Friday 15 November 2013. Valdivian Coastal Reserve. As a way of joining in the national celebrations organized by the Bird and Wildlife Observer Network (Spanish acronym ROC) , The Nature Conservancy worked with children from the Huape and Chaihuín rural schools organizing bird watching visits to the beach and the Chaihuin River.
With the aim of sending a message to protect birds and their environments, for several years now partner organizations organize activities commemorating the Seagull Day. The idea is to disseminate the concept of conservation and natural environment protection.
In the case of the Los Rios Region, the activities were concentrated in Corral, specifically in the Chaihuín and Huape localities where professionals from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), supported by the ROC carried out environmental education workshops for children from the local rural schools.
Solange Zamorano, TNC Park Ranger Coordinator, said that the activity "included not only bird watching but also all the species present at the site and we took advantage of the instance to discuss and reflect upon their habitat and optimal conditions for reproduction, as well as the threats they face".
The activity was part of the 10th anniversary of the Valdivian Coastal Reserve Program, and was attended by more than 40 children from these rural areas.
The Seagull Day is celebrated in honor of the Franklin Seagull, a symbolic bird that travels from the Northern Hemisphere, were it is born and where it reproduces subsequently to fly between 10,000 and 12,000 kilometers arriving at nearly all the Chilean coasts.
Photo by Daniela Contreras