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WBCP 2007 Report


WBCP Members
WBCP group photo during the annual Christmas party

Twenty-three more birdwatchers signed up during the last quarter of 2007 thereby ending the year with a total 166 members.

Members outside Metro Manila continue to increase, with 64 members now found in 17 provinces and 8 countries. Cavite leads the provinces with 11 members, followed by Cebu (7), Palawan (5), Davao (3), Ilocos Norte (1), Nueva Ecija (2), La Union (2), Camarines Sur (2), Laguna (2), Pampanga (1), Rizal (1), Bataan (1), Batangas (1), Quezon (1), Camarines Sur (1), Negros Occidental (1), and Negros Oriental (1). Outiside the country, members can be found in Singapore (8), United States (4), United Kingdom (3), Denmark (2), and one each in Belgium, Italy, Japan and Australia.

Filipinos remain the majority members while Americans led, for the first time since the club started, with 12 members followed by 7 British members, 6 Singaporeans and 2 Indians. The other nationalities are represented with one member each: Australian (1), Belgian (1), Dane (1), German (1), Swede (1), Dutch (1), Malaysian (1) and Japanese (1).


Guided Trips - 46 trips

The Club continues to receive invitations to organize guided tours for private organizations as well as conduct monthly guided trips for the general public.

Club-led monthly guided trips were held within Metro Manila sites such as the American Cemetery, Tambo mudflats, Coastal Lagoon, the Manila Film Center, and the University of the Philippines campus.

Guided trips organized for different organizations include 35 Paranaque public and private school teachers (Coastal Lagoon, Paranaque), Environmental Science students from De La Salle University (Manila Film Center), the Ecology class for Science teachers from Region IV-B (Mimaropa) on a summer course at the De La Salle University (Manila Film Center), the Bio Camp for kids of personnel from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources at the Ninoy Aquino Park (Quezon City), Cavite Institute (Manila Film Center).

Nilo Arribas gives a talk to Young Minds Academy scholars prior to guided trip at the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary.

WBCP members led by Boy Scout Joshua Young conducted a guided trip in Mt. Makiling for the candidates to the
Ten Outstanding Boy Scouts in the Philippines

Outside Metro Manila guided trips were organized for participants in UNICEF's Stay Bird Flu-Free Philippines workshop: members of the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) in Luzon (Candaba) and Visayas (Olango), and the Kapisanan ng mga Broadcasters ng Pilipinas (KBP) in Luzon (Candaba), El Presidente Toastmasters Club in Candaba Marsh (Pampanga), Georgia Club property owners (Sta. Rosa, Laguna), Ayala Land and WWF-Phils staff at Anvaya Cove (Morong, Bataan), . Boy Scouts of the Philippines (Mt. Makiling, Laguna), TeaM Energy-Pagbilao plant personnel (Pagbilao, Quezon),

Outside of Luzon, trips were organized for the Young Minds Academy program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc (RAFI) in Olango and the SRP (Cebu) and students of San Isidro Elementary School at the Malaybalay City Watershed (Bukidnon) and Mass Comm students at the SRP in Cebu.

During the 3rd Philippine Bird Festival, 70 foreign and local delegates visited the South Road Properties and Olango Island. Lectures and a guided trip were also given to 250 students from the community in Olango Island (Cebu).

The Club also went birding with visiting birdwatchers on weekends. Members of the Nature Society of Singapore who all visited Mt Palay-Palay were Gloria Seow (1st quarter), Lim Kim Seng, Doreen Ang, Jimmy Chew (2nd quarter), Goh Yue Yun (3rd quarter). Club members also met up with Swiss birding couple Marie-Jo and Claude Rabille in Mt Makiling (Laguna). A trip was also arranged for visiting American birder Ricky Cimino to the Tambo grasslands and mudflats (4th quarter).

Arne Jensen conducts lecture and guided trip for students of Olango Island (Cebu).

During the bird festival, Taiwanese bird photographers Chen Shun Chang and Yen Shou Jen asked to be taken to Tabor Hills and the Tabunan Forest (Cebu). A guided trip to Rajah Sikatuna National Park (Bohol) after the bird festival was participated by 21 members from the Wild Bird Society of Taipei, Bird Conservation Society of Thailand, Asian Raptor & Research Network, the Nature Society of Singapore and the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.

Club Trips - 32 trips

Club members actively participated in the annual Asian Waterbird Census in mid-January . Most of these trips were conducted with staff from the Department of Natural Resources (DENR). The club continued to gather data from 2 sites within the National Capital Region (NCR) namely, Tanza (Navotas) and Coastal Road (Paranaque). Other sites visited were Candaba Marsh (Pampanga), Caylabne Bay (Cavite), Pagbilao (Quezon). In Cebu, the sites visited were Olango Island, Cordova and the South Reclamation Project (SRP).

New sites visited include the Mariveles Dam in Bataan
Thermalling raptors in Tanay
Thermalling raptors in Tanay

The DENR does not have any data nor does it monitor raptor migration. Club members took upon the initiative to gather raptor migration information with 3 trips to the Pag-Asa Weather Station in Tanay (Rizal) in April.

Club members continue to visit nearby wetlands in the Coastal Lagoon (Paranaque) and Tanza (Navotas), familiar sites in Tagaytay Highlands (Cavite), Mt Palay-Palay (Cavite), Mt. Makiling (Laguna), Candaba Marsh (Pampanga), Puerto Rivas (Bataan) as well as to new sites such as the bee-eater colony in Tadlak Lake (Laguna) Quezon National Park (Quezon), TeaM Energy Sual Power Plant (Pangasinan), and Mariveles Dam & Tarak Peak (Bataan).

In the island of Cebu, members continue to the South Road Properties (SRP), Jugan Fishponds (Consolacion) and the Mt. Pungol Mananga Watershed, as well as venture on a first trip to Bantayan Island in northern Cebu.

WBCP members at the birding trail in Mt Palay-Palay
National Park (Cavite).
Blue-throated Bee-eater colony in Tadlak Lake (Laguna)
Blue-tailed Bee-eater colony in Tadlak Lake (Laguna)

Club Activities

WBCP Elections and Anniversary Party

The Club celebrated it's 4th year anniversary at the Villa-Real residence on July 14, 2007 with 76 members and guests in attendance.

Records Committee Chair Arne Jensen delivers
bird records report
Among the guests were Candaba Mayor’s Chief of Staff Leonardo Manalo, Kaakbay president Alain del Pascua, Rotary Club-Forbes Park president Palmy & Nini Layug, PDI columnist Elvira Mata.

One of the Club founders, Carmela Espanola gave a presentation on the early days of the Club, Mike Lu gave an update on membership, and activities, Arne Jensen reported on the work of the Records Committee and Anna Gonzales gave an update and solicited more funds for the Honey Lu Fund. The results of the election were announced by Ipat Luna and the new set of officers were presented namely, Mike Lu (president), Alice Villa-Real (vice-president), Tintin Telesforo (secretary), Trinket Canlas (treasurer) and Anna Gonzales (conservation officer).

WBCP Christmas Party

The annual Christmas Party was held on December 15 at the residence of new member Robert Brinks in Makati. More than 72 members and guests gathered together to celebrate a busy birding year for the Club.

Members came from Cavite, Laguna, Quezon and La Union. Guests include Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia, the EU Ambassador Alistair MacDonald, the Indian Ambassador Rajeet Mitter, Candaba Mayor’s Chief of Staff Leonardo Manalo, Kaakbay president Alain del Pascua, anti-hunting advocate Josef Sagemuller of Bacolod, ROX owners Johnny & Evelyn Thai, ROX Marketing Manager Roel Chan, resort owner Helly Asoy (Leyte). The program included an introduction about the Club, the 2007 annual report, and planned activities for 2008. Josef Sagemuller gave a talk about how he started the anti-hunting petition.

The next day, WBCP-Cebu held a Christmas family picnic party and birdwatching at the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary with 17 members and guests.

Birders celebrate Christmas at the residence of Robert Brinks

Club in the News

On January 6, ABS-CBN cable TV program "North Catch" featured birdwatching with WBCP members Mike Lu, Linda Gocon, Mario Mariano and Cel Tungol in Candaba Marsh, Pampanga. The program featured sites in Pampanga and was beamed to it's subscribers in Northern Luzon.

"Ooh Baby, Baby It's a Wild Bird" by Anne Corvero was a feature article on birdwatching with Mike Lu and Alice Villa-real in The Star Week Magazine on January 21, 2007. The article also featured the one-man exhibit by bird painter and new WBCP member, Arch't. Joven Ignacio.

GMA Channel 7's "Lovely Day" featured birdwatching in Candaba Marsh with Mike Lu on it's February 3 telecast.

The Just Watch, Don't Catch Bird Festival (see below) was featured on the news programs, Saksi of GMA Channel 7 and The Morning Show on NBN Channel 4 on February 12, 2007.

In December 2006, the camera crew of Indian TV director Siddharth Kak, through the recommendation of the Department of Tourism, interviewed WBCP members Alice Villa-Real, Anna Gonzales and Mike Lu in Candaba Marsh. The interview was finally shown on the eco-tourism segment of the Indian TV program Bhoomi on March 10.

Alice Villa-Real was invited as guest by Mila Alora on the radio program, Mornings with M aired on DwBr 104.3 FM on May 12.

Japanese cable news channel NHK TV feature on the Philippine Duck included WBCP's 2nd Philippine Bird Festival and birdwatching in Candaba was telecast on News Today Asia on May 30 and on News Today 30 Minutes on June 13.

News reporter Margaux Ortiz interviewed Alice Villa-Real and Mike Lu for the article "Watch, Not Catch Wild Birds in the City" that came out on the May 31 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

As part of Unicef's information campaign on the avian-flu, writer Marifi Jara-Villegas interviewed WBCP founder Ned Liuag for the article "Be Bird-flu safe as you enjoy Birdwatching" on the June 1-2 issue of the Business World.

Jatin Lucky interviewing members for
the Indian TV program Bhoomi

The Philippine Daily Inquirer came out with a full-page article, "Birdwatching in the City" by Elvira Mata on June 3. Based on an interview with Mike Lu and Anna Gonzales, the article featured urban bird watching sites in Metro Manila, photos from Alex Loinaz, Delia Unson, Ivor Lee, Edsel Ramos and the bird stickers of Jonathan Villasper.

WBCP founders Mike Lu and Carmela Espanola were interviewed by talk show host Deedee Siytangco on her program, Dee's Day on RPN-9 on July 5, 2007.

At a courtesy call to Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmena on August 29, WBCP Execom members Mike Lu and Anna Gonzales were asked to speak about the birds on the South Road Properties and the 3rd Philippine Bird Festival at the mayor’s weekly press conference with the local media.

The next day, all 3 Cebu dailies carried reports about the mayor’s intention to declare a 2-hectare bird sanctuary within the reclamation site.

Mayor Tommy Osmena pledged support to the
3 Philippine Bird festival during a presscon for local media.

The Freeman published the article “Mayor says wildlife conservation and industrialization can co-exist” by Weena Berondo. Doris Bongcac of the Cebu Daily News wrote the article “Tomas wants birds to have part of SRP” while Linette Ramos of the Sun Star Cebu came out with “Bird lovers ask Tomas to keep 40 species at SRP”.

One of the photos from the Bacolod Air Rifle Hunting Club website
One of the photos from the Bacolod
Air Rifle Hunting Club website

On November 8, GMA-7’s “100% Pinoy” program featured a short interview with Club president Mike Lu on endemic bird species.

Elvira Mata of the Philippine Daily Inquirer featured the ROX Bird Race Challenge organized by the Club in the article “How the (Bird) Race was Won” on December 16.

Bacolod resident Josef Sagemuller alerted the Club to the Bacolod Air Rifle Hunting Club website and the nationwide Philippine Air Gun Hunting egroup. His petition to stop sports hunting to stop sports hunting was supported by the Club and was written about in a series of articles by columnist Juan Mercado of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The first article, “Bird Massacre” first came out in the Visayan Daily News and the Cebu Daily News on December 12, and was reprinted in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on December 13.

The article caught the ire of the hunters who wrote back the columnist. Their arguments and Club comments were featured on the follow-up article, “Post-mortem Evidence” published on the Philippine Daily Inquirer on December 18.

Members of the Club convinced Senator Miguel Zubiri, the sponsor of the Wildlife Conservation Act to come up with a press release on the hunting issue and this was published on all the major dailies (Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Bulletin) on December 25.

Philippine Star columnist Jarius Bondoc commented on the hunting issue on December 26 and Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Juan Mercado posted a follow-up article, “Fallout” on December 27.

Full text of the above-mentioned articles can be accessed under the Hunting section of the Club website.

Bird Festivals & Other Celebrations

Just Watch, Don't Catch Bird Festival

Unicef Logo
Bird Festival 
WBCP members pose with winners of the Just Watch, Don't Catch contest.

United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF) invited the club to participate in the "Stay Bird Flu-free Philippines" program by way of organizing a bird festival to create awareness among communities in hotspot wetland areas. WBCP chose the Coastal Lagoon in Paranaque, Metro Manila to highlight this important wetland in the midst of the metropolis. The Just Watch, Don't Catch Bird Festival was held at the St Paul College of Paranaque. Behind the school is the Coastal Lagoon which harbors more than 100 species of resident and migratory species. With funding from the People of Japan and assistance from Paranaque Mayor Florencio Bernabe, the club launched the bird festival on February 12, 2007. The opening ceremonies were attended by City administrator Noli Aldip, Unicef Health Officer, Dr. Marissa Ricardo and First Secretary Hiroko Taniguchi of the Embassy of Japan and St. Paul College-Paranaque School Directress Sr. Angeles Ilagan, SPC.

The festival featured a photo gallery of wetland birds as well as exhibits and lectures on Birdwatching, Bird Migration and Avian Flu. A game based on the exhibits and lectures participated by class reps became the highlight of the day as contestants were cheered on by their classmates.

WBCP members Anna Gonzales, Mike Lu, Tim Fisher
turns over equipment to Paranaque
Mayor Florencio M. Bernabe. Jr.

A coloring booth featuring wetland birds was a favorite stop for the grade school students. My Zoo Foundation conducted a the bird show featuring the rescued birds from the Protected Area and Wildlife Bureau which turned out to be another highlight during the festival.

Birdwatching sessions were conducted at the Coastal Road lagoon which is a leisurely walk behind the school. More than 3000 students from 20 private and public schools participated in the day-long activity. The event was covered on local news programs.

The Club turned-over birdwatching equipment (binoculars and spotting scope) and exhibit materials (wetland bird tarps and photos), brochures, posters & guide books from the UNICEF Bird Flu-free Philippines program to Sr. Angeles Ilagan at St. Paul's Paranaque on May 12, 2007 and to Paranaque City Mayor Florencio M. Bernabe, Jr. at the Paranaque City Hall on August 10, 2007.

Earth Day 2007

WBCP members Mike Lu and Anna Gonzales celebrated Earth Day as guests of the Malaybalay City Government on April 20, 2007. They conducted a mini-bird festival for Grade 5 & 6 students of the San Isidro Elementary School at the Kaamulan Open Theater with lectures on birds of the Philippines, a coloring session and guided birdwatching at the city watershed.

On April 22, WBCP actively participated in Earth Day celebrations at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) with coloring sessions, photo exhibit and as part of the outdoor art installation during the closing ceremonies.

As part of the celebrations, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed an Executive Order declaring the Coastal Lagoons as the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area.

WBCP photo exhibit during Earth Day celebrations at the Little Theater lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)

WBCP members Arne Jensen, Jon Villasper and Ipat Luna provided significant input to the framework plan submitted by the Protected Area and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) to Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Angelo Reyes.

International Day of Biodiversity

The Club participated in the week-long celebration of the International Day of Biodiversity with a week-long photo exhibit of wetland birds at the Visitor's Center of the Ninoy Aquino Park and tarpaulin display exhibits at the SM City, both in Quezon City. At the closing ceremonies at the Mall of Asia on May 26, WBCP assisted in the ceremonial release of a pair of Rufous Night-herons which were later brought to the Coastal Lagoons in Paranaque City.

Pista y ang Kagueban (Feast of the Forest)

Alice Villa-Real and Chary Dino were invited by the Puerto Princesa City Mayor's Office to take part in the annual Pista y ang Kagueban (Feast of the Forest) celebrations on June 23. Alice Villa-Real gave a talk on birds and birdwatching during the opening ceremonies held at the Irawan watershed.
Feast of the Forest
(L-R) City Agriculturist Melissa Macasaet, Mayor Edward Hagedorn, Ms Earth-Phils 2007 Jeanne Harn, WBCP members Chary Dino and Alice Villa-Real

3rd Philippine Bird Festival Sugbu - Just Watch, Don't Catch

Vice Mayor Michael Rama attended
the Welcome Dinner tendered by the
Cebu City Mayor's Office

The 3rd Philippine Bird Festival _Sugbu, Just Watch, Don't Catch was held at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino in Cebu City on September 21-22. Members of the WBCP started planning the event in May and met every other week. This year's festival was significant because it was the first time the festival was held outside Metro Manila and the first time that foreign bird clubs participated. The festival seeks to raise environmental awareness through lectures, film, games, coloring, face-painting and bird watching.

Festival exhibitors include the Philippine Eagle Foundation, Katala Foundation, WWF-Philippines, Cebu Biodiversity and Conservation Foundation, Center for Environmental Awareness

and Education, Isla Biodiversity Conservation, Wild Bird Society of Taipei, Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network, Bird Conservation Society of Thailand and the City of Seosan (Korea).

The Cebu City Mayor's Office tendered a Welcome Dinner for the delegates on the eve of the festival attended by Vice Mayor Michael Rama.

Festival delegates started the day with birdwatching at the South Road Properties before proceeding to the Opening Ceremonies attended by Marian Aboitiz and Dominica Chua of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Vice Chair Lory Tan of WWF-Phils, and Alcoy Vice-Mayor Antonio Plando.

The Siloy Dancers (Black Shama) from the town
of Alcoy provided a colorful and festive

The Wild Bird Society of Taipei and other bird clubs from the region were invited to the Philippine bird festival for the first time

The Club was overwhelmed as an estimated 2500 students filled up the Arctic Hall of the Waterfront Hotel to take part in festival activities.

The representatives from the participating organizations gave presentations at the Delegates Fellowship Night. Cebu-based members Nilo Arribas, Bobby Kintanar and Raul Puentespina launched their book, Guide to Birds of Cebu and Bohol.

The delegates were taken to the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary the following day. Volunteer guides from the WBCP, WWF-Philippines and CBCF conducted lectures and guided birdwatching trips for 250 students from the Olango community. A Farewell Dinner followed at the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center in the evening.

Cheongsuman International Bird Watching Fair

The City of Seosan (Korea) invited the Club to attend the Cheongsuman International Bird Watching Fair from October 26-28, 2007. Michael Lu and Arnel Telesforo represented the Club in this 3-day festival.

WBCP exhibit
WBCP exhibit

The Seosan City Mayor's office sponsored the participation of all the delegates from abroad including the the Wild Bird Federation of Taiwan, the Wild Bird Society of Taipei, Hong Kong Birdwatching Society, Nature Society of Singapore, Wild Bird Society of Japan and the City of McAllen Chamber of Commerce (Texas, USA).

With the theme “Wonderful Encounters of Man with Birds” the fair venue was set on reclaimed land overlooking Cheongsuman Bay where hundreds of thousands of Baikal Teals converge. The opening ceremonies was attended by the Seosan City Mayor Yoo Sang-kon and other officials. The Club handed a framed print of the Cebu Flowerpecker as a token of appreciation to the mayor when he visited our booth.

The venue was divided into two main sections. The habitat exhibit area with exhibits simulating the grasslands, marshlands and pine forests displayed with stuffed birds. The International area features the booths of bird clubs from overseas with exhibits and merchandise sales.

A workshop was conducted with representatives of different bird clubs giving a presentation on their club activities with focus on promoting bird watching. The afternoons were reserved for bird watching in the nearby reclaimed areas teeming with migratory water birds such as Bean Goose, White-fronted Goose, Mallard, Spot-billed Duck and other water birds.

WBCP president Mike Lu presents a gift to Seosan City Mayor Yoo Sang-kon
WBCP president Mike Lu presents a gift to Seosan City Mayor
Yoo Sang-kon

9th Taipei International Bird Watching Fair Biodiversity

Group photo with all the foreign delegates
Group photo with all the foreign delegates

The Club represented the country in the 9th Tapei International Bird Watching Fair organized by the Wild Bird Society of Taipei from November 2-3, 2007. The fair with the theme "Biodiversity" was held at the popular Guan Du Nature Park in northern Taipei.

Teresa Cervero, Anna Gonzales, Michael Lu and Singapore-based Goh Yue Yun manned the popular WBCP booth - promoting Philippine birds, selling merchandise and enticing the kids to participate in coloring activities. The fair grounds was set with tents housing the 19 local bird clubs in Taiwan, commercial companies selling bird watching merchandise such as binoculars and scopes and foreign bird clubs and environmental organizations from Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia, China, the US and tour operators from India.

The guest of honor was Mr Tim Appleton, organizer of the prestigious UK Bird Fair.

Taipei City Mayor Dr Hau Lung Bin hosted the Welcome Dinner for the fair delegates at the City Hall on the first night and Ambassador Chang Siao-Yue, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a sit-down dinner for Mr Tim Appleton and festival delegates at the Ambassador Hotel on the second evening.

With the theme "Biodiversity," this year's bird fair was attended by more than 10,000 visitors. On behalf of WBCP, Mike Lu gave a talk on Club activities activities and showed a video presentation of the 2nd Philippine Bird Festival.

The Farewell Dinner tendered by the Wild Bird Society of Taipei concluded with an open forum amongst festival delegates exchanging ideas and opinions on promoting bird watching in the respective countries which led to a proposal to launch an Asian Bird Festival that would be rotated amongst the bird clubs in the region.

Mike Lu, WBST president Dr. Liu, Anna Gonzales, and WBST volunteer Mr. Chen at the WBCP booth
Mike Lu, WBST president Dr. Liu, Anna Gonzales,
and WBST volunteer Mr. Chen at the WBCP booth

ROX Bird Race Challenge

Recreational Outdoor Exchange (ROX), the largest outdoor sports hub in Southeast Asia in partnership with the WBCP held the ROX Bird Race Challenge on December 1-2, 2007.

ROX Bird Race Challenge

Ten teams, with WBCP members and first-time birders in each team, raced through birding sites within the metropolis to record as many species within a 24-hour time frame. Sites visited were University of the Philippines, Manila Film Center, Tambo mudflats and the Coastal Road lagoon.

The judges composed of Arne Jensen, Aldrin Mallari, Fergus Crystal and Mark Villa awarded the winning team with the most species recorded to Team Lawin with leader Nielsen Donato and Esteven Toledo, Mel Tan and Kupkup Paras. Other special awardees include Cathy Donato as most promising new birder, Nestro Non was the earliest birder and Arnel Telesforo with the best designed flag. All participants received Nalgene bottles and awardees received Columbia knapsacks from ROX.

The activity culminated at the Bonifacio High Street promenade with the participation of environmental organizations WWF-Philippines, Isla Biodiversity Conservation, Conservation International and My Zoo Foundation. Lectures were conducted by Aldrin Mallari of WBCP and Obel Resurreccion of WWF-Phils, coloring activities by WBCP and and animal conservation show by Drew Galano of the My Zoo Foundation. Philippine Eagle and Rufous Hornbill mascots were provided by Conservation International.
Lectures and Other Activities

Dr. David Pearson of the University of Arizona gave a lecture to WBCP members (left)
and WBCP President Mike Lu (in black) poses with visiting birdwatchers from
Singapore (L-R) Doreen Ang, Lim Kim Seng and Jimmy Chew.(right)

In celebration of National Arts Month, the LGU of Balanga (Bataan) asked for assistance for an environmental art contest. With materials from the just-concluded Just Watch, Don't Catch Bird Festival, WBCP sent the photo exhibit, stand-up bird tarps, coloring sheets and a DVD of Candaba birds. The event on February 22 was attended by more than 10,000 students and the club was proud to lend support for the activity.

The Marketing Management of Caylabne Bay resort invited the club to set-up an outdoor activity for the residents of their residential community at Las Casas de Cala Buena. The Club set up colorful bird tarps, provided a coloring booth and basic birdwatching activities to the residents.

Visiting birdwatcher and professor of the University of Arizona, Dr. David Pearson gave a thought-provoking lecture entitled “Why are there more bird species in some tropical forest than others” at the residence of Sudipto Mundle on April 1. The lecture was followed with a birdwatching activity at the American War Memorial (Taguig).

The Rotary Club of Forbes Park invited Michael Lu and Ixi Mapua to give a talk during their weekly luncheon at the Manila Polo Club (Makati) on May 3.

A presentation entitled “Birds of Singapore” was conducted by visiting Singaporean bird guide author Lim Kim Seng on the evening of June 2 at the residence of Sudipto Mundle (Taguig).

Vice President Alice Villa-Real conducted a powerpoint presentation on birdwatching at the Habihan School (Quezon City) on June 16 and on July 14, and at the St. Mary's School on August 30.

Club members manned the WBCP booth at the 3-day Corporate Social Responsibility Week Expo at the Sofitel Hotel from July 16-18, 2007.

Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo invited WBCP and other stakeholders to a dinner meeting on August 10 to help plan the Ibon Ebon Festival to be held in Candaba in February 2008. The Club has committed to support this project.

WBCP members were also invited to the International Coastal Clean-Up at the Coastal Lagoon on September 15.

On December 5, WBCP gave a short presentation about the Club and the Just Watch, Don't Catch to promote birdwatching as part of the Bird-flu free Philippines campaign to visiting trainees from of the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Information of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

With assistance from the Provincial Tourism department of Bataan, Club members went birdwatching at Puerto Rivas (Balanga) and Mariveles Dam (Mariveles). Balanga Mayor Joet Garcia invited Club members as he delivered the State of the City address on December 30 at the town plaza, while Mariveles Mayor Jesse Concepcion tenedred a luncheon for WBCP on December 31.

WBCP members with Mayor Joet Garcia after delivering
his State of the City address.

Luncheon tendered by Mariveles Mayor Jesse Concepcion
with Mike Lu and Robert Brinks