Snowy Plover GPS Tagging Workshop in Sinaloa

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By Jonathan Vargas / Bird Conservation Projects Associate

I participated in a workshop in Bahía Ceuta, Sinaloa, to learn how to place GPS tags in snowy plovers (Charadrius nivosus) and formalize the collaboration to study the migratory patterns and habitat use of the snowy plovers of the Bahía de Todos Santos Shorebird Reserve, and the other sites throughout its distribution range.

Snowy plover with a GPS tag.

We carried out search and monitoring of nests, we practiced the methods of capture and marking, we learned how to make the harnesses for the transmitters and how to place them, as well as reaffirm the method of taking corporal measurements.

The Snowy Plover GPS Tagging Workshop was held in Bahía Ceuta, Sinaloa from May 19 to 21, 2019 and 15 people participated. In addition, it was carried out thanks to funding from Coastal Solutions, Tracy Aviary, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and Sonoran Joint Venture.

Snowy plover (Charadrius nivosus). Photo: Jonathan Vargas.

The snowy plover breeds between April and August on the sandy beaches of Ensenada, such as Playa Hermosa and Estero de Punta Banda.

The Pacific population of the snowy plover has decreased in recent years, this is mainly due to the loss of habitat and disturbances caused by urban development.