|Location||Philippines, Region IV|
|Central coordinates||121o 20.00' East 15o 40.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||200 - 1,000m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Maria Aurora Memorial Park lies inland from the towns of Baler and Maria Aurora in central Aurora Province and eastern Nueva Ecija, close to the border with Nueva Vizcaya. It is a short distance to the north of Mt Dingalan (PH018). The main habitats in the park are lowland rainforest, montane forest and secondary scrub, and there are also areas of arable land (including rice paddies), small settlements and rural gardens. The maximum altitude of the park is reported to be 1,000 m, so the main forest type inside the park must be lowland dipterocarp, with only limited areas of montane forest. Land uses inside the park include both permanent and shifting agriculture (kaingin) and forestry.
Key Biodiversity Several of the threatened and restricted-range species of the Luzon Endemic Bird Area have been recorded in or near to Maria Aurora Memorial Park. The recent sightings of Philippine Eagle there suggest that this IBA is an important part of the network of sites required to conserve the population of that species in the Sierra Madre mountains. Limited information is available on the status of other threatened or restricted-range birds in the park, but, like other IBAs in the Sierra Madre, it is likely that the avifauna there will prove to be similar to that of Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park (PH015).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Philippine Duck Anas luzonica||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Philippine Eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Nisaetus philippensis||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Not Recognised|
|Flame-breasted Fruit-dove Ramphiculus marchei||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Spotted Imperial-pigeon Ducula carola||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Green Racquet-tail Prioniturus luconensis||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Endangered|
|Whiskered Pitta Pitta kochi||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|Luzon Water-redstart Rhyacornis bicolor||resident||2001||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Aurora Memorial Park||National Park||7,090||protected area contains site||5,676|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||major|
Protection status Aurora Memorial Park was proclaimed by virtue Proc. No.774 in 11 August 1941 and Proc. No. 130 in August 11, 1941. It is proposed as a Protected Landscape and Seascape under NIPAS.
References References: Haribon Foundation (1998).
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