Visit us regularly to read new and original articles about wild birds, birdwatching in the Philippines, and more written by the members and friends of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines. Learn about the Philippines and its wonderful birds by reading eBON!
- Birds Etcetera
- Feathered Hope
- Hornbills of the Philippines
- Birding by the Bypass Road
- Masungi Global Big Day 2021
- WBCP Roundup of Activities (April-June, 2021)
- Goodbye, Tanza: A Farewell to a Magical Wetland
- Birder Profile: Spreading and Catching the Bird Fever with Karen Ochavo
eBON: What’s in a name?
eBON is a playful take on the Filipino word “ibon” which means “bird” used for the WBCP newsletter to show the electronic means of publishing and sharing of content
Meet the eBON Team
eBON is powered by WBCP volunteers who share the time and talent in putting together and producing bimonthly issues of the newsletter.
Here are the current members of the eBON team:
Nikki Dyanne Realubit writes the Daydreaming Biologist column which focuses on the nitty gritty of wildlife science; hopefully translating hard to digest lectures into something that the discerning reader can appreciate. Nikdye considers herself a herpetologist: one who studies amphibians and reptiles, and what else are birds but feathered dinosaurs?
Gina Mapua serves as editor for regular eBon articles and gets to read them all before you do. Mwaha! She lives on a farm, growing a forest of Philippine native plants and setting up bird baths and other bird-friendly constructs, because Gina is a what we call a dude-birder. She prefers the birds come to her as she sits on a lounge chair, iced tea in one hand, binoculars in the other.
Jasmin is a biologist born and raised in concrete Manila, and was already in college when she learned that our local birds are not just limited to Philippine eagle and maya. Her thirst for the outdoors was driven by her desire to see native wildlife. She dreams of more nurturing habitats and Filipino naturalists. She hunts, collates and edits content for eBon.
Mike Lu is currently the President of the WBCP and handles the eBON Roundup which is a brief summary of club activities the past two months. He is a businessman by profession and considers himself a “holier than thou” and “purer than pure” birder. You can ask him to elaborate on that the next time you see him in a birding trip or club activity.
Maia Tañedo writes the Birdwatching 101 column where she shares basic information about birding. An educator by profession, she considers herself, currently, as a frustrated birder, wishing she had more time to go birding as much as she wants to but makes do with the occasional adventure here and there.
Leonalyn Tumaliuan is an aspiring social media manager and she is in-charge of article posting and layouts. She's on a mission to make conservation information attractive to the young generation and engage young people to admire nature and be environmentally responsible. She is looking forward to seeing more of the Philippine endemic birds.
Cristina Montes is a birdwatcher poet and writes the Tweeter-verse column. She has loved poetry since she was a child memorizing the poem “The Owl and the Pussycat”. She also loves to explore nature in general and was recently sparked into birding by Black-naped Orioles. Doing a survey of poems by famous poets made her realize that birding and poetry often went together, so she thought…why not join the bandwagon of famous writers?
Gabbi Reyes weaves together personal narratives and info bits of WBCP members for eBON's Birder Profiles. She is a designer, copywriter, and co-business owner of a small branding company. Given the demands of work, she mostly birds vicariously through her friends. As a bite-sized birder, she cherishes the times she is able to quickly escape work for a much needed birding fix.
Cheta Chua currently handles the Destinations feature of eBON which focuses on birding sites in the Philippines. A bond trader in a bank by profession, he considers himself an almost serious escapist birder and serial trip planner. His wish list of destinations to go birding in and target bird species grows by the minute, every day, every week.