Tulane University course

Tulane University students came for a field course: Tropical Field Biology & Conservation. The two-week course helped students develop skills and abilities to become better scientists and also understand the social and economical reality related to conservation efforts in the area.

New Field Station!

In August 2019 FCAT finished building a field station with capacity for 44 people. It was officially inaugurated with the presence of the local communities, Ministerio del Ambiente, family and friends.


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Land Purchase and construction of a research station

We are extremely exited to announce that FCAT purchased 164ha of primary forest for conservation inside the Reserva Mache-Chindul (Mache-Chindul Reserve)!! Untitled

The reserve has a lek of the long-wattled umbrellabird, along with many other endangered species of bird and primate. We started building a scientific station that will support our local community engaged research project and also national and international researchers and students. We expect to have this ready by June 2019, everyone is welcome to visit and collaborate with our projects!

On August 17th at midday  we will have a big welcome party to everyone interested in coming!


Photo by: Luis E. Carrasco

Lush Charity Pot grant

FCAT received a grant from the LUSH Charity Pot for the project: “Connecting local youths to nature through the study and protection of a threatened rainforest lake”. We will focus on the importance of Cube Lake (Laguna de Cube) in the Esmeraldas province of Ecuador for avian diversity while teaching students ages 11-16 how to use macroinvertebrates to asses water quality.

We have held our first workshop with youths that live close to the lake in close collaboration with the Environmental Ministry (Ministerio del Ambiente) – it was a total success! We will continue implementing these workshops with different groups of youths of the area all year long.

National Geographic grant to study the Banded ground-cuckoo

We are very excited to announce that FCAT was recently awarded a grant to study the endangered Banded ground-cuckoo through the National Geographic Species Recovery Program.


The banded ground-cuckoo Neomorphus radiolosus is an under- studied species of terrestrial bird. The species is endemic to the Chocó Biogeographic Zone in South America and is categorized by the IUCN as Endangered (EN). Habitat loss, habitat fragmentation and hunting are major drivers of this species decline. In this project, FCAT will: (1) Provide key information on current population size, demographic trends, range and degree of protection; (2) Develop a coordinated regional ground- cuckoo conservation and monitoring network; (3) Strengthen conservation knowledge and ecotourism capacity in key reserves; and, (4) Increase local research and conservation capacity.

Stay tuned for more news!

Photos by Murray Cooper.