Migratory Bird Festival at Lagoa do Peixe WHSRN Site, Brazil

Written by Meredith Gutowski/WHSRN

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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.

For more information, view or download the Festival Schedule (PDF, 550 KB, in Portuguese) or contact Jordano Pires Lopes (jordanopires@hotmail.com), Park official, Lagoa do Peixe National Park.

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