Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education

by Fundacion Montecito
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Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education

Dear donors and supporters of project SueTy (bird conservation of Apolinar's Wren),

Today, we are happily sharing with you that Guaquira's school, the rural institution that links the most with our bird conservation project "SueTy", has sent out a proposal within their Regional Secretary of Educacion in Boyacá, looking forward to getting an official support to their efforts in education.

What proposal is it about? Yes, it is right the one you are thinking! They have produced a summary report of the work we both have articulated since 2019 (the rural school of Guaquira and our non-profit Fundación Montecito), in regards to our alliance to spread out environmental education to children, to protect, conserve and save the Cistothorus apolinari, from their habitat at Lake Tota.

A copy of it can be found here (in Spanish), it was prepared by Ms. M.Castro, the Guaquira's School Head Teacher, a fantastic educator in charge of that education responsibility for the 16 rural kids at that primary school.

To explore what we have created in the website dedicated to this project SueTy, please visit: suety.abctota.org/

Warm regards,

Felipe Velasco
Fundación Montecito

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Dear donors & supporters,

Time for good news! From a civil sociaty initiative in the town of Aquitania, one of the three municipalities sharing Lake Tota's shore, local authorities have chosen Cistothorus apolinari as their emblematic bird. This meassure has a potential to increase awareness among locals, and bring more initiatives to its conservation.

A week ago, there was a cellebration for that, in which community actions to protect this species were highlighted, and that included ours. We were somewhere else doing fieldwork those days and were not able to attend that cellebration, but we were told a recognition for our work was part of the event: Montecito's work was recognized, among others, for their contribution to this species conservation, from Aquitania Mayor's Office - J.Zuluaga (biologist in support to that initiative), tolds us afterwards.

Therefore, it's time to cellebrate, and keep up the work we do towards saving Apolinar's Wren from falling more in its critical conservation condition.

This was the environmental authority's statement, in regards to that "emblematic" news:

  • The objective is to add conservation actions for the protection of this endemic species for Colombia and that is in critical danger of extinction. The Cucarachero lives in the wetlands of the Cundiboyacense plateau, and its largest population is in Lake Tota; the subspecies (C. apolinari) is exclusively associated with reeds, white grass and other coastal plants of wetlands, lagoons and lakes.
  • "With this declaration as a flagship bird, another step is taken in favor of the conservation of Lake Tota, it is a significant achievement for our species in critical danger of extinction," said biologist Johana Zuluaga Bonilla.
  • Main threats of the Apolinar's Wren: The destruction of its habitat, the low number of its population and the geographical distribution of the species restricted to the Cundiboyacense plateau, make this Wren a species sensitive to extinction. They live in very small strips associated with bodies of water, if these strips are destroyed the Wren disappears, so it is everyone's job to protect their home.
  • It is time to agree to peace with nature and applaud these initiatives for conservation.

Thank you for your continuous support.

Warm regards,

Felipe Velasco
Fundación Montecito

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SueTy website (new)
SueTy website (new)

Dear donors and supporters,

Project SueTy (whisper of a bird), as we call this initiative to help on Apolinar's Wren conservation by providing support to rural education with art and meaningful activities related to this species and its context, has made a closure of a stage, and now more stages are coming.

Our first purpose to provide art & education support to the children of Guáquira's School next to Lake Tota, was happily fullfilled, despite all the challenges brought by the well known pandemic.

We prepared a video for you, to provide an insight to the process, as it is to date - you can watch it here (it's only 2 min, with English subtitles): https://youtu.be/dULArvb2Z6o

Now, as it is explained in that video, we are aiming to upscale our activities into other schools of Lake Tota's area, in which that bird represents a clear opportunity for children and the whole community to be better aware of, hoping for them to increase the guardian's base, as it has been already started with our first school.

We have also developed a website to provide in there with some tools and resources for children to get closer to this bird species - you may wish to check it out, here: https://suety.abctota.org/

Thank you all once more, for your continuous support, and we will keep you informed in regards to the progress with SueTy.

Happy and healthy 2022 to all!

Felipe Velasco
Director, Fundación Montecito

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Meeting with children again
Meeting with children again

Dear donors & supporters of project SueTy,

As announced in one prior report, we have started contacting our rural school in person, again, and look forward to having activities with children as re-planned, in an aim to complete our set initial objective for this project.

Happily we hope not to have new interferences for this new effort. Please enjoy a few memory pics of our last meeting with the kids at Guaquira school in Tota, for this purpose.

Our priority now is to build-up a script in collaboration with this school, to create the story and produce a video aiming to raise awareness for Apolinar's Wren conservation at Lake Tota, from our rural children's voice.

Greetings to all,
Felipe Velasco

A rural kid at Tota, attending our last meeting
A rural kid at Tota, attending our last meeting
Explaining the new plan to children at school
Explaining the new plan to children at school
Kids attending our recent talk at Guaquira
Kids attending our recent talk at Guaquira

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Apolinar's Wren activity, next to Lake Tota
Apolinar's Wren activity, next to Lake Tota

Dear donors and supporters,

From this September and lasting some months, we are having a new impulse on our project SueTy or "Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education": Two volunteers are coming to give us a hand in preparing a last phase of our project, aiming to work on producing the videography component, with the children of Guáquira School.

In previous weeks we have been working with them at discussing logistics and ways to carry on with our planned project, despite all the pandemic obstacles. And we have agreed on a plan to follow, waiting only for them to travel and meet up with us this coming month.

Meanwhile, we had a new monitoring of our beloved Cistothorus apolinari species (Apolinar's Wren) around Lake Tota, and happily we can report we found a few individuals in a good shape and... for the very first time we were able to find a nest of this bird, something particularly rare considering its peculiar habitat and endangered conservation status. A short post about all this was published here.

New monitoring rounds will come by the end of this year, and we will keep uploading its correspondent checklists on eBird and gathering them in the species' website we designed for it - here: https://a1.abctota.org/home

Kind regards,

Felipe Velasco
Fundación Montecito

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