My Amazing Thailand Raptor Adventure

by Jelaine Gan WBCP Raptor Group’s young member Jelaine Gan spreads her wings to Thailand! She provides thoughtful insights about studying raptors, doing research about raptors in the Philippines, meeting fellow raptor enthusiasts, and going raptor watching in Thailand. The 9th ARRCN Symposium in Chumphon, Thailand was an adventure of many firsts. It was my first trip…

Photo of the Month: Canvasback Duck*

by Richard Ruiz The Rarities Master of the North has struck again! This time with a likely country record upon confirmation of the ID by the WBCP Rarities Committee! Canvasback Ducks are usually found in the United States and Canada. These two females flew a long, long way over! CANVASBACK DUCK* Aythya valisineria two females Paoay Lake, Ilocos…

9th ARRCN Symposium 2015, Chumphon, Thailand

by Alex Tiongco and Teresa Cervero    It’s not too soon to start thinking about the 10th ARRCN Symposium that will be held in Davao City, Philippines in 2017! Here’s a look at what went on during the 9th ARRCN Symposium in Chumphon, Thailand. The 9th ARRCN Symposium was held at Chumphon, Thailand from 21st…

Learnings from the Manila Bay Seminar

by Gina Mapua Last October 21, the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the DENR invited WBCP President Gina Mapua to a seminar on “Ecosystem Services, Dynamics and Threats to the Shoreline and Intertidal Areas of Manila Bay”. There were several speakers and she summarizes their talks in this article.   Coastal and Offshore Sedimentation in Manila Bay Dr. Fernando…

November 2015 Roundup

October 31-November 1, 2015 – 6th Asian Bird Fair Singapore Botanic Garden Singapore The 6th Asian Bird Fair was hosted by the Nature Society (Singapore), the last of the founding members to host an ABF. The two-day event held at the Botany Center of the Singapore Botanic Gardens was opened by Senior Minister of State Desmond…

The Beach Thick-knee Twitch

by Kitty Arce Two birders grab a chance to take a trip to faraway island on the off-chance that a bird that was reported two weeks before is still there. What they experience is the magic of being in a beautiful setting where wildlife and nature are valued and protected.   Birding, parenting, and a hectic work life…

Photo of the Month: Siberian Blue Robin

by Ivan Sarenas Congratulations for this cool find on Baguan Island!   Siberian Blue Robin Luscinia cyane female Baguan Island 30 September 2015 On Baguan Island, the most “protected” of our 6 Turtle Islands came a-hopping on leaf litter this small bird that I could not then yet identify. It was as small as some…

Raptor Watching by One’s Self in Tanay, Rizal

by Linda Gocon Amazing things can happen when you put your mind to it! You can overcome all sorts of obstacles that threaten to get in the way of your goals. Linda Gocon doesn’t let typhoons, sick children, or even a lack of raptor watching buddies keep her from keeping her watch at Tanay! “Even the smallest…

October 2015 Roundup

October 3, 2015 – Club Trip to La Mesa Eco Park and eBird Session La Mesa Ecopark, Quezon City Karen Ochavo headed a club trip to La Mesa Ecopark on Saturday Oct. 3, 2015. There were 13 participants — Karen Ochavo, Genesis Santiago, Linda Gocon, Cathy Mendoza, Brian Ellis, Rodec dela Cruz, Douglas Ball, Klara Tisocki, Diuvs…