The beach belongs to everyone

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Help us protect the birds that nest on the beaches of Ensenada

The Pacific population of the snowy plover (Charadrius nivosus) has been declining over the past years, mainly due to the loss of habitat and disturbances caused by urban development.

In Mexico, the snowy plover is listed as an endangered species, that means, more likely to go extinct in the future. This bird nests on the sandy beaches of Ensenada between April and August, and it is legally protected by the Official Mexican Standard 059.

This project began in 2018 with the campaign named “La playa es de todos”, which means, the beach belongs to everyone. Thanks to the Coastal Solutions Fellows Program and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Terra Peninsular will follow up with a program to protect the snowy plover in Bahía de Todos Santos in 2019 and 2020. 

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  • Monitoring the nests.
  • Installing seasonal protective fencing on nesting areas on the beach.
  • Control of predators.
  • Environmental education to raise awareness.

Importance of Bahía de Todos Santos for migratory shorebirds

  • Bahía de Todos Santos is the 99th site of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN), an international strategy to conserve and protect the habitat of the shorebirds in the American continent. 
  • During fall and winter, the bay is a stopover site used by birds to feed and rest during migration, they need these sites to recover energy and continue their journey. 
  • Between April and August, bird species like the snowy plover and the least tern nest on the sandy beaches of Ensenada.

Did you know that more than 30% of birds species and populations are endangered? This is why their conservation is a priority.

Threats to birds

  • Disturbance caused by human activities.
  • Pollution.
  • Climate change.
  • Loss of habitat.
  • Pressure of predators (including feral dogs and cats).

How to help?

  • Avoid disturbing birds and use binoculars to appreciate them from a distance.
  • Walk your dog on a leash and away from birds (at least 90 feet away). When dogs chase birds and cause them to fly away, they lose energy that is necessary to take care of their nests and find food.
  • Do not drive vehicles on the beach, you could go right through a nesting area causing serious damage.
  • Do not remove seaweeds from the beach. They provide protection and food for birds.
  • Fly your kites and play frisbee near the water and away from the dunes.
  • Do not litter. Help keep the beach clean.