Bird festival, ecotourism fair slated in Zamboanga City on October 4-5

THE Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP), in partnership with the Department of Tourism in Region 9 (DOT 9), will be hosting the 9th Philippine Bird Festival (PBF) on October 4 to 5, 2013 at Paseo del Mar, Zamboanga City with the theme “Pajaros: Bula Sin Miedo, Sin Lingasa” (Birds: Fly without fear, without worries).

The PBF is an annual event organized by the WBCP, participated in by its more than 200 members from all over the country and members of the other wild bird clubs in the ASEAN region.

The festival will be an opportunity to promote the city in terms of its natural assets, wild bird conservation efforts, eco-adventure activities and cultural heritage. It will also encourage friendship, collaboration and the exchange of experience and best practice among the conservation organizations and the local government; and foster birding as an ecotourism activity in the city. It also aims to promote the Pasonanca Natural Park, classified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and featured in the second volume of the book “Birdwatching in the Philippines”, as a birding destination.

The three-day festival will include a series of lectures, a photo exhibit of the flora and fauna of the city, a booth exhibit, bird watching trips and various competitions for students.

DOT 9 is the lead agency in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), City Government of Zamboanga, Zamboanga State College of Marine Science and Technology (ZSCMST), Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and other agencies.

The event will also coincide with the staging of the 1st Ecotourism Fair which will showcase an exhibit of various ecotourism destinations around the country.

DOT 9’s Regional Director, Mary June G. Bugante, invites local birders, conservation organizations, national government agencies’ regional offices, students and residents of Zamboanga City to join this festival.

Interested participants may register at the Department of Tourism – IX office or call telephone numbers (062) 955-2477 / 993-0030. For more information on the event, visit www.birdwatch.ph, the official website of the WBCP.

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