Olango Island

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The Egrets arriving from distant China in flight above the waters of Olango       Olango Island is a diverse coastal ecosystem consisting of extensive coralline sandflats, mangroves, seagrass beds, and offshore coral reefs. The island is virtually flat, and it is surrounded by warm seas and partly sheltered from monsoons and strong trade winds.

      The island is used by millions of shorebirds as a resting place enroute from Siberia and northern Japan to Southeast Asia and Australia. These migratory birds come to this waterfowl haven to escape the fierce winters in northern Asia. Each year, Olango sees nearly a hundred different species of birds, a number of which are migratory. Among the frequent guests are Chinese egrets, Asiatic dowitchers, Eastern curlews, plovers, and sandpipers.

      The island's mangroves are most extensive in the Cebu province, and its offshore corals are home to scores of various marine species.

Mangrove Green heron (Butorides striatus)       Also sharing with them the sunshine and mild climate of the island are the human residents of ten barangays. Mainly farmers and fishermen, the community has been active in their involvement in the conservation program of the government and the management of the island.

      The unique biodiversity of life on and around Olango has made it one of the best known of the wetlands recognized by the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.

Source: Our Nature Heritage
- The Protected Areas of the Philippines
Published by: Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  Philippine Airlines Foundation, Inc.
  Foundation for the Philippine Environment

OLANGO ISLAND
 
Wildlife Sanctuary (Proclamation No. 903)
Date Established : 14 May 1992
Location : Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
location of approximate center point:
      10o16' N 124o03' E
Area : 920 hectares
Wetlands of International Importance
(Ramsar Site No. 656)
designated on 01 July 1994