The Isabela City Forest Park (ICFP) in Barangay Maligue, is now one of the birding communities across the world..
Barangay Maligue is now a come-on tourist destination in Isabela City, in Basilan Province.
The Isabela City Forest Park (ICFP) just concluded its inventory of birds, according to City Tourism office-in-charge, Claude Ramos II.
“This is groundbreaking because Isabela de Basilan is now a birding community across the world”, said Ramos.
Birding or bird watching is a form of wildlife observation in which the observation of birds is a recreational activity or citizen science. It is being carried out with the naked eye through visual enhancement devices such as binoculars or telescopes.
Birding is one of the major reasons why the city has put in place protective and conservation measures in the ICFP because it is the “lungs” of Isabela City, said Ramos.
“This set of species is one of the reasons why we have to protect the lungs of Isabela,” he added.
Isabela City has vast remaining densely forested areas in the province which should remain as a conducive habitat for birds.
Among the species inventoried in the ICFP are the Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher, Mindanao Hornbill, Black-eyed Oriole, Mindanao Boobook and the Black Eyed-Monarch.
In Malamawi island, off the port of Isabela City, the bird species that were documented were the Spotted Dove, Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, Zebra Dove, Ridgetop Swiftlets, Brahming Kite and Plaintive Cuckoo.