Ensenada, B.C., June 9, 2018 (PRESS RELEASE).- On Saturday June 9, different organizations celebrated the World Environment Day as part of the activities of the campaign La Playa Es De Todos (Share the Beach in English), which is promoted by the private sector and nonprofits: Pacífica at Ensenda Bay, Ellos Son La Razon, Contacto Salvaje, Fondo ZOFEMAT and Terra Peninsular.
Around 70 people gathered at El Ciprés beach in front of Pacífica to participate in different activities focused on providing information about shorebirds that breed in Ensenada, as well as promoting friendly action to help protect them.
During the event, the reserve Bahía de Todos Santos was promoted as an important site for migratory shorebirds, since it was designated as a Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network’s 99th site in September 2017.
Environmental education activities
One of the activities included the creation of sand sculptures resembling a shorebird nest by students from the Faculty of Arts at UABC.
At the beach an interactive stand was installed to provide information about the shorebird reserve Bahía de Todos Santos, every year this area hosts more than 20,00 shorebirds from 20 species, the bay has the conditions to birds can feed and reproduce.
A guided birdwatching tour was offered, this activity was led by Jonathan Vargas from Terra Peninsular, and during the tour the attendees watched snowy plovers (Charadrius nivosus) and marbled godwits (Limosa fedoa).
Seasonal fence to protect nests
At noon a seasonal fence was installed at the beach in front of Pacífica and will remain until the end of August, which is when the breeding season ends. The fence was installed with the the help of attendees and volunteers and it has an extension of 21,527 square feet and 328 feet long.
The area is now fenced off to protect shorebird nests during the breeding season, especially the snowy plover (Charadrius nivosus), since this bird nest in the sand and therefore, they’re vulnerable to people walking, vehicles, unleashed dogs, garbage, etc.
During the year, Bahía de Todos Santos holds over 4% of the Pacific population of the nominate subspecies of snowy plover (Charadrius nivosus), the breeding season occurs between April and August at the sandy beaches of Ensenada and Punta Banda.