforts, eco-adventure activities and cultural heritage.”
The Asian Bird Fair will be held annually in
a different city and will be hosted by a bird club/society. This
year’s host is the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.
Delegates will be welcomed by Mayor Sara Duterte
with a dinner at the Matina Town Square on September 23.
On Friday, September 24, there will be a parade
of colors and a Pledge to Mother Nature during the opening ceremonies
at the Waterfront Insular Hotel.
Festival chair Alice Villa-Real will deliver
the opening remarks followed by another welcome remarks by the
Grade 4 to 6 students will be given a “Birding
Basics” lecture followed by an “Interactive Learning
Experience with Dr. Bo (veterinarian Roberto Puentespina). There
will be a “Bird Quest” before lunch.
In the afternoon, high school students will
be treated to a “Birding Basics,” again followed by
an “Interactive Learning Experience with Dr. Bo” and
A video on Avian Archipelago will be shown.
Selected students will then join the Beach Walk
where they will explore tidal flats.
There will be simultaneous lectures by the Katala
Foundation of Palawan, Bird Conservation Society of Thailand with
Gawin Chutima talking about Birdwatching in Thailand; Bird Conservation
Nepal with Dr. Hum Gurung on Exploring the Unexplored Ecotourism
product in protected areas of Nepal.
Another forum will be hosted by the Chinese
Wild Bird Federation under President Charles Cheng and the Borneo
Bird Club with chairman Cede Prudente talking about the Birds
On Saturday, September 25, the festival will
open at 8 a.m. There will be a program on Identifying the Bird
at 9 a.m. followed by a World Wide Fund lecture at 9:30 a.m. then
an Art Workshop with Robert Alejandro. Another Identifying the
Bird session will follow before noon.
Simultaneous lectures will be held on various
topics. Basic Bird Photography by the Philippine Bird Photographers;
the Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network with Lim Kim
Chye discussing Raptor migration in Asia, with reference to the
Philippines; the Hornbill Research Foundation with Dr. Vijak Chimchome
discussing “An overview of hornbill research and conservation
A Conservation Forum will follow at the Kalaw
Function Room after lunch.
At the forum, Danish ornithologist Arne Jensen
will discuss the Current Status of Philippine Birds. This will
be followed by a presentation from the Philippine Eagle Foundation.
An open forum will follow and the forum will be closed by Dr.
While the forum is going on, Robert Alejandro
will again conduct another art workshop. There will be Identify
the Bird sessions and yet another Beach Walk for selected students.
The closing dinner will be at The Marco Polo
On Sunday, September 26, the delegates will
proceed to the Philippine Eagle Center for birdwatching and tour.
After lunch they will proceed to Eden Garden Resort where they
will hold the farewell dinner and stay overnight.
On Monday, September 27, some delegates will
leave for Manila while others will depart for “post-festival
birdwatching trips.” (MindaNews)