Featured on the Mexican Coat of Arms, the Golden Eagle is the national symbol of Mexico. Known as Aguila Real, literally "Royal Eagle", it has been regarded as somewhat of a mythological creature that embodies the Mexican spirit and resilience. In reality, the Golden Eagle is suffering from the effects that habitat destruction, environmental degradation and hunting practices have reaped. Now an endangered species, FMCN is implementing a monitoring and conservation project to save it.
Habitat degradation is the greatest threat to the species, although there are other important ones, such as the illegal capture of chicks, poaching and the electrocution of young eagles (fledglings) on high voltage electric lines. Unfortunately, a lack of funding has been an obstacle to monitoring efforts to record the exact number of Golden Eagles in Mexico (estimated to be 180) and to significant scale conservation and communications efforts.
This project focuses on the research and documentation of the biology, natural history and population dynamic of our Golden Eagles in order to formulate effective actions for the conservation of the species, including management of its natural habitat. Once the monitoring phase is complete, the project aims to mobilize resources and coordinate concrete actions for the conservation of the habitat and the species with a long-term view and to develop habitat management programs in 5 priority zones.
The general objective of the project is to contribute to the recovery and conservation of wild Golden Eagle populations and their habitat within their historical distribution in Mexico, and to mitigate human impact on the populations of the species. This project begins with a vision of urgency since the presidential term is ending and we are attempting to ensure actions beyond it. It is important to stress that no project that aims to recover habitat and wildlife is short term.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).