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Groups map trails to link Cordi communities

FOR AGES, villagers in Ifugao province have traded or visited neighboring communities by walking through trails, some of which cross through Ifugao’s rice terraces. A group has started mapping the Cordillera trail system that links all provinces in the mountain region. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Instead of building more roads that may damage forests, a group of environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts has started mapping the natural and indigenous trail system that connects the provinces of the Cordillera region.

Posted: September 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Ultra-rare crocs survive in Palawan’s ‘Noah’s Ark’

A local tourist getting a hands on experience with a baby crocodile at the Crocodile Farm, a wildlife rescue and conservation center in Puerto Princesa, in Palawan. AFP

A chorus of chirps filled the room as one of the Philippines’ top crocodile breeders checked on his wards in an overcrowded ‘Noah’s Ark’ for one of the world’s most endangered animals.

Posted: August 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Philippine hawk eagle shot dead in Albay

LULLABY IN BIRDLAND This white and fluffy Pinsker’s hawk-eagle chick is the first of its species bred and hatched in captivity at the Philippine Eagle Foundation in Davao City. Its sex will be known only within the next five years. It’s classified “valuable” because its small population is rapidly decreasing. Superimposed at right is its mother hawk-eagle who goes by the code name FAMSG captured in Maguindanao.  Photo courtesy of Philippine Eagle Foundation

A juvenile Philippine hawk eagle was shot by a still unidentified gunman in a forest in Sto. Domingo town in Albay and died later despite efforts of environment experts to revive it.

Posted: August 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Rare wetland bird spotted in Ilocos Norte

Photo contributed by Tonji and Sylvia Ramos

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), a bird rarely seen in the Philippines, was identified last June 2 in Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte by volunteers from the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) taking part in a bird-migration research. This is the first time that this bird species was photographed in mainland Luzon.

Posted: June 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Tanay spearheads ‘paroot’ preservation

LOCALLY called “paroot,” cloud rats which are found in Tanay, Rizal province, are among the critically endangered species endemic to the Philippines. PHOTO COURTESY OF TANAY ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES OFFICE

Tanay town in Rizal province is taking the lead in the preservation of cloud rats, an endemic species listed as critically endangered, as it embarks on a six-month massive watershed reforestation program.

Posted: June 26th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »