During this year’s Philippine Eagle Week, USAID continued to provide support to Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) in spreading awareness of the plight of the country’s iconic raptor and the efforts of groups and communities to protect one of the world’s largest endangered eagles.
PEF and USAID, together with partners from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, local government units, civil society and communities, hosted free public screenings of Bird of Prey—an ultra-HD wildlife documentary on the Philippine eagle produced by Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Close to 1,200 people from the cities of Manila, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, General Santos and Butuan trooped to the cinemas to watch the free screenings. PEF also held special screenings of Bird of Prey, along with fun and educational activities for schoolchildren, in three local villages in Bukidnon, Butuan and Davao to rally local support from indigenous communities who are living near forest habitats of the Philippine eagle.
Mini-exhibits were also opened during the free screenings in malls to inform the public about PEF’s Philippine eagle loan program with Wildlife Reserves Singapore, wherein a pair of eagles will be staying at the Jurong Bird Park as a conservation strategy to preserve the Philippine eagle in case of a catastrophic event. (Protect Wildlife)