𝐀𝐋𝐀𝐁𝐄𝐋, 𝐒𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 – Various waterbird species were sighted in eight wetland sites in this province by the conservation and development teams of DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Sarangani during the recent annual Asian Waterbird Census (AWC).
PENR Officer Maria Elvira V. Lumayag said that the sighted species include both resident and migratory birds that utilize wetlands for breeding, feeding, and resting. Waterbird species sighted include Cinnamon Bittern, Black-winged Stilt, Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, Kentish Plover, Whiskered Tern, Lesser Frigatebird, Wandering Whistling Ducks, Curlew, and Common Ringed-plover.
“Sites in barangays Kawas, Alabel town, Badtasan in Kiamba, and Old Poblacion in Maitum were also visited in addition to the usual five (5) sites that we monitor annually,” PENRO Lumayag said.
The data collected by the teams will provide important information concerning the population sizes and distribution of these species in Sarangani Province which can be used for conservation efforts and health monitoring of wetland ecosystems. (With report and photos from DENR-PENRO Sarangani) | RSCIGM