The number of waterbirds in Manila Bay has decreased by nearly 20 percent since 2019, according to a census conducted by a bird-watching group, which said the loss of the birds’ feeding habitats has contributed to the unfortunate decline.
The 2021 Waterbird Census in Manila Bay of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines tallied 110,000 waterbirds. Of the 60 species of birds observed, over two-thirds are migratory and are from as far away as Siberia and Alaska.But the latest figure showed a 20-percent decline since 2019, or a shortfall of 25,000 birds.
Club records committee chair Arne Jensen said, “Manila Bay hosts the highest number of waterbirds of any Philippine wetlands yet it has less than 200 hectares protected and with a mountain of threats to its habitats and birds.”
Jensen said that northern Manila Bay—which includes the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga and Bataan—is “one of the last Philippine wetlands refuge.”