Since 2021, Mt. Apo Natural Park (MANP) โ€“ Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) Cotabato has been regularly conducting the Biodiversity Monitoring System (BMS), which began with a single transect site in the lower montane ecosystem.
This year, five observation sites covering the lower, middle, and upper montane regions of Mount Apo were added. It was made possible by funding from its Integrated Protected Area Fund-Retention and Income Account (IPAF-RIA).
More findings of the avifauna sightings were recorded this year indicating the high abundance of species in the area. As recorded, there is an increased number of avifauna species. This observation could have been brought about by the conservation efforts imposed by MANP Sub-PAMB since 2021 through its โ€˜NO CLIMBโ€™ policy for the months of June to August, the observed mating periods of birds in this area.
This year, the team used highly effective devices to record the bird species in addition to the unique flora and fauna species observed. Some of the species observed were the following:
a) Philippine Eagle (Pithecopyga jefferyi), Pinskerโ€™s hawk-eagle (Nisaetus pinskeri), and Amethyst Brown Dove (Phapitreron amethystinus)- threatened species.
b) Bird species found in the island of Mindanao only were recorded such as the Apo myna (Basilornis mirandus)- flagship species of Kidapawan City, Cinnamon Ibon (Hypocryptadius cinnamomeus), and Apo sunbird (Aethopyga boltoni).
c) Avian species found only in the Philippines include the Male and female Philippine trogon (Harpactes ardens), known for its vibrant plumage and melodious calls, often associated with the mythical Ibong Adarna.
d) Birds found exclusively in the country are male and female Mindanao Hornbill (Penelopides affinis), Philippine Serpent eagle (Spilornis holospilus), Black and cinnamon fantail (Rhipidura nigrocinnamomea), Bicoloured flowerpecker (Dicaeum bicolor), Grey-hooded sunbird (Aethopyga primigenia), Short-billed brown dove (Phapitreron brevirostris), Buff-spotted flameback (Chrysocolaptes lucidus), Sulphur billed nuthatch (Sitta oenochlamys), Mindanao blue fantail (Rhipidura superciliaris), Coleto (Sarcops calvus), Guiabero (Bolbopsittacus lunulatus), Elegant tit (Periparus elegans), Brown tit warbler (Macronus striaticeps), Mountain shrike (Lanius validirostris), Southern Rufous Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone cinnamomea), and Southern silvery kingfisher (Ceyx argentatus).
e) Documented in the lower and higher montane of Mt. Apo are the following birds:
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis), Blue tailed bee-eater (Merops philippinus), Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus), Brown shrike (Lanius cristatus), Citrine Canary Flycatcher (Culicicapa helianthea), Grey wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), Grey-streaked flycatchers (Muscicapa griseisticta), Island thrush (Turdus poliocephalus), Philippine cuckoo dove (Macropygia tenuirostris), Scarlet minivet (Pericrocotus flammeus), Large billed crow (Corvus enca) and other species comprising bulbuls, flowerpeckers, flycatchers, babblers, sunbirds, flycatchers, and white eyes.
f) Interestingly, some non-volant mammals also made a noteworthy appearance during the monitoring activities such as the elusive Philippine pygmy squirrel (Exilisciurus concinnus) and Philippine civet cat (Paradoxurus philippensis) were successfully captured on camera after several attempts along with various bat species, herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians), and arthropods were also documented in the area. The team have also sighted the presence of flying lemur in one BMS site during the night sampling, unfortunately, no photographs were taken.
Since it is essential to continuously improve Mt. Apo's current biodiversity status, all stakeholders involved in the area keep up their environmental awareness campaigns. In order to gain strong support, regular CEPA (Communication, Education, and Public Awareness) programs are integrated into MANP Cotabato's annual implementation plan. # (๐‘พ๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’“๐’†๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‘๐’‰๐’๐’•๐’๐’” ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐‘ด๐‘จ๐‘ต๐‘ท ๐‘ช๐’๐’•๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’•๐’) | ๐‘น๐‘บ๐‘ช๐‘ฐ๐‘ฎ๐‘ฑ
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