DFAT 2011 Day 3 Part 1: Flying with Birds!!7:24 AM
But that day couldn't have gone better, the day birds pecked my heart with a very alarming message. I may have gone sad at times, but it was good because I realized that all the problems I have at home and school were nothing compared to the threat of extinction among these bird friends of ours. I became less anxious though, happy to see that they're being protected but sad because of the reality that's been haunting me since then.
It was the day I went to Malagos Garden and Philippine Eagle Center together with the DFAT 2011 participants last May.
Day 3 started with a field trip on these attractions in Davao City. The last time I went to Malagos Garden and Philippine Eagle Center was like five years ago. Like most kids, and teenagers that time I was so ecstatic about seeing caged animals on what everyone considers as the only Davao Zoo.
It was a Sunday, a family day for us all, we watched an interactive bird show that conveyed a message about "Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection", "Climate Change", "Ecological Solid Waste Management" and finally "Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management". It was entertaining and educational at the same time. We were happy to get up close with brilliantly colored birds like cockatoos and macaws. We got amused by their funny love story but deep inside still lies the sad reality that some if not all of their kinds, are endangered.
|The Malagos Garden Bird Amphitheater.|
So much for the sad tone there, like I was not that emo the whole duration of the field trip. In fact, it gladdened my spirit to know that the animals there are well taken care of. It's also good to know that there are people and organizations that supports advocacy programs for our animals, most especially for our National bird, the Country's Philippine Eagle.
|Birds: The Philippine Owl, White Cockatoo, Blue-and-Yellow Macaw and the freakin Ostrich which both surprised and scared the shit out of me! And of course, there's another birdie there which you're not supposed to see! Haha.|
|All Photos taken at Malagos Garden Resort is credited to Meiyah.info! Thank you Ate Meiyah!!|
So, we wandered around Malagos Garden like kids taking photographs of birds and some other animals but mostly to ourselves. LOL. (Ang hahayop lang!)
After lunch, we headed to the Philippine Eagle Center which was only around 10 minutes away from Malagos Garden.
|Are they normally teary-eyed creatures or that it's just in pain?|
So we proceeded on the tour. And we met. .
|Presenting the Philippine Eagle! Meet Binay (If I'm not mistaken). :p|
|This deer have caused me to embarrass myself! Like, I called this one a "Reindeer". I don't know what I was thinking then that I told my friends I saw a reindeer taking a bath by itself. By the way, it's a Philippine Deer!|
It was a great and fun learning experience, plenty of laughter and respect to nature. I hope some day my dream will come true, figuratively though. :D