East Atlantic Flyway
The East Atlantic Flyway is a migration route used by about 90 million birds annually, passing from their breeding areas in United States Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Siberia and northern Europe to wintering areas in western Europe and on to southern Africa. It is one of the eight major flyways used by waders and shorebirds. The migrants follow a great circle route, which is shorter although more challenging.
Important key sites on the flyway include:
- Lake Ladoga (St. Petersburg, Russia)
- Haapsalu, Matsalu (Estonia)
- Nemunas Delta (Lithuanian demonstration site)
- Wadden Sea (Netherlands, Germany, Denmark)
- Vendée Reserve (France)
- Doñana National Park (Spain)
- Merja Zerga (Morocco)
- Banc d'Arguin National Park (Mauritania)
- Diawling-Djoudj (Senegal, Mauritania)
- Saloum-Niumi (Senegal, Gambia)
- Archipel Bijagos (Guinea-Bissau)
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