Migratory birds and preservation of a wide biodiversity

Natalie Michael
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In adherence to World Migratory Bird Day, the Foundation for the Reception and Assistance of Marine Animals will carry out today, from 3:30 p.m., a day of “Wetland Bird Watching”.

The meeting point will be the headquarters of FRAAM, in Sarmiento corner Pichincha, Villa del Mar.

It will be an activity open to the public, not subject to fees.

However, those who wish to collaborate with the institution can reserve a snack, based on homemade sweet and salty pastries, which will include products without TACC, by calling 2932634822.

This day dates back to 1993 and, since then, every year, considering geographical points of the different migratory routes, be it Africa-Eurasia, Asia-Australia or North-South and South-North America, “they have been adding up to generate knowledge about the need to care for the habitats through which birds migrate and are directly linked to the preservation of a wide biodiversity, including the human species”, said Victoria Massola, FRAAM referent.

The 2022 theme, he said, will focus on light pollution.

“Birds migrate from one geographical point to another, traveling thousands of kilometers, from their breeding and breeding places, to resting and feeding spaces. And they do this every year. Many of them, the majority, migrate at night to avoid predators and because the night sky means calmer airspace. In these species we can include shorebirds, geese, ducks and songbirds of all kinds,” he said.

“But the night sky, like so many other parts of the earth, is under certain threats. In this case, artificial light is increasing, globally, by 2% a year, creating serious problems for birds and their migratory routes. “.

In this context, there is an alliance and intergovernmental treaties between the Migratory Species Commission and the Smithsonian Center, precisely generating different actions, stimulating communities through knowledge and education, and raising awareness so that, in some way, contribute to the reduction of pollution, in this case light pollution,” he added.


At the same time, he maintained that, once again, from the Foundation for the Reception and Assistance of Marine Animals and Environmental Education “we adhere to this important event.”

“To do this, we have organized an activity open to the public, which will consist of an introductory talk and a walk on the wetland to learn about the birds that use these valuable coastal-marine ecosystems and analyze how we can collaborate in benefits that result in everyone. “.

“Then -he continued-, in the room there will be an illustrated talk with audiovisual media, which will be in charge of our collaborator and naturalist, bird watcher, Gustavo Larracoechea. The activity will be free and free, “said Massola.


The objectives of the group are to recover, assist and reintroduce marine specimens victims of stranding, incidental capture, accidents, among others.

From the Foundation, as a Reception and Primary Attention center in the southwest area of ​​the Buenos Aires coast, “we consider that having a physical space, where to receive and assist the animals, coordinating with the provincial authority, plus the sum of different actors, will solve a great absence in the face of a growing demand for environmental awareness, in which, season after season, the calls increase and we are overwhelmed”, it is manifested on its Facebook page.

“We act with no other means than the sum of good will, managing donations to obtain serums, vitamins, syringes, catheters, all kinds of medications, disposable materials, and adding the collaboration of friendly veterinarians,” it is added.

“All this has made us enthusiastic about investing our energies and professional training to create a non-profit Foundation, which will allow us to open a Center for Primary Attention and Environmental Education, Extension and Research, which contributes to the conservation of this precious marine coastal ecosystem. and contribute to scientific knowledge and academic training,” he says.

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