Davao City to host 1st Raptor research meet

The 10th Asian Raptor Research And Conservation Network Symposium will push through as scheduled at the Ateneo De Davao University on October 18-20, 2017, the first time the Philippine will be hosting the international event.

Rai Gomez, educational administrator of the Philippine Eagle Foundation told the Kapi at Habi on Wednesday that the foundation was looking forward to the symposium to promote raptor research in the Philippines.

“This is because there are only a few people doing this research and we have 30 species of raptors in the Philippines and six of which are only found in our country,” she said.

The symposium will be hosted by Philippine Eagle Foundation in partnership with the Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network and co-organized by Ateneo de Davao University, City Government of Davao City, Department of Tourism Region 11, and the Raptor Watch Philippines.

Gomez added.  The Philippine Eagle Foundation hopes that through this symposium they will be able to gather more people to support raptor conservation and raptor research in the country.

The participants of the symposium will be coming from different parts of the world namely Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Russia, United States and United Kingdom.

Some of the participants are already member of Asian Raptors Conservation Network and some were invited through emails. “But we are still open to anyone who is interested to join the symposium,” said Gomez.

In this symposium the Philippine Eagle Foundation also aims to put Davao as one of the locations of bird watching since there are a number of bird species that are only found in the Philippines. During the migration season bird watching also proved to be an ecotourism activity.

The foundation’s coming events are the hatching days of Sakura and Sinag this November and December. The Philippine Eagle Foundation is also promoting Davao as a birding destination in the Philippines. The foundation has been conducting a free bird watching session every first Saturday of the month at the eagle center.