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Winged-Residents of Taytay Falls by Chuck Baclagon

After several years, I was very excited to again visit Taytay Falls and behold its unique ecosystem and residents.

Five birders took part in Greenpeace’s World Water Day. Arriving at the parking lot of the site at around 7:30am we were greeted by a White-Collared Kingfisher perched on a palm frond of a coconut tree. I and Anne got excited when we spotted a pair of endemic Striped-headed Rhabdornis. It was the first time for us to see the said bird species.

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Water Patrol documents the threats to Majayjay’s waters by Chuck Baclagon
Reflection of the vegetation on irrigation water from Mount Banahaw.

Reflection of the vegetation on irrigation water from Mount Banahaw.

The world celebrates World Water Day every March 22.

This year, some 50 members of the Greenpeace Water Patrol went to Majayjay to document the beauty of Mt. Banahaw and the waters that spring from it as part of Project Clean Water’s activities.

The Taytay Falls in Majayjay is the 7th of a series of Falls that form the Dalitiwan River which eventually joins the Pagsanjan and Sta. Cruz Rivers, the two largest tributaries of the Laguna Lake. We were there to highlight the need to urgently protect the remaining clean waters from contamination. The Majayjay waters are especially significant since it is one of the few remaining clean waters within the Laguna Lake Water Basin.

We grouped ourselves into 2 teams. The first team went deeper into the forest, an area not normally open to the general public but was accessed with a guide and special permission from the Barangay and the local DENR. A second team stayed around the Falls and the surrounding community to conduct interviews with campers and members of the community. Continue reading