The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Matalam, Cotabato conducted the 3rd Quarter Flying Fox Monitoring at Kulaman Valley, Arakan, Cotabato together with the practicumers taking up Bachelor of Science in Forestry in Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology (CFCST).
Two roosting sites were monitored on the said activity with 37 snag trees.
An estimated 4,000 Island Flying Fox (Pteropus hypomelanus) and Large Flying Fox (Pteropus vampyrus) were counted during fly/out exit count using estimation and clickers.
The idea of conserving bats is not new to the communities but it links with greater initiatives that are already familiar not only to local communities but also to ordinary individuals. It is also connected to forest conservation and restoration anchored to one of the department’s governing laws known as Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act. This law emphasizes the conservation and protection of wildlife species and their habitats with an aim to promote ecological balance and enhance ecological biodiversity. (with report and photo from Ivy Cinconiegue, CENRO Matalam IO Designate)