Tue 05 Oct 2010: 2pm @ DBS CR1 – Vallejo Jr on ‘the decline of urban tolerant birds in Manila’

http://staff.science.nus.edu.sg/~sivasothi/temp//20101005-Vallejo.pdf

“Is there a future for the birds of the last greenspaces of Manila?”

Dr. Benjamin Vallejo Jr
Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology,
University of the Philippines,
Diliman, Quezon City

Tue 05 Oct 2010: 2pm
DBS Conference Room 1,
Blk S3, Level 3, NUS

Hosted by Prof Navjot Sodhi

About the talk – In this talk, Dr. Vallejo Jr. will present the results of 5 years of observation on bird diversity and abundance in Diliman district and nearby areas of Quezon City, Metropolitan Manila.

This district contains the University of the Philippines campus, the only remaining park like landscape in Manila aside from the La Mesa watershed. The results suggest that the green spaces may be refuges for uncommon species. These species contribute a large fraction of the total species count. Urban tolerant birds contribute much to bird abundance. However, recent landscape changes resulting from building development in the campus and a technology hub has resulted in a decline in abundance among the common urban tolerant species especially in the Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus). The reasons for the decline are not clear but if verified presents a bleak future for the bird assemblages in Manila.

About the Speaker – Dr Benjamin Vallejo Jr is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. He got his PhD from James Cook University, Australia with a thesis on marine biogeography. Since then he has expanded his interest to include birds (which began as a birdwatching stress reliever when he was doing his PhD) and invasive species. He is also presently regional coordinator of the International Biogeography Society for ASEAN countries.

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