Rio Grande

February 2014

Fencing, signs, bird watching platforms, and educational materials for the 198-acre Rio Grande Natural Reserve System

Located in Austral Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego Island is shared by Chile and Argentina. The island is a critical wintering site for several migratory shorebird species. On the Argentinean side of the island, the 220-kilometer (137-mile) long Atlantic Coastal Reserve of Tierra del Fuego became part of the Western Hemisphere Reserve Network in 1992. The reserve is also a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, and is an officially designated Important Bird Conservation Area.

Despite its official protected status, the reserve area is under stress from urban development, household waste at the feeding sites, and disturbance by dogs. All of these conditions damage shorebird habitat. Local organization AsociaciĆ³n Ambiente Sur is leading efforts to create a network of four Urban Natural Reserves, protecting a total of 198 acres (80 hectares). Seacology is providing funding for infrastructure for the new Rio Grande reserve system. The Seacology grant will pay for fencing, bird watching platforms, and signage, as well as educational materials to engage the public in these important new reserves.

Project Updates
February 2016
A Seacology expedition visited these reserves with our Chile field representative Claudio Delgado, and came away very impressed with the conservation efforts underway there. According to...
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June 2015
This project has been completed. Birdwatching platforms and fences were built in Punta Popper and the other three urban reserves. An awareness campaign, which reached more than 4,000 people, was...
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January 2015
Signs, fences, and trail markers have been erected in Punta Popper Urban Natural Reserve. Next, bird watching platforms and more fences will be built in Punta Popper and the other three urban...
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