For the fourth year in a row, the environmental organization; Paso Pacifico was involved in the Christmas Bird Count that aims to measure abundance, biodiversity and behavior of species (especially migratory birds that have started this season’s flight to the south) from North America to the center and south of the continent.
Since 2013, the non profit organization; Paso Pacifico has organized bird counting, specifically in the areas of Nicaragua where they have Paso del Istmo (Isthmus) conservation programs. This is done with the help of coordinators from environmental and monitoring programs, local volunteers and the children from the “Junior Ranger Program”.
The activity consists of counting the birds in circular areas following the parameters suggested by the National Audubon Society. In the case of Paso Pacífico, an area of approximately 432 square kilometers was covered.
This area covered the community of Ostional in the Municipality of San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua, including; San Antonio, Tortuga, Estero La Flor, Escamequita, El Carrizal, Miravalle, El Pochote, La Florcita, Genizaro, Las Pampas, San Jerónimo, Fátima, Las Brisas, Collado Estero Escameca and La Libertad. In the Municipality of Cárdenas it was El Carmen, Pueblo Nuevo, Sapoa, El Acetuno and La Virgen.
There were a total of 126 species recorded by 42 junior parks keepers and 30 adults for a total of 72 people.
With this activity, the Junior Park Ranger program involves children who have just graduated from these communities. The youth develop skills in the care and protection of the local biodiversity. So far, from the Municipality of Cárdenas to the town of Ostional, more than 400 children have graduated after training for the different conservation activities in the Paso del Istmo de Nicaragua.
- White Necked Puff Bird
- Large Black Hawk
- White Ibis
- Brown Pelican
- Ruddy Turnstone
- Orange Front Chocoyo
- Yellow Naped Parrot
Recognition: Biologist Marvin Torrez