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Waterbird Monitoring in the Bijagos Archipelago, Guinea-Bissau / Monitorizacao de Aves Aquaticas no Arquipelago dos Bijagos, Guine-Bissau

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 12:57 -- abc_admin
Tim Dodman and Joaozinho Sa. 2005. Dakar: Wetlands International & Bissau: Gabinete de Planificagao Costeira / Organizacao para a Defense e o Desenvolvimento das Zonas Humidas na Guine-Bissau. 157 pp, line drawings, maps. Softback. Distributed by NHBS.
pages 110 - 111

The Bijagos Archipelago is the second-most important site in West Africa for migratory waterbirds using the East Atlantic Flyway, after Mauritania's Baie d'Arguin, and regularly supports 600,000 - 900,000 waders. Its relative importance in the subregion may even be increasing, at least for the most numerous species, perhaps due to changing conditions at other West African key sites. It also supports significant colonies of resident waterbirds, notably herons, gulls and terns. This bilingual, English / Portuguese, publication presents an overview of the importance of Guinea-Bissau's coastal zone for waterbirds and analyses the data between the 1980s and 2001. The most recent survey, undertaken in January - February 2001, produced an estimate of 871,750 migratory waterbirds, including 505,000 Curlew Sandpipers Calidris ferruginea, 133,000 Red Knot C. canutus, 97,000 Bar-tailed Godwits Limosa lapponica, 24,500 Little Stints Calidris minuta, 28,000 Common Redshanks Tringa totanus, 23,500 Grey Plovers Pluvialis squatarola and 13,000 Whimbrels Numenius phaeopus. The publication also provides recommendations for future surveys and monitoring in the Bijagos, and includes a training manual for the execution of wetland surveys and waterbird monitoring programmes.

Ron Demey

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