January 10th, 2010
This week's UNESCO World Heritage Site of the week is located in the African desert, in the country of Mauritania. Banc d'Arguin National Park lies along the west coast of the country. The area is remote, and travelers should read the State Department's Country-Specific Information page on Mauritania to make sure that they are taking the proper precautions.
However, the park is a paradise for birdwatchers. Located where the desert meets the ocean, Banc d'Arguin National Park shelters a wide variety of birds through the winter, and serves as breeding grounds and nursery for 25,000 and 40,000 pairs of birds representing 15 different species.
Birds that either winter in or nest in the park include flamingos, several species of terns, white pelicans, plovers, herons and spoonbills.
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