Save an endangered southwest willow flycatcher

by Paso Pacifico
Save an endangered southwest willow flycatcher
Save an endangered southwest willow flycatcher
Save an endangered southwest willow flycatcher
Save an endangered southwest willow flycatcher
Save an endangered southwest willow flycatcher
Save an endangered southwest willow flycatcher
Save an endangered southwest willow flycatcher
Save an endangered southwest willow flycatcher
Save an endangered southwest willow flycatcher
Save an endangered southwest willow flycatcher

Dear Donors,

Since our last update, things have been somewhat quiet because the little willow flycatchers flew north to spend their breeding season in North America. Yet, your ongoing support has sustained the program and is helping us prepare for the willow flycatcher season next month, thank you. Here are a couple of things we would like to share:
  • We used the last few months to review data from the 2020-2021 wintering season and shared it with collaborators at the Southern Sierra Research Station. Upon review, one bird stood out to us because it had been banded in 2017 as a second year bird. It is at least 4 years old! We are so grateful to you for supporting our partnership with the landowner where this flycatcher visited this past winter. 
  • Our project collaborators at the Southern Sierra Research Station and the Guanacaste Conservation Area were featured in this beautiful documentary that explains how the bird genoscape project is connecting the geography dots for the willow flycatcher. The film is currently on tour at film festivals around the country. You help us to collect feathers from willow flycatchers that go to this mapping project, thank you.

We usually begin to see them at our monitoring sites in November, so this week we are preparing to participate in the Global Big Day volunteer birding event, and we are preparing our team to monitor the three sites in western Nicaragua. This year will be especially good because we are to work closely with the landowner at the northern site. We are so grateful to your support that has made this valuable research and protection efforts possible. 

 

Sincerely,
Sarah

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Farmer protecting WIFL
Farmer protecting WIFL

Thank you for helping to protect habitat for willow flycatchers that are wintering in Central America. Your support made it possible for us to maintain our long-term southwest willow flycatcher monitoring at three sites in western Nicaragua. More importantly, we have been able to engage with farmers to encourage them to protect habitat until mid to late May when the migrants have left.

Here are some exciting project updates:

One major landowner with a sizeable willow flycather population in northwestern Nicaragua has agreed to protect the habitat and to work with neighbors to do the same. As an incentive and at the farmers request, we made a large outdoor banner for his farm that recognizes his property as a conservation area for flycathers.

Our birding team participated in the Global Big Day event and documented the presence of flycatchers on May 8th, highlighting the need to protect habitat into the month. Farmers traditional burn field from mid April to beginning of May. With your support we will work to reach additional farmers with the message to delay burning. 

You are helping science! After delays due to Covid, the feathers collected in February 2020 in El Salvador are nearly ready for export to the U.S. for DNA analysis with the Bird Genome Project. This genome project is the one that has linked wintering willow-flycatchers with endangered birds from breeding areas in the southwestern United States.

Thanks again for your generous support. We hope that the birds arrived safely to their nesting grounds in the southwestern United States, and with your help, we look forwarding to protecting their habitat during the next wintering season. 

Willow flycatcher on Nicaragua Global Big Day May
Willow flycatcher on Nicaragua Global Big Day May
Willow flycatcher banded 2017, detected April 2021
Willow flycatcher banded 2017, detected April 2021
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