PAOAY, Ilocos Norte – As the world celebrates World Wetlands Day on February 2 on an annual basis,migratory birds from temperate regions continue to seek sanctuary at the Paoay Lake here giving birth to bird-watching involving local and foreign enthusiasts.
In fact, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Ilocos Norte last January 28 spearheaded a bird watching and monitoring activity with these avian enthusiasts at the lake which has been declared as a national park..
It was in 2012 that a team of bird watchers started monitoring the presence of migratory birds at the Paoay lake wetlands, considered considered one of the country’s migratory bird sites.
A certain Dr. Petrus Calope, a local birder, introduced bird watching and monitoring the lake for the presence of the migratory birds in a team-up with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office.
Based on the yearly Asian Waterbird Census conducted last November, Paoay Lake has been providing shelter to some bird species like the following: Little Grebe, Great Egret, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Philippine Duck, Tuffted Duck, White-brow Crake, Common Kingfisher, White-collared Kingfisher, White-throat Kingfisher and the Great Cormorant, a kind of bird known for its matted feathers.
The landlocked 387-hectare lake, wrapped in legend, is located three kilometers from the sea in the village of Suba. It is locally known as Dakkel a Danum or Big Water. Florante A. Nicolas, PENRO Ilocos Norte / northboundasia.com