Marina Castellino and her sister Marcela share a love of birds, especially those living in Mar Chiquita, one of South America’s largest wetlands. Marina got inspired from seeing her older sister’s love for shorebirds. The two sisters helped get Mar Chiquita declared a National Park and National Reserve for Argentina. That supports birds like sandpipers that migrate between South and North America. So if you see one near you, efforts from Marina may have helped you see it there!
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Inspired by A Lake and a Sister
Written by Camilo Garzón
This is BirdNote.
[Mar Chiquita soundscape, Xeno Canto 272748]
Inspiration happens in many ways. Sometimes it comes from a bird. And sometimes, it comes from a person we admire.
Marina Castellino: Mi nombre es Marina Castellino, yo soy la hermana menor de Marcela.
Inspiration for Marina came in the form of her older sister, Marcela Castellino.
Marina Castellino: Pero en realidad mi principal inspiración para desarrollar el amor por la naturaleza y las aves con mi hermana. [Duck under narration] Así que cuando uno crece siendo hermano menor y admirando a alguien un poco, se contagió de las pasiones. Así que por el viene el amor con la conservación de la naturaleza.
Marina is telling us that she and Marcela share a love of birds, especially those living in Mar Chiquita, one of South America’s largest wetlands.
[White-rumped Sandpiper calls, ML 32242591]
This also led Marina to get into conservation projects, including with Manomet’s efforts to help shorebirds.
Marina Castellino: Recientemente el lugar fue declarado como Parque Nacional y Reserva Nacional, hace nos has es un lugar único en el mundo.
The two sisters helped get Mar Chiquita declared a National Park and National Reserve for Argentina. That supports birds like sandpipers that migrate between the shores of South and North America. So if you see one near you, efforts from Marina may have helped you see it there!
Marina Castellino: Pensá hemisférico, actúa local y que nuestros jóvenes y en otras comunidades puedan trabajar en conjunto para la conservación.
To think hemispherically and act locally in conjunction with young people and local communities. That’s how we can work together to conserve these places and species. Hopefully Marina has inspired you today as her sister, Marcela, once did to her.
This show is part of a series on Manomet's shorebird conservation research, and it's also available en español — visit our website, BirdNote dot org, to learn more. I'm Camilo Garzón.
Senior Producer: John Kessler
Content Director: Allison Wilson
Producer: Mark Bramhill
Managing Producer: Conor Gearin
Script Editor: Camila Kerwin from the Rough Cut Collective
Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Soundscape Xeno Canto 272748 recorded by P. Boesman, and White-rumped Sandpiper ML 32242591 recorded by A. Spencer.
BirdNote’s theme was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
© 2022 BirdNote September 2022
Narrator: Camilo Garzón
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