NICARAGUA – Paso Pacífico, an environmental organization based in Nicaragua, joined for the fourth year in a row the winter bird count. This event aims to measure the abundance, biodiversity and behavior of bird species, especially in migratory birds, that started their flight from North America towards the Center and South of the continent.
Since 2013, Paso Pacífico organizes the bird count, specifically in the areas where they have their conservation programs within the Paso del Istmo in Nicaragua. With the help of coordinators of environmental programs and monitoring, as well as other volunteers in the area, they traveled for 24 hours throughout different routes for the sighting. It is important to highlight the participation of children belonging to the Junior Ranger Program.
A total of 126 species were counted, thanks to the participation of 42 Junior Rangers and 30 adults, for a total of 72 people. "We are very happy to contribute with this data locally and internationally. We believe that these efforts will allow us to take actions and make the population realize that they have to take care of their natural refuges in their areas because they are crucial for migratory birds," said Liza González, Executive Director of Paso Pacífico.
Paso Pacífico leads the Junior Ranger Program in the communities of Cárdenas and Ostional. This program aims to train new generations into sustainable development in areas of vital importance for conservation.
In activities such as these, the organization invites and involves children who graduated in 2017 as Junior Park Rangers. "From Cárdenas to Ostional there are more than 400 children graduated and trained for the different conservation activities in the Paso del Istmo in Nicaragua. Every year more schools that want to be part of this educational program join, which indicates that we are on the right track, given the interest of teachers and parents who are looking for a change in the path to protect their natural resources,” said González.
This event is possible thanks to the help of organizations such as the International Institute of Tropical Forestry of the Forest Service and their many other sponsors and partners. Visit their website for more information.