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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Cordillera's biggest Philippine Eagle statue is found in Barlig, Mt. Province

Photo Courtesy || Rian Cael via danielsecotravel.com

Cordillera - Stands at an elevation of more than 1,800 meters above sea level, this huge statue of the Philippine eagle located in the town of Barlig is a beacon of hope for forest conservation, wildlife preservation, and cultural integrity promotion of town's lush rainforests. 

It can be recalled that this mountainous spot is where a juvenile Philippine eagle was released back in 2005. The same spot was also the location of the Philippine Monkey-Eagle, locally known as Lawi as proven by the late Barangay Chairman of Lias, Silangan, Mr. Romeo Cofin. 

Cofin said that around 50 eagles were previously hunted before leading to zero sightings today. But some locals in the area said they sometimes hear eagles chirping at nighttime, an indication that some eagles are still existing in the area.

The statue of the Philippine Eagle aims to spark initiative of the local government of Barlig to protect the forest as sanctuary of this critically endangered species of eagle. 

Record showed that there are less than 400 pairs of this species remaining in the wild, most of which are found in Mindanao.

The Philippine Eagle is a species of a true raptor and relies on pristine primary forest in which to hunt, build its nest and raise its young. It can be found in habitat as low as sea level to around 1,800 meters.

Apart from being one of the largest eagles in the world, it could be argued that the Philippine Eagle is also one of the most striking. It has a massive dark black bill with a tinge of blue, neon yellow feet, and pale gray-blue eyes. Its cottony white belly contrasts with its darker back, and the fringe-like feathers on its legs match the long brown feathers that adorn its head and the back of its neck.

Philippine Eagles are diurnal, which means they hunt, fly, build nests, participate in courtship activities and otherwise go about their business during daytime hours. They rest at night. Despite their large size, these eagles tend to be fast and agile in the air, which helps make them very successful hunters.

Philippine Eagles, like all top predators, play a very important role in their environment. They are what is known as an umbrella species. Just as several people can stand under one large umbrella and be protected from the rain, so too can many species of wildlife be protected by conserving one species like the Philippine Eagle. To protect the eagles, we must protect the monkeys and civets and other animals they need for food, the plants and animals that monkeys and civets feed on, and the trees that Philippine Eagles nest in, which helps protect the other animals that use these trees for food, shelter, and space. 

Conserving Philippine Eagles and their habitat automatically provides protection for all the other plants and animals that live there too.

source || https://danielsecotravels.com/, https://www.peregrinefund.org/

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