A wide variety of habitat types, combined with the area’s safe and secure environment, has made the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park in Davao City an excellent site for birdwatching, a local bird watching expert said, with the park’s total recorded bird species already nearing 100, 10 to 15 of which are endemic to the Philippines.
Around 20 bird species in the park are considered migratory, and a number can be found in other parts of the Philippines and throughout Southeast Asia. Some of them are vagrant birds that were only seen once at the site–rare birds.
Davao-based birdwatcher Pete Simpson, he has spotted a total of 98 bird species at the park since 2016.
The Aboitiz Cleanergy Park, around 46 to 48 minutes or 20 kilometers from the Therma South, Inc. baseload power plant, is an eight-hectare ecological preserve located in Punta Dumalag, Davao City. Known as an urban-based biodiversity conservation site, it is home to the critically-endangered hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), endemic and migratory birds, and marine species.
“The existence of nearly 100 bird species at the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park is a remarkable achievement that reflects the Aboitiz Group’s strong commitment to sustainability and the preservation of an environmentally-vital site in Davao and Mindanao. We will continue to work hard to ensure that the succeeding generations will also be able to appreciate the natural environment of the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park,” said Sabin Aboitiz, Aboitiz Group president and chief executive officer.
“Throughout the Philippines, there are just 90 birding sites that have reached the milestone of 100 birds recorded and Aboitiz Cleanergy Park will join that group soon. To be approaching 100 species in a site only a few hectares is excellent. To have that, and to be surrounded by an urban environment, is great,” Simpson said.