Starting the year with anticipation and purpose, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental started their Annual Waterbird Census on January 9, 2024.

CENRO Kabankalan City through its Conservation and Development Section Chief Forester Ascencion S. Santocildes together with personnel from DENR-PENRO Negros Occidental, LGU-Binalbagan, LGU-Hinigaran, PEMO Negros Occidental and Bantay Dagat members joined the activity. They gathered in three separate sites in Brgy. Tagda and Brgy. Nanunga, Hinigaran  and Brgy. Canmoros in the town of Binalbagan.

Each group documented the number of waterbird species and behaviors, giving essential data for environmental research and conservation initiatives. The data that will collected during the census becomes more than just a catalog of species but will also echo DENR CENRO Kabankalan and DENR 6’s commitment to the stewardship of the region's natural wonders.

“Wetlands provide a safe refuge for migratory birds as well as our native bird species in the area. This census is important so that we can have a solid basis for our conservation efforts. DENR 6 through its field offices around the region will continue to do the best we can to conserve the flora and fauna found in our wetlands”, Regional Executive Director Livino B. Duran expressed.

The census will continue in the coming weeks and more areas in the region within the jurisdiction of respective PENROs and CENROs will be surveyed. It is expected to bear essential information about the status of wetlands in Western Visayas.