Tungtong River Conservation Project

an environmental advocacy of the Holistic Education and Development Center

Category: Osteichthyes (Bony fishes)

Merpeople at work? Nah, just hard-core environmental scientists goofing around ;-)

HEDCen’s very own merpeople, the 4th yr High School Fish Team are composed of 7 students who have chosen to make a scientific survey of the river’s ichthyofauna (that’s scientific gush for F-I-S-H for the non-merpeople out there).  They are Nicole Salvador (team leader), Raffy Aligaen, Ice Cedro, Edward de Leon, Tomas Eom, Nikko Nackaerts and Vincent Valera.  They are building on the work of last year’s Expo Fish Group who were then 3rd yr students Raffy Aligaen, Ice Cedro, Ria Garcia, and Sarah Kim.

From left: Raffy Aligaen, Ice Cedro, Nicole Salvador, Dr. Francis Magbanua, Vincent Valera, Edward de Leon, and Nikko Nackaerts

From left: Raffy Aligaen, Ice Cedro, Nicole Salvador, Dr. Francis Magbanua, Vincent Valera, Edward de Leon, and Nikko Nackaerts

Meeting the expert

Like all studies done in earnest, they began with getting advice.  They interviewed ichthyobiologist Dr. Francis Magbanua of the University of the Philippines, Diliman.  Dr. Francis discussed with them basic techniques in surveying the fish of a river system like Tungtong.  He even provided a printed compilation of common fishing gear used in the Philippines.

The photos have been archived at the TRCP Facebook page (follow this link).

Preparing the gear

The Fish Team lost no time in getting their act together.  Fortunately, Nicole’s dad, Mr. Salvador, is an avid fisherman hobbyist and was able to help them procure what was needed.

The photos have been archived at the TRCP Facebook page (follow this link).

To the basin!

Under the watchful eye and technical supervision of Mr. Rodel (assistant of Mr. Salvador), the team tried out fishing (first time for everyone except Nicole).

The photos have been archived at the TRCP Facebook page (follow this link).

Now that their methodology has been dry-run, the team is now set to gather data and to scientifically assess one of the more important aspects of Tungtong River’s underwater life.  Cheers and good luck!

July 29-30 Wildlife survey

In spite of the heavy rains, we had a good wildlife survey session last July 29-30 which was attended by Philippine Biodiversity Net:Digital Library of Species members Tope Noriel Ordoñez and Emerson Y. Sy.

Birds (Netted)
– White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis); 2 ind (1 adult, 1 imm)
– Philippine Bulbul (Hypsipetes philippinus); 1 adult
– Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)
– Elegant Tit (Parus elegans); 3 ind (1 adult, 2 imm)
– Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis); 2 adults (1 male, 1 female)
– Mangrove Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis rufigastra); 2 ind (1 male, 1 imm)

Birds (spotted)
– Common Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica)
– Brown Dove (species unsure)
– Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)
– Philippine Coucal (Centropus viridis)
– Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus; ID uncertain)
– Swiftlet (species unsure)
– White-collared Kingfisher (Halcyon chloris)
– Red-bellied Pitta (Pitta erythrogaster)
– Golden Bellied Flyeater (Gerygone sulphurea)
– Striated Grassbird (Megalurus palustris)
– Bright-capped Cisticola (Ciscticola exilis)
– Pied fantail (Rhipidura javanica)
– Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis)
– Red-keeled Flowerpecker (Dicaeum australe)
– Eurasian Tree-Sparrow (Passer montanus)
– Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
– Lowland White-eye (Zosterops meyeni)

Frogs
– Cane Toad (Bufo marinus)
– Asian Painted Frog (Kaloula pulchra)
– Luzon Fanged Frog (Limnonectes macrocephalus)
– Common Puddle Frog (Occydoziga laevis)
– Common Tree Frog (Polypedates leucomystax)
– Green Paddy Frog (Rana erythraea)

Lizards
– Common House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus)
– Brooke’s House Gecko (H brookii)
– Flat-tailed House Gecko (H platyurus)
– Crested lizard (species unsure)

Fishes
– Common snakehead (Channa cf striata)

Tentative date of next survey: Aug 26-27. Visit hedcentrcp.wordpress.com.

Science Expo possibilities (anyone interested?):
– Rainforestation via functional approach
– Habits of Philippine Eagle Owl
– Carnivorous civet cat
– Repopulation of native freshwater fish
– Habits of soft-shelled turtles
– Habits of flying lizards

To view the photo album of Adrian Luczon, follow this link.

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