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Protecting Raptors: Research and Conservation Efforts

On July 6, 2023, renowned Raptor Scientist, Dr. Chris McClure, gave a talk on Global Raptor Research and Conservation: Status and Priorities with Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao (MMCM) as a co-presentor.

Dr. Chris is the current Executive Vice President of Science and Conservation at The Peregrine Fund. He leads the Global Raptor Impact Network, which is a tool that helps researchers in understanding declining raptor populations. His work revolves around monitoring, studying, and conservation of raptors around the world, including the Critically-endangered California Condor. 

Dr. McClure giving his presentation on Raptor Conservation

This talk is in partnership with Mapúa MCM, College of Health Sciences – in collaboration with Arizona State University, Forest Foundation Philippines, with the support of Seda Vertis North and Seda Abreeza. The talk was in attendance by students from schools such as Ateneo de Manila University, Ateneo de Davao University, Central Mindanao University, Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School, University of Southeastern Philippines, and Davao Doctors College, Inc. 

Dr. McClure’s talk delved into new insights on how raptor conservation could succeed through collaboration. He also discussed the various species of raptors — including the Philippine Eagle and what efforts are being made to help revive the different species population from extinction. Drawing from his extensive research and fieldwork, Dr. McClure emphasized the crucial role birds play in maintaining ecosystem balance and biodiversity. 

Dr. McClure during the Q&A session

He showcased graphs and charts that depicted the fluctuating numbers of various raptor populations over time, emphasizing the importance of monitoring and understanding these trends. Dr. McClure also shared inspiring success stories of raptor species that have been brought back from the brink of extinction through habitat restoration, captive breeding programs, and the implementation of conservation policies.

During the student Q&A portion, Dr. McClure’s responses were informative, and he encouraged the students to think critically and develop a deeper understanding of the complexities involved in maintaining healthy bird populations. Thanks to the presenters and partners of this talk, Dr. Chris McClure’s visit left a lasting impression on the students, giving them motivation in pursuing their Biology degrees.