(photo courtesy National Audubon Society).
ANGUILLA–The Anguilla National Trust conducted a bird census at the East End Pond, on Thursday, February 1. It was part of the 2018 Caribbean Waterbird Census to celebrate World Wetlands Day. Sixteen persons took part in the count and were supplied with bird cards for identification, and binoculars.
A total of 55 birds were counted and there were nine different species. There were 31 lesser yellowlegs, eight greater yellowlegs, eight killdeer, two snowy egrets, two black bellied plovers and one each of the great blue heron, great egret, common gallinule and spotted sandpiper.
The Caribbean Waterbird Census was established by BirdsCaribbean, a regional organisation dedicated to the conservation of birds, in an effort to learn more about the distribution, status and abundance of waterbirds in the Caribbean. Information collected allows for improved regional and national conservation planning and management of both the wetland birds and their habitats. The Census is held throughout the Caribbean during a two-week period from late January through early February.
World Wetlands Day celebrates the 1971 signing of the Convention on Wetlands that took place in the Iranian city of Ramsar. World Wetlands Day was first celebrated in 1997 and since then, government agencies, non-governmental organisations and citizens throughout the world take part in activities that raise awareness of the importance and value of these fragile ecosystems.