“This wealth means great opportunities for promote the country as an ideal destination for bird watching, a product that attracts high-spending travelers and with a profile that meets sustainability parameters, to guarantee the conservation of species and their habitat, as well as of the communities that depend on these activities,” says Flavia Santoro, president of ProColombia.
This diversity has made the country stand out in events such as the Global Big Day, one of the counting activities of most famous birds in the world. It is celebrated every May and is organized by Cornell University.
Since 2018, this count added another event, in October: the October Big Day. Since 2017, Colombian birders have managed to give the country six victories in these contests.
Birdfair 2022 designed ten routes in Valle del Cauca to spot birds.
Along with the Global Big Day, the Colombia Birdfair is held every year in Valle del Cauca,a event aimed at the public who love birds, nature and conservation.
The eighth edition, which is held from today until next Sunday, will bring together 30 international personalities, the largest number of experts presented at an event of this type in the world.
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The director of the fair, Carlos Mario Wagner, points out that the academic program, with experts from all latitudes, will guide the participants through the world of birds, conservation work “and will motivate us to continue defending their habitats and importance on our planet. The fair is grateful for the great contribution of prominent international figures that will join this year and with allies, the Regional Autonomous Corporation of the Valley (CVC) and international NGOs.”
The Birdfair has this 2022 slogan ‘United for the birds’, around which fans of this activity congregate. According to Wagner, it is “a call to continue uniting in the opportunities that nationally and internationally link thousands of people in love and interest in the conservation of birds and their habitats on the planet.”
The fair will have face-to-face activities, including the sighting of species in nine destinations inValle del Cauca; six specialized workshops at the CVC, the Ingenio Providencia Park, the Cali Zoo, the Javeriana University and the Universidad del Valle, and a virtual trade show. The Colombia Birdfair Chic@s and the second Bird Story Contest will also be held, both activities aimed at young people and children in Colombia.
It is expected that the ten sighting routes designed for this occasion will bring together more of 350 people, between tomorrow Friday and Sunday. The routes chosen by the organizers are high Anchicayá, Chicoral river canyon, Club Farallones, wetlands (south of Cali), kilometer 18 (La Conchita, Bosque de Niebla and La Florida farms), Laguna de Sonso and the urban outlets in the Cali River, Sirirí Route (south of Cali) and the Lili River (Garden City).
Luis Carlos Mora, biologist and coordinator of Colombia Birdfair sighting routes, points out that during these scheduled tours, birders can learn about different types of bird habitats, as well as conservation initiatives and examples of friendly crops with these animals.
In addition, he indicated that “if a person makes the three field trips of the fair, he will be able to see approximately between 100 and 150 species of birds.” The foregoing explains the fact that the Birdfair has established itself as the most important event of its kind in South America.
Potencia en Birdwatching
Little by little, the country has established itself as an ideal destination for birdwatching. In fact, ProColombia has identified the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Argentina, Australia, France, Brazil and Japan as potential markets to attract travelers interested in this matter.
The destinations that are promoted to carry out these activities are the Coffee Cultural Landscape, Santa Marta, Medellín, Bogotá, Amazonas, Cundinamarca, Chocó, Nuquí, Tayrona National Natural Park, Santander and Valle del Cauca, in which specimens of hundreds of endemic and migratory species can be seen.
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