Friday,January 29, 2021

Featured Wetland of the Month

๐๐š๐ฎ๐ฃ๐š๐ง ๐‹๐š๐ค๐ž ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐๐š๐ซ๐ค (๐๐‹๐๐)

 

The ๐๐š๐ฎ๐ฃ๐š๐ง ๐‹๐š๐ค๐ž ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐๐š๐ซ๐ค (๐๐‹๐๐) in Oriental Mindoro is the countryโ€™s second designated Ramsar Site, when it was included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance on November 12, 1999 along with Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Agusan del Sur and Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan.

 

Bird Biodiversity

 

It is the fifth largest lake in the Philippines and serves as an important feeding and wintering area for 19 species of migratory birds, including the Tufted ducks (๐˜ˆ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜บ๐˜ข ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข). Large numbers of ducks and other waterbirds such as herons, egrets, rails, plovers and bitterns can also be found in Naujan Lake, as well as the endemic and threatened Philippine duck (๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ป๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข).

 

Indigenous Community

 

The Naujan Lake National Park also serves as home to at least three (3) Mangyan tribes residing within its boundaries namely: Alangan, Hanunoo and Tadyawan, who depend upon the lake for their livelihood, particularly through fishing.