The project seeks to increase the population of the endangered Ridgway's Hawk (Buteo ridgwayi) through reintroductions in the Punta Cana region and a comprehensive environmental education program.
The project is conserving an endandered species by increasing its population and diversifying its distribution in the Dominican Republic. The project is educating school children, residents, and local communities about the plight of this species in order to raise awareness. The project includes training of local guides to facilitate bird-watching excursions, creating jobs and economic opportunities. "Bird tourism has a tremendous potential for species protection and job creation." Jake Kheel
We are reintroducing three to ten hawks a year into a total population of 300 remaining birds. By expanding their distribution, we protect the precious few remaining hawks from extinction and improve their chances of survival.
This project will create a breeding population within five years of one of the world's most endangered species, within a resort community where the animals will be well-protected and will provide opportunities for public education and new jobs.
The Ridgway's Hawk, a species symbolic of all Dominican biodiversity, will only survive through the active and concerted efforts of concerned individuals. - Russell Thorstrom, Director of West Indies projects, Peregrine Fund
Total Funding Received to Date: $72,722
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $22,278
Total Funding Goal: $95,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).