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It might be in South America, but did you know that Bahía de San Antonio is an important site for Canadian migratory birds and other amazing animals? This Argentinian beach provides critical habitat for a number of wildlife species and although it is already protected as a coastal marine area, it’s facing increased development and human traffic that are putting the animals that rely on it at risk.
Red knots are colourful sandpipers that sport brilliant terracotta-orange underparts and intricate gold, buff, rufous, and black upperparts. They have some of the longest migrations of any bird, travelling from nesting areas in Baffin Island, Nunavut, North Hudson Bay and the central Arctic to wintering spots in southern South America. Sadly their populations have declined in recent decades, and they’re now listed as Endangered in Canada. But why? Making the long journey home requires a stopover in Bahía de San Antonio, where the red knot can refuel, rest, and moult. Unfortunately as this important habitat continues to face increased disturbance, fewer red knots are stopping there, which means fewer are able to complete the journey home.
Your adoption will help Earth Rangers support International Conservation Fund of Canada (ICFC), Argentinean researcher Patricia Gonzalez and her Fundación Inalafquen, and the Provincial Environmental Rangers, who are working to enforce protection of the red knot at Bahía de San Antonio. Patricia will be working with local rangers and the community to protect the site and reduce the impacts of human disturbance during the annual migration season, which is critical as we work to protect this important link in the migratory chain.
Patagonian sea lions are found along the coast of South America, gathering in large colonies along the beach. Adult males have a massive neck and chest and a characteristic upturned snout, and can grow to almost 3 metres long and weigh up to 300kg—in contrast, females only reach about half this size. Many hundreds of thousands of Patagonian sea lions were killed by commercial hunters in the 19th and 20th centuries, some until as late as the 1950s, and several populations were heavily depleted as a result. Although there is currently no commercial hunting of the species, they still face threats due to fishing net entanglement, ocean pollution, and habitat disturbance.
Your adoption will help Earth Rangers support International Conservation Fund of Canada (ICFC), Argentinean researcher Patricia Gonzalez and her Fundación Inalafquen, and the Provincial Environmental Rangers as they work to protect the important South American beach site of Bahía de San Antonio. Working with local rangers and the community to protect the site and reduce the impacts of human disturbance will help ensure this important habitat remains safe for the sea lions and other animals that rely on it for years to come.