Migratory birds from the Tundra regions have flocked to the bays of Carigara and Ormoc City in Leyte province to escape from the cold winter of this region to our warmer and tropical climate to feed and roost.

Experts say that migratory birds move from one geographic location to another, usually from a breeding area to a non-breeding area before the onset of winter to avoid impact of harsh weather conditions. During migration flights, the birds stop over at wetland sites to feed and refuel. (Paguntalan, L.M. and Jakosalem, P. G., Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc.)

“Apparently, there have been recorded sightings of migratory birds in our wetlands. It only shows that our wetlands are still intact and abundant foods are still available for them,” said Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 8 Regional Director. He says the monitoring of these migratory birds is essential in the protection and management of these birds as well as the wetlands.

The peak months for migratory birds to arrive in the country is from September to January or sometimes even extends until February.

The Philippines is part of the East Asian / Australasian flyway and serves as host to more than eighty species of migratory birds. It is also home to more than 600 species of resident and migratory birds.

In Eastern Visayas, the wetlands in Carigara Bay and Ormoc Bay are the most frequently visited wetland habitat of these so-called “visitors without passports”. Among these frequent visitors are egrets, ducks, plovers, herons, curlews, sandpipers and greenshanks.

According to RD Barcelo, “We have to step up our monitoring, conservation and management of these birds and our wetlands in order to maintain or even increase migrant bird population.”

Wetlands include all lakes and rivers, underground aquifers, swamps and marshes, wet grasslands, peatlands, oases, estuaries, deltas and tidal flats, mangroves and other coastal areas, coral reefs, and all human-made sites, such as fish ponds, rice paddies, reservoirs and salt pans.

The DENR 8 is also closely working with various stakeholders, including local government units, the private sector, scientific community, academe and civil society for the protection and conservation of the country’s biodiversity.

The Philippines currently has seven (7) sites designated as Wetland of International Importance or Ramsar Sites with a surface area of 244,017 hectares. It is also a Contracting Party to the Ramsar Convention or the Convention on Wetlands Especially as Waterfowl Habitat.


  • Cimatu lauds law enforcement authorities behind large wildlife bust

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has commended personnel of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the rescue of over 300 smuggled live animals and arrest of four suspects in what has been dubbed as one of the country’s largest wildlife busts. The successful operation was carried out on Tuesday by joint operatives from the NBI-Environmental Crime Division and the DENR’s Philippine Operations Group of Ivory and Ille…


Photo Releases

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu (in black coat) officiates the turn-over ceremony from outgoing RD Arleigh J. Adorable to incoming RD Crizaldy Barcelo.

DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo lights the Flame of Sportsmanship to formally start the DENR Sportsfest 2017.

DENR 8’s ARD for Management Services Arturo N. Salazar presents Updates on Government Policy on Climate Change during the 2nd Regional Climate Change Conference conducted by PH Haiyan Cooperative in cooperation with the Climate Change Commission.

Mangrove forest and eco-park in Naungan, Ormoc City developed by the Naungan San Juan Mangrove Planters Association from what used to be a plain mudflat.

DENR 8 technical personnel record and monitor sightings of migratory birds in the wetlands of Eastern Visayas.

Residents of Brgy. Tagpuro join the mangrove tree planting activity spearheaded by the PH Haiyan Advocacy Cooperative.

CIMATU INSPECTS CONFISCATED ENDANGERED SPECIES. Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu inspects the confiscated sulfur crested cockatoos (Cacatua galerita) at the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Wildlife Rescue Center in Quezon City with BMB Director Theresa Mundita Lim (beside Cimatu). Three species of the cockatoos including the moluccan cockatoo (cacatua moluccensis) and the black palm cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus) totaling 154 heads were confiscated by the joint forces of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Philippine Operations Group on Ivory and Illegal Wildlife Trade (DENR POGI) and the National Bureau of Investigation Environmental Crime Division in a buy-bust operation in Pasay City. The cockatoo is considered an endangered species and is listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Its trade should be subject to a CITES export permit from the country of origin and a CITES import permit from the country of destination. A total of 316 heads of species were confiscated in the successful operation.

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