News from Margarita Island – Venezuela

Wilson’s Plover © Virginia Sanz

Earlier this year Wader Quest supported a project in northern Venezuela to study the population of Wilson’s Plovers Charadrius wilsonia of the subspecies cinnamominus on Margarita Island.

The study, which is part of the ELVONAL Shorebird initiative, concerns the effect of habitat on the breeding success of the Wilson’s Plover on the Island and is led by Virginia Sanz of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research.

The aim of the project is to gather information on the variation of breeding success of the Wilson’s Plover in two contrasting reproductive habitats; beaches and mudflats.

Margarita Island lies in the Caribbean Sea about 40 kilometres north of the mainland off the Araya peninsula. It is a popular holiday destination, comprising two peninsulas linked by the sand and mangroves of the Laguna de la Restinga National Park.

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