4th Philippine Bird Festival 2008
Puerto Princesa Coliseum, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
ARRCN again participated in the Philippine Bird Festival 2008, after having taken part in the 2007 event held in Cebu. This yearfs 4th Philippine Bird Festival was held on 12 & 13 September 2008 in Puerto
Princesa city, Pahlawan, Philippines. This annual event aims to promote
awareness of the unique birds of the Philippines and the need to conserve
ARRCN would like to thank
Wild Bird Club of Philippines for the invitation to attend the festival and the
Department of Tourism and Puerto Princesa city mayorfs office for the
Besides the many local agencies that took part, several regional organizations
were also present, including from Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, India and China.
Exhibits, videos and dances about Philippine birds were held for the benefit
of students and other visitors. Five representatives from ARRCN put up
posters to explain about our organization and its aims. There were also
posters informing about characteristics of raptors, Asian raptors and the
threats they face, raptor migration as well as the conservation projects
that members are currently carrying out.
The post festival field trips took the participants to two sites. One trip
was to Rasa Island to view the endangered Philippine Cockatoo while the
other one was to St. Paulfs Subterranean River National Park, a World Heritage
site. Only very few individuals of 4 species of raptors were recorded during
the field trips: White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Brahminy Kite, Crested Goshawk
and Grey-faced Buzzard. It was unusual to see the single Grey-faced Buzzard
as it was too early for migrants to have arrived.
|Welcome to Puerto Princesa
|Togather with Puerto Princesa city mayor
|St. Paulfs Subterranean River National Park
Report of the 3rd Philippine Bird Festival
Written by Lim Kim Chye(Malaysia)
As ARRCN representative, I attended the 3rd Philippine Bird Festival held
in Cebu City, Cebu Island, from 20 - 22 Sept 07. During this
period I was provided with accommodation and meals by the Wild
Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP), the organisers of the event. I
arrived on 19 Sept and returned on 25 Sept (I joined a private trip to
Bohol Island on 23 - 25 Sept)
The main event, on 21 Sept, was participated by 12 other organisations,
including from Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Korea. About 800 students
and members of the public came for the event. ARRCN was alloted space
where I put up 6 posters with information on ARRCN and our
objectives and projects. I also interacted with the students by asking
them questions on raptors and showing them how to make origami raptor,
paper owl and raptor glider. My table also had ARRCN leaflets on our
projects and migraton and threatened raptors. I managed to sell 4 copies
of the 4th Symposium Proceedings (will hand over the money in Vietnam). I
also had the opportunity to talk about raptor conservation during my powerpoint
presentation on ARRCN and its work.
The WBCP members who were studying migration were
not present, but I did get some information from others on raptor migration in
Philippines. One member mentioned that he saw
about 1300 - 1400 raptors on 1 Oct 2005 at Isabela, north Luzon Island.
Interestingly, on the morning of 22 Sept, the Taiwanese group saw a flock of
about 50 Chinese Goshawks over Cebu City!
I presented Mr Mike Lu, President of WBCP, and Mr
Nilo Arribas, Chairman of Cebu branch of WBCP, with ARRCN leaflets and
membership form, a copy each of the Proceedings. Mr Mike Lu said that WBCP is
keen to promote more interest in raptors and migration among its members. He
added that perhaps ARRCN would consider coming again at a suitable time to
conduct field training in counting and identification of raptors.