Friday, May 9, 2014

reaction paper on the lecture, ‘The birds of UPD’

Paulma, Christine L.                                                                                   STS X2
2013 – 44340                                                                                                Mr. Juned Sonido

Keeping the Bird Species in Campus
A reaction paper on the lecture, ‘The birds of UPD’

            Maya, a familiar bird we know of, dominate the skies of our country. This species we encounter almost everyday is brown in color and small in size. They must have already adapted with the general atmosphere of our nation’s location for they are sighted even in urban areas. In the boundaries of the state university, University of the Philippines particularly in Diliman, Maya birds are easily spotted. However, there is a few more bird species that are found in the vicinity of the campus.

            UP Diliman, located in Quezon City is expectedly belonging to the urban although there are specific sites in the campus where forests and trees are situated. Being a university, it is filled with people rushing through running from building to building to get to their classes. Surprisingly, despite its being home to people of the metro, it has also become a home to birds I myself may not be very familiar of. Some of the birds sighted are namely Oriental Cuckoo, Red – bellied Pitta, Narcissus Flycatcher, Violet Cuckoo, etc. The groups in class were given the opportunity to “birdwatch” and our group spotted some unfamiliar bird species flying around the Science Complex. There was a bird which we thought was a fantail, a white-bellied bird with blue feathers, a slightly large gray bird, etc.

            Due credit should be given to bird enthusiasts in the university for giving awareness regarding the existence of different bird species to the members of the UP community. People not coming from the university are also informed about the good news. Outsiders come and visit Diliman to see birds gliding around campus. To raise awareness and give due appreciation to these wonderful creatures we barely see in the urban areas, a Physical Education focused on Birdwatching was even developed in the institution. From time to time, one would see a group of people holding telescopes, looking around to see the birds who found home in the trees of UP.

            Authorities and personnels develop ways to keep the birds at home. It was mentioned that they plant trees that would be more conducive for the species. With an opportunity like this, we are challenged to take part of the protection of these genuses. We ask ourselves what we would be able to do to be proactive caretakers for we are knowledgeable that, with the technological advancements we have, the next generations may be more interested with things that are related to technology. Children may not be as interested in discovering life forms like this. Sharing awareness and the wonder of awe, little as it may seem, is already a big step to sustain these various bird species. Being part or having one’s own advocacy regarding the protection and sustainability of these birds would also be another way to keep their species alive. Moreover, it is important for us humans, as stewards, to provide a home for these creations. We should not also forget the basics of minimizing, if not eradicating, our contribution to pollution. As simple as it is, it still one of the things we forget to do. The atmosphere condition is still one of the foundations of providing a good domicile to these birds. There is a lot more bird species we could give shelter to if we just properly act out what we could and should do to give them such. Aside from the usual Maya birds we see, we may be able to observe even more species. Maybe later on, these forms may be able to eventually adapt as well to their living condition here in the country. Maya birds, then, would not be the only species found dominating in the skies.


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