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
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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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
Update on Saving Mexico´s Golden Eagle
The Horologium, S. A de C. V, (Mexico´s Breilting Distributor) and FMCN alliance that we reported to you in our previous update was a complete success. The 250 limited edition Breitling watches were sold by May 2013 and we were able to raise $US 200,000 for our Golden Eagle project.
Recently we concrete a new phase of our collaborative campaign with City Express Hotels, where $1.00 Mexican peso will be donated by their guests for each day of stay, City Express wil match with an addition peso and MFCN will add another one.
The conservation of habitat and monitoring activities are already running specifically in 5 priority regions that have a significant presence of Golden Eagles: Baja California, Janos (the northern border between Sonora and Chihuahua), Maderas del Carmen (the northern border between Chihuahua and Coahuila), Northeast Center (Zacatecas, Coahuila, Nuevo León and San Luis Potosí) and the Central Zone (Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosí, Jalisco and Guanajuato) (see attached map) while we continue our fund raising efforts. We are in the process of building an alliance with Discovery Channel and Mundo Animal (Animal World) ro produce a Golden Eagle documentary that will be shown during prime time of the Natural History Channel and Animal Planet.
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We wish you all a great 2013!
The launch of the limited edition of the watch Breitling Avenger Blacksteel Chrono “Águila Real Mexicana” has represented a milestone for the fundraising goals of the project “Recovery of Golden Eagle populations and their habitat in Mexico" in its second phase. The alliance with Horologium, S.A. de C.V. (Breitling representative in Mexico) will allow us to raise more than $2,9 million Mexican Pesos by selling 250 watches. To date, we have raised close to $350,000 Mexican Pesos.
During the second phase of the project, we are aiming at mobilizing new funds from public and private sources to implement direct conservation actions. Thanks to the support of all our donors, currently, Conservación Humana, A.C. -partner of the project- is monitoring 10 areas, natural habitat of the Golden Eagle.
As we advance on the implementation of this campaign, we will keep you all informed.
Thanks to you all for your contributions and being part of this great cause!
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