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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.

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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.

 

Ecuadorian Ornithological Meeting – 2018

In August, three FCAT members– Domingo Cabrera, Jorge Olivo, and Luis Carrasco– traveled to present at the annual Ecuadorian Ornithological Meeting (REO) in Arenillas.

Luis gave a talk on how deforestation and fragmentation impacts the diversity of birds in REMACH, using a long term dataset. Domingo presented a poster on how seed dispersal by the endangered long-wattled umbrellabird increases species diversity of dispersed seeds. 

Jorge presented a poster on how habitat quality impacts frugivore visitation rates at the palm Oenocarpus bataua, and won a prize for outstanding poster presentation– congratulations Jorge!

 

 

 

Banded ground-cuckoo monitoring

The banded ground-cuckoo (Neomorphus radiolosus) is an endangered species that’s only found in the Chocó forests of Ecuador and Colombia. It’s incredibly elusive, which makes it difficult to study, and little is known about its biology. In July, members of FCAT, who have conducted some of the only studies on the banded ground-cuckoo, provided technical support for the project “Monitoring of the banded ground cuckoo” led by Fundación Jocotoco.

 

Workshop on Lepidoptera

Recently, our Executive Director, Margarita Baquero, gave a class including theory and laboratory techniques to undergraduate students at UTI (Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica) about field techniques and monitoring of Lepidoptera, the order of insects that includes butterflies and moths.

 

Workshop on macroinvertebrates

Insects and other invertebrates living in rivers, lakes, or oceans can be an indicator of water quality and pollution level. We can use macroinvertebrate surveys as an easy and cost-effective method for determining water quality and eliminate the need for frequent, costly chemical tests.

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From February 18th to the 21st, three scientists from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE), Verónica Crespo, Patricio Andino and Rodrigo Espinosa, gave FCAT a workshop of how to use macroinvertebrates to asses water quality.  We used the Laguna de Cube, an internationally recognized RAMSAR site, for the workshop. The workshop consisted of one morning covering theory and concepts and two sessions of collecting, identifying macroinvertebrates, and analyzing the data. We have in mind many projects that can use and apply this knowledge to better serve the communities where we work. It was a great workshop where we all learned a lot and had fun!

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