The Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Service (PAWCZMS) of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Capiz has spotted and recorded six species of migratory birds in the province.
The record was based in the year 2010 up to the first quarter of 2011 monitoring of the PENRO-PAWCZMS in Capiz conducted in six barangays namely Balijuagan in Roxas City; Cudian and Agustin Navarra in Ivisan; Lonoy, Sapian; Intungcan, Pontevedra and Dulangan, Pilar.
These migratory birds include little and intermediate egrets, gull-billed tern, java pond as well as the green back heron and the common sand piper.
The PENRO likewise maintained a collaborative effort with other concerned line government agencies informing them of the result of the monitoring and surveillance on relative to the provincial government’s campaign against the deadly avian flu virus infecting the bird population and its related family.
Capiz province has been a favorite destination of migratory birds coming from China and Mongolia and other neighboring Asian countries to avoid the freezing climate during winter months.
These migratory birds frequented Capiz owing to its vast shores and fishponds as favorite haven foraging for their prey.
For its part, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-PAWCZMS in the region is also keeping a close watch on several bird sanctuaries like the Sampong Bolo in Barotac Viejo and Inampulogan in the island-province of Guimaras which are also considered haven for migratory birds.