The flamingo is an indicator species for the status of the saliñas (salt pans) and is the national symbol of Bonaire. This iconic species is also an important attractor for tourists to come to the island. Bonaire is one of the main breeding locations of the Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber). Every month the number of flamingos is being counted on several key locations of the island to keep track of the abundance of this species. These counts started in 1981 and are still being done every month.