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July 2014 Roundup

by Mike Lu and James Biron

July 5,11,19 & 25, 2014Guided Trips for Ignatian Community

The Bird Walks, which were part of the ReIGNITE: Ignatian Festival 2014, are one and a half hour tours of the Ateneo de Manila University, QC campus. It was sponsored by the Ateneo Institute of Sustainability and guided by the members of the WBCP. A total of 66 people joined the four birdwalks, excluding the members of the WBCP and the head organizer, Abby Favis.  Most of the participants were members of the Ateneo community: faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and students (both graduate and undergraduate) and their families. (Photo credits: Trinket Canlas Constantino, Abby Favis, Marts Cervero and Adrian Constantino)




July 20, 2014WBCP 11th Anniversary

The 11th General Assembly of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines was held on July 20 at the La Vista Clubhouse (Quezon City). The General Assembly started with a Records Committee report by Arne Jensen, followed by the annual report by Gina Mapua and finally the Treasurer’s Report by Mike Lu.

The 11th Anniversary continued with the premiere of the 9th Philippine Bird Festival video. President Gina turned over a copy of the video to DOT IX Director MJ Bugante, who flew in from Zamboanga that morning. Special guest Andrew Sebastian of the Malaysian Nature Society flew in from Kuala Lumpur to launch and invite members to the 5th Asian Bird Fair to be held in Langkawi (Malaysia) later in the year. Senator Cynthia Villar launched the LPPCHEA Field Guide and turned over copies to the Club. Also launched was the Birds of Cebu and Bohol book. The Club also turned over a cheque amounting to more than P 13,000.00 representing proceeds from activities held during Philippine Eagle Week to Philippine Eagle Foundation Executive Director Dennis Salvador who flew in from Davao City. Kenko Philippines through export manager Tong Higashida turned over 15 pairs of binoculars for use during the monthly WBCP-KENKO guided trips.

The highlight of the anniversary was the announcement of the new officers: President Gina Mapua, Vice President Willem van de Ven, Secretary Tinggay Cinco and Treasurer Mike Lu. A few days later, the Execom appointed Jon Javier as the 5th Officer. (Photo credits: Alexander Loinaz, Asian Bird Fair (Mike Lu) and Marites Falcon)


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July 26, 2014 – Club Trip to Anvaya Cove

Members of the WBCP conducted a guided birding activity at Anvaya Cove. The rain stopped long enough for the group to bird in the morning. As always the White Collared Kingfisher was a crowd pleaser. After breakfast some participants went up the tower and were treated to Philippine Ducks in flight, and a White-bellied Sea Eagle soaring high. (Photo credit: Anna Gonzales)

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July 26, 2014 – Club Trip to UP Diliman with Philippine Astronomical Society Members

The Philippine Astronomical Society, in collaboration with the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP), conducted a birdwatching tour at UP Diliman campus last July 26 to promote birdwatching as an outdoor activity for astronomy enthusiasts and guests during the rainy season when stargazing is impossible. The event was named “Barkadahan sa Kalawakan” to signify bonding in the wild environment. (Photo credit: Victoria Evarretta)

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July 26, 2014 – WBCP Execom Meeting

The new  Execom gathered  to coordinate activities in the next few months as well as plan for directions the Club wants to undertake in the future. (Photo credit: Cristina Cinco)


July 27, 2014 – WBCP Records Committee Technical Working Group Meeting

Members of the WBCP Records Committee Technical Working Group had a meeting to discuss the protocol for the submission of records. Records Committee Vice-Chair Christian Perez lead the group (Photo credit: Cristina Cinco)

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July 28, 2014 – Project Northern Light 2014

A Mini Symposium on Raptor Migration and Identification was conducted at the Cagayan State University organized by the Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network, Wild Bird Club of the Philippines and the Cagayan State University – Sanchez Mira (Photo credit: Marts Cervero)

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  1. cathy mendoza

    Hello,  As much as I appreciate your emails and posts, is there a way to receive updates on forthcoming activities well before the schedule.

    I only read about the activities, no opportunities to join in. I was told that i only need to participate in one of the bird walks.  This I already did at Parks and Wildlife but no one has asked me to join the group formally or be inducted into the group

    Any other info will be helpful


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