Written by Meredith Gutowski/WHSRN
The Lagoa do Peixe National Park, located on the southeast coast of Brazil, is hosting the IX Festival Brasileiro das Aves Migratórias [9th annual Brazilian Migratory Bird Festival] in the Municipality of Tavares on 13–16 October, 2011. The festival will include a wide variety of mini-courses about migratory birds, such as ecology and conservation, effects of climate change, citizen-science monitoring, photography techniques, bird-based tourism, and more. Participants will also be able to attend field trips and cultural activities.
The 34,400-hectare (85,004-acre) Lagoa do Peixe was designated a national park in 1986 mainly for its importance to shorebirds; prior to this, plans existed to develop the area for tourism and shrimp farming. It was designated a WHSRN Site of International Importance in 1990 and a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance in 1993. The park provides critical stopover habitat to thousands of long-distance migrants, including 10% of the Atlantic coast population of Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica) and at least 10% of the rufa subspecies of Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa)—both species of high conservation concern.