|Central coordinates||78o 17.00' West 8o 6.00' North|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description The Ensenada de Garachiné is a bay formed by Punta Garachiné and Punta Patiño on the south side of the Gulf of San Miguel. The town of Garachiné is located at the western end of the bay.
Key Biodiversity The site is important for migratory shorebirds. The highest single day count was 7,898 in January 1993 (Morrison et al. 1998). Based on single-day counts, the site may contain 1.1% of the North American population of Whimbrel.
Non-bird biodiversity: Neotropical River Otter, Crab-eating Raccoon and American Crocodile probably occur.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus||winter||1988-1993||656 individuals||good||A4i||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Chepigana||Forest Reserve||36,379||protected area overlaps with site||3,000|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Coastline||Intertidal mud, sand & salt flats||71%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Protection status The mangroves are contained within the Chepigana Forest Reserve (257,219 ha), created in 1984, while the mudflats are unprotected.
References Angehr, George R. 2003. Directorio de areas importantes para aves en Panama. Directory of important bird areas in Panama. Panama: Sociedad Audubon de Panama. Morrison, R. I. G., R. W. Butler, E. S. Delgado, and R. K. Ross. 1998. Atlas of Nearctic Shorebirds and Other Waterbirds on the Coast of Panama. Canadian Wildlife Service, Ottawa.
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