In an amalgamation of art, conservation and science, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and partners from a small community on Guatemala’s Pacific coast recently unveiled an innovative tool to raise awareness about migratory shorebirds — a bird. 90 feet long, nine feet large fresco.
The interpretive mural also aims to be a tourist attraction with which community guides can educate people about the biodiversity and importance of Sipacate-Naranjo National Park, as part of the Pacific Americas Flyway. Painted on a school wall in El Paredon Buena Vista, it depicts more than a dozen species of shorebirds and the entire Pacific Flyway from Alaska to Chile.
Major sights shown include Mount Denali, Golden Gate Bridge, Baja California, and Machu Picchu, as well as cultural scenes such as a giant head from the Olmec civilization.
At the center of the mural is Sipacate-Naranjo National Park, the most important stopping point for shorebirds on Guatemala’s Pacific coast, made up of nearby mangroves, mud flats, and salt farms that attract seabirds. migratory shorebirds.
Species depicted include red knots, ring-necked tourniquets, American avocets, sanderlings, black-necked stilts, American oystercatchers, semi-webbed plovers, lesser knights, stilted sandpipers, Wilson’s plovers, black-bellied plovers, curlews, willets, marbled godwits, Wilson’s, and less sandpipers. Until recently, Guatemala’s relatively remote Pacific coast recognized a lack of information on where and when migratory birds used different areas.
However, after three years of work, WCS environmentalists have developed relationships between jurisdictions, cultures and disciplines, with many of these knowledge and capacity gaps now dramatically reduced and critical areas increasingly protected. .
In particular, the work of monitoring and protecting migratory birds is now continuing under the guidance and expertise of the Guatemalans. WCS and the team of partners wanted to make a mural that reflects the importance of coastal wetlands and shorebirds at this site in order to promote their conservation in the community and its visitors.
Bianca Bosarreyes, one of the WCS research team members, pointed out “how the work represented reflects a new understanding for her, where her local desire to conserve these birds in Sipacate-Naranjo is shared with many others. institutions from Chile to Alaska. “
Said Miriam Castillo from WCS Guatemala: “We chose to do a mural because it is colorful and eye-catching. Moreover, because it is an area with a lot of tourism, the mural is becoming a local attraction. It is an opportunity to raise awareness through art of the region’s biodiversity.
“An interpretive mural with information on geography, ecology, local activities and biodiversity is something that has never been done here before. In many communities in Guatemala, people cannot read, and a mural is a learning medium for everyone. “
Recent efforts have developed flyway conservation plans to highlight the most critical information gaps or places where new management and policy can make a difference. In the United States, programs such as the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act of 2000 can provide grants to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, encouraging habitat protection, research and monitoring, capacity building, and education.
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