Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR

by Fundacion Grupo Puntacana
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR
Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR

Project Report | Mar 24, 2016
March Report, 2016

By Thomas Hayes | Ridgway's Hawk Project Coordinator

Original pair from 2013 still going strong
Original pair from 2013 still going strong

Hold on to your hats folks!! The Ridgway’s Hawk is coming back in a big way in Punta Cana. As we suspected 2016 is going to be and already has been a land mark year for the Ridgway’s Hawk Project.

We are working double time trying to get everything accomplished during this very busy time of year. Thanks to a new pair of hawks deciding to call the release site their home, we have had to make plans to move the release site in 2016. Male Black 2/5 and Female Black 3/8 have been making a nest right on the platform at the release site. We thought they may move off and find a more suitable nest site, but it appears they are bound and determined to stay put. Hopefully this young pair will be successful at nesting in 2016.

We are currently monitoring 11 pairs of Ridgway’s Hawks in Punta Cana. On top of that, 6 pairs are currently incubating eggs. This is truly an amazing sign that these hawks are adapting well and that we are on our way to creating a new, self-sustaining population of Ridgway’s Hawks in the Puntacana area.

As usual for this time of year we are very busy monitoring the wild population of hawks in Los Haitises National Park. This year we are monitoring more than 100 pairs which are more than ever. One of our main objectives is to increase the production in these wild pairs. With this effort, we are able to increase production enough that we can remove nestlings for releases and at the same time, increase the production of fledglings in the wild population in LHNP. This is a win win for the Ridgway’s, especially since we have hired 15 local Dominican field technicians to help us accomplish this task. This has been a great way to help the local communities see the Ridgway’s as a valuable resource.

In about a month we will begin to bring the nestlings to Puntacana for release.  Our goal for 2016 is to release 25 healthy hawks into the area. Hopefully the nesting pairs in Punta Cana will be successful in raising some young hawks as well.

That’s it for now, time to get back to work. As always, a big thanks to all of you who help support this very important work!!!

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Fundacion Grupo Puntacana

Location: Santo Domingo, no applicable - Dominican Republic
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Project Leader:
Jacob Kheel
Vice President
Santo Domingo , N/A Dominican Republic
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