DENR released rescued serpent eagle in Aurora forest

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampangaβ€”A concerned citizen from Aurora province recently turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here an endemic Philippine serpent eagle scientific name β€œπ˜šπ˜±π˜ͺ𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘯π˜ͺ𝘴 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘱π˜ͺπ˜­π˜Άπ˜΄β€.
DENR released rescued serpent eagle in Aurora forest
Marivic Santos, head of the DENR Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Dingalan, Aurora on Monday said that one Ryan Casim of Barangay Florida in Maria Aurora town caught the serpent eagle in their backyard and immediately reported the incident to environment authorities.
β€œThe bird was temporarily kept under our custody, since its health condition was not in good state to be immediately released to the wild,” the CENRO chief explained.
As the bird fully recovered, Santos said they finally released the rescued and rehabilitated Philippine serpent eagle within the Dibalo Pingit Zabali Malayat Watershed Forest Reserved in So. Dipanamianan, Barangay Pingit, Baler, Aurora on February 2.
According to studies, the Philippine serpent eagle is a relatively small raptor that lives in Luzon and Mindanao islands. It is usually found in forest clearings, open woodlands, and sometimes in cultivated lands with scattered trees.
Based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the conservation status of this bird species is categorized as β€œLeast Concern,” which means that it has a lower risk of extinction.
DENR Regional Executive Director Paquito Moreno, Jr. noted that the presence of the Philippine serpent eagle was an indication of healthy forest areas in Central Luzon, particularly in Aurora.
β€œOur biodiversity conservation and forest protection efforts bring positive outcomes in preserving the habitat of this endemic bird species,” Moreno said.
He appealed to the public to immediately report to environment authorities any wildlife sighting and encounter to avert potential danger and threat to their population.
β€œWe also encourage the public to remain vigilant in reporting any illegal trading and online selling of wildlife to help us penalize perpetrators who pose threat to our biodiversity and our environment,” Moreno ended.