Click it, Sketch it!

In line with this year’s theme for World Migratory Bird Day (Protect Birds:  Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution), and the EAAFP theme for 2019-2020 (Flyways – Connecting People and Migratory Waterbirds), and the UN Habitat’s Urban October (Technologies as an innovative tool to transform waste to wealth), the SCPW will conduct an activity for nature/wildlife photographers,  graphic arts students and grade schoolers in the local community to come together for a learning event that will revolve around the importance of migratory birds, the threats posed by plastic pollution to their very existence and what they can do to help protect these wildlife and their habitats.  The participants for this activity are those sectors with the potential to translate these images to communication materials that can help promote protection of these migratory birds as well as wetland conservation. The learning event will employ approaches and methods that will include the following activities:

  • Storytelling session for the kids on migratory birds and plastic pollution;
  • Seminar on migratory birds and plastic pollution for the photographers and fine arts students;
  • Wetland Walk and Bird-watching activity;
  • Photography and Sketching workshop; and
  • Online exhibit of photos and sketches

Additionally, the Las Pinas Paranaque Wetland Park, the venue of the activities is the only urban wetland park in the country. As part of UN Habitat’s Urban October “31 Days of Promoting a Better Urban Future” with the theme “Technologies as an innovative tool to transform waste to wealth”, the activities will also be in celebration of the prominent place birds, animals, plants, wetlands, and the environment have in a better urban future.

Objectives

  1. To increase the awareness of the nature photographers and graphic artists on the importance of migratory birds and wetlands and how they can help protect them.
  2. To establish a cadre of photographers and graphic artists who can advocate for migratory bird protection and wetland conservation through using images as a medium.
  3. To enhance the skills of nature photographers in capturing images of wildlife and nature that can be used as tools in advocating protection for migratory birds and for wetland conservation.
  4. To instill conservation in the minds of young children, and the impacts of plastic pollution to migratory birds.

Description of Activities

  1. Storytelling session for the kids on migratory birds and plastic pollution

    A short storytelling session will be conducted for the grade school students from the local communities.

  2. Seminar on migratory birds and plastic pollution and nature/wildlife photography

    There will be a seminar on the importance of wetlands and migratory birds and the impact of plastic pollution on the ecosystem and migratory birds. There will also be a basic lecture and demonstration on nature and wildlife photography.

  3. Wetland Walk and Bird-watching activity

    The participants will experience nature through a wetland walk at LPPCHEA. They will observe the issues related to its conservation and wise use notably solid waste including plastics, threat of reclamation, sewage, among others. The Wetland Walk will culminate with a bird-watching activity at LPPCHEA with the community as guides. These guides were trained by the Department of Tourism under the Biodiversity Friendly Enterprise (BDFE) Project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – National Capital Region (DENR – NCR).

  4. Hands-on training on nature/wildlife photography

    During the bird-watching activity, there will be a demonstration set-up that will feature hands-on training on nature and wildlife photography.

  5. Online exhibit of photos and sketches

    The photos will be displayed on an online exhibit to be featured in the SCPW website. These photos will also be the basis for the sketches that will be done by the participating artists. These sketches will also be featured in the online exhibit.

Location

General Reminders

  • Wear appropriate clothing that protects you from insect, the sun, and being razed by vegetation; bring an extra set of clothes.
  • Bring insect repellent and your own water tumbler (plastic water bottles are not allowed inside the Wetland Park).
  • You may want to prepare yourself for any birdwatching activity so read up on bird watching guides and resources – for beginners and for kids.

General Information

Date:  12 October 2019 (World Migratory Bird Day)
Venue: Las Piñas – Parañaque Wetland Park (LPPCHEA)
 Participants: Amateur and professional nature photographers, fine arts students, and grade school kids
Coordinator: Ms. Amy M. Lecciones, Executive Director, Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc. (SCPW)
Implementing Organization:  Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc.
Contact Details:  (632) 6372409; post@wetlands.ph

Partners:

  • East Asian-Australian Flyway Partnership
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources National Capital Region
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources Biodiversity Management Bureau
  • Department of Tourism National Capital Region
  • Federation Philippine Photographers Foundation, Inc.
  • One Meralco Foundation
  • Maynilad Water Services Inc.
  • Wild Bird Club of the Philippines

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