Thursday, January 12, 2006
Cabo Rojo Salt Flats
"This is the last remaining cultivated salt flats on the Island of Puerto Rico. The sea salts harvested here are used in local agricultural and chemical products. This is also an unique migratory bird sanctuary that services the western hemisphere. Birds are said to migrate to and fro following the warm weather from Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina......imagine that!
The most abundant migrants have been small calidrid sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) and Stilt Sandpipers (Calidris himantopus). The birds stop to feed on micro-organisms (Artemia) found in the saline saturated waters. These brine shrimps are rich in proteins and fats. Good stuff for long distance flying."