Hi, golden eagle friends!
It’s nesting season for our eagles, and we’ve been busy monitoring the nests. We found three nests in northern Zacatecas with eaglets—nearly ready to fly. One of the nests had two eaglets, which is rare; it means that there’s plenty of food for both of them.
On one recent monitoring trip, we met Nayelli and her grandfather, José. José earns extra money by taking us and others up into the mountains to see eagles, and he protects them, too. He doesn’t show people where the nests are until he’s sure of their intentions. Nayelli is 11, and her grandpa takes her on all of his expeditions so she can learn the trade. She sees that conservation offers more possibilities to make a living than the other job options in her community (like selling firewood). This is an example of the story we want to tell about golden eagle restoration: to save the golden eagle, we need to save whole ecosystems, and this will have an important positive spillover for the people who live in the eagle’s habitat.
Another piece of exciting news: we’re going to install two cameras in golden eagle nests that will send us a live stream of the eagles as they lay eggs and raise their chicks. So, for the next nesting season, expect to hear from us about where you can watch the eagle nest!
We need your help to keep up our conservation work and create more stories like Nayelli’s; please, if you’re able, make a donation today.
Thanks again for your support, and we’ll be in touch soon.
Dear Golden Eagle friends,
In the past three months we´ve had great accomplishments in our efforts to promote the conservation of our golden eagle population. These efforts were mainly focused on the necessary steps to establish the Semiarid Desert Protected Area in the state of Zacatecas, an area crucial for conservation since in its proposed 2.5 hectares resides the largest population of Golden eagles in Mexico
We are happy to share with you that in collaboration with federal and state authorities we have generated and implemented a communication strategy to establish the Semiarid Desert Protected Area in the state of Zacatecas. During these months we have also promoted with local delegates the importance of this Project, along with multiple workshops to incorporate the views of the local communities within the proposed protected area polygon, as well as the mining companies the operate in the region.
As part of the communication component, the Project has helped generate communication materials, including but not limited to radio spots, fact sheets, information booths in local fairs and religious events, to mention some. These have been crucial to inform the general public about the nature of the protected area decree, as well as the main implications of this proposal.
We thank everyone who has contributed to make this conservation project possible through Global Giving donations and hope to continue these important efforts. Thank you for your efforts and generosity towards this project.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Happy 2015! We are very excited to continue our work with our Golden Eagle project, and eager to share our latest results with you. The year 2014 brought exciting new developments in the conservation of our national symbol, especially the notice of decree for a new protected area in the conservation zones our project entails. This new protection will extend to numerous species, but will benefit golden eagles in a significant way for many of the activities that threaten their survival will be banned or limited (for example, mining and illegal hunting). Last year we also had our yearly expert committee meeting, where the progress of this endeavor was discussed and refined. To date, we´ve accomplished an increase in the number of wild pairs of golden eagle identified in the field (going from 71 to 101). Also, we strengthened our collaboration with other institutions, especially in the USA, where telemetry and satellite imaging were incorporated as part of the species monitoring protocol.
Finally, we concluded the reintroduction of two colonies of prairie dog to areas where it was now locally extinct. This is a key species for the golden eagle´s diet, so the project has had the additional benefits of reintroducing and strengthening more than one endangered species, as well as restoring and protecting fragile and species rich grasslands. These are also highly endangered due to agricultural and mining practices, as well as increased urban areas.
We want to thank everyone who has contributed to make this conservation project possible through Global Giving donations. We hope to continue these important conservation efforts throughout 2015, and thank you for your efforts and generosity towards a project that dreams of a Mexico full of soaring eagles.
All the best,
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.
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.
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