|Central coordinates||78o 17.00' West 8o 6.00' North|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Ornithological information 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.
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.
|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)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Neotropical River Otter, Crab-eating Raccoon and American Crocodile probably occur.
Management considerations Although mangroves in general are threatened by extraction for wood, tannin and charcoal, because of relatively low population in the Garachiné area, this site is not thought to be significantly threatened.
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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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ensenada de Garachiné Wetlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/06/2013
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