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The Migratory Birds Program (PAM - Programa Aves Migratórias) operates through the integration of actions dedicated to applied research, environmental education and engagement in public policy designed to promote the conservation of coastal birds, both resident and migratory species, of the Western Atlantic Flyway. We are currently working throughout the semi-arid coastal region of northeastern Brazil in the states of Piauí, Ceará and Rio Grande do Norte, and expanding our conservation strategies at important priority areas for shorebirds to include the coast of Maranhão and the northern region of Brazil in the states of Pará and Amapá.

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Our work is especially focused on conservation of the most endangered coastal bird species in Brazil:

Aquasis coastal bird conservation projects began following the discovery of significant overwintering populations of the highly endangered Red Knot (Calidris canutus) and other threatened shorebird species at the Banco dos Cajuais in Icapuí/CE, with the funding support of Environment and Climate Change Canada and the United States Fish & Wildlife Service.

In 2015, and with the support of Manomet, Aquasis organized a participatory workshop to apply the WHSRN Site Assessment Tool, resulting in the recognition of the Banco dos Cajuais in 2017 as a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network site of Regional Importance, just the third such WHSRN site to be designated in Brazil.


red-breasted curlew

( Calidris canutus )


white-backed curlew

( Limnodromus griseus )  

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( Caridris pusilla )

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( Charadrius wilsonia )


rosy tern

( Sterna dougallii )

Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network - WHSRN.

In 2019, Aquasis Migratory Birds of Northeast Brazil Project (PAMN - Projeto Aves Migratórias do Nordeste) was selected for sponsorship by the Petrobras Socio-environmental Program. This sponsorship supports our team in the execution of integrated strategies for coastal bird conservation at the Banco dos Cajuais and other important sites in the semiarid coastal zone of northeastern Brazil.

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Watch our short documentary On the Wings of Conservation (Nas Asas da Conservação).

Watch the Migratory Birds of Northeast Brazil "cordel", by the Nature Brigade (Brigada da Natureza).

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Also get to know our Citizen Science platform and download our app.


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Jason Mobley

PAM Manager and Technical Coordinator

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Rafael Becker

Planning Agent

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Onofre Monteiro

Monitoring Coordinator

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Gabriela Ramires

Public Policy Coordinator

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Felipe Braga

Environmental Education Coordinator

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Victoria Reis

Field Technician and Resident Shorebirds Conservation Specialist

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Luiz Fernando

Field Monitoring Assistant

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Luana Oliveira

Environmental Education Monitor


Thais Camboim

Field Technician and Specialist in Human Dimensions of Coastal Bird Conservation 

Communications Specialist

Mikael Hollanda


Claudia Riello

Social Media Communications Specialist


Luiz Fernando

Field Base Caretaker (Icapuí/CE)


Learn more about Aquasis Migratory Birds of Northeast Brazil Project (Projeto Aves Migratórias do Nordeste).


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