Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education

by Fundacion Montecito
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Save Endangered Apolinar's Wren w/ Art & Education
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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
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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GSTC course, poster1
GSTC course, poster1

Dear Donors and Supporters,

Weeks ago we received a call from a representative of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) in Colombia, mentioning the start of a training course in Sustainable Tourism for the Spanisk-speaking community, and their will to direct some kind of support an education process in a rural area, hopefuly linked to conservation and nature - and this had a clear name for us: Our project SueTy, the one from which I am reporting now, that same one in which you our donors and supporters have generously linked in one way or another.

One thing led to the other, and soon after we were able to agree on a link from that Sustainable Tourism course to Lake Tota and education, as follows:

  1. Lake Tota will be the real case of study in their course, and this week we already had our first session as guests to participate in it as facilitators for data provision and as a feedback presence for their student enquiries, among the course agenda. The 30 students come from 12 diferent countries, and have a variety of professional backgrounds.

  2. As mentioned above, our project SueTy will receive some support from their team -to be discussed in the following weeks-, so far we have considered to enrich the project by adapting a format not previously considered (but a good tool to adapt education incentives under our current pandemic dificulties -still with a high impact on our rural areas-), and this is to create a podcast channel for the school, with children being always the primary guests, to discuss topics related to their education, their region, their rural life, and of course related to conservation of our little bird-friend, the Apolinar's Wren.

If you are interested to learn more about the mentioned course, please visit the links provided here.

Thank you once more to you all, for your previous support to our project. To have it alive and running was key to make that story told above, possible.

Kind regards,

Felipe Velasco
Fundación Montecito

PS.- As you already know, spreading the word of our project is an important support to move it forward, please consider sharing its link (shared below) among your friends, contacts and networks, thank you!

GSTC course, poster2
GSTC course, poster2

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Workshop memory img1
Workshop memory img1

Dear donors and supporters of project SueTy,

Despite to all the known limitations explained in previous reports and due to the effects of this pandemic era in our project rural area, distance workshops are moving on, to try reaching our main goal of empowering children to conserve Apolinar's Wren.

Not having internet fluent access and having restrictions for personal meetings, we have only the small window to add our workshops along the also-restricted methodology that Guáquira's teacher has to deliver education in ocassional visits to the school. Please find some memory images attached.

Thank you all for having supported us along this challenge, and somewhat during first months of this coming year we hope of being able to complete our project purpose.

May you all have a wonderful Christmas in health with your beloved ones, and a New Year 2021 plenty of positive moments.

With gratefulness,
Felipe Velasco & Fundación Montecito 

Workshop memory img2
Workshop memory img2
Workshop memory img3
Workshop memory img3

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Dear donors and supporters,

On the one hand we want to share that, as it has been explained before, connectivity in our rural area for the SueTy project is scarce and, on top of that, limitations for a personal meeting with students is not being allowed by educational authorities... which means it is quite a struggle to move forward with our desired plans.

Nevertheless, our first booklet is ready for distribution to all the students of the Guaquira school, and they will be delivered in a few days from now in coordination with their teacher, Ms. M.Castro (video). Here is a copy-image of its content, as it will be received by each child (images attached below).

Soon after and once we get their homework back, we will deliver new booklets and tasks, aiming to gather enough feedback from them to prepare transmedia pieces using their sources by the end of this year, with which we will try to fulfill our project's objective, in the best possible manner provided the difficult circumstances.

On the other hand, we are feeling hopeful and greatful with project SueTy and with you all our supporters, since it has served us for inspiration to materialise a complementary initiative aimed to support children and youth for wetland conservation in rural areas of our region. It´s also partially motivated by the difficulties faced along this pandemic times, and we believe it represents a good answer to contribute on enriching alternatives for our rural children to continue pursuing capacities on nature conservation.

This is the Múcura Award for Wetland Conservation, which was just approved inside GlobalGiving for fundraising, please dive into it and consider sharing to your contacts or networks, aiming for support to prepare ourselves for next Mucura´s call for applications!—I truly hope you will like it: http://goto.gg/49365

And thank you once again, for being our project's supportive partners.

Warm regards,

Felipe Velasco + Fundación Montecito

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Location: Sogamoso, Boyacá - Colombia
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