Animals
 Mexico
Project #10660

Save the Golden Eagle, Mexico's National Symbol

by Fondo Mexicano para la Conservacion de la Naturale
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Summary

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.
$35,000
total goal
$32,650
remaining
36
donors
0
monthly donors
4
years active

Challenge

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.

Solution

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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

Resources

http:/​/​fmcn.org/​
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Organization Information

Fondo Mexicano para la Conservacion de la Naturale

Location: Mexico D.F., Distrito Federal - Mexico
Website: http:/​/​www.fmcn.org
Project Leader:
Vanessa Valdez
Special and Innovation Project Coordinator
Mexico City, Mexico
$2,350 raised of $35,000 goal
 
50 donations
$32,650 to go
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