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WBCP 2013 Report

Membership 285 members

On its' 10th founding year, the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines had a total of 285 members as of December last 2013. Majority of the membership are based in Manila but there are also a number of members based outside the Metro including: Ilocos Norte (3), Cagayan (1), La Union (2), Benguet (1), Nueva Ecija (2), Aurora (1), Bataan (2), Zambales (1), Rizal (5), Oriental Mindoro (2), Cavite (10), Laguna (6), Batangas (3), Quezon (4), Palawan (7), Panay (1), Negros Oriental (2), Negros Occidental (3), Cebu (2), Bohol (1), Iloilo (4), Leyte (3), and Davao (3.)

Aside from this, the club also has members based in other countries. This year the club had members based in different countries: Hong Kong (1), Japan (1), Taiwan (1), Australia (1), Belgium (1), Switzerland (2), Singapore (3), United Kingdom (3), United States (4), and Malaysia (5).

Foreign birders have also become active members of the WBCP including the British (being the most represented group with 16 members!), followed by the Americans (10), Dutch (4), Malaysian (3),Australian (3), German (3), Belgian (2), Czech (1), Norwegian (1), Taiwanese (1), Dane (1), Spanish (1), French (1), Thai (1), Singaporean (1) and Sri Lankan (1.)

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In line with the Club's advocacy to promote birdwatching, guided birdwatching trips are conducted regularly for the general public. These trips are conducted in partnership with Kenko Optics, who have donated spotting scopes and binoculars for use during the guided trips.

Popular sites for these guided trips include the University of the Philippines (Diliman campus in Quezon City), the La Mesa Ecopark (Quezon City), and the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (Manila Bay).

Tinggay Cinco guiding first-time birders at the La Mesa Ecopark

The Balanga Wetland Park is one of the few birdwatching sites in the country with boardwalk and viewing decks.

The club also conducted guided trips as requested by schools. Such schools include Beacon School (Candaba Marsh), Manila Waldorf School (Balanga Wetland Park), Philippine Science High School (in their QC campus), Ateneo Environmental Management Coalition (Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City), and for the Boy Scouts of St. Stephen's High School (Canyon Woods). A number of homeschooling families have also requested for guided trips to enrich the kids'lessons.

A number of organizations have also participated in the guided trips including the UP Mountaineers (Ninoy Aquino Park and UP Diliman), United Architects of the Philippines-Paranaque chapter (LPPCHEA), National University and Asia Pacific College in partnership with the Haribon Foundation (LPPCHEA), the Nikon Club (La Mesa Ecopark), and children under the He Cares Foundation (UP-Diliman). Guided trips were also conducted for residents of Maharlika Hills (Rizal) and Anvaya Cove (Bataan).

Delegates of the International Hornbill Conference on a day trip to Mt Palay-Palay National Park

Kids from He Cares Foundation try birdwatching at UP-Diliman.

Delegates of the International Hornbill Conference were taken to Mt Palay-Palay and Caylabne Bay (both in Cavite) while Asian Raptor Research & Conservation Network officers were taken to Tanay Rainforest Camp (Rizal).

Trips were also organized for the company staff of Tony Wong (Subic Bay) and the family of Florence Sy (Candaba). Club members also met up and guided visiting foreign birders : Malcolm Gregory (Australia), Jaydev Nansey (India), Dave Irving (United Kingdom), EM Ganin (US), Dabiel Manrique (Spain), Amrisa Tang, Eric and Penn To (all from Hong Kong).

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The Club also organizes birdwatching trips for its' members in a number of locations. These trips include the annual Asian Waterbird Census, raptor migration counts, and ocular trips.

Members discovered a breeding colony of Great Egrets during an ocular trip to the fishponds of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences & Technology

Group photo of WBCP members at Timberland Heights in San Mateo (Rizal).

Among the sites visited by Club members were Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (Manila Bay), Tanza (Navotas), Ipo Dam (Bulacan), Candaba Marsh (Pampanga), Mt Palay-Palay (Cavite), Pasonanca Watershed & Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences & Techonlogy fishponds (Zamboanga) and even La Vista Village (Quezon City) to see a family of Philippine Scops Owls.

Ocular trips were conducted in Timberland Heights (Rizal), Kawayan Cove (Batangas), Calatagan (Batangas), Manila Southwoods Golf and Corinthian Gardens (Quezon City).

WBCP members and DENR IV-A staff consolidating the sightings at Candaba Marsh (Pampanga) Balanga2013.jpg - Jops Josef pointing to the flocks of egrets at the wetlands in Balanga (Bataan)

WBCP members participated in the Asian Waterbird Census with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 11 wetland sites: Lake Paoay (Ilocos Norte), Bani (Pangasinan), San Roque Dam (Pangasinan), Balanga wetlands (Bataan), Candaba Marsh (Pampanga), Team Energy power plants in Sual (Pangasinan) and Pagbilao (Quezon), Hagonoy Pumping Station (Taguig), Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat & Ecotourism Area (Manila Bay), Cabusao wetlands (Camarines Sur), Ilog (Negros Oriental).

Club Anniversary

The Club's 10th anniversary celebration was held on July 14 at the La Vista Clubhouse. With WBCP members Paula Peralejo and Charlie Fernandez hosting the program, the first program started with acknowledging the members by batches, the Records Committee report by Arne Jensen, the annual report and finances.

WBCP Members Batch 2003 (L-R) Mike Lu, Tina Alejandro, Ricky de Castro, Mark Villa, Arne Jensen, Lu Ann Fuentes, Mads Bajarias, Dindo Llana and Jon Villasper Records Committee Chairperson Arne Jensen highlighting the accomplishments of the committee

The second part of the program started with the presentation of the highlight activities of the bird club and the projects of the Honey Lu Fund. It was followed by the launching of the 9th Philippine Bird Festival-Zamboanga by the DoT Region IX Director Mary June Bugante with the Zamboanga City Tourism Officer Sarita Sebastian with dancers from the Western Mindanao State University.

Gina Mapua unveils the 9th Philippine Bird Festival logo Performers from the Jambanga Cultural Dance Troupe of the Western Mindanao State University flew in from Zamboanga to add tot he festivities

The program continued with the announcement of election results with Gina Mapua as president, Maia Tanedo as vice president, Jon Javier as secretary and Mike Lu as treasurer. Arne Jensen announced the winners of the Big Year with the amateur category won by Tonji Ramos followed by Sylvia Ramos and Christian Perez, and the professional category won by Rob Hutchison with runner-up Ivan Sarenas. The last part of the program was the launching of the WBCP guided trips as the Kenko-WBCP guided trips with a donation of 2 spotting scopes from Kenko Optics represented by Tong Higashida.

The newly-elected Execom (L-R) President Gina Mapua, Vice President Maia Tanedo, Secretary Jon Javier, Treasurer Mike Lu Ivan Sarenas and Rob Hutchison awaiting the announcement of the winners of the Big Race professional category by Arne Jensen

Aside from the programs the merchandise section was supplemented by Celestron and Kenko booths selling binoculars and scopes. The annual silent auction was also held to raise funds for the Club activities.

Among this year's guests were Senator Cynthia Villar, Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia, former Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo, representatives from DENR-NCR, Save Freedom Island Movement, Earth Island Institute, GMA News' Howie Severino, Buddy Cunanan, and Philippine Daily Inquirer feature writer Ross Harper-Alonso.

The Club's10th year celebration was featured by reporter Bam Alegre on GMA News.

(L-R) Gina Mapua, Rey Aguinaldo from DENR-NCR, Senator Cynthia Villar, Mike Lu and Armi Corpuz Mike Lu being interviewed on the Club's anniversary by GMA News

International Hornbill Expedition September 20-22

The Malaysian Nature Society, in partnership with Tourism Malaysia and the Belum Rainforest Resort held the 1st International Hornbill Expedition at the Belum Temengor Forest complex and the Amanjaya Forest Reserve in Pulau Banding, Perak (Malaysia).

Delegates were taken out on the first day to familiarize themselves with the area for the Birdathon on Day 2. Most delegates were able to see 9 out of the 10 hornbills species found in the site, and mammals such as otters and elephants Day 3 was allocated for the International Forum where delegates shared best practices in their own countries. Representing the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, Michael Lu was also tasked with giving a presentation of the Asian Bird Fair.

Mike Lu (left) with fellow expedition delegates from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan The 1st International Hornbill Expedition delegates pose for a groupp photo