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March 2017 Roundup


Here is a list of the different activities the WBCP had the past month.

March 12 – Records Committee Meeting
The WBCP Records Committee got together at the residence of Mike Lu and had their regular meeting.
Hard-working Records Committee members. Photo by Mike Lu
March 14 – Club Trip to San Roque Dam, Pangasinan
Members of the WBCP went on a club trip to the San Roque Dam in Pangasinan where they saw relatively big numbers of Philippine Ducks among other species.
Birders on the boat going around the dam.
Philippine Ducks flying over the water. Photo by Jon Villasper
March 18 – Club Trip to IRRI and Mt. Makiling
The WBCP had a club trip for members in the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Mt. Makiling in Los Banos, Laguna.
Photo by Cristina Sison, niece of current WBCP Secretary Tinggay Cinco
March 18-19 – Club Trip to Pacific Farms, Bolinao, Pangasinan
The WBCP was invited by Pacific Farms to survey their 500-hectare salt farm as a potential site for the annual Asian Waterbird Census for Region 1.  Seven birdwatchers joined by the company owners trekked the salt fields and explored the fringing habitats – mudflats and scrublands to record more than 70 species in less than 48 hours. Waders in breeding plumage littered portions of the salt fields while the fringing hillsides harbored a variety of common open field and forest species
March 25 – Guided Trip in Anvaya Club, Morong, Bataan
As Anvaya Cove celebrated its 9th anniversary, the WBCP was invited to set up a booth and also conduct bird walks around the area for guests.
Photo by Willem van de Ven


Photo by Nikdye Realubit
March 27 – Birding Training at Masungi Georeserve
The WBCP was tapped by the Masungi Georeserve to conduct a birding training for their guides.
WBCP volunteers Willem, Cathy, Mabel, James and Jasmin (Brian Ellis not in the photo) and our lovely host Ann
Forest rangers and guides – we had to divide into three groups for a more focused learning

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