The Environmental Resource Center (ERC) hosts a special presentation on Philippine Eagles. Cordi and Joe Atkinson of the non-profit “Philippine Eagle Forest Watchers” will introduce participants to these magnificent birds through photos and short videos and will discuss the incredible threats they currently face.
Cordi and Joe have been involved with golden eagles for more than 30 years. They have rehabilitated young eagles by training them in the sport of falconry, teaching them the skills needed to survive, so that ultimately they can be released back into the wild. Over the years, this work has led to opportunities such as working on films produced by National Geographic, Nature, and most recently, Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
In 2015, Cordi and Joe traveled to the Philippines to work with two Philippine Eagles that were filmed as part of a documentary produced by Cornell to bring worldwide awareness to this critically endangered eagle. The Atkinsons were so deeply touched by these birds that they started their own non-profit to raise funds to support “The Forest Production and Management Projects” developed by the Philippine Eagle Foundation. With only 300 Philippine Eagles left on the planet, a worldwide effort must be made to save them, otherwise they may be gone forever in the next few decades.