By Karen Villegas and Antonieta Valenzuela
The Bahía de Todos Santos Bird Festival took place on March 11, 2017 in Macroplaza del Mar, this event was the third bird festival organized by Terra Peninsular and the first one held in Ensenada, Baja California.
The festival is part of a project to nominate Bahía de Todos Santos as a shorebird reserve by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHRSN), an international cooperation strategy to conserve and protect the habitat of shorebirds in America.
Bahía de Todos Santos is an indispensable site for birds, as it is located along the Pacific Flyway, a migratory route used by shorebirds every year, some of these species are even endangered.
For this event, five birds of the bay were chosen to represent the festival:
- Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus).
- Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa).
- Sanderling (Calidris alba).
- Willet (Tringa semipalmata).
- Red Knot (Caldris canutus roselaari).
In addition, all the activities were aligned to the following objectives:
- Teach about the importance of Bahía de Todos Santos for migratory birds.
- Provide information about the importance of migratory shorebirds.
- Promote friendly actions to help protect birds in the bay.