Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

Argentina: Dedication Event for Laguna Pozuelos WHSRN Site


Ana Laura Sureda and Diego Luna Quevedo display the official WHSRN Site certificate for Laguna de los Pozuelos. / Courtesy of  D. L. Quevedo

At the end of November 2014, on a vast plateau 3,400–3,800 meters above sea level in the Puna region of Jujuy Province, Argentina, partners held an official dedication event for the Laguna de los Pozuelos Natural Monument. This area, designated a WHSRN Site of International Importance in May, hosts more than 100,000 shorebirds per year and more than 10% of the biogeographical population of Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) and Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor), and more than 1% of Puna Plover (Charadrius alticola). See WHSRNews - May 2014.

Laguna de los Pozuelos is the first High Andean site in WHSRN’s nearly 30-year history, and the seventh WHSRN site in Argentina. The 16,224-hectare (40,090-acre) site is both a national and provincial Natural Monument, and has been designated as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance; Important Bird Area (IBA); Biosphere Reserve; and a priority wetland for the Andean Flamingo Conservation Group (GCFA by its Spanish acronym). 

The nomination of this WHSRN site was possible thanks to the Northwest Regional Delegation of the National Parks Administration (APN) of Argentina; in particular, Ana Laura Sureda and Flavio Moschione, who for years have carried out shorebird monitoring in the protected area, and Julio Cesár Monguillot and Gustavo Soria, for institutional support.

WHSRN signage helps to raise public awareness about the site's importance for shorebirds. / © Diego Luna Quevedo

The official event was hosted by the Ministry of Environmental Management and the APN’s Northwest Regional Delegation, and attended by national and provincial authorities, local leaders, park guards, members of the Coya communities who live near Laguna de los Pozuelos, and GCFA representatives. During the event, official WHSRN Site certificates were presented and official WHSRN signage was unveiled at one of the lagoon’s public access points. Lunch followed, with traditional food of the Puna region, live folk music, and birdwatching.

In her opening remarks, Secretary of Environmental Management María Elina Domínguez noted that, “This event is in recognition of the great importance of this lagoon for providing refuge to thousands of migratory shorebirds.” Diego Luna Quevedo, WHSRN Southern Cone Program Coordinator, pointed out that, “The existence of large numbers of shorebirds in Laguna de los Pozuelos is not a coincidence, but the product of years of a balanced interaction by local communities with this critical habitat. Ultimately that is what we are celebrating today. The challenge now is to continue to protect this legacy of conservation.”

What joy in seeing shorebirds up close for the first time! / © Diego Luna Quevedo

See the complete photo gallery of the event on WHSRN’s Facebook page (No account needed).

See also local media coverage of the event (in Spanish) by:

Secretary of Environmental Management, Jujuy Province
Jujuy Al Momento online newspaper
El Tribuno online newspaper

For more information, contact Lic. Ana Laura Sureda (alsureda@apn.gov.ar), Northwest Regional Delegation, National Parks Administration of Argentina.