There are 657 species of birds in the Philippines, of which 214 are endemic, five have been introduced by humans and 52 are rare or accidental. Of these, 68 species are globally threatened.
Twice a year, Zamboanga Sibugay receives an unusual jam of international visitors from as far as the arctic hemisphere - birds! And in a tiny town called Siay, they're received with so much shebang that they even get their own festival called World Migratory Bird Day!
Part of our weeklong Zamboanga City tour includes a visit to the neighboring province of Zamboanga Sibugay to join the first ever World Migratory Bird Day in the Philippines. The celebration is set at the town of Siay where the Siay-Kabasalan Wetlands is located, one of the major flyways for migratory birds in the region.
Zamboanga Sibugay is one of the newest provinces in the Philippines. It's the 79th province created in the country, with territories carved out from the third district of Zamboanga del Sur in 2001. Located in Region 9 or the Zamboanga Peninsula in Mindanao, this area lies smack in the middle the road traversing from Zamboanga City to Zamboanga del Sur. But what can you do there? I was curious myself. Most destinations have a clear identity or something they're known for. You immediately think of vintas when you think of Zamboanga City and the steep inclined tricycles when you think of Pagadian ...
As a news report shows an upward trend for migratory waterbirds in Africa, Europe and Asia, wildlife and conservation experts in the Philippines believe the campaign to protect and conserve these threatened species are finally paying off.
They believe the country's efforts provided the much-needed boost in the regional and global effort to protect and conserve migratory birds as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) shares the results of the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) 2018.
It included sightings of new recordings and potentially new species of migratory birds, unde ...
There's a new eco-destination in Zamboanga Sibugay! Siay is a municipality in this province, about 2.5-3 hours from Zamboanga City, boasting with vast wetlands, mangrove forests and diverse wildlife. In fact, this October 2018, Siay hosted the first-ever World Migratory Bird Day in the Philippines!
It was a flurry of feathery costumes and festivities as the province of Zamboanga Sibugay celebrated the first-ever World Migratory Bird Day last October 12-13.
The municipality of Siay, roughly 38 kilometers from capital town Ipil, hosted various bird-themed activities including an interpretative dance competition, bird costume contests and a bird mascot contest and showdown.
With the theme "Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation," the municipality also launched an art and photo exhibit on birds as well as a poster-making contest on the theme for elementary and high school students. ...