Red Knots & Semipalmated Sandpipers

Bahía de Todos Santos

Baja California, Mexico

Off the coast of Ensenada, in Baja California, Bahía de Todos Santos hosts a number of overwintering migratory birds, including roselaari Red Knots (an endangered species in Mexico), snowy plovers, marbled godwit and sanderlings.

This dynamic coast is also used by people at all hours of the day for strolls, pet-walking and other recreational activities, which fragments and disturbs the habitat for shorebirds.

CEC support

Through CEC support, local partners nominated Bahía de Todos Santos as an important site under the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) and, in September 2017, the site was designated a WHSRN Site of Regional Importance. Work at the site included a monitoring program, implementation of a disturbance assessment protocol, and the re-establishment of community beach patrol committees.

Mapa Bahía de Todos Santos


Sustained community outreach efforts included organizing a Bahía de Todos Santos Bird Festival in March 2017, installing shorebird conservation signs, and disseminating numerous print and digital media articles, social media posts and radio interviews on shorebird-related topics and activities.

Shorebird Conservation Signs (in Spanish only)