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Publication number 47. Stichting WIWO

Title: Waders and waterbirds along part of the Atlantic coast of Morocco autumn 1991-spring 1992
Editors: Niko M. Groen, Piet J. Zomerdijk
Publication date: 1994
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Summary

From September 1991 until February-March 1992 five censuses were carried out along the western Moroccan coast. Waders, ducks and other waterbirds were counted during two to three weeks periods each, by teams consisting of three persons. Each of the wetlands along the western Moroccan coast from Tanger to Oed Massa (south of Agadir) were visited up to five times.

Morocco is of major ornithological importance as it is situated at the crossroads of two major flyways, this position implicates that a lot of species only passing through Marocco on their way to southerly wintering grounds. Due to poor feeding conditions, as a result of summer drought, birds rush throught Marocco during autumn migration. In contrast, spring migration shows a more gradual pattern as birds stay longer to feed or prey which is more abundant then. This report gives the results of these censuses, and in addition recommendations for management are proposed.