Dr. Martín Schaefer, Executive Director of the Fundación Jocotoco, was invited last January 18th by the COCIBA (Biological and Environmental Sciences Department) from Universidad San Francisco de Quito to give a lecture: "Genetic diversity and its implications, an interface between science and conservation". This presentation was attended by students and teachers of the university, who participated in a forum of questions at the end of the lecture. This event was an excellent opportunity to expose the work of Fundación Jocotoco and to strengthen ties with national Academic circles.
Fundación Jocotoco, supported by our partner American Bird Conservancy, added 27 hectares of critical habitat to extend the Buenaventura Reserve in El Oro Province. This new acquisition increases the protection for 15 globally threatened bird species including the El Oro Parakeet, as well as a frog species new to science and several other amphibians known only from the reserve. Additionally, this extension contributed to the creation of an ecological corridor that will connect Buenaventura Reserve to three proposed government reserves, encompassing an area 56 miles long.
Fundación Jocotoco is recruiting to fill one full time biologist or applied ecologist position as Conservation Director. We are seeking a highly motivated, creative person, preferrably with an academic or conservation background, very good knowledge of Ecuador’s wildlife, and an excellent track record in supervision of projects and personal and ideally fund-raising as well. The position is based in Quito, but long and sometimes frequent travels to remote parts of Ecuador are expected.
A key ability of the candidate is to collaborate closely with a diverse team ranging from adjacent communities and park guards to international scientists and large conservation organizations.
Applications must be submitted in a single PDF file until January 1, 2017.
The bird counting at the 11 reserves of the Jocotoco Foundation, BIRDBLITZ 2016, was a success. With the participation of 88 people among members of the foundation, staff and interested citizens; we recorded 5454 birds belonging to 693 species. This number surpassed the count of the previous year where 681 species were registered.
The most diverse reserves were Narupa with 222 species, Buenaventura with 171 species and Canandé with 163 species. Among the most interesting birds recorded are, Black Tinamou and Harpy Eagle at Narupa, Andean Condor and Andean Ibis at Antisanilla, Golden-plumed Parakeet and White-breasted Parakeet at Tapichalaca, El Oro Parakeet at Buenaventura, Sapayoa at Canandé, Pale-headed Brush-Finch at Yunguilla, and Imperial Snipe at Yanacocha.
In addition, there were migratory species such as Blue-winged Teal, Yellow-green Vireo, Black-and-white Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Scarlet Tanager and Summer Tanager.
The mammals could not miss, we observed Spectacled Bears and Deers at Antisanilla, Spider Monkeys, Howlers and Sloths at Canandé, also feline tracks of pumas and tigrillos at Canandé and Narupa.
The biodiversity present at the reserves of the Jocotoco Foundation is awesome, we continue working for the habitat protection of threatened species.
We thank all the people who participated.
Do not miss our photo gallery of the BIRDBLITZ 2016.
Birdblitz is an event organized by Jocotoco Foundation since 2014. It is similar to the AUDOBON Christmas Bird Counting, but instead of being restricted to circles; it is restricted to our reserves. Birdblitz 2015 was successful, we registered 6865 birds and a total of 620 species!
The Birdblitz aim is to encourage citizens in the activity of birdwatching. You are all invited to participate!
When is it?
The event will take place over two days, October 26th and October 28th. About half of the reserves will be covered on the first day, and the other half on the second day, with the day in between to allow travel.
How to participate?
To participate, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. You should specify in which reserve/s you want to participate.
The Yanacocha Interpretation Centre was inaugurated on June 29. Founding members, authorities, friends and staff of the foundation participated at the inauguration. The event began with 9 speeches of people who in one way or another have been part of the Yanacocha Reserve and the creation of this new Interpretation Centre. Among them were Lou Jost, renowned ecologist and botanist associated to Ecominga; and Gonzalo Ortiz-Crespo, President of Zoological Foundation of Ecuador, who on behalf of his brother Fernando Ortiz-Crespo gave a speech to the Yanacocha Reserve.
Dra. Veronica Arias, Secretary of Environment of Ilustre Municipality of the Metropolitan District of Quito, referred to the Yanacocha Reserve as a site of importance because it preserves remnants of native forest near the city, in addition she refers to the Center interpretation as an important site of environmental education to raise awareness among citizens. Similarly, Mr. Luis Hipo on behalf of the Community of Yanacocha expressed the importance of the reserve for the community and their interest to continue working for the conservation of Yanacocha forest as a legacy for future generations.
Dr. Nigel Simpson, founding member and main sponsor of the Yanacocha Interpretation Centre, made the symbolic ribbon cutting for the opening. The guests were happy after visiting the centre which will be an environmental education space for the reserve visitors. Finally, some of them enjoyed a walk through the trails of the Reserve.
Antisanilla Reserve is a 73 Km² protected area for the conservation of species like the Andean Condor, the Andean Ibis and the Spectacled Bear. The estimated number of bears in their natural habitat is estimated between 4-12 individuals per 100 square Km².
In June 2015 it was possible to photograph an individual of Andean Bear. It was recurring in future records in the reserve. The pattern of spots on the face of the Andean bear is unique among individual and individual, for this reason we can monitor populations in the area. Between May and June, we identified two more individuals. So far, we have confirmed the presence of three different individuals of the Spectacled Bear in the Antisanilla Reserve.
If you want to support the conservation of the Spectacled Bear write to: email@example.com
VISIT ANTISANILLA RESERVE!
Fundación Jocotoco supported the realization of the Third Pechiche Festival that gave place on April 2 in Comuna Las Tunas, Manabi Province. The aim of this event is to encourage the maintenance, protection and recovery of native forests surrounding the commune using as symbol the Pechiche tree.
The Pechiche tree is native of the dry-forest of Ecuador and Peru, its flowers are appreciated by the Esmeraldas Woodstar (Chaetocercus berlepschi), an endemic hummingbird classified as Endangered by IUCN. Awareness of the importance of this tree is crucial for the conservation of this hummingbird.
The Third Pechiche Festival was successful thanks to the collaboration of the community, local authorities and FJ. Attendees were able to taste variety of dishes based Pechiche like cookies, puddings, cakes, ‘alfajores’ and even shrimps on pechiche sauce!
Recreational games of athletics, cycling, beach soccer and sand sculptures were implemented to foster healthy competition among community members. The event is a tradition that attracts visitors year after year and aims to consolidate and grow in the coming years.
Photos by: Byron Delgado
Fundación de Conservacion Jocotoco appoints Dr. Martin Schaefer as its new Executive Director
Fundación de Conservacion Jocotoco is pleased to announce the appointments of Dr Martin Schaefer as its new Executive Director and Rocio Merino as Managing Director.
Martin has studied birds in the Neotropics for more than 20 years. He has been an Associate Professor for Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Freiburg, Germany for the past 12 years and has held Honorary Faculty positions at the University of Florida, Gainesville and Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.
Martin first became involved with Jocotoco 13 years ago when he and his wife Veronika Schmidt spent 18 months in Buenaventura Reserve studying the endangered El Oro Parakeet. His work in Jocotoco’s reserves has included studying other globally threatened birds such as the Pale-headed Brushfinch and the El Oro Tapaculo. Martin’s research resulted in direct conservation actions which led to population increases of these species in our reserves.
Martin’s role at Jocotoco will be to lead Jocotoco in the expansion of its reserve system and in developing Jocotoco’s long-term institutional capacity to manage its reserves in perpetuity. Jocotoco is currently working with several private and government agencies to increase the ecological resilience of its reserves by anchoring them within a broader matrix of protected areas. “In 18 years Jocotoco has prevented the extinction of many species through the creation of its 11 reserves; now we need to ensure their long-term ecological viability and increase the influence of conservation in the areas surrounding our reserves. Having worked with our dedicated staff for over a decade and knowing the globally significant biological value of Jocotoco’s reserve system, I am thrilled to lead Jocotoco’s innovative team of conservationists in these efforts.”
Dr Martin Schaefer (right) and Jocotoco’s Managing Director Rocio Merino and Conservation Director Francisco Sornoza discussing conservation of Ecuador’s Tumbesian dry forests.
From March 1st to 14th, you can cast your vote to strengthen the conservation of the spectacled bear in the Yanacocha Reserve. One click can make a difference.
1. Go to: http://www.outdoorconservation.eu/project-voting-category.cfm?catid=5
2. Look for the conservation project Spectacled Bear at the bottom of the page.
3. Click on Vote Now
4. Accept the Terms and Conditions by clicking on the box
Your free vote could help win a conservation grant of €30,000 to save the Spectacled Bear in the Yanancocha reserve.