Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 09:37:00 09/15/2010
Filed Under: Animals, animals, Tourism & Leisure, Tourism,
Environmental Issues, Philippines - Regions
MANILA, Philippines—Bird watchers,
conservationists, and international eco-tourists have their
eyes on the Philippines, host of Asia’s first region-wide
bird festival this month.
The first Asian Bird Fair will be held at
the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City September 24 to
26 in tandem with the 6th Philippine Bird Festival, the country’s
premier avian conservation and eco-tourism event. The milestone
event is co-hosted by the Philippine Eagle Foundation and
the Davao City government.
Wild Bird Club of the Philippines president
Mike Lu said the theme this year is “Nurture Nature,
Save our Future,” an initiative shared by the Bird Conservation
Society of Thailand, Chinese Wild Bird Federation, Wild Bird
Society of Taipei, Malaysian Nature Society, and Nature Society
The Asian Bird Fair, which highlights bird
festivals of the participating countries, seeks to enrich
eco-tourism through bird-watching and promotes the natural
and cultural heritage of host cities, Lu said.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and host
of last year's
Philippine bird festival, Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia
toast to the success of the 1st Asian Bird Fair at a
press conference during the Kadayawan festivities
Activities include a forum, tours of the
Philippine Eagle Center and Eden Garden Resorts, photo exhibits,
and presentations. There will be fun activities like a guided
tour at low tide of the tidal flats in front of the Waterfront
Insular Hotel where participants can have a closer look at
marine species like fiddler crabs and mudskippers, as well
as enjoy spectacular views of herons, egrets, and shorebirds.
Alice Villa-Real, chair of the organizing
committee, said the event will help draw attention to pressing
“We can protect the rich bird life
and their habitat while promoting responsible enjoyment of
nature and encouraging related sustainable businesses in the
local communities,” she said.