The Project

The Coastal Birds Project Brazil develops monitoring and conservation activities to protect migratory and resident coastal birds through the Atlantic migration route, contributing to the Brazilian National Action Plan for the Conservation of Waders. Many of the actions of our project are essential to ensure that important feeding and resting areas in the state of Ceará are not affected by human occupation.

Region of activity

Our actions are performed in all the coastal zone of the state of Ceará, from the limits with the state of Piauí to the western frontier of the state of Rio Grande do Norte. Some of our strategic points of operation are: Ilha Grande (PI/CE), Pecém (CE), and Icapuí (CE).

Coastal Birds: Incredible Journeys

The Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) can continuously fly for over 8 days. In this endeavor, the flocks can do intercontinental flights that can even pass through tropical storms. The record registered flight is 3169 mi, without any stop!

Critically Endangered

Among all the bird groups, the coastal birds have been suffering the highest reduction in their individual numbers due to human actions. The Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa), for instance, has suffered a drastic populational decline of over 75% since the 1980s.

Do your part

Discard your trash responsibly, avoid to drive cars in the beaches and loud sounds in general, do not let pets roam freely in beaches.

Extinction is forever.

our actions

We perform the monitoring activities of the Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii) and other species of terns; of the Red Knot (Calidris canutus) and other coastal species. We routinely evaluate the quality of their resting and feeding areas regarding topics like the availability and variety of prey and the impact of human activities that may represent a threat for the birds. We also register the codes of banding birds that arrive in Ceará, in a partnership with American and Canadian institutions. This work is of great importancy for the detection of alterations in the migration routes and fluctuation in the population of birds. Finally, we provide support for local environmental policies and develop environmental education actions with the communities of the areas where the birds occur.

projects // strategies

Evaluation of abudance and the seasonal changes of the Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) and its preys, register of banding birds, and environmental education and support to public policies related to the protection of the habitats inhabitated by this specie.

Sistematic monitoring of the abudance and diversity of many species of terns, evaluating its threats and detecting priority winterising areas in Northeast Brazil on two key locations in the state of Ceará: Pecém (São Gonçalo do Amarante) and Banco dos Cajuais (Icapuí), considering the Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii) as a target specie.

Increase the knowledgement about the detection of certain nutrients and contaminants in coastal birds, a data that is available through the scientific analisys of the activities of shrimp farming performed in Northeast Brazil.

Sistematic monitoring of the abundance and diversity of many migratory and resident species of coastal birds, besides estuarine birds, in the region of the estuary Timonha/Ubatuba, in the frontier between Ceará and Piauí.


I Workshop about Migratory Birds
NMBCA – National Migratory Bird Conservation Act
Icapuí is acknowledged as a priority area
Red Knot Working Group Meeting
Expansion of the project
Solidary Fishing Project
continuação no Banco dos Cajuais e Timonha/ubatuba
CWS Project - Roseate Tern
Wildlife Zone (ZVS) in the APA Barra Grande
With the support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), we were able to realize an international workshop to evaluate the impact of the shrimp farms in resting and feeding areas of coastal birds in the litoral of Northeast Brazil.
This project, developed by Aquasis in a partnership with USFWS, brought to light the diversity and abundance of coastal birds in the Timonha/Ubatuba Estuarine Complex (PI/CE).
The research performed by Aquasis enlisted the Banco dos Cajuais (Icapuí/CE) as an important zone for the wintering and resting of the migratory coastal birds of the Atlantic route, highlighting the presence of the Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa).
The results of the NIMBCA project were presented by Aquasis at the Red Knot Working Group Meeting, where the importance of the Banco dos Cajuais region as one of the few strategic places for the conservation of the Red Knot.
In order to benefit the great diversity of the Environment Protection Area Manguezal da Barra Grande in Icapuí/CE. Aquasis proposed the expansion of its perimeter from 1260 ha to 18210 ha.
Thanks to a partnership with the NGO Comissão Ilha Ativa, Aquasis developed the monitoring activities of coastal birds in the estuary of the rivers Timonha/Ubatuba.
The sistematic monitoring activities of coastal birds in the Banco dos Cajuais and in the Timonha/Ubatuba estuarine complex were furthered. The team evaluated the seasonality and abundance of the species that frequent these regions.
The project consists into the monitoring activities of terns during their wintering, and its main goal is to identify and document the activities ans threats of the Roseate tern in two research localities.
In order to protect important zones for feeding, resting and reproduction of endangered migratory birds, Aquasis delimited a Wildlife Zone in the APA Barra Grande, a definition that increases the conservation actions toward this region.


Our Team


Jason coordinates the Coastal Birds Project. He graduated with high honors from the University of Kansas and has a Ph.D in Integrative Biology from the University of California - Berkeley and a postdoctoral degree from the Federal University of Minas (UFMG). Jason has over 20 years of experience in ornintology.

Gabriela Ramires

Gabriela is part of our technical team. She graduated in Biology from the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA) and is post graduated in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development and has experience in the management of protected areas.

Onofre Monteiro

Onofre gaduated in Biology from the State Univerisity of Ceará (UECE) and specialized his studies in ornintology. He is ornintologist/bilogist in the Coastal Birds Project Brazil.

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