Apple of my Eyes

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Migratory Birds

The city government of Balanga is planning to build Wetland Center in an area covering three villages here, officially declared by the Department of Tourism as bird-watching sites. The villages of Puerto Rivas Ibaba, Sibacan and Tortugas here were declared by the Department of Tourism as bird-watching sites.

City Mayor Joet Garcia said that the Wetland Center will be a one-hectare area suited for educational viewing of wetland and migratory birds.

The city is home to rare birds endemic to the Philippines and an ideal stopover of migrating forest and water birds from Russia, China, Japan, Korea, Siberia, and as far as Canada.

Based on record, at least 35 species of birds were sighted in this city that included, among others, grey heron, black crowned night heron, whiskered tern, curlew sandpiper, purple heron, Chinese egret, Philippine duck, great egret, and common tern.

Garcia got the idea of establishing the Wetland Center in London last November during the launching of the DOT guide book on bird-watching sites in the Philippines led by DOT Secretary Ace Durano.

Balanga City is one of the thirteen bird-watching sites in the country being promoted by the DOT.

Garcia said the Wetland Center will help in educating the people about wetland and migratory birds. He added educating the people is an important step in involving them in protecting birds.

The city government of Balanga will also build facilities like viewing decks at the bird-watching areas here to lure tourists and bird watchers.

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