MORE birds found in Itogon, Benguet are being surrendered to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Baguio.

The birds are either caught as a result of disturbed habitat or injury.

Recently, a weak and wounded Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) found in Poblacion, Itogon was released in Mount Santo Tomas after it was turned over to CENRO Baguio.

It was brought to Benguet State University's veterinary center for medical assessment. Stability of its health was ensured first before it was released back into the wild.

Common Buzzard is a medium-to-large bird of prey commonly found in most of Europe and extends into Asia.

Earlier on July 29, a Brahminy Kite who had a difficulty to fly was also found in Ucab, Itogon and was turned over to CENRO Baguio.

It was released at Mt. Kabuyao in Tuba which is near the wetlands--an ideal habitat for birds.

The Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus), also known as the red-backed sea-eagle in Australia is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards and harriers.

According to CENRO Baguio Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Convservation Section head, Senior Management Specialist Glea Lagon, the forest cover in Itogon has been getting thinner due to frequent timber poaching.

Lagon noted it causes a disturbance to the wildlife resulting to the incessant incidents of birds being displaced.

"This kind of activity should be stopped because it does not only affect the wildlife but the whole environment as well," Lagon added.

Lagon also reminded the public to turn over any wildlife to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for proper care and disposal.

Any wildlife in captivity or possession of any person without legal documents or permit is punishable by law. (Angelo Acosta/ DENR - CAR)