BirdLife: The Magazine September 2017 - Page 16

GOING SOUTH THE FINAL FURLONG BRAZIL Although many migratory species choose to winter in the Caribbean, some, such as the Red Knot subspecies Calidris canutus rufa, travel on to Tierra del Fuego, on the southern tip of Argentina; an incredible round trip of 30,000 km WHERE 3 Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil BIRDLIFE PARTNER 3 SAVE Brasil Photo Lisandro Luis Trarbach WHAT’S HAPPENING? We’re in a race against time — Lagoa do Peixe National Park is under threat. The agricultural and mining industry has recently taken an interest in this outstanding refuge for migratory shore- birds. They are now ill-informing locals in an attempt to create conflict. Their objective: to strip off the Park’s protected status so they can freely exploit it. WHAT ARE WE DOING? SAVE Brasil has been tirelessly working with locals to promote bird conservation through training and workshops to build a local iden- tity between community and Park. Turn to page 44 to learn more about the situation, and how you can help. COLOMBIA WHERE 3 Caribbean coast and the Andes, Colombia BIRDLIFE PROJECT PARTNER 3 Calidris Association Photo picnicnap/Shutterstock WHAT’S HAPPENING? Migratory birds no longer have many places safe to refuel in Colom- bia. Mangroves, forests and wetlands, a winter home to species such as the Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla and the Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus, are being lost to an increasing number of agriculture, tourism, and infrastructure projects. In the Colombian Andes, habitat loss is also threatening the survival of migratory species such as the Canada Warbler Cardellina canadensis. WHAT ARE WE DOING? Where unsustainable tourism is an issue, Calidris is training locals to identify birds and get them involved in birdwatching tourism. In the Andes, they are working on developing bird-friendly alternatives to cattle raising and coffee growing — both practices that have resulted in the loss of important bird habitat. FLYWAY THREATS HABITAT DESTRUCTION Including development, tropical deforestation and agricultural expansion CLIMATE CHANGE Already having an impact, with the range of over 200 species shifting north HUMAN DISTURBANCE Tourism can lead to the degradation of vital feeding spots for migrant waders HUNTING Unsustainable hunting is a major threat to shorebirds as they cross the Caribbean ARGENTINA WHERE 3 San Antonio Bay, Río Negro, Argentina BIRDLIFE PARTNER 3 Aves Argentinas Photo Elliotte Rusty Harold/Shutterstock WHAT’S HAPPENING? San Antonio Bay is an essential stopover site for migratory birds. Unfortunately, humans love those beaches as much as the Red Knots and Sanderling Calidris alba do. The presence of vehicles, pets and people is scaring off the exhausted birds, threatening their already dwindling populations. WHAT ARE WE DOING? To capture the attention of as many tourists as possible, Aves Argentinas organises the yearly Shorebird Festival of San Antonio Bay, where they inspire tourists to take care of shorebirds and their environment through educational activities, art, workshops and birdwatching trips. Environmental education is the key to developing a tourism culture that is friendly to Red Knots and other threatened migratory birds.