Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

WHSRNews Update

Nicaragua: New Site and Country for WHSRN


Mixed shorebird flock, Delta del Estero Real. /
© Orlando Jarquín, Quetzalli Nicaragua

The WHSRN Hemispheric Council has unanimously approved the Delta del Estero Real, located on the Pacific side of Nicaragua, as a Site of International Importance for hosting more than 10% of the biogeographic population of Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia). With this designation, the site becomes the first WHSRN Site in Nicaragua and the second in Central America!

The area is part of a government-owned Nature Reserve in the Department of Chinandega, part of the Gulf of Fonseca. It is also a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance and an Important Bird Area (IBA) per BirdLife International. The site is mainly made up of intertidal mudflats at the mouth of the delta that offer key feeding and resting habitat for shorebirds. They also utilize the pools within shrimp farms adjacent to the WHSRN site.

The nomination of this new WHSRN site was made possible by the commitment and coordinated efforts between the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARENA by its Spanish acronym), headed by Juana Argeñal Sandoval, and the nongovernmental organization Quetzalli Nicaragua, led by biologist Salvadora Morales.

Delta del Estero Real, first WHSRN site in Nicaragua. / © M.G. Morehouse.

Since last year, the WHSRN Executive Office has been working with them to identify and prioritize threats and actions needed at Delta del Estero Real, and to strengthen local capacity for shorebird conservation. See WHSRNews Special Note (March 2015).

WHSRN now has 95 sites in 15 countries, where hundreds of partners are conserving and managing more than 33 million acres (13 million hectares) of vital habitat for shorebirds.

Please join the WHSRN Hemispheric Council and the WHSRN Executive Office in giving a warm welcome to our new partners and Nicaragua!

For more information, please contact Diego Luna Quevedo (diego.luna@manomet.org), Conservation Specialist, WHSRN Executive Office, in Santiago, Chile.