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Environment

DER NACHFOLGENDE "LINK" UMWELT WIRD IN KUERZE INS DEUTSCHE UEBERSETZT.

     Nagarao is also a refuge of nature.  20 years of environmental protection is bearing its fruits.     

     Nagarao Island Resort has initiated a project to plant Jungle trees (Dipterocarp species) and recreate cluster of rain forest.

 
Planting
Planting Dipterocarps

      Nagarao Island is home to many animal species. Explore the island by day or night.

Panay Cloud Rat
Phili[[ine Deer
Panay Cloud Rat
Philippine Deer
Female Sunbird
Sunbirds
left: female
right: male
Male Sunbird
Kingfisher
left: King Fisher
right: Koel (cuckoo)
Koel
Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard
Gecko
Gecko / Toko
Omang, the Land Hermit Crab is found
in great numbers all over the island.
Kuray, the Land Crab (Cardisoma Carnifex) lives near the mangroves, digging through the mud for food. Some walking trails are full of holes that look like small volcanoes.
Toad
Butterfly


TURTLES

Martin rescues injured sea turtles
and releases them back to the sea.

Sea Turtle

Fresh water turtle


Brief Review of Nagarao's Plant Life

Fire tree
Calatchuchi
Bougainvillea
 
Flamboyant or Fire tree (Delonix regia)

White Frangipani or "Calatchuchi"

Bougainvillea
 
Euphorbia
Nagarao's Spectacular Flowers
Cactus
 
Flower of Euphorbia
Flowering
Candelabra cactus
 
Madre de Cacao  Flower
Kampanilya/Yellow bell
Orchids
 
Flower of
Madre de Cacao
Kampanilya / Amarillo or Yellow Bell
Epiphytic Orchid
 


Coconut
sipping coconut fruit
Nipa palm
 
Coconut Tree
Sipping coconut
Nipa palm
 
Bamboo
All
time
favorites
Cacao fruit
 
Bamboo
Cacao tree with ripe fruit
 
Balunggay
Pandan
Pandan fruit
 
Balunggay or
Drumstick tree
Pandan
The fruit of Pandan
 

Pitogo
Yucca
Male cone of Pitogo
Ivory Tree
(Calotropis gigantea)
Flowering Yucca Palm
Bobog
Exotic
Jewels
Anino/Noni Tree
Bobog tree
Noni/Anino tree
Palm Tree
Calamansi
Dipterocarp
Betel Palm
(Aracea cathecu)
Calamansi or lemon tree (Citrus microcarpa)
Dipterocarpaceae, two years after planting



Nagarao's Marine Sanctuary
Nagarao, apart from its tropical forest, contains two major tropical coastal and marine systems: the coral reef and mangroves.

coral
Coral
Coral
Fish

Islanders listening to a lecture of Martin on the vital importance of the coral reefs that form islands and protect shores from erosion.

The vital role of corals in island building can be observed on a daily basis at Nagarao. Here, this never ending process is in full swing. The rolling waves of the ocean push old coral rocks toward the beach and mill them into smaller pieces until they become fine white sand. New sand dunes grow and shift with the waves and wind until plants manage to grow permanently on the new territory.

coral rocks
shore
Coral rocks are slowly pulverized
Coconuts and other seeds are washed ashore
young coconut
       
forest
The coconut
starts growing
Nagarao expanded considerably in the last 20 years, thanks to corals

Most of the new plants are washed ashore as seeds by the waves after floating for quite a long time in the ocean. Coconut, Nipa, Pandan, Talisay, Beach Vines and many other plant species colonize the newly formed land.

 

Termites / Anay

Termites or Anay as they are called in the local dialect are present in all tropical regions and are found in colonies of great numbers on Nagarao Island as well. Termites are blind. Perfectly organized, they attack any kind of wood preferably when it's soft and dry. They really devour all the wooden cottages and structures Martin have built originally on Nagarao, thus forcing him to replace all by stone buildings. Martin calls them the empire of termites.

termitet runk
termite tree
Termite "house" attached
to Coconut trunk
Termite building attached to Ficus tree
termite root
mound
Termite house
under Pandan roots

 
Termite mound
rising on plain soil

The word termite is derived from Greek meaning "end." Termites can actually terminate any human effort to achieve durable wooden structures in the tropics. Nothing will endure there, not even a book or piece of paper.

No wonder that the great cultures of the past evolved in the dry, termite free down-stream regions along the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in Mesopotamia, the Nile in Egypt and the Indus river where trees were practically absent. Civilizations too developed in the cool altitudes of the Andes mountains and other regions of the earth safe from termites. Ancient civilizations were rediscovered only in sites where people used stones or bricks as building materials.

Until man began to use stones and bricks they remained at the mercy of the termites. This can be demonstrated because no evidence of a lasting advanced civilization has been found in the Amazon or any tropical jungles. Exceptions are only found in places where stone was imported or available.

History reveals that human civilization finally reached its peak in the termite-free, temperate and cool regions of the northern hemisphere.

The humidity and heat of the termite-infested tropics did not inspire man to plan for eternity.

Martin regretted he did not have the proper knowledge when he started to build the resort, because it would have saved him a lot of money. Money he rather would have spent for reforestation efforts.

termite small
termite big
Termites, life size, in action
Termites enlarged

While you are on Nagarao, stroll around the island and look for termite mounds and traces of their activities. You will find them anywhere.