Western Atlantic Shorebird Association


Read more about CEMAVE's shorebird projects.


Scherezino Scherer, CEMAVE research technician, working in Lagoa do Peixe Banding Lab.
Photo credit:Petra de Goeij
Since 1980, the Brazilian federal organization linked with conservation, IBAMA (Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis) has been involved with the studies and conservation of neartic shorebirds (among other continental migrants) and their habitats, through its bird conservation center (CEMAVE - Centro de Pesquisas para a Conservação das Aves Silvestres).

One of the major results of this involvement was the creation of the Lagoa do Peixe National Park on the southern coast in 1986. As a major wintering and stopover area, it was included in the WHSRN in 1990 as an site of international importance and designated as Ramsar Convention (the Convention on the Internationally Important Wetlands) in 1993.

The Reentrâncias Maranhenses were established on the Maranhão state side as an Environmental Protection Area by the state and also joined the WHSRN as a hemispheric site in 1991 and again indicated by Brazil as a Ramsar site in 1993.

Besides the study and protection measures for both areas, it is worthwhile to mention that there are also a training center for biologists in basic field techniques, including banding, surveys, identification and other points. Students and professionals had been attended the training workshops or jointed the CEMAVE'S expeditions to both areas. Brazilians and other Latin American countries applicants has been trained, with a majority of people for the southern part of the continent (namely uruguayans, argentinians, and chileans) as well as peruvians, although even Central America's countries have sent representatives.

Actually, the major activities are:

  1. Organization of the Ramsar's National Committee
  2. Updating of the National Important Wetlands for Neartic and Neotropical Migrant Waterbirds
  3. Evaluation of Potential Impacts on the Pantanal through Projects as the Hidrovia Paraná-Paraguay
  4. Organization of Workshops on Shorebirds Field Techniques
  5. Development of a National Color Marking Scheme for Shorebirds and Waterbirds
  6. Analysis of field data from two major shorebirds hotspots: Reentrâncias Maranhenses (89-94) and Lagoa do Peixe National Park (84-97)

Banding projects

Red Knot banded at Campechá, Maranhao, during first week of May 1994.
Photo credit:CEMAVE

In relation of banding projects developed by CEMAVE/IBAMA and local agencies can be listed:

Northern Brazil Migratory Pathways
Bander responsible: Antonio Augusto Rodrigues
Region: States of Maranhão and Pará
Funds: Federal Universirty of Maranhao and PRONABIO/Environmental Ministry

Migrations on the coast of Rio Grande do Norte State
Bander responsible: Maria Eduarda Larrazabal and Severino M. Azevedo Júnior
Region: State of Rio Grande do Norte
Funds: Federal University of Pernambuco

Food and Feeding Behavior of Scolopacidae and Charadriidae in Barra do Cunhaú, Rio Grande do Norte.
Bander Responsible: João Luiz Xavier do Nascimento
Region: States of Rio Grande do Norte and Paraíba

Distribution and Abundance of Neotropical and Neartic Shorebirds, among other waterbirds, in the Pantanal
Responsible: Inês Nascimento
Region: States of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul
Funds: Interamerican Bank (IDB), World Wildlife Fund - Canada, IBAMA/CEMAVE and Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS).

Ecological Aspects of Neartic and Neotropical Shorebirds in the Mangroves of Cubatão, São Paulo.
Bander Responsible: Robson Silva e Silva
Region: Cubatão, São Paulo
Funds: Fundação Boticário

Monitoring Neartic and Neotropical Shorebirds in the Lagoa do Peixe National Park, Rio Grande do Sul
Bander Responsible:Inês Nascimento
Region: State of Rio Grande do Sul


For more informations, please contact:

Inês de Lima Serrano do Nascimento
Biologist responsible by the Migratory Birds Area
C. Postal 102,
João Pessoa-PB,
CEP 58.440-970,
tel/fax: (83)2452611 or 2452694,
e-mail: ines@openline.com.br

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