The Ibaraki Academy celebrates World Migratory Bird Day 2022, on 8-9 October 2022. The title of the event is “Learning Event and Exhibit” was held at Veranza Mall, General Santos City, Philippines, the events are divided into two parts the first one is the learning event, and the second is the exhibit. The first event started at 1:00 PM and ended at 9:00 PM. On the second day, it started at 9:00 AM and ended at 9:00 PM.
People inside the mall flocked to the exhibit because of their “curiosity” the facilitator or the members of the organization helped the participants and introduced the Migratory Birds.
Migratory birds are facing a severe threat of climate change and loss of their lands. The young conservationist speakers were from Mindanao State University, Mr. Lywill Gallinero, and Ms. Mary Colline Angelica Garcia, 4th-year Animal Biology students, to promote communication, education, and public awareness. The Learning Events and Exhibit provided knowledge and awareness of proper bird identification and monitoring of migratory water or shorebirds in General Santos City, and motivated the participants to take action in the conservation and protection of migratory water birds. Educating the participants from General Santos City about the protection of migratory birds, wetlands at the end of the exhibit, more people will see or be informed of the existence of migratory birds in the area. The participants were oriented about the proper way of using Bird Counting Equipment and Filling up of Annual Waterbird Count (AWC) forms through the exhibit. The plans and objectives of the event became effective to the participants.
The speaker, Mr. Lywill Jan Gallinero talked about “The Climate Crisis and Its Impact on Migratory Birds” they already familiar about climate change affects. The speaker elaborated on the effects of global change to our migratory birds. Due to sea level rises and unpredictable weather changes vast migratory birds are affected. The second speaker was Ms. Mary Colline Anglica Garcia, who shared her findings about “Avian Influenza and the Challenge of Avian Species.” The participants were informed that migratory birds may be a possible carrier of this virus. Lastly Mr. Kyle V. Aboy talked about the “EAAFP Partnership and Opportunities: International Collaboration” in which he emphasized the importance of the EAA Flyway. He also shared how international collaboration and partnership is important.
The outcome of this event was successful. We had a huge number of attendees for the first and second event which were students from universities, different organizations, children, friends, and family. Youth are crucial for the event, they are eager to learn and have the confidence to stand their rights. because the people engaged, participated, and learned something about World Migratory Day through the Learning Events and Exhibit.
Article by Ibaraki Academy.