Lagunas de Invierno
Lagunas de Invierno is located in the southern part of the country. From the departments of Choluteca and Valle, to about 125 kilometers of the city of Tegucigalpa. It forms part of the protected areas that are distributed in the 165 kms of the Pacific coast of Honduras in the Gulf of Fonseca.
The winter lagoon forms a series of protected areas. The vegetation predominantly covers the forests with mangles of thorny scrubs mixed with trees of jícaros and noses, guanacastes and ceibos. Very recently it has been identified to contain great extensions of small plants of mangle. A type of mangle "natural Bonsai" was formed by stress caused by the extreme environmental conditions of the zone.
Wildlife refuge is made up of following sub units: Bahía de Chismuyo, Jicarito, Guamerú, Guapinol, La Alemania, las Iguanas, Isla del Tigre, Quebrachal, Punta Condega, Punta Ratón, Teonostal e Isla de Exposición.
Dark sandy beaches, winding channels, estuaries and open sea are some of rather the well represented ecosystems in this protected area, that, due to the importance of its resources, and to the dense population of the zone, becomes an area of multiple interests and therefore, of complex handling.
The outstanding wild life goes, from abundant marine birds to the rich presence of very important marine invertebrates for the economy and regional food supply: ostras, curiles, crabs, shrimps, lobsters and clams. Garrobos and iguanas are typical of this warm zone, that like the marine turtles, place their eggs in the sandy banks.
One of the groups more identified with the administration and conservation of these areas is the Committee for the Defense and Conservation of the Gulf of Fonseca (CODDEFFAGOLF) and the Association of Camaricultores, among others. One of the most outstanding aspects of this region, located in the volcanic strip, are the conical silhouettes of their innumerable small barren islands.
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