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Information About ‘Flora & Fauna’ in The Philippines

Sailing Cruise Philippines #1

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
Image courtesy: John Smart

A sailing cruise aboard S/Y Naya

Fancy a sailing cruise in the Philippines? We will have to be friends first . . . in return you will enjoy some of the prettiest sailing cruise destinations in the Philippines and chance to meet some of the ocean’s most astounding creatures.

We set sail from Laiya, Batangas, with the intent of starting our five day sailing cruise by crossing to the island of Marinduque; to be specific, to the Tres Reyes island chain, off the southwest of Marinduque Island. However, the wind did not favor this plan and so, fairly early, we changed course for the volcano island of Sibale (also known as Conception and Maestre de Campo, depending on the map you use).

3 Reasons Biodiversity Is Important To Man

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Photo courtesy: John Smart

“Biodiversity is important to Man” I stated, during a discussion with business acquaintances last week. I was shocked that more than half the group asked, “Why?”

Here are the 3 reasons why biodiversity is important to Man.

Fruit Bats: Killer Or Victim?

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Photo courtesy: Juliet Solar

On a beach on the island of Sibale, about 15 miles off the coast of Mindoro, when the glow of the departed sun is still lingering in the heavens, a large fruit bat may flap into the arms of the talisay tree that has given me shade throughout the day. It will climb in ungainly fashion along the limb of the tree towards a small clumps of fruits near the extremity. After maybe 30 minutes it will take flight and depart towards another stand of trees on the headland, about a mile distant, its darkened form a momentary obscurer across the star studded heavens. Could this be the killer? . . . the carrier of ebola virus that is currently causing untold panic and bizarre acts of civil and state sponsored violence, pitting neighbor against neighbor in West Africa?

Loch Ness Monster Videos From Taal Lake

Monday, January 31st, 2011
Image: Taal Lake Loch Ness Monster Video
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Someone obviously believes that the deep and dark waters of Taal Lake are somehow similar to those of the famed Loch Ness and has taken the trouble to view endless hours of images from the IP camera (webcam) that is attached to the second coconut tree to the left of the Taal Lake Yacht Club lake-shore bar. They have captured a sequence of images that clearly show something that suddenly appears about 100 feet from the camera and then slowly proceeds across the screen, ducking and diving, before disappearing from view some minutes later. The video is now on YouTube (see bottom of this article for the link).

Certainly Taal Lake holds many of Nature's hidden treasures and some yet to be described creatures, trapped there after the six-month long volcanic eruption of 1754, but a monster like Nessie? It seems too incredible. However, as we have seen in other parts of the World, since the widespread use of cameras that do nothing but sit there and take images all day, where people are not so frequent, sometimes the incredible can be witnessed.

Year Of The Bat Samal Bat Camp 2011

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
Image: year of the bat samal bat camp logo
Image courtesy The Bat Camp

Monfort Bat Cave's, Bat Camp 2011. This Bat Camp event will educate and inform people of the unique role that bats play in our everyday lives and why it is important to protect & preserve bat habitats around the country. The Monfort Bat Cave was chosen as the venue for the start of Philippine Year Of The Bat activities because it is recognized as the location of the largest colony of fruit bats in the World (see “Samal Island Fruit Bats Into Guinness World Records”).

The Monfort Bat Cave Conservation Foundation (MBCCFI) in conjunction with Philippine Bat Conservation (PBCI) will organize a series of activities including research, exhibits, lectures, interactive learning experiences for kids plus special bat-emergence viewing and a donor's day.

Philippine Kayaking Series: Marathon Crossing Taal Lake 2010

Sunday, October 17th, 2010
Image: Kayak Marathon Taal Lake Philippines
Image courtesy John Smart

The Philippine Kayaking Series continues with the first ever 32km Kayak crossing from Talisay to Pansipit River. This 32km kayak marathon event is part of a kayaking event for the protection of Taal watersheds, with Pusod, an NGO, committed to implement the Taal Volcano Protected Landscape.

For decades Taal Lake has been used and abused by local (and not so local) communities, to its detriment. Most of the abuse has been in the form of overfishing and exploitation, with the burgeoning deployment of fish cages for aquaculture-profit. With the ever increasing scarring of the mountainsides and valleys for housing projects (95% of which are for second homes), the removal of the forests and the pollution of the rivers and streams that feed the Taal Lake, are now Taal Lake's greatest enemies.

Video: Fruit Bat Emergence Monfort Bat Cave Samal Island

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Fruit Bat Emergence Video Monfort Bat Cave Samal Island Philippines
Image/Video courtesy Martyn Willes

Every day at sundown, when all God fearing citizens of the World are contemplating retirement to the safety of varietous shelters, the 1.8 million inhabitants of the Monfort Bat Cave are just waking to the opportunity of emergence into a night-long feast on their favourite prey: nectar and fruit . . . lots of nectar and fruit. The Monfort Bat Cave on Samal Island is home to the largest colony of fruit bats in the world (see previous World record article).

On one not-so-moonlit evening in June the GetWet camera crew braved torrential rain to bring you this 2-minute video-segment of the “bat emergence” – an event that actually spans approximately three hours, starting with one or two fruit bats gingerly inspecting the fresh air outside the cave entrance and then calling back to their friends and colleagues with a semi-audible “all-clear”.

Birdwatching Philippines: 1st Asian Bird Fair Davao City

Friday, June 4th, 2010
Image: Birdwatching 1st Asian Bird Fair Davao del Norte Philippines
Image courtesy Asian Bird Fair

The 1st Asian Bird Fair will be held in Davao City later this year in conjunction with birdwatching clubs from: Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, China and Singapore. The plan is to promote birdwatching as a eco-adventure, recreational sport and to: encourage international friendship, collaboration and the exchange of experience & best practices among the birdwatching clubs of Asia; foster bird-watching as an eco-tourism activity; highlight bird festivals, bird fairs and bird races in the Asia region; and, promote the host cities/countries – their natural beauty, eco-adventure activities, wild bird conservation and cultural heritage.

In conjunction with the 1st Asian Bird Fair, a birdwatching adventure tour will take place in the forests and wetlands of the provinces of Bukidnon and Surigao del Sur, to the North & West of Davao City.