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Making Scientists Out of Filipino Citizens

Six hundred forty-seven Citizen Scientists joined the Synchronized Bio-monitoring and Hornbill Count from March 2017 to December 2019 in four Protected Areas: Mt. Banahaw – San Cristobal Protected Landscape (Tayabas City), Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park, Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park and Northern Negros Natural Park in Negros Island, Philippines. This has resulted to 34 observations of endangered Visayan tarictic hornbills and 69 detections of Luzon tarictic hornbills. The Critically endangered Rufous-headed hornbill Rhabdotorrhinus waldeni was only recorded in Northern Negros Natural Park.

Other threatened endemic species recorded In Negros include the Endangered Yellow-faced flameback (Chrysocolaptes xanthocephalus), Southern Philippine hawk eagle (Nisautus pinskeri), Flame-templed babbler (Daycrotapha speciosa), White-throated Jungle flycatcher (Rhynomias albigularis), Vulnerable Visayan flowerpecker (Dicaeum haematostictum) and the White-winged Cuckooshrike (Coracina ostenta).

Bio-monitoring System is a regular activity designed to monitor the biological health of the Protected Area with participation from local communities and stakeholders led by DENR. Conducting synchronized monitoring allows one to generate pertinent information on the population of target species at the ecosystem level with reduced costs. The participation of citizen scientists gave opportunities for civil society to be familiar with our very own wildlife. It provides the experience of what its like to be in a forests as well as contribute to science. Majority of the Citizen Scientists were from the local communities e.g. Tapat Kalikasan (Tayabas City), Bantay Bukid Brigade (NNNP), Kanlaon Green Brigade (MKNP) and Bantay Lasang (BTLNP) making up 58% followed by DENR personnel (15%), local mountaineering groups, LGU personnel, students, non-government organizations and enthusiasts.
The Mt. Banahaw de Tayabas Hornbill Count was organized by Tayabas City Environment and Natural Resources Office and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) while the Negros events were led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Provincial Governments of Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental and Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. These initiatives were supported by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), PhilAm Fund Project of USAID (2017-2018 in Negros), Virginia Zoo, Los Angeles Zoo, Provincial Government of Negros Occidental through the Provincial Environment Management Office, Local Governments Units e.g. Cities of Victorias, Silay, Talisay, San Carlos, Bago, La Carlota, Kanlaon and the Municipalities of EB Magalona, Murcia, Don Salvador Benedicto, La Castellana and Sibulan.

Author: Lisa Paguntalan

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