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The start of the rainy season did not stop the number of activities the club had last June. Here’s a summary of what the club has been busy with the past month.

JUNE ROUNDUP                                                                                                                   Compiled by Mike Lu and Maia Tañedo

1Philippine Bird Fest meeting with DENR. A Philippine Bird Fest meeting was conducted with partners from DENR-NCR, Protected Areas & Wildlife Bureau, Manila Bay Coordinating Office, and Department of Tourism-NCR to update on each other’s commitments and responsibilities.

2-6Birding Sanctuary Training in Romblon. The WBCP, represented by Melanie Tan, Trinket Canlas, and Adri Constantino, conducted an introduction to birding and training for residents of Romblon with full support from the local government.

Trinket and Adri lead a group activity during the training. Photo by Melanie Tan.
From L to R: Melanie Tan, Romblon Mayor Gard Montojo, Trinket Canlas, Peace Corp volunteer Rhonda Elliot, Adri Constantino, and Municipal Agricultural Officer Arturo Gutierrez. Photo from Melanie Tan.

10Visiting birders go with WBCP members to the La Mesa Ecopark and the Angono Petroglyphs. Visiting birder from Boston, EM Ganin, joined some members of the WBCP to go birding in the La Mesa Ecopark. The group was also joined by other visiting birder friends, Martin, Pedro and Cindy. The group then proceeded to the Angono Petroglyphs.

From L-R: Maia Tanedo, EM Ganin, and Jops Josef at the Angono Petroglyphs, exchanging bird shirts from their respectives bird clubs. Good idea, right? Photo by Yana Osano.
Group shot of members of the WBCP, visiting birders, and friends at the museum at the Angono Petroglyphs site. Photo from Jun Osano.

12Club Trip to Tanay Ranforest Camp.  Members of the WBCP went to the Tanay Rainforest Camp for some Independence Day birding. Despite the rainy weather, the group saw and heard 43 bird species. These include White-browed Shama, Scale-feathered Malkoha, Ashy Ground Thrush, and thermalling Oriental Honey Buzzards and Crested Serpent Eagles.

Birders along the trail. Photo by Jun Osano.
Group shot! From L-R: Anthony Arbias, Gina Mapua, Jops Josef, Tinggay Cinco, Maia Tanedo, Jude Sanchez, Jessie Severino, Robert Hutchinson, Marites Falcon, Anna Gonzales, Allan Fernando, Yana Osano, and Jun Osano. Photo from Tinggay Cinco.

20 – Meeting of LPPCHEA Council. The Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Tourism Area council presented the draft management plan for the Critical Habitat at the Heritage Hotel.

23Philippine Bird Fest Meeting. An organizational meeting for the upcoming Philippine Bird Fest was held at the home of Jops Josef. In attendance were most of the committee heads and volunteers for the various committees.

24Guided Trip at the Philippine Science High School Campus in Quezon City. A public guided trip was held for the first time in the Philippine Science High School campus in Quezon City. PSHS teacher and WBCP member Jon Javier helped organize the trip which was attended by 23 participants and 10 WBCP guides. Some species the group saw include Zebra Dove, Pied Fantail and good views of perched Pacific Swallows and feeding Colasisi.

WBCP member Jops Josef talks about the Zebra Dove on the scope with some of the kids who participated in the guided trip. Photo by Jun Osano.
The participants learning how to use their binoculars before birding. Photo by Jun Osano.

27WBCP on Radio Veritas. The WBCP was invited to the Veritas846 AM radio show, Pamilya Mo, Pamilya Ko (Your Family is My Family) to talk about the club and birdwatching. Jops Josef and Maia Tanedo guested on the radio show hosted by Mr. Bernard Cañaberal and Ms. Jovi Barretto.

WBCP members Jops Josef and Maia Tanedo (seated) pose with the hosts of the radio show Sir Bernard and Miss Jovi (standing).

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