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From the Birding Community E-bulletin, October 2014:




In early September, at the cusp of the very first, and very successful World Shorebirds' Day, the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve (WHSRN) hemispheric-wide council announced the addition of the 90th site to join WHSRN. The Sistema Tóbari is a Mexican Important Bird Area (IBA) site known to support large numbers of American Avocets, Marbled Godwits, Northern Pintails, and Lesser Scaups.


The bay of Tobari (or Bahía de Tóbari), is located in the Gulf of California in the state of Sonora. It consists of over 40,000 acres of shorebird habitat: grasses, mangroves, mudflats, and sandy areas, as well as Isla Huivuilai, a barrier island in the center of the bay. The site is already part of the "Gulf of California Islands" Protected Area for Flora and Fauna (APFF is the Spanish acronym), owned and managed by the National Commission on Protected Natural Areas (CONANP, another Spanish acronym).


The bay qualified as a WHSRN Site of International Importance for hosting more than 10% of the biogeographic population of the frazari subspecies of American Oystercatcher, and federally listed in Mexico as being "in danger of extinction."


At least 44,000 shorebirds representing 17 species were recently recorded at Bahía de Tóbari, including 2.3% of the biogeographic population of American Avocets, 1.2% of Willets, and 3.0% of Marbled Godwits.


To date, there are WHSRN sites in 13 countries across the hemisphere, comprising more than 32 million acres of shorebird habitats.


More details on the Bahía de Tóbari may be found here:



For additional information about worldwide IBA programs, including those in the U.S., check the National Audubon Society's Important Bird Area program web site at:


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