Bird Watching as a Recreation and Nature Activity in Baguio City and Nearby Municipalities of Benguet Province Philippines: A Conservation Effort
Keywords:Physical Education, appreciation, awareness, acceptance
The paper aimed to report the byproduct of bird watching as a recreation and nature activity in Baguio City and the nearby municipalities of Benguet province. It looked into the degree of acceptance of bird watching as a recreational activity among the participants and the level of awareness on the existence of different avian species found in the area. First, it was introduced as a Physical Education course in the University of the Philippines Baguio in the summer term of school year 2013-2014 wherein eighteen students were introduced to bird watching as a recreational activity.Â It provided students a venue to encounter the different avian species found in the area which led to awareness on the wide variety of bird species both migratory and endemic. Second, photo exhibits of the birds found in the area were held twice. Third, photo sharing through social media and lastly, informal dialogues were conducted among the local residents. These endeavors have resulted to the proliferation of information on the different avian species found in Baguio City and nearby municipalities of Benguet thus creating a wider awareness and appreciation on the benefits of bird watching in the community.Â Also, when this endeavor began a year ago, no private and public agencies in Baguio city and Benguet province were able to provide a specific bird list in print in the area of consideration.Â After a year of thorough documentation, It yielded ninety(90) bird species found in Baguio City and the nearby municipalities of Benguet Province wherein 26Â of which are endemic, 39 resident, 23Â migrant and Migrant/Accidental are 2Â as of this date.
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