THIRTY-SIX bird species — several of which are considered endangered — were recently identified as living at the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park in Davao City, reinforcing the park’s status as a thriving biodiversity preserve. The park is one of the country’s few nesting sites for hawksbill turtles (pawikans) and is a showcase of urban-based habitat conservation and biodiversity management practices.

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The park is located in Punta Dumalag. The survey was done by members of the Davao Wild Bird Photographers group and the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) following Philippine Eagle Week (June 4 to 12). Among the 36 species were the endangered Spotted Imperial Pigeon (Ducula carola) and the Brown Noddy (Anos stolidus). The Spotted Imperial Pigeon is said to be native to the Philippines, while the Brown Noddy has never been spotted in Davao City before. All 36 species have been properly identified and validated with the assistance of PEF.

The Aboitiz Cleanergy Park is a joint BetterWorld initiative of the Aboitiz Foundation and Davao Light, the country’s second-largest private electric distribution utility in terms of land area. Earlier this year, the Aboitiz Foundation stepped up its conservation campaign with “#BetterWorld for the Pawikans,” a drive to raise funds for the protection and preservation of the hawksbill turtle in Punta Dumalag.