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5th Philippine Bird Festival
Written by Loren   
Monday, 21 September 2009

As the 5th Philippine Bird Festival, with the theme: "Ibong Dayo, Kaibigan Tayo!" (The Migrant Birds: Our Friends), the country's largest celebration of avifaunal diversity and bird lore awareness is set to take off on October 9 in Balanga City of Bataan.

In the said date, bird watchers and nature enthusiasts are expected to flock in this city to witness the said festival.

The festival will mark the arrival from the Asian mainland and Japan of wintering shorebirds with the official dedication of the Balanga Nature and Wetland Park, the first protected wetland park in the whole Manila Bay area.

This year's bird festival aims to drum public support for the conservation and awareness of the Balanga wetlands where more than 15,000 individual birds were on record during the Asian Waterbird Census in January.

Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) aid that the wetlands of Puerto Rivas in Balanga City attract one of the largest concentrations of migrant shorebirds and waterfowl anywhere in the Philippines.

Michael Lu said that Balanga wetlands consistently land in the country's top 5 wetlands with the most number of wintering water birds, which included Candaba Marsh in Pampanga and Olango Island in Cebu.

The festival will hold different activities such as exhibit of bird photos, lectures and film screenings at the People’s Center in the capitol grounds, which will be opened to the public free of charge.

Organizers said an activity center featuring bird-themed games; arts and crafts and face painting will be on tap for the young and the young at heart.

The provincial government will also at once stage a trade fair on the Capitol grounds that would mark the best products from the province’s 12 towns.

This year’s Philippine Bird Festival is sponsored by the City of Balanga and the Province of Bataan, Department- of Tourism, Team Energy Foundation, Genesis Transport, primer Group, Recreational Outdoor Exchange (ROX), & Columbia Outdoor Wear.

In addition, local conversation organizations Philippine Eagle Foundation of Davao, the Katala Foundation of Palawan, World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines, Isla Biodiversity Conversation Foundation, the Polillo Island Biodiversity Conversati-n Foundation, Pederasyon sa Nagkahiusang mga Mag-uuma nga Nanalipud ug Napasig-uli sa Kinaiyahan Inc. Of Dumaguete, Birdwatch Palawan, Philippine Biodiversity Conversation Foundation and Cebu Biodiversity Conversation Foundation, the Municipality of Candaba Pampanga, the City of Bisling in Surigao Del Sur have also expressed their support for the Balanga event.

With this event the provincial government of Bataan is hoping to help saving endanger birds species not only in the country as well in the world. [via]

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