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.
The Jocotoco 2015 Bird Blitz was a huge success. During November 14th and 16th, Jocotoco staff teamed up with board members and volunteers to cover the trails of the 11 reserves. In 2014, the number of individuals recorded was 6865 and 620 species. Even though, this year the number of individuals recorded was slightly lower (6475), the number of species exceed the expectations registering 681!
One of the most encouraging outcomes of the Bird Blitz was finding numerous threatened species for which the reserves were created. The participants found 50 El Oro Parakeets in Buenaventura, a Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner in Jorupe, Pale-headed Brush-Finch at Yunguilla; Orange-breasted Falcon at Narupa; and 12 condors at Antisanilla.
This spectacular biodiversity not only demonstrates Ecuador’s importance as a tropical hotspot, but also evidence the success of Jocotoco protecting threatened ecosystems and species.