STINAPA staff recently discovered flamingo nests and chicks during monitoring efforts for the Caribbean Waterbird Census.
During the past few weeks, STINAPA staff have participated in an international Caribbean survey (Caribbean Waterbird Census) on waterfowl, done in collaboration with Birds Caribbean. Although STINAPA does regular surveys of waterfowl specifically in the salt marshes of Washington Park, these monitoring sessions were additional counts to officially assess Bonaire’s waterfowl for the census.
During bird counts that took place in late January and early February, new discoveries were made. Flamingos are back in large numbers at Gotomeer, where 1587 were counted. Flamingo nests and chicks were also discovered in one of the salt marshes of Washington Park. Until this was discovered, it was believed that flamingos were only building nests at Pekelmeer. STINAPA will continue to monitor the nests and chicks at the new location.
STINAPA requests that everyone observing the flamingos stay a suitable distance and do not approach them. Flamingos can frighten easily and they might not return to an area once disturbed. (Source: STINAPA)