Protecting Our Migratory Birds

BY: DAVID FLORES

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This is the time when the least tern (Sternula antillarum), a species of tern that breeds in North America and is migratory, wintering in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America, but shows up in Los Cabos between April and August, on their trip back to the north.

Local biologist, Graciela Tiburcio, head of the Los Cabos Sea Turtle Protection Program, partners with the local Organization for sustainability and conservation, the federal environmental protection agency, the city’s ecology director and members of her turtle protection program like the Las Ventanas Resort, Villas del Mar, The Ritz-Carlton Los Cabos, Pueblo Bonito Golf & Spa Resorts, Diamante Golf Club and Resort and Costa Palmas set up protection corrals along the beach.

The worldwide population of the least tern is about 21,500 pairs, which threats include vehicle traffic along beaches, egg and fledgling predators, high tides and recreational use of nesting beaches.