Cagayan de Oro City- In observance of the annual World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2021 celebration with the theme “Sing, Fly, Soar - Like a Bird”, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X recently conducted a migratory bird count in selected coastal areas in the municipality of Alubijid and the City of El Salvador, Misamis Oriental on October 8, 2021.

The DENR X through the Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section (PAMBCS) and the PAMBC Unit of CENRO Initao led the conduct of the migratory bird count. The team observed a total of 186 migratory birds from two locations specifically in Barangay Baybay, Alubijid and Barangay Taytay, El Salvador City. These migratory birds include common Sandpiper, Red Knot, Eurasian Curlew, Little Egret, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Ringed Plover, Black Crowned Night Heron, Black Winged Stilt Whiskered tern, red shank, common tern, Javan pond heron, Chinese pond heron, Whimbrel and Kingfisher.

Migratory birds migrate to avoid extreme heat or cold weather of a certain locality and the availability of food for a certain species. They also migrate to look for a suitable habitat to lay eggs and raise their offspring.

The WMBD is a global initiative to raise awareness on the importance of migratory birds to the ecosystems and the need to conserve them from any harm as well as to protect their habitation.

The first WMBD was launched by African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) of Wild Animals on the weekend of April 8-9, 2006 on Ms. Kuki Gallmann’s famous wildlife reserve ‘Ole Ari Nyiro’ in Laikipia, Kenya. #TayoAngKalikasan RSCIG MR No. 10-254-2021