All set for the First Local Bird Festival in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY– All is set for the holding of the First Local Bird Festival to be hosted by the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) on Friday, February 27, in this city.
Dr. Milabel Nazario, ZSCMST president, made this announcement Tuesday, citing the bird festival is in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT), Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP)
Nazario said they have lined up activities such as lecture and symposium, film showing and photo exhibit as well as the actual bird watching.
The film showing, photo exhibit, lecture and symposium will be held at the main campus of the ZSCMST while the bird watching will be at the school’s wetlands.
Nazario said the WBCP has recorded that there are at least 49 bird species, mostly migratory, that can be found at the 24-hectare wetlands of the zscmst.
The wetlands of the ZSCMST, which is also the school’s aqua-culture site, is documented as the first breeding ground of the great egret in the country.
Nazario said the festival aims to attract tourists, especially bird enthusiasts, to come this city.
She said the festival also aims to sustain awareness on the value of environmental protection for tourism aside from promoting bird watching as an activity for tourists.
Prof. Roderick Trio, first bird festival committee chair for events and activities, said all of the amenities like the bird watching platform are already in place for the festival.
Trio said members of the wbcp and from some european countries have confirmed attendance to the first local bird festival.
It will be recalled that this city hosted last year the 9th Philippine bird festival attended by a dozen of European bird watchers.
The first local bird festival is anchored on the theme dia de aves: “discubrir naturaleza en ciudad (day of the birds: “discover the nature within the city”. (PNA)


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