Psych Vols Goes to Danjugan Island

Psych Vols co-founder and core member Mishka Watin attended a Marine and Wildlife Camp last January 23-25 at Danjugan Island, Cauayan, Negros Occidental. The camps are offered by the Philippine Reef & Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PRRCFI), with usually two summer camps for children and one camp for adults annually. The camps were originally created to inspire children (and now, adults too) to become conservationists, and to raise awareness about past, current, and future conservation efforts.


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The island itself is a place of wonder. It has 7 eco systems (in one small island!) and is teeming with beautiful wildlife. The camp hosts lectures on topics such as ecosystems, marine life, coral reefs, bats & caves, biodiversity, and climate change, as well as activities that genuinely inspire and urge us humans to contribute to conservation efforts.


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Rare algae on Turtle Beach

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The beds in the cabanas

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The Mess Hall right beside Moray Lagoon

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Starfish!

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Some of the corals at the Marine Protected Area

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The bats at the bat cave.


Hopefully, more Filipinos will see the importance of environmental conservation in the Philippines. Being in the Coral Triangle is one thing to be happy and proud about, but we can do a whole lot more than just appreciate. We must also work towards keeping this beauty alive, even through small personal efforts. 🙂


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With Dr. Kazuhiko Koike of Hiroshima University, who gave a lecture on zooxanthellae.

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Birdwatching on top of the viewing deck beside Turtle Beach.

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Danjugan Island Marine Sanctuary plaque, with sponsors and partner organizations.


To those who can, please do join the adult camp next year! And if you have children, send them to one of the camps this coming April and May. Look for PRRCFI on FB or check their website: http://www.prrcf.org/ for more info. This is an investment that will be worth your time, money, and effort, and a set of experiences and learnings that will stay strongly in your heart.


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