Rasa Island Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Panacan, Narra, Palawan and has a size of 1983 hectares.
Rasa Island and Wildlife Sanctuary News
How an endangered species is being saved by the same community that once hunted it.
Veronica Marcelo, 51, wakes up early in the morning to go to the coconut-fringed shoreline facing the Rasa Island Wildlife Sanctuary – the stronghold of the critically endangered Philippine cockatoo, locally known as the katala.
She has been doing this for nearly 17 years now, bringing with her a logbook and a pen to monitor the number of katala moving off the island to forage for food.
Marcelo serves as a volunteer for Sagip Katala Movement (SKM), a community-based organization formed under the Phil ...
In another attempt to dodge reality, Ross and I decided to hop on over to the Philippines for some last-minute, fast-paced birding. With only three and a half weeks off, we decided on an itinerary that would include Palawan, Cebu, Negros, Bohol, and Mindanao (this last island Ross would be doing alone because I could only get two weeks off of work).
Ross and I were both super excited to visit Southeast Asia again, and were especially excited to visit the Philippines, where we'd heard nothing but good things from those who had visited. The Philippines is an archipelago made up of over 7,000 ...
Palawan Council For Sustainable Development Palawan LGUs Enjoined To Promote Conservation Through Flagship Species
The local government units (LGUs) in Palawan are enjoined to identify flagship species that shall serve as emblem of conservation in its respective localities.
Pursuant to Section 35 of RA 9147 or the Wildlife Resources and Conservation and Protection Act of 2001 which commits the LGUs to "initiate conservation measures for endemic species in their areas," the Palawan Council Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) proposed a resolution entitiled "The Guidelines on the Selection and Management of Flagship Species by the Local Government Units."
The said resolution was included in the agend ...
A Senate initiative to amend a law governing protected areas in the country has touched off yet another environmental debate in Congress and in Palawan, which hosts most of the country's established national parks and protected areas.
The Palawan provincial government wants five of the province's protected areas excluded from the proposed Enhanced National Integrated Protected Areas System E-Nipas law, claiming it would restrict development projects around these protected areas.
The sites are the Puerto Princesa Underground River, El Nido Marine Reserve, Rasa Island, Mantalingahan Range ...
The alarming reduction of the Philippine Cockatoo population to only 23 birds on Rasa Island in the Municipality of Narra in Palawan, prompted the LGU to pursue the Philippine Cockatoo Conservation Program (PCCP).
Commencing in July 1998, the PCCP was designed as a community-based wildlife conservation program that entailed the transformation of bird poachers into wildlife protection wardens. This core strategy immediately removed the main threat factor to the endangered cockatoos and also provided the program with valuable indigenous knowledge for its management. The program included the p ...
Even to non-bird watchers, the annual Katala Festival in Narra, Palawan is a day of excitement.
There will be face-painting, coloring book painting, origami-making and other games for children and adults at the Katala Festival on June 26.
The Wild Bird Club (WBC) will be there to help organizer Katala Foundation Incorported (KFI) in manning the activities.
KFI is also a partner of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
But this festival is more than a funfare: it is a conservation advocacy for a critically endangered bird like Katala, a local word for Philippin ...