Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

WHSRNews Update

WHSRN Welcomes 5th Site in Chile


Hudsonian Godwit flock (Limosa haemastica) at Humedales de Maullín WHSRN Site of Regional Importance. / © Claudio Delgado

The Humedales de Maullín [Wetlands of Maullín], located in southern Chile, has been designated a “Site of Regional Importance” by the WHSRN Hemispheric Council for hosting more than 1% of the biogeographic population of Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica).

The site covers a total of 1,350 hectares (3,336 acres) of natural wetlands with strong tidal influence in Maullín, Llanquihue Province, in the Lake District. The main ecosystems include tidal flats, salt marshes, sandy beaches, freshwater lakes, estuaries, bogs, and many smaller streams up to 6 meters deep.

The nomination of this new WHSRN site was made possible by the commitment of Maullín, led by its Mayor Jorge Westermeier, and the nongovernmental organization Conservación Marina, led by biologist Claudio Delgado. The nomination also had the support of the Harbormaster of the Port of Maullín.

Humedales de Maullín, southern Chile /Courtesy of Conservación Marina..

With the addition of this fifth site in the country, WHSRN now has 94 sites in 14 countries. To date, hundreds of WHSRN partners are conserving and managing more than 13 million hectares (33 million acres) of vital habitat for shorebirds throughout the Americas.

Please join the WHSRN Executive Office in giving a warm welcome to our new partners in Chile, as they redouble their efforts to conserve shorebirds and their habitats on behalf of the Network.

For more information, please contact Diego Luna Quevedo (diego.luna@manomet.org), Conservation Specialist, WHSRN Executive Office, in Santiago, Chile.