The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has confirmed the Philippines is an important part of the bird migration routes in the East Asia-Australasian Flyway.
The DENR Central Luzon regional office said “Migratory birds from as far as Siberia, China, Korea, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand prefer the wetland areas of Central Luzon as their nesting, feeding and breeding ground while escaping the cold season in their country of origin.”
The agency encourages the public to report anyone who hunts and sells migratory birds in the country, adding that illegal hunting and selling of migratory birds is prohibited and may be reported to @denr3official or by calling 09453685303
It shared that over 148,000 migratory birds have been observed in the 23 counting sites in the Manila Bay and in the inland wetland areas of Central Luzon during the January 2020 Asian Waterbirds Census (AWC).
The recent World Migratory Bird Day observance last Saturday promotes a global campaign to raise awareness about the threats faced by migratory birds. The worldmigratorybirdday.org states that there is a need for international cooperation to conserve these migratory birds and for them to stay alive in the wilds.
Birds found in cities and the countryside, in parks and backyards, in forests and mountains, and wetlands and along the shores. The organization said “connect all these habitats and they connect us, reminding us of our own connection to the planet, the environment, wildlife and each other.”