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    Protection to Bird Sanctuaries in Western Cuba

    NewsRare Birds NewsThursday 16 February 2012
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    Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Known as the Cathedral of the Cuban landscape, this province is home to numerous native and exotic birds in protected areas like the peninsula of Guanahacabibes, Biosphere Reserve, and surrounding cays.

    About 200 species of birds, a lot of them migratory, find shelter in the country's western border, distinguished by its virginity, told Prensa Latina the Ph.D in Science Alina Perez.

    Most birds arrive on that scenario from North America via the Mississippi River route, and generally, are creatures of small size and various colors, some very striking, she said.

    Recent studies allowed extending the registration of the local birds with the sighting of four varieties, including winter residents (Calidris mauri and Tringa flavipes).

    Research has also enabled the discovery of Calidris alpina (transient) and Rostrhamus sociabilis (permanent resident), all of them classified as new records for the site, which is protected by environmental regulations, the work of scientists and villagers.

    Referring to other relevant investigations Perez said that explorations supported by the Global Environment Fund confirmed the existence of a large colony of birds in Triste Key, north of the peninsula.

    Perez said that the island ecosystems are healthy despite the ravages of recent hurricanes.

    The National Park of San Felipe Cays, south of the territory, is also the sanctuary of several species of birds.

    Source: Prensa Latina

     

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