|Location||Sint Maarten (to Netherlands), Sint Maarten|
|Central coordinates||63o 2.78' West 18o 1.85' North|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description Great Salt Pond is the largest pond on St. Maarten/Martin and borders the capital Philipsburg. The pond is bordered on all sides by busy roads and pollution from the urban area and landfill is a major concern.
Key Biodiversity Laughing Gulls congregate at this site prior to the breeding season. The highest recorded population was 5,800 individuals. Based on BirdLife’s Caribbean Laughing Gull population estimate of 15,000 individuals, this congregation represents a significant portion of the regional population. It is not clear if this occurred historically or if the gulls now assemble to feed from the landfill. The only species confirmed to breed at this site is the Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus (estimated 50 pairs).
Non-bird biodiversity: Not applicable.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Laughing Gull Larus atricilla||resident||2001-2006||5,800 individuals||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: The pond is bordered on all sides by busy roads and pollution from the urban area and landfill is a major concern.|
Protection status Great Salt Pond is unprotected and not near a protected area.
References A.C. BROWN and N. COLLIER unpublished data 2001-2006.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Great Salt Pond, Sint Maarten. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/07/2015
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