Thursday, January 12, 2017

Wild Birds in MisOr officially launched through MAPS’ Photo Exhibit

A photo exhibit of the different avian in Misamis Oriental (MisOr) province was officially launched last January 11, 2017 (Wednesday) at the Activity Center, Centrio Mall, Ayala, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.
The Founding Members of the Mindanao Avian Photographic Society (MAPS) during the 1st day of the Photo Exhibit.

Misamis Oriental is a province located in the Northern part of Mindanao. It is a haven of many species of birds many of which are considered endemic especially to the island of Mindanao.

The three-day photo exhibit which will run from January 11-13, 2017 and conducted by the Mindanao Avian Photographic Society also known as MAPS, a group composed of creative, dynamic, and passionate individuals with a burning passion of conservation awareness, has put on display the 44 images of different wild bird species found in the province of Misamis Oriental of which 6 species are said to be endemic to the Island of Mindanao.

MAPS aims to showcase and provide a glimpse of some of the avian treasures in Misamis Oriental province through this photo exhibit in the hope that this encourages love and respect, protection, and conservation of our feathered friends. The photo exhibit also promotes an awareness of protection and preservation of our environment including birds whose existence has been threatened due to habitat loss, and destruction, and certain various developments.
Little Grebe Cotabato- A subspecies of the Little Grebe endemic to the Island of Mindanao, Philippines.
Location: Cagayan de Oro City.

Wild Birds in MisOr was launched in celebration to the 87th Founding Anniversary of Misamis Oriental and 4th Kuyamis Festival. The photo exhibit is supported by the province of Misamis Oriental and in collaboration with the Department of Tourism Misamis Oriental.

MAPS Team went on a different birding expeditions covering various locations where different bird species have been officially documented and surveyed. Location includes key cities and municipalities such as Cagayan de Oro City, and El Salvador City, Municipality of Alubijid, Opol, Initao, Naawan, and Manticao.

The bird species displayed are as follows with corresponding Photographers:
- Marcelino Tumanda Jr: Yellow-breasted Fruit Dove, Black-backed Swamphen, Philippine Bulbul
- Marlon Lapuz: Black-faced Coucal, Whimbrel, Osprey, Pied Bushchat.
- Aimee Valencia: Red-keeled Flowerpecker, Black-naped Monarch, Philippine Drungo Cuckoo.
- Neil Konrad Binayao III: Common Kingfisher, Brown-throated Sunbird, Southern Philippine Dwarf-Kingfisher.
- Jose Capangpangan: Brown shrike, Guaiabero, White-browed Crake.
- Clement Dampal II: Southern Rufous Paradise Flycatcher, Little Grebe Cotabato, Southern Philippine Dwarf-Kingfisher, Zebra Dove, Little Bronze Cuckoo.
- Charles Al Cepeda: Philippine Serpent Eagle, Cattle Egret, Yellow-vented Bulbul.
- Jimboy Munoz: Chestnut Munia, Olive-backed Sunbird, Asian Glossy Starling.
- Ike Batalla: Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Coppersmith Barbet, Philippine Trogon, Little Ringed Plover.
- Dondon Baculio: Philippine Coucal, Chinese Egret, Philippine Tailorbird, Eurasian Curlew.
- Fayeed Tan: Southern Silvery Kingfisher, Mindanao Wattled Broadbill, Philippine Scops Owl.
- Francis Yongco Jr: Short-billed Brown Dove, Philippine Magpie Robin, Striated Heron.
- Bobby Famas: Long-tailed Shrike, Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher, White-breasted Woodswallow.

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