The Cerulean Warbler is suffering. There is great habitat loss both in its breeding range as well as the wintering grounds. In fact so little is know about its whereabouts and threats on the wintering grounds, that the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nature Conservancy have started to fund expeditions into the foothill areas throughout the Andean countries south to Bolivia. I am very pleased that Asociacion Incaspiza which I president now has be granted funding to conduct surveys in Central Peru.
We are looking for observations from in general and
Central Peru in particular. We would be very pleased if you could share such sightings with us. The best would be if you could insert the sighting on the www.birdingperu.com database. (http://www.birdingperu.com/masterperu/ )
We will use a quite novel approach in that we will invite the public to participate in the project and make this a way to popularize birdwatching in Peru. The studies will be conducted when Peruvian students have summer holidays (January-March). The project will also be open to foreign volunteers - if they want to particpate as students or leaders. The cost for for peruvians and resident expats will be around 30 dollars per day. We will charge foreign visitors double price for the course - in order to allow for a Peruvian with little means to go free.
The principle objectives of this project are:
Establish threat picture and population of wintering Dendroica cerulea in .
Popularize birdwatching in Peru through active school holidays for the students. This a grand opportunity for primary school and university students, tourism guides and the general public to learn the birds of the upper tropical and subtropical forests.
Get better knowledge about the avifauna in the central part of Peru to be able to promote birdwatching in these areas. Afterall, it is the closest rain-forest to Lima and as such it should have a good chance of attracting both national as well as foreigh tourists.
Specifically for this project develop the online bird data base on www.birdingperu.com so that more people insert their sightings in the data-base.
Promote INCASPIZA as a conservation organization that involves and activates the public to be participate in the conservation work. The principle of INCASPIZA is to be open for anyone to participate with the general cause of the organization to protect threatened birds in Peru and to generally promote birdiwatching.
The courses will be held for the following groups at the following geographical areas. Each block will last for 10 days.
- Cerro de Sira January 10-19 for people that already knows about birds. During this course the people that will act as leaders during the following courses will be trained.
- Serrania San Mateo (between Villa Rica and Puerto Bermudas) and Paujil (lowland rainforest in Yanachaga-Chemillen National Park) open to the general public, already graduated biologists and tourist guides. January 24–February 2.
- Villa Rica. Open for all interested. February 7-16.
- Oxapampa and Pozuso. Open for all interested. February 22 – March 3.
- Pampa Hermosa. Open for all interested. March 6-15.
Please feel free of contacting me firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to participate in this project in any way.