The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) is participating at the 2018 International Ornithological Congress (IOC) in Vancouver to raise awareness on the endangered Philippine Eagle. This is an important project of the Philippine Government’s wildfire conservation program.
A reception was hosted on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, by Consul General Maria Andrelita S. Austria at the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“The story of the Philippine eagle is repeated in many other bird species underscoring the need for us to rally behind conservation efforts both of birds and their habitat,” said Consul General Austria. She also expressed her optimism that Philippine tourism awareness is instrumental to save the endangered species, specifically mentioning the province of Palawan as a favourite destination for bird watchers.
“Our participation here is a milestone for us not only because it provides us an opportunity and platform to highlight the plight of our national bird, the great Philippine eagle. But this also underscores the partnership and collaboration already in place to save the eagles and their habitats,” said Dennis Salvador, the Executive director of the Philippine Eagle Foundation. “Despite years of hard work to save it, the species remains imperil primarily because of human persecution and habitat loss. Its loss can wreak havoc on the rainforest eco-system and adversely impact our own people’s long term prospect for survival.”
Dignitaries and “Bird of Prey” members of the film and research team enjoyed a sumptuous Filipino food provided by Grandt Kitchen. A mini exhibit was displayed and a teaser of the documentary film, “Bird of Prey”, was presented.
The “Bird of Prey” premieres on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 7:00pm to 10:00pm at Vancouver’s Science World.