Saturday, January 25, 2014

DENR launches census of migratory birds in Camarines Sur

The Philippine duck (Anas luzonica) is one of the duck species that is endemic to the Philippines. It is one of the migratory birds which have been observed in the Cabusao Critical Habitat in Cabusao town, Camarines Sur. It is estimated that only around 5,000 of the species remains today. (PHOTO: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol, through its Protected Areas Wildlife Division (PAWD), has started since January 11 the Asian Waterbirds Census (AWC) at the Cabusao Critical Habitat in Camarines Sur.

DENR Bicol regional executive director Gilbert Gonzales said that the annual census of migratory birds helps in the local monitoring and conservation efforts in relation to global monitoring by ascertaining the trends of migratory cycle.

The census will last up to three weeks.

“These migratory birds are from various parts of the world and cover tens of thousands kilometers just to visit our place as part of their migratory cycle. For this reason, it is our responsibility to monitor them and provide data for national coordinators who in turn will submit these to the AWC,” he explained.

Gonzales said more than 8,500 waterbirds were monitored last year in the Cabusao Critical Habitat.

“The Northern Shoveller, Philippine Duck, Northern Pintail, Pacific Golden Plover and other shorebirds were among the most observed species,” he added.

A report from PAWD revealed that taxonomically, the family Anatidae, which include the marsh ducks, is the most numerous followed by the egret species.

The AWC was initiated in 1987 in India subcontinent and has grown since to cover the Asia-Pacific region. (MAL/JSBasanta-DENR5/PIA5)
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