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WBCP 2011 Annual Report

Membership


WBCP President Anna Gonzales with members and
delegates at the 7th Philippine Bird Festival in Dumaguete City.

The year 2011 saw a hefty increase in the membership of the WBCP, highlighted by the Club regaining our toehold in Mindanao and a growing share of international subscriptions. To date, the WBCP involves 284 members, of whom 62 are new subscribers and 13 are associate members. This number does not include our regular sustainers, who make regular financial and material contributions to the WBCP and the Honey Lu Fund for Conservation and Exploration but opt not to be entered into Club’s membership roll.

Over the past 5 years, the number of WBCP-affiliated birdwatchers has grown by 80 percent. This rate is indicative of the reach of our public activities as well as an interest in the hobby. Hopefully, we will be able to maintain our growth within this manageable rate, and need to project the creation of WBCP locals to allow regional members to participate in promoting the hobby and expanding the Club.

Membership remains concentrated in Metro Manila. Meanwhile, the Club’s geographical reach now spans the length of the archipelago and covers most of the important bird habitats, as follows: North Luzon: Ilocos Norte (2), La Union (2), Benguet (1) and Isabela (1); Central Luzon: Nueva Ecija (2), Pampanga (1), Bataan (3) and Zambales (2); South Luzon: Cavite (6), Laguna (7), Rizal (6), Quezon (3) and Camarines Sur (1); Oriental Mindoro (1); Palawan (4); Visayas: Cebu (2), Negros Oriental (3), Negros Occidental (3), Iloilo (3), Leyte (1), Bohol (2); and Mindanao: Agusan del Sur (1),Davao del Sur (1), Davao (1).

Thirty-three members are based outside the Philippines, namely: United States (10), United Kingdom (7), Hong Kong (2), Malaysia (2), Indonesia (2), Singapore (4), Australia (1), Japan (1), Switzerland (1), Belgium (1), Canada (1) and Thailand (1). For the second year in a row, Americans take the lead over the British members. Figures as follows: American (18), British (13), Singaporean (4), Dutch (2), German (2), Australian (2), and one each from the following nationalities, Danish, Belgian, Czech, French, Spanish, Norwegian, and Jewish.

Birdwatching Trips

2011 was a busy year for the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP), with members making numerous forays around Metro Manila and further afield. The WBCP outdid itself this year by  organizing 40 guided bird walks for the public, 30 Club trips, 13 site visits for the Spring and Fall Raptorwatch, and joined surveys in 7 sites during the Asian Waterbird Census.

Guided trips – 40


Jops Josef (in green) manning the scope a the La Mesa Ecopark

The Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) in the southern coast and the La Mesa Eco Park (with the conservation foundation Bantay Kalikasan) and University of the Philippines – Diliman campus in Quezon City were the focus of WBCP public bird walks in Metro Manila. Other visits were also organized in Ateneo de Manila University campus and the Ninoy Aquino Park, both in Quezon City.  Outside the metropolis, WBCP-guided public trips covered areas of the Balanga Wetland Park in Bataan, Mount Palay-Palay National Park in Cavite, and Maharlika Village in Antipolo City near the Tungtong River in Rizal province.

Majority of these activities were organized in tandem with science and communications arts curriculum, involving Ecology classes from St. Scholastica’s College, multi-media seniors from the College of St. Benilde, journalism students from the University of the Philippines and the UP Haring Ibon organization, the graduating class of the Philippine Science High School, the Ateneo Environment Management Coalition and the Museum Volunteers of the Philippines.


Mrs Cynthia Villar birdwatching at the Las Pinas-Paranaque
Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area

The notable guests who joined WBCP bird walks in the LPPCHEA during the year are Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Villar Foundation; and Tourism Undersecretary Maria Victoria Jasmin. Mrs. Villar, a former congresswoman for Las Piñas, has joined the WBCP in opposing the extensive Manila Bay reclamation project which will threaten the mangroves and mudflats of the LPPCHEA. Undersecretary Jasmin, is an advocate of the protected habitat, and personally conducted a tour for members of print and broadcast media to bring public attention to the potential of the Manila Bay coastline as an area for nature-oriented recreation.

The WBCP also extended its hospitality and assistance to visiting international birdwatchers: Chen Pei-jen (Taiwan), Dubi Shapiro (Israel), EM Ganin (US) and Noel Ilocto (Australia).

 

Club Trips – 30


Club trip to San Roque Dam (L-R) Leni Sutcliffe,
Leni de la Rosa, Ixi Mapua, Mark Wallbank

There were 27 trips organized for Club members in 2011, including several visits to the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area and the La Mesa Ecopark.   Day trips were also organized to a variety of habitats: Mount Makiling in Laguna; Mount Palay-Palay in Cavite; Newtown subdivision and the Ipo and Angat watersheds in Bulacan; and the Balanga Wetland Park in Bataan. Club members also undertook visits to Olango Island in Cebu  in the Visayas, and Bislig in Surigao del Sur in Mindanao. Scouting trips were also made by Club members to Woodridge Subdivision in Marikina, Metro Manila: Corregidor Island in Manila Bay; and Villa Salvador in Bohol Island in the Visayas.
  


Group photo at Corregidor Island

Increasingly our trips have been undertaken in cooperation with local government units, non-government organizations or private organizations. The list of trips and sponsors includes: Sual power plant and San Roque dam in Pangasinan, with Team Energy Foundation and Marubeni Corporation, respectively; the Masinloc power plant in Zambales run by AES; Tagaytay Highlands and Ananya Farms in Cavite courtesy of their managements;  San Simon wetlands in Pampanga with the municipal government; Calatagan in Batangas with Conserve and Protect Ocean; Wawa Dam in Rizal with Gaia Exploration Club; Lubang Island with Conservation International; and Tesoro del Monte in Quezon upon the invitation of Patis Tesoro.

The World Bank also commissioned the WBCP to undertake a rapid bird survey of mangrove regeneration sites in Batuan in Masbate island; Caramoan in Camarines Sur and Gubat in Sorsogon.

Asian Waterbird Census – 7


AWC at the Balanga wetlands (L-R) Jane Domingo,
Karen Ochavo, Trinket Canlas, Rene Calado, Linda Gocon,
Andrew Curtis, Lenny Worthington, Maan Guzman
and Yana Osano

Tallying the count at Candaba Marsh (L-R) Mel Tan,
Kitty Arce, DENR personnel and Mike Lu

If it is an indicator of a deeper commitment to scientific endeavor and conservation, more Club members have taken an interest in the annual Asian Waterbird Census, with 7 wetland sites surveyed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources with WBCP assistance.

Members in Northerneast Luzon surveyed Paoay Lake in Ilocos Norte. The Club also participated in surveys in Central Luzon, visiting Candaba Marsh and Sasmuan in Pampanga province as well as the Balanga mangroves and mudflats in Bataan. In Metro Manila, bird counts were undertaken in both the Coastal Lagoons and Navotas mudflats, while in South Luzon, members joined Team Energy Foundation in surveying the coastline of Pagbilao Bay in Quezon province.

In 2011, the Sasmuan-Macabebe wetlands in Pampanga had the largest congregation of waterbirds with an estimated 32,880 outstripping the Balanga wetlands which sheltered 13,984 individual birds.

Raptor Migration Survey - 13


Going over the raptor count figures (L-R) Jude sanchez,
Arne Jensen and Alex Tiongco

The Pag-Asa weather station in Tanay where the
Club conducts the annual raptor migration counts

Seven trips were conducted for the spring migration count at the Pag-Asa weather station in Tanay, Rizal. The total number of birds counted was 3832 birds. Majority of raptor species spotted during this period were Chinese Goshawks, followed by Grey-faced Buzzards. The most number of raptors passing counted in one day was 1850.

The six trips organized for the autumn migration count were not as productive because of the unusually heavy rainfall in the country.

Club in the News

The WBCP received very good exposure in the tri-media due to the various activities and issues the Club has undertaken.


GMA News feature on birdwatching

Birdwatching

On the Club’s birdwatching activities and advocacy the Philippine Daily Inquirer featured City slickers take to birdwatching in Metro Manila by Jessica Santiago on 5/26/11 and Expat News came up with Birdwatchers advocate Philippine bird species awareness on 6/5.  WBCP President Anna Gonzales wrote an article Imperilled Beauty for the Oct-Dec issue of Travel Time Magazine. ANC Channel’s Green Living also featured birdwatching on November 18.

Guided birdwatching trips at the La Mesa Ecopark were featured a number of times on GMA 7. On March 27 on Balitanghali and 24 Oras and on March 28 on Unang Hirit and Unang Balita: Grupo ng bird enthusiast, nagtipon- tipon para magbirdwatching.  On October 16 it was also featured on GMA News: WBCP nagsagawa ng libreng birdwatching trip.

A number of radio programs interviewed Club members on birdwatching as well.  On January 30, Arnel Telesforo was a guest on DWDD 1134 AM Tatak Pilipinas AFP Radio with Nicky and Johnjo Tuason.  Anna Gonzales was the main resource speaker on  DZUP 1602 AM Kuwentuhang Pets atbp hosted Krysta Rara about wildlife in the city on May 12 and again on September 1 with on the illegal wildlife trade. Anna Gonzales was also a guest on 6/27 DZRJ 810 Animal Chronicles interviewed by Anna Cabrera on

June 27 and on Radio Sunshine’s Biyahe at Gimik on September 9.


The Netherlands Ambassador Robert Brinks
birdwatching in Tubbataha Reef

Highlighting Sites

A few articles were written about specific birdwatching sites: On June 2, the Philippine Star came up with A bird sanctuary in the city by Ibsky Romero about birdwatching at the Ateneo de Manila University campus led by instructor/birder Trinket Canlas,  Dutch Ambassador and birder Robert Brinks wrote This Paradise called Tubbataha published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on May 23 accompanied by a photograph on the front page, Taal Lake was next to be featured on ABS CBN’s Patrol ng Pilipino news program with the segment Ibong Malaya by Dominic Almelor interviewing birder Ipat Luna on May 24, and ABS CBN’s TV Patrol aired the segment Discovery of bird sanctuary in Manila Zoo with Noli de Castro interviewing Mike Lu on July 26.


Asian Waterbird Census

The annual Asian Waterbird Census in Balanga was featured on QTV’s news program Balitanghali on January 16 and on NBN’s news 13,984 migratory birds counted for one day in Balanga on January 17.

The notable drop in the birds counted in Candaba generated the following news,
Aggressive developments in wetlands drive away migratory birds by Dino Balabo on the Philippine Star on January 23, 8725 migratory birds surface in Candaba on Balita on January 24, and Birds vanishing in the Philippines by Cecil Morella for Agence France Press on January 25.

Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat & Ecotourism Area


Full page article by Dennis Liuag
on the Philippine Daily Inquirer
The threat of reclamation brought the LPPCHEA to the front of national news.

On May 22, Anna Gonzales was the resource speaker on DWBL 1242 Radyo Kalikasan with Donna Reyes.  The Agence France Press came up with an article on May 24,
Project perils Metro bird sanctuary which spurred local media to investigate the matter. Some of these articles are as follows: May 29 on the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Floods feared from reclamation project in Las Pinas Paranaque lagoon by Miko Morelos,
June 8 on the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Channel, bridge to save bird sanctuary by Jocelyn Uy, June 8 on Yahoo ! News, Metro Manila’s wetlands primed for ecotourism by Izah Morales, June 18 on TV 5’s Aksyon news program interview with Mike Lu,  Mangrove on Coastal Road pahingahan ng libu-libong ibon and on September 30 TV 5’s Kalibre with host Dong Puno interviewing Anna Gonzales.

On June 7, Department of Tourism Undersecretary Atty. Victoria Jasmin conducted a birdwatching trip for members of the media and the activity was covered by the news programs of GMA 7 and RPN 9.  On July 8, Kara David of Channel 11’s News on the Go filed the report Migratory Birds in danger of losing Metro Manila home to aircraft with a follow-up on GMA News by JM Tuason on the same day, In Manila, birds and planes on collision course.

The Talk of the Town section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer on July 17 devoted a whole page to WBCP founder Ned Liuag’s article Birds of Coastal Lagoon. Ned also wrote another article, Last mangroves of Manila under threat in the December issue of


Coastal 911 clean-up on Freedom Island

Coastal Clean-Up

The coastal clean-up initiated by the Wild Bird Club at the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LLPCHEA) were featured by IBC 13 news on June 5 and the Coastal 9/11 Clean-Up were featured on Aksyon TV 5 with Daan-daang volunteers nakiisa sa cleanup sa Freedom Island on September 12 and on GMA’s Balitanghali’s  Coastal Clean-up isinagawa sa Las Pinas-Paranaque ecotourism area also on September12.

7th Philippine Bird Festival

With support from the Information Office of Silliman University, the 8th Philippine Bird Festival received ample coverage in the central Visayas media with the formal launching of the bird festival by way of a photo exhibit and press conference at the Robinson’s Place Dumaguete on August 1. News coverage includes Negros Oriental to host 7th Philippine Bird festival by Rachelle M. Nessia of the Philippine Information Agency on August 1 and Dumaguete to host bird festival by Reuel John F. Lumawag of the Metro Post on August 7.


Former DENR Secretary Angel Alcala responding
to a query at the bird festival presscon with
Mike Lu and Anna Gonzales

The bird festival proper on September 23-24 received ample media coverage as well, Carine Asutilla of ABS CBN News Central Visayas filed the report 7th Philippine bird festival held in Dumaguete on September 23 and Juancho Rodriguez of the Negros Chronicle wrote Birdwatchers worldwide grace 7th PH bird festival on September 25.

A couple of weeks later, Jarius Bondoc interviewed Mike Lu regarding the outcome of the bird festival on his radio program Sapul on DWIZ 882AM on October 1.

International News

The Club’s attendance during the annual Raptorwatch in Malaysia were written about in two news articles.  On March 21, A place to call home by Chitra S.Nathan of The Star mentioned Alex Tiongco volunteering for Malaysian Nature Society’s annual raptor count. While Low Mei May of the New Straits Times interviewed Mike Lu about the Asian Bird Fair in the article Travel: A birdy affair that came out on March 23.

Other News

The Club co-sponsored a photo exhibit of migratory birds in Olango Island.  The exhibit was featured on July 9 on the Philippine Star with an article: “Migratory birds” exhibit in SM City Cebu and on August 1, Wild Birds photo exhibit set at mall on the Visayas Daily Star by Rene Genove.

QTV’s The Beat interviewed Jon Villasper on the peso bill design controversy on January 24 (see annual report 2010 for full details). Agence France Press came out with an article, Philippines sells, eats biodiversity riches on September 21.

Club Activities

Lecture on Raptor Migration in Malaysia – June 16

In order to spur local interest in raptor migration count, Messrs. Lim Aun Tiah and Lee Oon Teik, of the Raptor Research Group of the Malaysian Nature


Lim Aun Tiah presents a gift to
Mike Lu

Lee Oon Teik talks about raptor migration

Society offered to present a lecture on Raptor Migration Count in Malaysia.  There was an outpouring of interest among the WBCP members with 40 eager members attending the lecture held at the Metropolitan Club.

Raptorwatch in Malaysia, now in its 12 year, is done during both the Spring and Autumn Migrations on a daily basis for at least 6 weeks of each season, consequently, reporting system has developed to be quite comprehensive and are meticulously made on an hourly basis detailing the species and number of raptors, quadrant observed, direction of flight, weather, wind and other remarkable circumstances.

 

 


Hornbill Lecture and Ocular – July 5- 8


WBCP presents hornbill artwork (L-R) Anna Gonzales,
ArnelTelesforo, Ng Bee Choo, Dr.PilaiPoonswad, Mike Lu

In preparation to hosting the 6th International Hornbill Conference in April 2013, representatives from the Hornbill Research Foundation  led by DrPilaiPoonswad and Ng Bee Choo visited Manila for an ocular inspection of the proposed venue and finalized the hosting details of the conference.  A courtesy call to meet with representatives of the National Museum of the Philippines was met with enthusiastic approval.

On July 6-7, Dr.Poonswad and Bee Choo visited Subic Bay to assess the site as an option for the post-conference tour. Upon returning to Manila on the evening of July 7, Dr. Poonswad conducted a lecture at the Recreational Outdoor Xchange (ROX) to share her experience with hornbill conservation in her native Thailand.  


General Assembly & Anniversary Party – July 24

Group photo
Group photo

New set of Execom officers (L-R) Treasurer MIke Lu,
VP Alain Pascua, President Anna Gonzales,
Secretary Gina Mapua

The 8th anniversary celebration and general assembly was held at the La Vista Clubhouse on July 24.  Elected to office were Anna Gonzales (president), Alain Pascua (vice president), Gina Mapua (secretary), Mike Lu (treasurer). Alex Tiongco was voted by the Execom officers to join as the fifth officer.  The event was hosted by Trinket Canlas and Drew Galano.  Jops Josef reported on the membership committee, Maia Tanedo reported on club activities and Arne Jensen, as chair of the Records Committee, reported on works and sightings of the year.  Mike Lu as outgoing president gave a farewell speech and Anna Gonzales as newly-elected president shared her plans for the Club.  Ixi Mapua & Mikeli O'Leary conducted games eagerly participated by the members.

Christmas Party – December 4

Group photo
Lydia Robledo, Sylvia Ramos and Alex Loinaz
at the auction table

WBCP president Anna Gonzales with Balanga
City Mayor Joet Garcia

The Club’s annual Christmas Party was held at the La Vista Clubhouse on December 4.  This year’s annual get-together was attended by more than 80 members with special guest, Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia.  President Anna Gonzales gave a year-ender report with a video introduction done by Arnel Telesforo. Treasurer Mike Lu gave a brief report of the club’s financial standing. Records Committee Chair Arne Jensen gave a brief update. Members Christian Perez, Carmela Espanola and Karen Ochavo shared their experiences as members of the Club. Other highlights were the annual silent auction which included native plant seedlings contributed by Cel Tungol and games hosted by Ixi Mapua.

Post-Christmas Party - December 26

A post-Christmas potluck party was held at the residence of Charlie Fernandez.  The main activity was a white elephant raffle with prizes contributed by participants.  In view of the request for assistance by our partner organization PENAGMANNAKI for typhoon victims in Negros Oriental, club members were able to come up with Php 20,000.00 cash and 5 boxes of relief goods.

Activities outside the Club

Raptorwatch Malaysia - March 12-13

The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines was represented by Mike Lu and Alex Tiongco, at this annual raptor watching event organized by the Malaysian Nature Society to celebrate the spring migration of raptors.  The WBCP booth promoted birdwatching in the Philippines and set up a coloring station that was eagerly participated by the festival visitors.


Group photo

Group photos with foreign delegates to Raptorwatch Malaysia

As a side light, the members of the Asian Bird Fair committee had a meeting to update on the preparations for the 2nd ABF-Tainan later in the year and to brief the new officers of the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand on the logistical matters prior to their hosting the 3rd ABF-Bangpoo in 2012.  Mike Lu also gave a presentation on the origin and goals of the Asian Bird Fair to MNS members and officers.

Philippine Bird Festival launching - August 1

Group photoNegros Oriental Governor RoelDegamo and WBCP president Anna Gonzales cutting the ribbon to the exhibit

Lunch meeting with Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel ChiquitingSagarbarria Jr.

The Philippine Bird Festival was launched through a photo exhibit at the atrium of the Robinson’s Place – Dumaguete. Festival co-organizer Silliman University handled the logistical requirements and supplemented the exhibit with specimens from the university collection.  The ribbon cutting for the photo exhibit was led by Negros Oriental Governor RoelDegamo.  A press conference with Anna Gonzales & Mike Lu representing the Club, and Angel Alcala representing Silliman University.  


7th Philippine Bird Festival - Dumaguete - September 23-24, 2011

Group photoFestival Chair Mike Lu and WBCP President Anna Gonzales showing the token of appreciation, a print from an original painting of a Negros Bleeding Heart by Robert Alejandro

Representatives from participating organizations pose for a group photo at the festival grounds



The 7th Philippine Bird Festival was held on September under the century-old acacia trees on the West Quadrangle of the Silliman University.  The theme of the bird festival was
Langgam paluparon, lasang palambu-on Birds in the wild, help forests thrive !  This year’s festival was co-organized by the Province of Negros Oriental, City of Dumaguete, Silliman University and Dumaguete-based NGO, PENAGMANNAKI.

Group photoContestants of a body-painting contest inspired by Negros Oriental birds

A student tries her hand at drawing the Negros Bleedingheart

On the eve of the bird festival, Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel T. Sagarbarria tendered a Welcome Dinner along the seaside Rizal Boulevard with cultural dances and songs.

At the Opening ceremonies the next morning, guests-of-honor Negros Oriental Governor Roel R. Degamo and Silliman University President Ben S. Malayang III, opened the program with a parade of delegates and concluded with the presentation of art prints by graphic artist Robert Alejandro to the organizers of the festival.

Activities include birdwatching at a nearby wetland, lectures, games and activities such as coloring, face-painting, drawing and origami, this year’s festival also featured a bird photo exhibit and a body-painting contest inspired by Negros Oriental birds.

Group photoLectures on conservation issues were well-attended by college students

International delegates at the Governor's Dinner


The Governor tendered a dinner at the Dumaguete City Convention Center with dance and song numbers as well as a fashion show.  On the last day, Silliman University hosted the Farewell Dinner at the historic Silliman Hall.  Representatives of the participating organizations showed their appreciation with tokens while WBCP announced the turnover of the photos to be jointly managed by the university and PENAGMANNAKI.  The Club also turned over 10 pairs of used binoculars to PENAGMANNAKI for their field work.


WBCP member Mailyn Yangco singa witha local talent
at the Farewell Dinner

Foreign organizations that participated were Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network, Bird Conservation Society of Thailand, Borneo Bird Club, Chinese Wild Bird Federation, Malaysian Nature Society, Nature Society Singapore, Wild Bird Society of Taipei, Kaoshiung Wild Bird Society while local conservation organizations were

Earth Island Institute, Isla Biodiveristy Conservation, Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Katala Foundation, Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation Inc, Birding Adventure Philippines, Municipality of Candaba, City of Balanga, DENR-NCR

Sponsors for this year’s bird festival were Team Energy Foundation, Department of Tourism, Primer Group and C. K. Lu Enterprises.



ABS-CBN Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo – October 2



Tinggay Cinco giving a lecture at the WBCP booth

The Club was also invited to participate in ABS-CBN's Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo event in the Marikina Sports Center last October 21. The event, also attended by other NGOs, was entitled "Bayanihan Para sa Kalikasan." Members of the WBCP Education Committee set up a booth and conducted talks for participants, which were mostly grade school and high school students. Aside from the mini-lectures, members also offered bird coloring and Peter Sutcliffe conducted bird drawing activities. Maia Tanedo took charge of conducting the main lecture on the basics of birdwatching at the gymnasium. The Education Committee was led by Leni Sutcliffe with Karen Ochavo, Tinggay Cinco, Jops Josef and Susie Gavinio. WBCP president Anna Gonzales and Jun Osano were also present.


Borneo Bird Festival  - October 15-16

Group photo
: (L-R) Dr. Arthur Chung (Sabah Forest Development),
Ms. Noredah Ottiman, sabah Tourism Board,
Alex Tiongco, Sabah Tourism Board General Manager
Datuk Irene Charuruks, Cede Prudente, Tere Cervero

The Borneo Bird Festival (BBF) 2011 held at the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) from 14th to 16th October was jointly organized by the Sabah Tourism Board, Borneo Bird Club and Sabah Forestry Department. It was generally aimed to create public awareness of the various magnificent birds of Borneo and the importance of conservation and ecotourism activities. 


Children enjoy coloring activities
at the WBCP booth

A children's bird camp was also organized for students from various schools in Sandakan to expose them to the birding activities and learn about the diversitiy of birds in Borneo.  Other activities include bird colouring and painting contests, creative bird drawing, stone painting, sand art, bird tattooing, face painting as well as batik painting, and guided bird walks around the RDC.  A bird race and bird photography competition was also held for birding enthusiasts.

Some 25 exhibitors from various government agencies, NGOs, private sector as well as individuals showcased their products and promoted their activities. The  Wild Bird Club of the Philippines was represented by Alex Tiongco and Tere Cervero. Special talks held at the Kabili Theatre of the Rainforest Discovery Centre included Alex Tiongco's talk on Philippine Endemic Birds and birding sites.

 


2nd Asian Bird Fair – October 15-16

Group photoForeign organizations group photo during the Opening ceremony

Wild Bird Society of Tainan president Hung presents a birthday cake to WBCP president Anna Gonzales

Group photoWild Bird Club of the Philippines booth

Group photo during the Turnover Ceremonies to Bird Conservation Society of Thailand

The Chinese Wild Bird Federation, the Wild Bird Society of Tainan and the City Government of Tainan hosted the 2nd Asian Bird Fair at the Anping Fisherman’s Wharf.

The 2nd Asian Bird Fair with the theme “Happy Birding” was attended by bird clubs from Asia including the UK-based Oriental Bird Club as well local bird clubs and conservation organizations.  The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines headed by President Anna Gonzales sent the largest delegation. Members of the delegation included Patty Adversario, Kat Gonzales, Charo Lim, Mike Lu, Jo Solis, Arnel Telesforo, Tintin Telesforo, Mark Villa.

The Welcome Dinner by the City government was graced by Tainan City Mayor William Lai with cultural dances and songs from indigenous tribes.  Though the festivities at the open-air venue were moved indoors due to rains but the program continued and one of the highlights was the surprise birthday cake for WBCP president Anna Gonzales.

The Opening Ceremonies started with the parade of organizations and continued with speeches from the organizers and politicians with colorful cultural dances.  The WBCP booth displays presented the avian diversity of the country as well as activities of the Club.  There were also coloring activities for kids and Club merchandise on sale included stickers, t-shirts, pins, and tote bags. Mark Villa gave a talk on birdwatching sites in the Philippines.

Group photo
Asian Bird Fair founders group photo at the Farewell Dinner

Founders of the ABF had a preliminary meeting to be briefed with the issues involved in hosting the 2nd Asian Bird Fair and next year’s 3rd Asian Bird Fair in Thailand. The organizers also discussed and finalized the rescheduling of the different bird festivals next year.  Another meeting involved all foreign delegates for briefing and gathering of ideas and opinions concluding with Xiamen Birdwatching Society and Field Ornithology Sri Lanka offering to host the ABF in 2015 and 2016, respectively. 

At the Closing Ceremonies, the Chinese Wild Bird Federation turned over the hosting of the next Asian Bird Fair to the Bird Conservation society of Thailand to much applause. The sumptuous Farewell Dinner was held at the historic Fort Zeelandia where tokens were given to participating organizations as well as the founding members of the Asian Bird Fair.

A day trip was also organized for ABF participants to visit the Qigu wetlands to see the globally-threatened Black-faced Spoonbill and a boat-ride at the mangrove river of  Taijiang National Park

12th Taipei International Birdwatching Fair - November 5-6

Group photoElva Hsu (Chinese Wild Bird Federation) with Rey Aguinaldo posing with kids at the coloring section while Alain
Pascua looks on.

Mike Lu on stage to speak about birds of the Philippines.

The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines was represented by Vice President Alain Pascua and Treasurer Mike Lu. Joining the Philippine delegation were Rey Aguinaldo and Cesar Memoracion representing DENR-NCR.

Commencing with a Welcome Dinner hosted by the Taipei City Mayor’s office at the Taipei City Hall, the two-day annual bird fair was held at the Guandu Nature Park.  The bird fair was participated by local and international birding clubs as well as environmental NGOs. A commercial section was attended by birdwatching optics companies as well as other companies with related merchandise. 

Lectures were given in the auditorium where Mike Lu participated by giving an introductory talk on the Asian Bird Fair. WBST will be hosting the 4th Asian Bird Fair in October 2013, which coincides with their organization’s 40th founding year.

The day after the bird fair, delegates visited the local Olympus distributor for an educational trip and went sight-seeing at Taipei 101 and WBST-managed cultural/biological park at Zhishan.


IbongDayoFestval – November 29


Tourism Promotions Board OIC ChicoyEnerio flanked
by WBCP led by President Anna Gonzales

The WBCP partnered with the city government of Balanga for the 2ndIbongDayo Festival held at the Balanga Wetland Park.  Tourism Promotions Board OIC ChicoyEnerio, as guest-of- honor, gave an inspirational talk and led in the planting of mangrove saplings.  WBCP’s Education Committee led by Leni Sutcliffe conducted lectures on migration, identification and calls of  bird species found at the wetland park. Other members conducted birdwatching for the students and conducted viewing sessions for the video, Avian Archipelago.








Presentations & Other Activities


WBCP booth in Arroceros Forest Park (front L-R) Mikeli Mapua,
Ixi Mapua, Maia Tanedo, Tere Cervero (back L-R) Vincent Lao,
Jops Josef, Sherbien Dacalinio

WBCP booth at the Region X Tourism Fair in Bislig City.

A number of Club members gave talks, presentations and lectures to different organizations. On February 10, Maia Tanedo gave a talk to grade school students of the Beacon School; on July 4, WBCP members Carmela Balcazar, Drew Galano and Mike Lu gave a talk for students of Rhoda Tayag at St Scholastica's College, on September 8, Maia Tanedo and Anna Gonzales on the topic of Birding in the City at the ROX on Bonifacio High Street. Anna Gonzales also gave a presentation to the American Women's Forum on November 4, Mark Wallbank gave a talk to the Rotary Club of Makati on March 2 while Jun Osano gave another talk to the Rotary Club of Marikina in December.


Coastal 9-11 Clean Up on September 11.

Ipat Luna, Anna Gonzales and Mike Lu with DENR Secretary Ramon Paje during the International Coastal Clean Up.

The Club was invited by the LGU of Bislig City (Surigao del Sur) Caraga to take part in Region X Tourism Fair on February 23-25. The Winner Foundation also invited the Club to take part in Earth Day celebrations at the Arroceros Forest Park on April 30. Club members conducted a mini-bird festival for residents of Brgy Carmen in Silang (Cavite) on April 9. Department of Tourism-NCR invited the club to set up a booth during the Musikultura event in commemoration of Jose Rizal's birth centenary at the Rizal Park on June 19. Although it rained the whole day, we were able to conduct lectures, conduct coloring activities and sell merchandise.

The Club also initiated and partnered with different organizations to conduct coastal clean-ups at the Las Pinas-Paranque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area - most notale were the International Coastal Clean-Up attended by DENR Secretary Ramon Paje and over 2000 volunteers, and the September 11 clean-up dubbed 9-11 Clean-Up.