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#299 Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary is an area in the Philippines declared as protected by the Ramos administration. The marshland acts like a sponge, as it is nestled in the mid-waters of the Agusan River drainage basin. Within its lakes, several floating communities can be found.

Agusan Marsh is one of the most ecologically significant wetlands in the Philippines. Located in the heart of Mindanao’s Agusan Basin, this vast expanse of marsh covers an area roughly the size of Metro Manila. It contains nearly 15% of the nation’s fresh water resources in the form of swamp forests.

During the rainy season, when the water rises to create large lakes, vast number of ducks come to Agusan Marsh to nest. In the dry months, thousands of birds come from as faraway as Japan, China and Russia to escape the chilly winter winds of Northern Asia. Over 200 individual species have been known to spend at least part of the year in the marsh, making it one of Asia’s most important transit points for wild birds (Source: Wikipedia).

Mabuhay ang Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary!

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