Philippine Eagles go online to increase global awareness

Subscribe Now March 06, 2013 at 08:15am

The lives of two Philippine Eagles are being streamed online as part of a global awareness project for the endangered avian species. Dennis Salvador, executive-director of the Philippine Eagle Foundation said that the project aims to present the Philippine Eagle on a global scale. Salvador said that little has been known of the raptor internationally which is listed as critically endangered.

The set-up involves placing video cameras on a cage containing two breeding raptors. The cameras are linked to the world via ustream, which allows real-time viewing thru the online livestreaming portal.

Local and international partners are helping in the project with the American-based Raptor Resource Project helping fund the 24-hour video set-up with the acquisition of one PDZ video camera and an IR camera for night-time use.

Telecom giant Globe has provided to the Foundation an internet facility for free within a period of 12 months, enabling it to link the cameras online.

Globe Telecom’s senior specialist for Corporate Social Responsibility, Fernando Esguerra Jr said that the cost of the fixed 1 Mbps (megabits per second) internet facility is estimated at P12,000 a month. Esguerra said the internet facility was started from scratch with cables being dragged to the breeding area. Another local partner Aboitiz Foundation donated the cable wires.

Globe has been supporting the PEF in its eagle conservation program. In 2012 it organized the Globe Arakan XC (Cross Country) biking challenge. The mountain bike race held in Arakan Valley, a known abode of the endangered raptors is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts to raise funds for the PEF.

Meanwhile Salvador said the live streaming project is a preparation for another media project with National Geographic videographer Neil Rettig who is known for his documentary work on the American Harpy’s Eagle. Salvador said they hope that a project similar to the Harpy Eagle documentary would be produced for the Philippine Eagle.


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