The Philippine Eagle

Pithecophaga jefferyiThe Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) is one of the largest and most endangered eagles in the world. The raptor is currently documented on just four Philippine islands—Mindanao, Luzon, Leyte, and Samar. Scientists estimate that perhaps only a few hundred pairs remain in the wild.

The Philippine Eagle is recognizable with its unique head crest resembling a lion’s mane, adding to its majestic appearance and earning for it the name Haring Ibon (Bird King). Its keen daytime eyesight which can be four to five times stronger than a human’s perfect vision, sharp hooked talons, dagger beak, and a flight that is fast and Continue reading

Ligawasan Marsh

Ligawasan Marsh MaguindanaoLigawasan Marsh is the largest swamp and marsh area in Mindanao and one of the largest in the Philippines, covering an area of about 288,000 hectares. It is a conglomeration of three marshes: Ligawasan, Libungan and Ebpanan. It is a vast complex of river shannles, small freshwater lakes, ponds, and arable land subject to seasonal flooding in the basin of Mindanao. The area is under water during periods of heavy rainfall. Continue reading

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife SanctuaryMt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Mindanao, Philippines is the only protected forest noted for its unique bonsai field or ‘pygmy’ forest of 100-year old trees in an ultramafic soil. Mt. Hamiguitan has been found to have five (5) vegetation types and these are the agroecosystem, dipterocarp, montane and typical mossy and the mossy-pygmy forest. This serially nominated property is found to possess high and varied ecosystem with many endangered, endemic and rare species of flora and fauna. One of the endangered bird species located is the majestic Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi). It has been identified by Conservation International as one of the Philippines ‘hotspots’ that is included by the Philippines Eagle Alliance as one of the first priority sites in Eastern Mindanao for conservation and protection. Continue reading

Philippine Eagle Center in Davao

Philippine EagleThe Philippine Eagle Center in Davao is home to 36 Philippine Eagles, 18 of which are captive-bred. The center also houses 10 other species of birds, four species of mammals and two species of reptiles. Simulating a tropical rainforest environment, the Center offers the visitor a glimpse into the country’s forest ecosystem. Although the exhibits are used primarily to help educate the Filipino people on conservation, the facility is also considered a major tourist attraction in Davao City. Continue reading

Mount Malindang Range Natural Park

Mount MalindangMount Malindang is a mountain range rising from 600 meters to 2,404 meters above the mean sea level. The range covers 53, 262 hectares of which about 33,000 hectares is still covered with forest vegetation while more than 20,000 hectares is cultivated and inhabited by forest occupants mostly members of the Subanen Tribe. The forest vegetation is composed of highly diverse species of and plants dominated by dipterocarps. It is inhabited by diverse species of fauna including the rare ones such as the Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), Rofous Hornbill (Buceros hydrocorax), Tarsier (Tarsius philippinensis) and Flying Lemur (Cynocephalus volans). Continue reading

Mount Matutum Protected Landscape

Mount MatutumThe Mount Matutum Protected Landscape is bounded on the North by Kiblawan and Malalag, Davao del Sur; on the South by General Santos City; on the East by Malungon, Sarangani and on the West by Banga, Koronadal and T’boli, South Cotabato. The area is located within Barangays Kinilis, Landan, Maligo and Palkan of the Municipality of Polomolok; Barangay Albagan, Tablu and Lampitak, of the Municipality of Tampakan; Barangays Acmonan, Cebuano, Kablon, Linan and Miasong of the Municipality of Tupi; Barangays Datalbatong and Datalbita, Municipality of Malungon; all in the Province of South Cotabato and Sarangani. Mt Matutum is a steep mountain north of the town Continue reading

Maconacon, Isabela

Maconacon IsabelaDubbed as the Lobster Capital of the Province and Philippine Eagle Nesting Site, Maconacon has high potential in ecotourism development with a number of sites ideal for surfing, snorkeling and other water activities. The Municipality of Maconacon is a 4th class municipality in the province of Isabela, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it had a population of 3,991 people in 786 households.