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US and Dominican experts work to protect rare songbird

Santo Domingo.- Environment Ministry officials on Tuesday met with a high-level mission of the US Fish and Wildlife Service to coordinate actions to protect the migratory bird Bicknell’s Thrush which is in danger of extinction and a resource that both countries share.

Bicknell’s Thrush is a species that migrates at this time of the year from the US as well as from Canada specifically to the ecosystems of Sierra de Bahoruco (southwest) and the Loma Quita Espuela wildlife sanctuary (northeast) near San Francisco de Macoris.

As an endangered variety the United States could include it in its legislation to ensure its survival.

The meeting at Environment headquarters was headed by US Fisheries Service regional director Cindy Dohner and Protected Areas and Biodiversity deputy minister Daneris Santana, who said among the actions to protect the migratory species figure construction of new watchtowers, more park rangers in areas where the bird winters and continued research and analysis of its habits.

As part of the joint strategy to protect Bicknell’s Thrush the experts will tour the bird´s ranges starting Wednesday, and promote it as an attraction for birdwatchers and those who enjoy ecotourism adventures.

Senior Environment Ministry officials Patricia Acevedo, Ydalia Abreu and Jose Alarcon Mella; US Wildlife Service Migratory Birds director Pamela Toschik and USAID Climate Change Office chief Carlos Hasbun also took part In the meeting.

Source: DT

Sep 29, 2015

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