Posteado por: Fundacion Conservacion Verde | 1 de mayo de 2012

Hummingbird Banding at Colombia – Anillando colibries para su Conservación

HUMMINGBIRD BANDING PROJECT (chestnut Bellied Hummingbird)

Proyecto Anillamiento de las poblaciones de Amazilia castaneiventris para su conservación

We are began banding hummingbirds at Colombia with our first project along the eastern andes with populations the Chestnut Bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia castaneiventris). we are establishing a hummingbird monitoring site at a premontane forest near Soata. The site is known to have big target populations the Chestnut Bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia castaneiventris) , including endemic hummingbird as: lazuline sabrewing (Campylopterus falcatus) and Indigo Capped Hummingbird (Amazilia cyanifrons) that are other target species of this project that support efforts that Preserve hummingbird habitats.

We conduct and support Research that increases the knowledge about endemic and endangered hummingbirds and promotes their conservation in Colombia.

We are estimate abundance, trends in their populations , plumage colors, feather shapes , measurement, age, sex determinations, molt and weight.

Amazilia castaneiventris - Baby Chestnut Bellied Hummingbird

Picture 1. Amazilia castaneiventris – Baby Chestnut Bellied Hummingbird

Anillando colibries - Amazilia castaneiventris

Picture 2. Anillando colibries – Amazilia castaneiventris

ASSESSMENT AND CONSERVATION OF CHESTNUT BELLIED HUMMINGBIRD (Amazilia castaneiventris) AND MOUNTAIN GRACKLE (Macroagelaius subalaris) AT SOATÁ – COLOMBIA

 ECOLOGÍA Y CONSERVACIÓN DE LA QUINCHA DE SOATÁ (Amazilia castaneiventris) Y LA COCHA DE MONTAÑA (Macroagelaius subalaris) EN LA CORDILLERA ORIENTAL – COLOMBIA

Amazilia castaneiventris- project conservation Chestnut bellied Hummingbird

Picture 1. Amazilia castaneiventris – Project Conservation Chestnut Bellied Hummingbird

Executive summary

Mountain grackle (Macroagelaius subalaris) and Chestnut bellied hummingbird (Amazilia castaneiventris) this two species most endangered birds species in the world.  Has been identified this species is endangered mainly due to habitat destruction, natural history and ecological requirements is unknown. These threats increase the vulnerability of its remaining wild populations. The successful development and implementation of conservation plans for managing keystone or endangered species and their habitats ultimately depend on field data that describe their behavioral ecology, population structure. This project aims to assess the population status of populations of  A. castaneiventris and M. subalaris at eastern andes  (Colombia) and continue the study on the effects of habitat destruction on their behavioral and ecology at eastern andes  Colombia. We will use point count distance sampling method to estimate the population densities and structure the populations the  M . subalaris and A. castaneiventris we will also focus on describing the activity patterns, diet, natural history and songs.

We expect to identify the population status of this two endangered birds at our proposed research areas in order to design the most appropriate conservation strategies to preserve them. Finally, this project will train several local students and biologists in several methods for the study of icterids, tanagers, grackles and hummingbirds in the wild, in order to create a stronger and more qualified “team” that will direct field conservation efforts in Colombia and the Neotropic in birds.

Macroagelaius subalaris - Colombian Mountain Grackle

Picture 2. Macroagelaius subalaris – Colombian Mountain Grackle

Introduction and project description conservation Chestnut Bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia castaneiventris) and Colombian Mountain Grackle (Macroagelaius subalaris)

The main purpose of the here proposed project is to continue with our ongoing efforts towards the conservation of M. subalaris and A. castaneiventris in localities the eastern Cordillera of Colombia.  Thus, we are committed to identifying areas where wild populations of these birds still remain, and evaluate their population densities and structure. These data will provide the criteria towards were to focus future conservation efforts that will allow us to preserve viable populations of this two birds in the wild. We are also committed to continue our on-going research on the effects of habitat destruction of the behavioral ecology of Mountain Grackle and Chestnut bellied hummingbird through the direct comparison of the diet, activity budgets, social behavior of groups (Macroagelaius subalaris) living in fragmented and intensively logged Andean Oaks and dry forest to those living in continuous and less intervened areas at one of our study sites: Eastern Andes from Colombia

The proposed research is a “key” component for the development of a successful conservation action plan for M. subalaris and A. castaneiventris (that is currently being developed), by providing the first in-situ data on the status of wild populations.

This project will also give continuity to our efforts to provide opportunities for young local biologists and ecologists to develop their academic and professional careers in areas related to conservation biology. Only through the enhancement of a strong team of local researchers and professionals devoted to conservation in Colombia, will we be able to develop large-scale (and long-term) conservation strategies in this Mega-diverse country, in the near future.

 Symposiums and presentations will held in local schools to promote the student towards the participation in the project activities, with focusing on the importance of the area and your birds.

HERE VIDEOS THE PROJECT:

Posteado por: Fundacion Conservacion Verde | 1 de mayo de 2012

Mamíferos del Llano (Meta y Casanare)

MAMÍFEROS DEL META Y CASANARE

EXPLORACIONES DE CAMPO A AGUAZUL – YOPAL – TRINIDAD Y PAZ DE ARIPORO (CASANARE)

 EXPLORACIONES DE CAMPO PUERTO LOPEZ – PUERTO GAITAN Y VILLAVICENCIO (META)

  

Se usaron técnicas de muestreo como: captura con redes de niebla para mamiferos pequeños voladores, observación directa y registros indirectos como heces, huellas y madrigueras. 

Con salidas de muestreo cortas se obtuvo una aproximación de la fauna de mamíferos de los llanos orientales, precisamente en el departamento del Meta en los municipios de Puerto Gaitán, Puerto López y Villavicencio, y en el departamento de Casanare en los municipios de Yopal, Aguazul, Paz de Ariporo y Trinidad entre los 100 a 1000 m de altitud. 

Se registraron 38  especies de mamíferos, pertenecientes a 8 ordenes, tales como: 

Visita nuestras fotos aqui:

Se destaca una gran diversidad de mamiferos voladores y no voladores en la region de los llanos orientales. Esperamos completar este proyecto muy pronto en donde esperamos utilizar el uso de herramientas mas sofisticadas como las camara trampa, donde tendremos una información completa acerca de la mastofauna de la región de los llanos orientales de Colombia.

Adjuntamos algunas fotos de las especies registradas en estas caracterizaciones de mamíferos en Meta y Casanare (Colombia):

southern tamandua- oso mielero (Tamandua tetradactyla)

Picture 1. Southern tamandua- oso mielero (Tamandua tetradactyla)

Pale Spear-nosed Bat - Phyllostomus discolor

Picture 2. Pale Spear-nosed Bat – Phyllostomus discolor

White-throated Round-eared Bat - Lophostoma silvicolum

Picture 3. White-throated Round-eared Bat – Lophostoma silvicolum

coppery titi (Callicebus cupreus)

Picture 4. Coppery titi (Callicebus cupreus)

Observa nuestro video, con una muestra de los MAMIFEROS COLOMBIANOS

Posteado por: Fundacion Conservacion Verde | 11 de abril de 2012

Project Conservation Niceforo’s Wren (Thryophilus nicefori)

PROJECT CONSERVATION NICEFORO’S WREN (Thryophilus nicefori)

ECOLOGÍA Y CONSERVACION DEL CUCARACHERO DE NICÉFORO (Thryothorus nicefori)

NICEFORO’S WREN (THRYOPHILUS NICEFORI)

Picture 1. Niceforo’s wren (Thryophilus nicefori)

The Niceforo’s wren (Thryophilus nicefori) Project is conducted by Fundación Conservación Verde an environmental organization established by members of the pioneering expedition to the Soatá  in 2004 that discovered the populations Niceforo’s wren (Thryophilus nicefori). The general goal of the project is to initiate a long-term program for the conservation of the Niceforo’s wren  and other wildlife and natural habitats of  Soatá area.

HABITAT Niceforo's wren (Thryophilus nicefori)  AT SOATA

Picture 2. Habitat Niceforo’s wren (Thryophilus nicefori) at Soatá – Colombia

Activities undertaken under this project included the following:

Survey: Census was employed to survey the abundance and distribution of the rails in April, May, October and December in 2011 and January and February in 2012. A total of  11 survey stations along or near trails throughout Rural areas the Soata were covered.

In the Soata- wide survey in April-May 2011, Wrens were detected at 50 % of the total 11stations surveyed. This translated to an abundance index of 1.04 wrens/station. The October 2011 survey resulted in 40% positive stations out of the 10 surveyed in vereda La Laguna y Espinal at Soatá, giving a moderate abundance index of 1.41 rails/station.

Niceforo's wren (Thryophilus nicefori)  AT SOATA

Picture 3. Niceforo’s wren (Thryophilus nicefori) at Soata – Colombia

Workshop soatá: A consultative workshop themed “Conservation of the Niceforo’s wren (Thryophilus nicefori)’ Natural Heritage” was held in October 2010 in the national meeting net work birdwachers the Colombia to identify key communication and education activities needed to raise local conservation awareness and cooperation. Several people local leaders and government officials participated in the workshop (Universidad Javeriana, Local Government Soatá, Birdwatchers, ONG-Local) and contributed ideas. Teacher training, community meetings and further workshops were identified and the assistance of  Soatá was sought for these.

Workshop at soata

Picture 4. Workshop at soatá

Workshop at Monitoring nest of birds- teacher (David Ocampo)

Picture 5. Workshop at Monitoring nest of birds- teacher (David Ocampo)

AMIRO (FROM BIRDLIFE - INTERNATIONAL) SPEAK US ABOUT THE IBA AREA

Picture 6. AMIRO (From Birdlife – International) speak us about the IBA area

Community consultations Soatá: A series of consultations covering 2 sitios and Vereda la Laguna was conducted in May 2011. The activity, participated by local stakeholders, resulted in a conservation action plan that specifies measures to control slash-and-burn farming, provide livelihood assistance to locals, intensify information and education campaigns, establish a protected area or sanctuary, and strengthen enforcement of environmental laws.

niceforo's Wren- Thyrophilus nicefori - CUCARACHERO DEL CHICAMOCHA

Picture 7. Cucarachero del Chicamocha – Niceforo’s Wren (Thyrophilus nicefori)

Posteado por: Fundacion Conservacion Verde | 8 de abril de 2012

Conservation Action of the Bat Species at Soatá

CONSERVATION ACTION OF THE BAT SPECIES AT SOATÁ – COLOMBIA 

The project will be implemented in the region Soatá, municipality of Boyacá, an area with a wide variety of tropical wildlife as are the bats, the study was conducted in oak forest and tropical dry forest, these ecosystems are vulnerable to human action is why it is necessary to study and conserve these species and their habitats.

The main objective is to promote the conservation of bats in Soatá Reserve to determine the species diversity and population structure, assessment of the main threats to the population of bats, making recommendations for conservation, develop a database for the populations of bats and encourage greater community awareness about the bat conservation needs.

Velvety Free-tailed Bat or Pallas's Mastiff Bat (Molossus molossus)

Picture 1. Velvety Free-tailed Bat or Pallas’s Mastiff Bat (Molossus molossus)

Objectives:

  • To make an inventory of bat species present in Soatá.
  • To identify key sites for bat conservation.
  • To assess the main threats to bats in Soatá.
  • To make conservation recommendations, and raise the profile of bats, with the local people and authorities.
  • To initiate pride amongst local people in environmental protection.
  • Community participation to collect an analysis of the problems and possible solutions for the conservation of bats through Participation and Action Research participatory rural appraisal.
Give the local community a greater understanding of environmental issues and make them aware about their environment with ecological groups and workshops.

Picture 2. Give the local community a greater understanding of environmental issues and make them aware about their environment with ecological groups and workshops.

This project seeks a long-term effort to develop conservation actions:

  • Production a long-term monitoring and conservation status assessment reports and conservation action plan for Bats in Soatá.
  • Production a GIS-based map for distribution and extent of occurrence of species bats in Soatá, available for future researches.
  • Preparation a community-based-long term monitoring program for assessment and conservation species bats in Soatá with specific roles for stockholders.
  • Documentation local community traditional knowledge related to Bats
  • Contribution in strengthening the capacity of the local community and a significant shareholder in the conservation of species by active participation, training and a good relationship between local communities and their environment, with a view to implementing a long surveillance term conservation program and future plan of action on the conservation of bats in Soatá after the draft.
  • Contribution to increase public awareness and rural communities to assess their environment, the importance and action of Bats in forests and the importance of actions to conserve them.

Our project:

Conservation Action of the Bat Species at Soatá

The project will be implemented in the region Soatá, municipality of Boyacá, an area with a wide variety of tropical wildlife as are the bats, the study was conducted in oak forest and tropical dry forest, these ecosystems are vulnerable to human action is why it is necessary to study and conserve these species and their habitats.

OAK FOREST AT SOATA- HABITAT THE SEVERAL SPECIES OF THE BATS

Picture 3. Oak forest at Soatá – Habitat the several species of the bats

Posteado por: Fundacion Conservacion Verde | 8 de abril de 2012

FUNDACIÓN CONSERVACIÓN VERDE

FUNDACIÓN CONSERVACIÓN VERDE  is a non-profit organization (NGO) dedicated to mammals, frogs and bird conservation in Colombia.  Fundacion Conservacion Verde actions are based on scientific studies and the active involvement of local communities, respecting their culture and knowledge.

YOUNG CONSERVATION BATS AT SOATA

Picture 1. Young conservation bats at Soatá


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