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Biasbas , Cyber Gem N.


Hope of the Birds

STS C1 Hope of the Birds

Birds of prey showed a saddening reality in the Philippines, not only are humans destroying each other but they are also destroying the lives of our rare Philippine Eagles. The precious Philippine Eagle’s population are estimated to be 100 to 800 during the filming of the documentary. In these dark times, a hope for the precious Philippine Eagles have risen. People who loves nature and loves these eagles are banding together to save is left of the eagle population. They do these by captive breeding, rehabilitation, radio-tracking, and education.

A pair of mature eagle will only produce a single egg every year, this contributes to why their population is dwindling every year. One of the researched way of combatting this is by captive breeding where scientists and researchers inseminates female eagles. An eagle named Pag- Asa is one of the male eagles that in captivity for breeding, he is located at a research facility in Davao. His semen is being collected by his human partner to be used for insemination. However, this way is not as productive as it seems because not all eggs laid by the eagles are fertile. Fertile eggs will eventually be laid and eaglets who survives will be fed and raised by the staff of the facility.

On the other hand, eagles who were not raised in captivity are also receiving help from the organization. Juvenile eagles are often injured because of their recklessness with human interactions, so they often get shot down and injured. The organization helps them by temporarily removing them in their natural environment and taken to the research facility. There they will be nurtured and rehabilitated until they are well enough to be released. One of the staff says that he dislikes bringing the eagles to the facility because it means that he’ll be away from his natural environment and put it on a small cage for his health recovery. Once the eagle is healthy and strong enough, they will be released.

Before the eagles are released, the staff puts a radio-tracking device on the eagle’s body. This will be used to monitor the eagle’s movement to be analyzed and studied. If the eagle is also showing weird movements, they can use the tracker to locate the eagle and see what’s wrong. This is very useful for keeping the birds in a watchful eye, so that if the bird is injured again, he’ll be sent right away to the facility for rehabilitation.

All of the ways mentioned above are all effective, but the most efficient and most effective way to ensure the survival of the eagles is educating the youth. The organization educates and shapes young minds so that they will leave harmoniously with the eagles. They’re hoping that teaching the children will lead to a harmonious life with the environment and with the eagles.

Today is a dark time for the Philippine Eagles, they are not even aware of it but we as humans who are aware of it must act. Their dwindling must be a call to an action for us humans who affects their lives greatly. Our humanly greed to control nature and gain money is affecting the lives of hundreds of eagles. Let us thank these organizations who spearheads the saving of our Philippine Eagles.