|The fifth annual National Shorebird Census will take place next Saturday September 3rd and Nosara will be part of it. The National Ornithologists Union sponsors and organizes this activity, aimed towards monitoring the populations of this endangered group of birds in their wintering grounds. All those interested are welcome to participate and learn.
Shorebirds are usually amongst the first migratory birds to arrive in Costa Rica and depend on clean, healthy beaches and wetlands to spend their winter. Unfortunately, shorebird populations have drastically declined around the world, mainly from habitat destruction through human related activities like overdeveloping wildlife-sensitive areas, oil spills and unsustainable fishing techniques. Endangered species censuses are necessary to help determine the status of their populations and identify areas of importance for the birds.