Sun Star Pampanga
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Bird fanatics visit Candaba's nests
CANDABA -- The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines
(WBCP), led by the group's president Michael Lu, recently
landed on the nests of migratory birds in this municipality.
Lu said this is not the group's first time in this town, saying
they usually go to the Mayor's house here and in Barangay
Paralaya two years ago.
Drew Galano being interviewed for Studio 23's News Central |
"As far as I can remember,
we went here in Barangay Paralaya two years ago, that
was right after the flood and the birds really flocked
the area during that time," he said.
The club is composed of businessmen, educators, students,
doctors, artists, lawyers, and writers, among others.
They were brought together by one thing -- the beauty
of Philippine wild birds in their natural habitats.
Founded by a handful of weekend bird watching enthusiasts,
the club was established in July 2004 to promote bird
watching as a hobby and the responsible enjoyment of
nature and to build records of bird observations that
will be open for public access.
To date, about 300 people have been members
of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.
"Our mission is to provide
a forum for individuals to share their interest in watching
wild birds in the Philippines and to provide support
and records to other groups with similar interest,"
The visit, according to Lu, is also a way of exploring
other places where migratory birds including the "resident"
ones flock as if having one big feast celebration.
"We saw a good number of birds here in Candaba.
It is actually more than what we expected," said
He also said the place is suitable for field and educational
trips for students as well as for adults.
View of Mt Arayat from Bgy. Paralaya, Candaba
In the end, Lu lauded local government officials
here saying the "local chief executive here is very much
pro environment". (RCG)