Haribon Foundation, in partnership with BirdLife International held its 3rd annual Welcome to the Birds kick-off event OctoBird Fest 2015 on October 24, 2015 at the Burnham Green, Rizal Park. This is a start of a four-part series of awareness raising campaign to educate the public about the significance of migratory birds in the country, as well as instill appreciation and protection of their habitats.
Haribon’s Ambassador for Conservation and GMA artist, Enzo Pineda flew kites with the audience, much to the delight of everyone who attended the festivities. There were booth activities, arts and crafts, kite workshops, games, raffle and musical performances by rising star, Cucay Pagdilao and the legendary visual artist and multi-talented guitarist of the Wuds, Bobby Balingit. It’s a wholesome family event and everyone enjoyed the festivities.
OctoBird Fest 2015 highlighted the perilous plight and importance of thousands of migratory birds all the way from Russia, China, Mongolia and South Korea that visit our country generally from September till March each year. They do this to find grounds to rest and feed while temporarily evading their host countries’ harsh winter months.
Interesting fact about the migrating birds is how they utilize stars, the sun, wind patterns, landforms, and even the earth’s magnetic field to help them in navigating to the same locations each year.
Most commonly seen migratory birds in the Philippines are Little Egrets, Tufted Ducks, Brown Shrike, Common Sandpiper, Common Kingfisher and Whiskered Tern. Thousands of these species land in our wetlands, swamps, lakes, forests, marshes, ponds, rivers, rice fields, and even in the cities, particularly LPPCHEA, Paranaque City, one of their more popular destinations in Metro Manila.
The said celebration also emphasized the need to protect and save these habitats by doing positive actions for the environment such as tree planting, proper waste management, and recycling. More importantly, just leaving these habitats as is and not disturbing them are the best ways to protect migratory bird species.
Other upcoming WTTB events include: Teaching tours from October 2015-March 2016, Wader Quest on Nov 7, 2015, Birdwatching Tours on October 2015-March 2016, and Bird Race on March 2016.