Fondo Mexicano para la Conservacion de la Naturale

FMCN's mission is to financially support and strengthen efforts for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in Mexico The MAR Leadership Program builds the capacity of local leaders, across four nations, to implement innovative projects that contribute to the ecological health and sustainability of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR).
Jul 24, 2014

The Race to Save the Golden Eagle

The Golden Eagle
The Golden Eagle's vast hunting ground

The following is a postcard from Lucius and Sarah, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representatives in Mexico, about FMCN's efforts to save the Golden Eagle and its habitat. 

Emblazoned on the Mexican flag is the mythical Golden Eagle – a creature so rare that many Mexicans have only heard about it in legends about their country's birth. It nests high up in the mountains of Coahuila, Mexico, only descending to hunt. Despite that, the eagle’s numbers have been dwindling due to the destruction of its prey’s habitat at ground level. We visited Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (FMCN) in Saltillo and camped out in the prairie for a night to witness FMCN’s efforts to restore the eagle’s hunting grounds.

In the prairie, FMCN has begun construction on a large man-made lake to capture rainwater and restore moisture to this arid region. They have also begun to monitor communities of prairie dogs – the eagle’s main prey, in order to evaluate conservation efforts. We hiked around the prairie and listened as our expert guide, Enrique, explained the various initiatives to us.

As the day wore on and we visited the surrounding suburban communities, it soon became evident that saving the Golden Eagle was a multi-faceted project, not solely limited to restoring the wildlife in the prairie. As communities invade deeper into the natural habitat, trash and pollution start to threaten the wildlife as well. Through its “Sustainable Rural Life” project, FMCN has started programs such as providing eco-stoves that use the sun’s heat to cook food, wood-burning ovens that replace gas ovens, recycling projects, water conservation projects and has begun involving local community members in feedback programs as well. This project complements the "Save the Golden Eagle" project. 

FMCN has done an amazing job in educating community members and spearheading projects to save the Golden Eagle so that future generations can enjoy this majestic creature. Support the “Sustainable Rural Life” project by clicking here or “Save the Golden Eagle, Mexico’s National Symbol” by clicking here

An eco-stove that cooks by trapping the sun
An eco-stove that cooks by trapping the sun's heat
Construction on the water catchment system
Construction on the water catchment system
Jul 23, 2014

Accomplishments until July, 2014

Eagle incubating in Sierra Juarez, Mexico
Eagle incubating in Sierra Juarez, Mexico

Dear Golden Eagle friends,

We are very glad to share with you the results of the past months. During this time we have continued the golden eagle population monitoring activities, as well as of those of key habitat grasslands. Our project colleagues have been visiting the 101 nests throughout the country to make sure the eagle chicks are growing safely, and getting ready to try their first fly attempts.

The project has also been working to help promote the establishment of a federal protected area to secure the habitat of this magnificent bird with Federal and State governments in various meetings and workshops. This will be the first protected area established specifically for the protection of one species, making it an important project for all the conservation community in Mexico.

We thank everyone who has contributed to make this conservation project possible through Global Giving donations. It is thanks to you that every day, more of these glorious animals can find a healthy and safe environment in which to thrive. We hope you continue being part of it.

All the best,

 

Save the Golden Eagle Project Team

Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature

Calle Damas 49, Colonia San Jose Insurgentes,

03900 Mexico, D.F., Mexico +52 (55) 5611 9779

Jul 23, 2014

Accomplishments until July, 2014

Public consultation for carbon bond certification
Public consultation for carbon bond certification

Dear Sustainable Rural Life friends,

These past three months our Sustainable Rural Life Program has continued helping rural communities throughout Mexico to improve their living conditions through environmental technologies. We continue to support our five allies in the field through capacity building workshops, follow up activities, and funding to acquire and distribute solar pots and fuel-efficient stoves.

We have also been working to promote the certification of all the stoves distributed on the Yucatan Peninsula for the voluntary carbon markets. In June took place the required public consultation for the certifying entity. During this meeting, all those families with a fuel-efficient stove who are in the process to be certified were given a chance to pose questions and debate about the project´s goals. We are sharing a couple of pictures of this very successful event.

Thank you for being part of the solution for so many communities, who now, thanks to your kind donations, can have cleaner kitchens, healthier lives, lower environmental impact, and improved economies. We are so grateful to you all again for believing in this cause and helping us support it. We sure hope you continue being part of it.

All the best,

Sustainable Rural Life Team

Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature
Calle Damas 49, Colonia San Jose Insurgentes,

03900 Mexico, D.F., Mexico
+52 (55) 5611 9779

Families participating in certification process
Families participating in certification process
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