Los Guatuzos, a locale on the south shore of Lake Nicaragua is in a wetland complex that shares a border with Costa Rica. Birds from both Pacific and Caribbean sides can be found there and it displays such high biodiversity that UNESCO has designated it as an official biosphere reserve. The banding operators and staff train local volunteers each year as part of the station’s outreach program. The station has been operating since 2003 and is currently run by Oscar Bermudez. The most commonly species captured there include Wood Thrush, Swainson’s Thrush, Gray Catbird, Golden-winged Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Yellow Warbler and Chestnut-sided Warbler.
Supplies and gear from the U.S. arrived at the site in late December 2021. Oscar recently sent these photos from November and December 2021 banding events. Clockwise from top left: The team (Oscar in green shirt), Swainson’s Thrush, Hooded Warbler, local youth trainees, work station. If you use Facebook, you can view posts from Los Guatuzos.