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The isthmus of Nicaragua offers refuge to hundreds of thousands of bird species. Photo: Jerry Bauer

The birdwatching community celebrates the “Global Bird Count”, where thousands of observers count all the species that they spot in a 24 hour period. This event is one of the most popular traditions among ornithologists and bird lovers and is celebrated every May 5th.

In Nicaragua, the environmental organization Paso Pacifico joins in with this tradition from Thursday, May 3rd at a meeting points at the Chacocente Wildlife Refuge and the Cosigüina Volcano Natural Reserve. On Friday, May 4th, Junior Rangers from the communities of San Juan del Sur will leave at 6:00 a.m. for the communities of Ostional, Tortuga, Escamequita and the Mono Bayo Reserve.

Julie Martínez, environmental education coordinator of Paso Pacifico, reported that a group of children, together with park rangers of this organization, will join the Global Bird Count in the areas mentioned above.

“The Global Bird Count allows more people to know about their habitat and its importance in our ecosystem, as well as the correct way to protect them, because we remember that birds are indicators of forest health. By conserving a healthy forest, we conserve the life of all species, including humans,” said Martínez.

If you want to know more about this activity worldwide, you can visit the website at www.ebird.org and discover how to join the cause without being an expert in the field. In this network of observers, only a few basic steps are required to contribute to the counting of birds in its territory.

Organizations such as the IITF of the US Forest Service, Paso Pacifico and eBird are part of this national conservation campaign in favor of birds. The pacific coasts of Nicaragua will be the ideal scenario to enter the lists of birds to this global platform.

“This event is not exclusive to environmental organizations. They welcome tour operators, hotel owners and the public in general who can encourage bird watching and become a green destination. This supports the conservation of natural resources and biodiversity” concluded Martínez.

By Adelayde Rivas Sotelo

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