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October 2016 Roundup

Here are the past month’s activities of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.

October 1, 2016 – Coastal Clean-Up with Villar Foundation
Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area, Manila Bay

There was a coastal clean-up led by the Villar-SIPAG Foundation, DENR-NCR, MMDA at the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA). Proud to say that what the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines started years ago has borne fruit. Aside from the annual International Coastal Clean-Up, other organizations continue to conduct monthly clean-ups at the LPPCHEA (Photo credits: Mike Lu)






October 8, 2016 – Girl Scouts of the Philippines’ Brand Strengthening and Communications Forum
Tagaytay City

Maia Tañedo and Marites Falcon gave a talk for the Girl Scouts of the Philippines during their first Brand Strengthening and Communications Forum in Tagaytay City. Maia gave an introduction to bird watching and responsible nature photography while Marites, who is also the current president of Nikon Club Philippines, gave a talk about Photography. (Photo credits: Marites Falcon and Girl Scouts of the Philippines)


October 12, 2016 – Preparation for the Ibong Dayo Festival 2016
Quezon City

Planning for the award-winning Ibong Dayo Festival scheduled in December with Team Balanga in Quezon City. (L-R) Rudy de Mesa, Anna Mendoza Abalahin, Mike Lu, Cristina R. Cinco. (Photo credit: Mike Lu)



October 16, 2016 – Preparation for the 7th Asian Bird Fair in Jingshan, China
Quezon City

The 7th Asian Bird Fair in Jingshan is just a month a way. Presenting the wacky performers from the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines. Philippine song and dance rehearsals for fellowship dinner in Jingshan at Mike’s place this afternoon. Good session in spite of Storm Signal # 2 being raised in Metro Manila.

The organizer of the Asian Bird Fair – Jingshan in China challenged the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines to perform a cultural dance. Our members gamely took on the challenge and prepared 2 bird-related folk dances plus a surprise number. Jingshan, ready or not, here we come! (Photo credits: Cristina Cinco and Mike Lu)



October 19, 2016 – Birds of Quezon City Photo Exhibit
Quezon City

Maia Tañedo giving a short talk about what birdwatching is and also conservation issues during the ribbon cutting ceremonies of a photo exhibit featuring the Birds of Quezon City by Tropang Birders. Gracing the ceremonies were Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, QC Disctrict 2 Councilor Roderick Paulate, and QC District 3 Councilor Allan Reyes. (Photo credits: Gilbert Go and Lhem Dakuykoy)


October 19, 2016 – Guided Bird Watching Trip
LPPCHEA, Las Pinas

Mike Lu was invited by the DENR-NCR to give a talk on bird identification and monitoring. Mike focused on birds found within Metro Manila specially species in the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA). The LPPCHEA guide book came in handy. At the latter half of the talk, Mike had the participants turn their backs as a volunteer describes what he sees on the screen. It was fun and it reinforces what they learned.

After the classroom session, Mike took out the participants to the LPPCHEA for on-site birdwatching. With the approaching weather disturbance, the winds were strong and there were few birds except terns trying to fly against the winds. (Photo credits: Mike Lu)14633733_10154250531324160_2846290943196076339_o14711297_10154250537809160_3957645354691587131_o14701046_10154250580989160_5550179624399353659_o


October 21, 2016 – 18th Taipei International Birdwatching Fair
Guandu Nature Park, Taiwan

From manning dozens of fun nature learning stations to delivering lunch to the almost 100 or so booths/ stations to hauling garbage, members of the Wild Bird Society of Taipei have been making the annual Taipei Bird Fair one of the biggest conservation awareness events in Asia.

More amazing and inspiring is how they have made the Guandu Nature Park a centerpiece of urban biodiversity that continues to create value for the city and the ecosystem (Photo credit: Anna Gonzales)

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October 23, 2016 – WBCP-Kenko Guided Bird Watching Trip
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

A 2-hour guided birdwatching trip was held at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus, birdwatchers recorded 19 bird species included the usual residents ie Long-talied Shrike, collared Kingfisher and a few migrants ie Brown Shrike, Grey-streaked Flycatcher. (Photo credits: Mike Lu and Cel Tungol)

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October 27, 2016 – Guided Bird Watching Trip to UPLB
University of the Philippines – Los Banos, Laguna

WBCP members guided 22 second year high school students in Makiling Botanic Garden, and IRRI in UPLB. Some of the highlights include a flock of Ashy Minivets and Tarictic Hornbills (Photo credits: James B. and Nikdye Realubit)


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