Haribon foundation members regularly embark on bird-watching activities to monitor sites and collect data on various bird species around the Philippines.
One of its latest was held in March at Jalajala, Rizal, which officially capped the last of the migratory bird-watching series.
The group sighted 41 bird species in Jalajala that are all classified as wetland and migratory waterbirds. These bird species visit the site for food such as fish, crustaceans, and insects which were all abundant in the place.
“Haribon foundation started as a birdwatching society and we promote the importance of birds as indicators of an ecosystem’s health,” said Ana Almazar, Haribon membership officer.
Annual migratory season in the Philippines usually starts late September and ends early April. Birdwatching is usually conducted in this season to monitor sites and collect data on various bird species. Haribon usually focus on wetlands like Jalajala where the migratory birds frequently visit for wintering.
“As a membership organization, our objective is to convert members into biodiversity champions and with them getting first-hand knowledge on the behavior and characteristics of birds teaches them the importance of protecting these species since they get to know what these species provide us and how they are affected by the changes in the environment,” Almazar ended.