The 20th Wildlife Conservation Society of the Philippines will have a symposium and meeting April 11 to 15, at the Silliman University in Dumaguete City.
The opening day on the 12th will have the plenary at the Luce Auditorium, environmentalist Apolinario Carino said.
Speakers will be Dr. Angel Alcala, former Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Dr. Ben Malayang III, Silliman University president and former DENR Undersecretary; and Lawrence Heaney of the Chicago Museum of Natural History, and from the DENR, Dr. Neric Acosta and Dr. Mundita Lim of PAWB.
An issue expected to be raised is the entry of exotic birds in the Philippines via the illegal wildlife trade.
Cariño said sea ports like those in Bacong town and Dumaguete, and roll-on, roll-off ports, are known as lay-over sites for the caged-bird trade while in transit to Manila.
He said about 90 percent of the “drugged birds in small empty bottles” are stored in containers that conceal the specimens inside them. Some exotic birds can be seen in some parts of the province, being raised by their owners in cages.*JFP
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