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Annual Asian Waterbird Census held in San Carlos

Some of the bird species identified during the annual Asian Waterbird Census conducted in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.* San Carlos PIO FB photos

The Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) with Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO) and Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO)-Cadiz City held its annual Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

Representatives of the agencies were in the city on January 19 and started monitoring at Brgy. Guadalupe.

Rosie Pablico, conservation and development section chief of DENR, said the AWC is conducted every January in some parts of the world, particularly Asia, as part of the global waterbird monitoring program, International Waterbird Census (IWC) coordinated by Wetlands International, launched on January 7 to 22, this year.

Pablico added the census is aimed at obtaining annual information on waterbird population among wetlands in the region during the non-breeding period of most species, which will serve as the basis for evaluation of sites and monitoring of populations.

She also said that with the census, they will be able to monitor the status and condition of wetlands; create awareness on the importance of waterbirds and their habitat both local and national levels; and improve knowledge about the little-known waterbird species and wetland sites.

The census recorded a total individual count of 839 with at least 20 species inside the three monitoring sites – Barangays Ermita, San Juan and Guadalupe.

Among the species identified and counted are Whiskered Tern, Little Egret, Chinese Egret, White Collard Kingfisher, Whimbrel, Greater Sand Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Kentish Plover, Malaysian Plover, Terek Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Gray Tailed Tattler, Common Sand Piper, Grey Plover, Eurasian Curlew, Far Eastern Curlew, Great Knot, Red-Necked Stint, Striated Heron and Pacific Golden Plover.

The DENR noticed a decrease of the number of thriving bird species in the areas of Negros this year, especially in San Carlos City which they think is caused by climate change caused by global warming. Last year’s count totaled to 885 waterbirds.

AWC is in coordination with the City Environment Management Office participated in by Relovelyn Dalaguit, Jay R Francisco of DENR PENRO, Ma. Theresa Erellana, Crisper Calixton, Ronnel Alingasa of DENR CENRO Cadiz City, and Joseph Marc Caceres, Veid Andrada, Marc Aparese, Dhenz Cuenca, Alfred Seballos of CENRO Cadiz City and Jolly Mider of Haribon Foundation among others.*

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