Wetlands occur where water meets land and exist in every country regardless of climatic zone. They range from rice-fields, mangroves, marshes, rivers, lakes, deltas, floodplains, coral reefs, and flooded forests.
Pantanos de Villa
In Peru, Pantanos de Villa is the only protected natural area within the city of Lima. In 1997, the RAMSAR Convention declared it as a Wetlands of International Importance, particularly for its waterfowl habitat. It was a feeding, breeding, roosting, and sheltering site for resident and migratory birds, which travel many thousands of miles between North and South America.
The protected area consists of several habitats, each for a specific bird community. A total of 208 bird species have been reported in the area, 70% of which are migratory. On a typical day, you can spot at least 17 species such as Great Grebe, Andean duck, Puna Ibis, Wren-like rush bird, Pied-billed grebe, Osprey, Many-colored rush-tyrant, White-cheeked Pintail, among many others. The region of the Villa Wetlands is an essential part of the migratory route taken by many birds along the Pacific coast. Walking through the Villa Wetlands offers its visitors an extraordinary opportunity to connect with nature.
Zona Reservada Los Pantanos de Villa
Zona Reservada Los Pantanos de Villa is located within the municipal limits of the city of Lima. The site is a coastal lagoon with brackish or salty water. It is abundant in vegetation. The wetland is located in the desert with an underground source of water. It is a habitat for waterfowl that are common in coastal Peru. In 1993, a rare amphibian, Hyloxalus littoralis, was rediscovered, having been thought to be extinct.
The site is known for recreation, environmental education, and public awareness. Bird lovers find this private natural reserve particularly appealing as its just several miles south of Lima.
The Zona de Humedales de Ventanilla
The Zona de Humedales de Ventanilla Regional Conservation Area is a protected area in Peru. It is positioned in the Callao region, in the province of Constitutional Province of Callao. It was created on December 19, 2006. It has an area of 275.45 hectares. It is settled in the district of Ventanilla in the Constitutional Province of Callao, Callao region.
Fundo Mamacona is part of the old "wetlands" of Lurin and was preserved through a small artificial lake, a place of contemplation and tranquility. It enjoys a seasonal presence of migratory birds due to its proximity to the "Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge." It also hosts llamas, deer, ducks, and goose. It is also a host of a sustainable project of tilapia farming and water springs.
The Cascajo Wetlands
The Cascajo Wetlands is a pristine landscape of lakes and meadows. It is home to more than a thousand species of migratory birds. The Cascajo Wetlands are located 80 km from Lima in the province of Huaral in the Chancay Valley, an ecosystem that is 123 acres. Currently, this wetland has been undergoing recovery since 2010 due to contamination of the waters that were caused by nearby settlements and covered by invasive aquatic weed. Thanks to nanotechnologies and the participation of the citizens, its rehabilitation and cleansing started after it caught the attention of the Latin American press.
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