HAVANA, Dec.28 More than 400 species of birds have been reported from Cuba on the international platform eBird, a database specialized in bird observations, which provides real-time data on the distribution and abundance of birds on the planet.
The information about the Island was offered by Nils Navarro Pacheco, general coordinator of the I National Bird Identification Workshop for Local Observation Leaders in Cuba and main architect in the annual update of the annotated lists of Cuban birds, according to the Cinco newspaper. of September.
In the event, which took place in the province of Holguín, amateurs, photographers, protected area workers and researchers from 11 provinces participated, intending to acquire new skills in the identification and use of the eBird platform, among other topics.
As a result of improvement actions of this type, Cuba managed to exceed the number of 362 species reported for our country until a few years ago, explained the specialist.
The professor at the University of Havana, Freddy Cámara García, shared the results of research that addresses birds from the perspective of ecological tourism, a topic on which he valued the case of Cuba as notorious since observation as a hobby has always been an activity related to foreign visitors and not to natural Cubans.
He added that between 20 and 40% of international tourists arrive interested in the appreciation of some form of wildlife, which is why the so-called hotspots or hot spots have been detected in the country, where a greater number can be found. of species so that tourism has quick access to them.
However, many “silent zones” currently prevail, that is, those where records have been poor, but where valuable birds can still be found. Therein lies the importance of local observers in each territory, according to what he revealed in the workshop.
As part of the event, the Big Year/Big Year Cuba 2024 was launched, as part of which a friendly competition is carried out between observers to collect records in each region of the country, which can impact the design of better conservation strategies.