Slowly and surely, sago and tuber roots as the staple food of the Moluccan people are being replaced by rice. It is one thing that should not have happened. The tropical rainforest of Seram that is rich of various species of plants and animals is now getting smaller due to the conversion of thousands of hectares of the forest area into monoculture palm oil plantations. I am really concerned about it. But this is a general phenomenon that occurs not only in the Moluccas but also in many islands in Indonesia that are rich of precious bio-diversity.
|Sawit Palm Plantation in Seram island|
|Purple-naped Lory (Lorius domicella)|
|Purple-naped Lory in Seram Island|
It's a pity to loose all these important birds of Maluku. Although they look small and weak, they play important role in maintaining the balance of the environment. Birds spread the seeds of fruits that they eat to all corners of the forest. This function as seed dispersers makes Moluccan forests remain green. In addition, coastal birds that eat fish have directly provide natural fertilizer to forests in Seram, Ambon, Buru and other islands in Maluku that were formed from the coral reefs that came out of the sea water due to tectonic pressures. As a result, these rocky islands can now become fertile islands covered by tropical green vegetation.
Birding Tour in Sorong regency of West Papua
|Golden Myna (Mino anais)|
As a tourist guide, I often organize birding trips to the valley where visitors stay for 3 to 4 days to explore the wealth of avifauna of the forest. However, it is not only birds that we can see while walking in the jungle. There are butterflies such as the Silky Owl (Taenaris catops), Blue Mountain Swallowtail (Papilio ulysses).
Visitors, guided by local vilagers, can also do night walk to see wallaby (a kind of small kangaroo).
How to get there?
- Fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
- Fly to Sorong city
- I will meet you at the airport to organize your trip and guide you into the valley.
Cost: Please, contact me by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or send your message by whatsapp to my number +6281332245180 for customized itinerary and budget calculation.
by Charles Roring.