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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golden eagle
golden eagle

Hello Friends of the Golden Eagle!

 We have great news to report including the successful reintroduction of a prairie dog colony in the golden eagles´ habitat, educational workshops in rural communities and the rehabilitation of an injured juvenile.

First of all, 37 prairie dogs where reintroduced to Concepción Del Oro, Zacatecas at the end of 2016 with help of our partners. The reintroduction has been successful so far as the prairie dogs have adapted well to their new home. Prairie dogs are not only native prey species to the golden eagle and other raptors but most importantly, this species benefits the health of grasslands by allowing water infiltration into the groundwater and soil oxygenation which is essential for the health of the ecosystem.

Moreover, an educational workshop was held in Valle de Los Cirios, Baja California with more than 22 landowners who were trained in spotting nesting sites and in monitoring golden eagle movements. Also, three educational workshops for 44 children and teenagers were held in the state of Zacatecas to communicate the importance of preserving and rehabilitating grasslands.

Finally and most exciting, we started a small fund for rehabilitation of injured wild golden eagles. We did this because it is roughly estimated that between 15 to 20 individuals are injured per year by human-induced activities, an alarming number considering that there are only 120 pairs of golden eagles in the wild in Mexico. Just last December an intoxicated female was found in San Luis Potosi and thanks to the donations that covered its treatment, it will be soon reintroduced to its habitat. 

We need your support to help us rehabilitate more golden eagles and return them to their home!

 

Thank you again for your support,

prairie dog
prairie dog
educational workshop
educational workshop
rehabilitation of injured golden eagles
rehabilitation of injured golden eagles

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Hello Friends of the Golden Eagle!

 

We are excited to share with you that our video “Ambassador of Nature” won first place at the National Exhibition of Scientific Images in Mexico Award and is currently visiting Mexican states before going to Spain! Ambassador of Nature is an informative capsule that summarizes the growing process and behavior of golden eagles in a few minutes. You can watch it here:

 

 

Ambassador of Nature

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxp335hyNmU&feature=youtu.be

 

 

The second exciting news is that last June stated our fourth continuous year of implementing field conservation actions with support of local partners. This year, the project will have presence in three states where the golden eagle inhabits: Zacatecas, Coahuila and Baja California.

 

This upcoming year, we will be reinforcing previous habitat restoration activities, designing a new conservation model based on where the species hunt and nests, reintroducing native prey species and holding educational workshops with community schools and land-owners about the importance of protecting the species and its habitat.  Finally, we will be launching a second awareness campaign by installing our 24/7 monitoring camera on another golden eagle nest.

Thank you again for your support!

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Teo at 3 weeks of age
Teo at 3 weeks of age

Hello Friends of the Golden Eagle!

Since late April we have been monitoring 24/7 the growing process of a wild golden eagle chick named Teo! For the first time in Mexico, people can follow the daily activity of a family of golden eagles in short videos. 

We are expecting Teo to leave the nest in the next couple of weeks so make sure you don´t miss the moment of it´s first flight. You can follow Teo´s growth in our social media:

Here a Time Lapse of Teo´s growth so far:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fyrianqmag9a61k/AAAZ-t3FrGXVMrUhAWRbekNBa?dl=0

As you can see on the videos, food availability like the Mexican prairie dog, is important for the survival of the golden eagle in it´s habitat. Also, the presence of prairie dog colonies allows water infiltration into the groundwater and soil oxygenation which is essential for the health of the ecosystem.

In the state of Zacatecas, the Mexican prairie dog disappeared in the seventies but the populations are being restored thanks to the efforts of several organizations. Your support will allow us to reintroduce a third prairie dog colony between 100 and 150 individuals where it has disappeared due to human activities.

Thank you again for your support!

 

Mexican prairie dog
Mexican prairie dog

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Hello Friends of the Golden Eagle!

We are happy to inform you that by next week we will have our new camera ready to be installed in a nest of a golden eagle’s couple. By filming the nest activity 24/7 we’ll be able to understand better the everyday behavior of the species and also to share with the audience the most awesome moments of the chicks’ growth!

This year we’ll keep supporting Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Areas (Conanp) to declare a new Natural Protected Area in the state of Zacatecas where many golden eagle’s live and nest. We will also continue supporting our NGO partner Espacios Naturales y Desarrollo Sustentable A.C., (ENDESU)  to rehabilitate the golden eagles’ habitat, including prey populations such as prairie dogs and wild turkeys.

                                                            
Remember our five video clips displayed in movie theaters to raise awareness about the importance and vulnerability of our living national symbol? Now, Aeromexico Airline Company is helping us to reach all the Mexicans and the international community by sharing these video clips in social networks and in their flights! Don’t miss these amazing clips, you can watch them in the following link: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilpUNAhH2sM&index=1&list=PLapaaDSQCJgMHVck5mBf88V1tepqBBbMQ

Thank you again for your support!

 

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Luis Felipe Lozano
Luis Felipe Lozano

Hello Friends of the Golden Eagle!

We are happy to share with you that our team of experts is currently looking for the perfect golden eagle nests to install our camera that will send a live stream of the eagles as they raise their chicks. You will have more news about where to watch the eagle nest in the next report!

Since habitat loss is the biggest threat to the golden eagle in Mexico, we are supporting Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Areas to declare a new Natural Protected Area in the state of Zacatecas where many golden eagle pairs live and nest. Habitat loss also means the loss of food sources. So, along with our NGO partner Espacios Naturales y Desarrollo Sustentable A.C., (ENDESU) we have been helping to reintroduce native prairie dogs into the wild. In one year the population of prairie dogs has already increased from 294 to 1900 individuals in this area! Because water is also a priority for the survival of golden eagles, we have built water troughs in priority regions which are already functioning to support golden eagles and other wildlife populations.

Finally, our most exciting news to share! With support from Banamex and Cinépolis we have created five video clips to display in movie theaters in order to help us raise awareness about the importance and vulnerability of our living national symbol. The clips are intended to reach all of the Mexican community and invite everyone to join the cause to help us recover golden eagle populations. Don’t miss these amazing clips, you can watch them here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilpUNAhH2sM&index=1&list=PLapaaDSQCJgMHVck5mBf88V1tepqBBbMQ

Thank you again for your support, and we’ll be in touch soon.

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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
$2,620 raised of $35,000 goal
 
61 donations
$32,380 to go
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