Save the Golden Eagle, Mexico's National Symbol

 
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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

Apr 23, 2014

Accomplishments of Save the Golden Eagle Project until April, 2014

Flying juvenile
Flying juvenile

Dear Golden Eagle friends,

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.

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

Jan 31, 2014

Golden Eagle Jan 2014

Accomplishments of Save the Golden Eagle Project until January, 2014

Dear Golden Eagle friends,

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.

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.

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 (vanessa.valdez@fmcn.org)

Oct 31, 2013

Update Golden Eagle October 2013

Uniting Efforts

 

Established in 1994 to conserve Mexico’s biodiversity and natural resources through grant-making programs and strategic conservation leadership, Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, A.C. (FMCN) is Latin America’s largest independent national environmental fund and México´s largest conservation organization. FMCN is a non-profit that achieves this mission by channeling financial resources to on-the-ground conservation projects executed by local organizations who have detailed understanding of local conservation challenges. FMCN works closely with its partners to build capacities and consolidate effective civil society organizations. Through its collaboration with civil society, national and international government agencies, and the private sector, FMCN is a national and international environmental leader, leveraging opportunities, fostering exchange, and helping to define conservation priorities. During its 18 years of operation, FMCN has funded more than 1000 conservation projects throughout Mexico, investing more than 65 million dollars in the field. 

 The Golden Eagle Population and Habitat Recovery Project 

Since the origins of Mexican civilization the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos canadensis) has been considered a celestial symbol and the incarnation of sun and fire. For pre-Hispanic cultures it was a bird of the highest esteem and today it stands as a symbol of our nation at the center on our flag on the coat of arms. In its natural habitat, this raptor plays a fundamental role as a predator that helps maintain balanced populations of other species in arid and semiarid ecosystems found in the mountains and plains of Mexico and North America. Currently, it is estimated that there are fewer than 80 pairs of Golden Eagles left in Mexican territory. 

 This innovative project aims at contributing to the recovery and conservation of wild Golden Eagle populations and their habitat within their historical distribution in Mexico, and to mitigate human impact on the populations of the species.

 In 2009 the National Commission for Protected Areas (Conanp), together with Gaia Editores and FMCN, began and co-financed an educational and public exposure project on the Golden Eagle with additional funds from the business sector (Casa Cuervo).  The results of this first effort are the web page www.aguilarealmexico.org, the book Golden Eagle, Living Symbol of Mexico (Águila real, símbolo vivo de México) and the traveling exhibit bearing the same name.

A window of opportunity: NGOs, government and the private sector working together

FMCN is striving to unite actors from both public and private agencies to ensure long-term actions and to guarantee continuity of the initiative despite changes in the presidential administration. The project includes the participation of Espacios Naturales y Desarrollo Sustentable A.C., FMCN, Conanp, and the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (Conabio) and also integrates Mexican experts on the topic, players from the public sector, private sector, other civil society organizations, and international organizations such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

 This project is comprised of three strategic components:

1.   Monitoring of the Species

2.    Conservation Actions

3.    Communications and Raising Awareness

 

Today, the project is being successfully executed and will be able to share with you stellite images of the nest monitoring by January 2014.

Thanks to your effort and support we are viewing a better future for this emblematic bird of prey. In our next report we will show you our first results of implementation of the project regarding conservation and monitoring.

Save the Golden Eagle 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:
liliana.urbina@fmcn.org

vanessa.valdez@fmcn.org

 





 

 

 

 

 


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Vanessa Valdez

Special and Innovation Project Coordinator
Mexico City, Mexico

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