What animal comes to your mind when you hear the term “Earth Day”? I’m sure the Philippine Eagle will swoop into the top 3 list.
Because of this, I tried to check some new and vital information about our beloved brazen bird of prey. I hope you will appreciate this as much as I did.
- The International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists the Philippnie Eagle as “critically endangered”.
- The estimated number of surviving Philippine eagles in the country is 500. (That’s probably equal to the number of dogs in a typical Davao barangay!)
- The Sunday Inquirer Magazine recently featured a group called Conservation International (CI) – Philippines, which is based in Sierra Madre Biodiversity Corridor in Tuguegarao City. The organization is active in observing the Philippine Eagle and creating reforestation projects.
- The Philippine Eagle Foundation is seeking help from generous individuals and companies. You can sponsor an eagle, share your time for field work, or plan a fundraising benefit. Details are found on this page.
I guess we can all help the Philippine Eagle, no matter how small our efforts might seem to be. For starters, let’s support the preservation of the environment, so that our king of the skies will have a place to live in.
Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22 by more than 175 countries. Its main focus in awareness and appreciation of the environment.