Dear Golden Eagle friends,
We are very glad to share with you the results of the past months. In August our second year of activities officially began, allowing us to continue the golden eagle population monitoring activities, as well as of those of key habitat grasslands and prey species (such as the prairie dog and rabbits). Also, our project colleagues continue the monitoring of eagle nests throughout the country, reporting on the progress of each one.
The project continues to work with the promotion for the establishment of a federal protected area in northern Zacatecas to secure vast habitat for wild golden eagle populations. This area will have a new colony of the previously and locally extinct prairie dog, as well as multiple excellent nesting sites for new breeding eagles.
Again, we want to thank everyone who has contributed to make this conservation project possible through Global Giving donations. Thanks to your efforts and generosity we can continue working towards a Mexico full of soaring eagles. 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
Contact: Vanessa Valdez (email@example.com)
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.
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.
These past four months we have been collaborating with our field allies to continue the monitoring activities of key habitat grasslands as well as the nests of our Golden Eagle population. Through the efforts of Espacios Naturales y Desarrollo Sustentable (ENDESU), grassland restoration activities have been undertaken in the states of Coahuila and Zacatecas in northern Mexico. These activities have included identification and restoration of watering holes for local fauna, as well as capacity building workshops to sensitize local communities to the threats and key management strategies for the Golden Eagle population.
With regards to the nest monitoring, daily observations have been conducted in the five priority regions for the Golden Eagle population in Mexico. These daily monitoring activities have included sightings of other key species, including hares, coyotes, rabbits, prairie dog and other key bird species.
Finally, during the last week of March, the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature hosted the second meeting of the Golden Eagle experts. During this event two main points were discussed: 1) the idea to formalize this group to be The Golden Eagle Advisory Committee in Mexico, and 2) to review the project´s outcomes after its first year in operation to determine best next steps. Some of the key agreements of this meeting were to review and refresh the concept document for the project, and to identify additional resources for communication activities. The next meeting is proposed to take place in June, 2014.
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 magnificent animals can find a healthy and safe environment in which to thrive. We hope you continue being part of it.
Accomplishments of Save the Golden Eagle Project until January, 2014
This year has begun with very opportunities for the Golden Eagle conservation in Mexico. First of all, the project “Save the Golden Eagle, Mexico's National Symbol ” has been steadily monitoring key habitat for food supplies in the northern side of the country. Thanks to the efforts of a nationally recognized NGO, Espacios Naturales y Desarrollo Sustentable (ENDESU), prairie dog populations, as well as the grasslands they depend upon, have been restored and monitored successfully. Additionally, Golden Eagle nests have been monitored throughout the past months by the project´s field experts, showing that several eagle pairs have successfully reproduced.
In five weeks, the second meeting of the Golden Eagle experts will take place in Mexico City. During this event the two main objectives are: 1) to formalize this group to be The Golden Eagle Advisory Committee in Mexico, and 2) to review the project´s outcomes after its first year in operation to determine best next steps.
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