Once again, Balanga City Wetland and Nature Park (BCWNP) was graced by migratory birds on January 21, 2017 in the Asian Water bird Bird Census. As early as 6:05 in the morning, this year’s migratory bird count yielded 15, 072 birds from thirty-three (33) water bird species and five (5) other species.
The number of birds that wandered in the area dropped from 29, 465 as per the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) count in 2016.
Egret Storks and unidentified Herons ranked as the most-commonly-found birds in the BCWNP with a total of 4,557 counted.
The annual event is conducted to promote public participation in the monitoring of distribution, population and trends of water birds and the status of wetlands along the Asian region. Success of the activity was in collaboration with various stakeholders, i.e. Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP), the DENR, the DOT, Sangguniang Barangays of Pto. Rivas-Ibaba, Pto. Rivas-Lote, Tortugas, Sibacan and Tuyo, Metro Manila School Administrators, Bataan Tourism Officers and Coordinators, select City and Provincial Government Departments, and Bird-Watching Tour Guides.
Coastal areas in Balanga City were chosen as the Water bird Bird Census site, namely: Barangay Tortugas Wetland and Greenfield, Barangay Pto. Rivas Lote, Barangay Sibacan, and Barangay Pto. Rivas Ibaba. Assistance was also extended by the 91 participants from the City Tourism Office and Department of Environment and Natural Resources.