Colombia - Asociación Calidris
Mission of the organization
To contribute to the conservation of the birds and ecosystems of Colombia and the rest of the Americas, through management, research, strengthening of communities, and the sustainable use of natural resources.
- Implementing conservation and monitoring actions for target species of shorebirds such as Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri and Dunlin Calidris alpina, building on years of organizational expertise.
- Protection of vulnerable and emblematic terrestrial species (particularly those of the Western Cordillera foothills of the Andes e.g. Long-wattled umbrella bird, Baudó Guan), waterbirds (e.g. ducks, Horned screamer, rails), and marine species (e.g. Brown booby, Nazca booby), and migratory birds such as the Canada Warbler (Cardelina canadensis).
- Community capacity-building initiatives via environmental education, participation, and involvement of local communities in conservation actions.
- Promoting and leading citizen science in Colombia, including encouraging broad participation in local, national, regional, and hemispheric bird censuses.
- Engagement with community councils representing fishing villages along the Colombian Pacific Coast for the protection of mangroves, Piangua mussels (Anadara tuberculosa), and coastal zones for sustainable livelihoods.
- Assuring the existence of important lowland habitat for birds through the development of bird-friendly products including organic rice production. There has been extensive collaboration with Guyra Paraguay on this strategy.
- Establishing birdwatching trails and ecotourism corridors along Colombia’s coastal Caribbean dry forests through an alliance with the National Audubon Society.
- Implementing monitoring and programmatic activities for Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in coordination with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute.
- Collaborating with Natural National Parks of Colombia, the Institute of Marine Research (INVEMAR), the Ramsar Convention, and many other national and international institutions on conservation and biological monitoring programs.
- IBA Identification and landscape management strategies in almost all of the ecoregions of Colombia, including the Eastern Grasslands (Los Llanos), which had been underrepresented in conservation programs.
- Making connections with the Southern Cone Grasslands Alliance to adapt their native grassland experiences and strategies to the pastures of Los Llanos
- Advancing research on Colombian avifauna, supporting the National Birdwatchers Network of Colombia (RNOA), and collaborating with universities and local and visiting researchers.
- Working in partnership with other organizations and initiatives in the Americas to articulate processes and coordinate actions on migratory bird flyways, including participation in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group (WHSG).
- Publication of Conservation Plans for certain families of birds and several specific species in Colombia
- Working in partnership on the BirdLife Regional Climate Change Action Plan as a part of the climate change program.
- Publication of at least 10 bird identification guides of regional birds in Colombia
- Development and creation of Wiki Aves of Colombia in collaboration with Universidad ICESI and organization of related data; it is a birding reference tool for research and education that can improve knowledge and appreciation of Colombian birds