Conserving the Ridgway's Hawk in Punta Cana, DR

by Fundación Grupo Puntacana
Vetted
Jan 24, 2011

Project Report 21/01/2011

Tracking the Hawk
Tracking the Hawk's Signal

The most recently reintroduced five Hawks are fast approaching their one year anniversary in their new home here in Punta Cana (and the original group is almost at their 2 year anniversary!) and all seem to be fully adjusted to their new surroundings. In mid-Novemeber an employee of the Hispaniola Ornithological Society came to evaluate the well being of each of the hawks, after just two short days of observation he was able to ascertain that all of the hawks were healthily adjusting to their new habitat and no intervention was needed for any of the individuals. 

Since that time, the reintroduction program has therefore been able to switch gears and focus more on community involvement in the program. Various members of the community now act in a volunteer capacity helping the staff of the Ecological Foundation locate and document the activities of the hawks. Students groups visiting the Ecological Foundation are also getting involved and volunteering their time to look for the hawks. The photos attached with this report show two employees of the Ecological Foundation out looking for one of the male Hawks, designated AX, which was resting a tree near a clearing.

At this time both the Hispaniola Ornithological Society and the PUNTACANA Ecological Foundation are preparing for the new nesting season and a new batch of chicks to reintroduce to the area.

Male Hawk AX
Male Hawk AX
Hawk AX
Hawk AX
Sighting the Hawk
Sighting the Hawk
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Organization Information

Fundación Grupo Puntacana

Location: Santo Domingo, no applicable - Dominican Republic
Website: http:/​/​puntacana.org/​
Project Leader:
Jacob Kheel
Environmental Director
Santo Domingo, N/A Dominican Republic
$74,166 raised of $95,000 goal
 
111 donations
$20,834 to go
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