Petulu Gunung – The village of a thousand birds

Every dusk, thousands of white birds roost in trees on the island of Bali. This bird mecca is found in the rural village of Petulu Gunung just 3 kilometers outside of Ubud in central Bali. Historically, inadequate roads left the village of Petulu isolated and poor. Many people left to work in other parts of

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Make it More Than a March

Today is the day that we celebrate the existence of Earth, and we make more sustainable decisions like turning off the lights and taking shorter showers. For whatever reason, people don’t do this daily. To some, being environmentally friendly is considered “trendy” and not vital. What people fail to understand, whether it be from ignorance

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National Animal: Philippines – The Carabao

The Carabao (Bubalus bubalis) is often mistaken for a large rock, a puddle with huge horns or a big black road block. Though this swamp-loving domestic water buffalo is found all throughout rural South East Asia, in the Philippines the Carabao holds special status as the National Animal. There are two main theories about the

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Laptop Stolen #Sad

In true Canadian fashion, I’m apologizing for things that are beyond my control. Last week while on my way to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, my beloved laptop was stolen from me on a bus. Luckily, I had most of my work backed up with a few exceptions so it wasn’t the end of the world. However, it

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The 3 Top Eco-Tourism Spots in Sagada

Ecotourism is a new conservation movement based in the tourist industry. It has been described as “responsible travel which conserves the natural environment and sustains the well-being of local people” [1]. High up in the Cordillera mountains in the Northern Luzon region of the Philippines exists the town of Sagada. This place is booming with

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Standing on the Edge: Northern Negros Natural Park

Imagine hiking through 805 square kilometers of pristine rainforest in South East Asia. Envision walking for an hour and a half to see the magnificent 60-foot Pulang Tubig waterfall with a local guide. It’s hard to believe it only costs 150 Philippine Pesos which is 3 DOLLARS AND 93 CENTS CAD which can be split among

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A little dose of Ethical Animal Tourism in Negros

When you think of a conservationist haven, the last place you would think to look is in the urbanized city of Bacalod on the Visayan island of Negros. Yet, the Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation Incorporated (NFEFI) centre and its rare inhabitants live in the heart of the city. Why visit this tiny conservation centre?

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