A Brown booby (Sula leucogaster) was recently turned over to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Mobo, Masbate by Mr. Jerry M. Dante, Mr. Francisco S. Amo, IV, and Mr. Cris Regala, fisherfolks of Purok San Francisco, Brgy. Calumpang, Milagros, Masbate.
Upon investigation, it was found out that the fisherfolks found the large seabird shivering and entangled in a rope on its right foot at the seashore. Accordingly, they reported the incident to CENRO Mobo through the social media platform.
Upon receipt of the report, CENR Officer Jean V. Imperial with Wildlife Enforcement Officer Ryan Moneño and Stephen Solar Ragasa responded and conducted an inspection.
It was noted upon examination that the avifauna weighted approximately 3kg with a total wingspan of 4.9 feet and body length of 2 feet. No lacerations, wounds and other notable injuries to the bird were observed by the Team.
Having observed that the Brown Booby was in good condition, it was immediately released to lessen the possible effects of stress due to captivity.
Further, CENRO Imperial conducted a Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) to the individuals during the turnover and presented to them their Certificates of Wildlife Turn over, Tayo Ang Kalikasan (TAK) t-shirts and tote bags.
The Brown booby is considered as Endangered under DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09 or the Updated List of Threatened Philippine Fauna and is protected under Republic Act No. 9147, otherwise known as the "Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.”
The DENR V is continuously appealing to the public to report such incidents and turn over any wildlife to proper authorities for proper handling and release to its natural habitat. (With report from CENRO Mobo)