Over four thousand (4,000) waterbirds were sighted during the Annual Asian Waterbird Census on January 7, 2021 at the Cabusao Critical Habitat, Cabusao, Camarines Sur.
The Annual Asian Waterbird Census was spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V led by Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr., CESO III together with Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services Atty. Ronnel Sopsop, CESE and OIC, ARD for Management Services Grace Cariño, Ph.D. and the Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section (PAMBCS) of the Conservation and Development Division (CDD). Representatives from the different divisions of the Regional Office, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Camarines Sur, Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Sipocot and Local Government Unit (LGU) Cabusao also participated in the activity.
4,000 waterbirds of mixed Whiskered Tern, Javan Pond Heron, Little Egret, Great Egret, Pacific Golden Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Black-Winged Stilt and Northern Shoveler were sighted at the three (3) sites at Cabusao Critical Habitat.
Asian Waterbird Census is conducted annually every second and third week of January. It is simultaneously observed with other international censuses of waterbirds in Africa, Europe and Neotropics under the umbrella of the International Waterbird Census (IWC).###