dapdap trees are dying!


Greenmeadows Ave., QC


Also along C-5, Pasig

One of the many (about 40?) full grown trees in Julia Vargas and Greenmeadows Ave., Quezon City that have fallen ill. A friend told me that it is a phenomena not limited to the Philippines, also happening in Hawaii..suspected culprit is a wasp that migrated from Africa, and they’re hoping its natural predator will come to the rescue. Soon please.

More on the Erythina Gall Wasp (thanks to mads for the link)

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The World Challenge

BBC, Newsweek and Shell have teamed up to give entrepreneurs a chance to win US$20,000 for their projects on community development:

The World Challenge is a competition aimed at finding individuals or groups from around the world who have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level. This competition is all about finding entrepreneurs whose projects are making a difference to communities.

Among the 12 finalists this year is Juboken Enterprise, a Pinoy company that makes COCONETS, surrogate tree roots made from waste coconut husks to prevent landslides.
Cast your vote here!

Other finalists:
ELEPHANT PEPPER,
Growing chillies: the solution to a jumbo-sized problem?
ZAMBIA, Africa

CAMEL MILKING BASKETS
Selling baskets made by pastoralists is giving women an income for the first time
KENYA

REAL IPM
Bringing down the cost of eco-friendly pest management using natural predators
*IPM stands for ‘integrated pest management’ – the use of natural predators to control pests.
KENYA

ORGANIC LEATHER FASHION
Badly produced leather can cause cancer – an organic alternative is on the market
UNITED KINGDOM & SLOVINIA

FAT CHANCE, BIO POWER
Cleaning up the Maltese coastline by turning cooking fat into a diesel-substitute
MALTA

RIET VELL: ORGANIC FARMING AND NATURE
Bird-friendly farming
SPAIN

MEN ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD
Improving the job prospects and quality of life of roadside labourers
SOUTH AFRICA

WEDDINGS THAT GIVE BACK
‘I Do’ Foundation: Americans spend $70 billion on weddings a year – a little is now going to charity
USA

REEF REHAB: RECHARGEABLE BATTERY PROJECT
Rechargeable batteries are restoring coral reefs in the Pacific
VANUATU

RESIN-BONDED ROOFTILES
Recycling plastic waste for indestructible roof tiles
UKRAINE

IRULA TRIBAL VENOM CENTRE
Supplying venom for medical needs
INDIA

Voting is open until 5pm 16th October 2005.

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birdwatching in the city


American Cemetery and Memorial
3:00-5:30pm, June 19, Sunday.
Free Entrance.

First time to go birdwatching (also birding) today. Was a quiet afternoon, good slow way to start paying attention to detail–one of the essentials of a meaningful life!

Birding is “the activity of observing wild birds in their habitat,” and it’s a nice alternative to spending your weekends, even in the city.
Time to allocate: 2-3 hours.

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Email invitation from the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines:

Do you know what are Golden-bellied Flyeaters,Yellow-vented Bulbuls and Pied Fantails?

These are some of the most common birds found in Metro Manila.

Join the members of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines on a guided bird watching trip at one of Metro Manila’s best kept parks this Sunday, June 19 and discover the wonderful world of birds.

Assemble at the visitor’s parking lot of the American War Memorial in Fort Bonifacio at 3:00 pm. We will start with an orientation for first-timers and walk past the green lawns to look for Zebra Doves (Bato-bato)and Barred Rails (Tikling). Walk under the shade of the acacias to look for Collared Kingfishers (Kasaykasay), Lowland White-eyes (Matang Dulong) and perhaps a Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker (Karpintero).

Participants are advised to wear rubber or walking shoes. Please bring water, snacks, sunblock, umbrella (in case it rains) and/or insect repellant.

The guided trip for first-timers is free, however the club rents out binoculars at P50.00/pair. If you bring your own pair of binoculars, no other charges apply. Slots are limited and interested parties need to sign up and indicate the number of slots to be reserved, binoculars needed and contact numbers for confirmation. Please get in touch with Mike Lu via email at myckle@thenet.ph or text 0917-3350325.

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