Manila Times, January
12, 2010 12:19 pm
BALANGA City, Bataan, Jan. 12 — Representatives
of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
as well as foreign and local wild bird clubs recently counted
18,679 migratory water birds present for one day in the wetlands
of this city, higher compared to 15,251 birds found during
the same period last year.
Danish Arne Jensen, a bird expert, announced
the result of the tally after careful deliberations of the
bird count submitted by DENR in Region 3, & the Wild Bird
Club of the Philippines (WBCP) headed by its president Michael
Dan Miguel led the DENR group in the census
of the birds that started before Sunday daybreak.
Jensen said that among the common species
of birds found in the city are the Asian Golden Plover and
“The number of these birds is quite
high in Balanga and exceeded the one percent threshold required
of the migratory bird population,” the foreign bird
Aside from the plovers, also present in the
wetlands of Tortugas, Sibacan, Puerto Rivas Ibaba and Puerto
Rivas Itaas, all seaside villages in Balanga, are bird specie
terns, egrets, black-winged stilt, heron and black-headed
Rodolfo de Mesa, Balanga City administrator,
said City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III is very happy to learn
that the number of migratory birds counted Sunday exceeded
the number on January 11, 2009.
Lu said that the census of water birds is
being undertaken globally to determine if the population of
the water birds is increasing or decreasing.
“If the decrease in number is caused
by the destruction of the habitat, for example, then measures
have to be undertaken,” he said.
Data in all countries have to be collated
to get a global census of all water birds both local and migratory,
the WBCP head said. (PNA)