A total of 2,593 waterbirds were observed by the Conservation and Development Section Personnel of Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) General Santos City in the recent Asian Waterbird Census conducted on January 17, at the Mangrove Area of Purok Minanga and Asinan Salt Farm in Barangay Buayan, General Santos City.
The most common species that were observed during the census were the Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus), Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus) and Whistling Ducks (Dendrocygninae).
The Asian Waterbird Census is annually conducted during the second to the third week of January to monitor the condition of wetlands and the status of the migratory birds in the area. Their presence is one of the key indicators which tell whether wetlands, such as mangrove areas, are still ecologically healthy. (FABLLAPITAN-TIANCHON -CENROGSC) |RSCIGP