Tropic Journeys in Nature - Ecuador

Tropic Journeys in Nature - Ecuador
Ecuador Ecotours

Friday, December 2, 2011

Huaorani Bird Survey

A note from our friends at Life Net. Dear Friend of Nature Conservation, Happy Holidays! Tony and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a great 2012. We wish you good health, good gardens, good love, good friendships, good food, and good adventures. I leave for Ecuador tomorrow to work with the villagers of Loma Alta, Ecuador who continue to protect a beautiful 8000-acre tropical forest for their own good (water). Many unique species are alive because of the wise choice they made. I am heartened that rural farmers who live on about $1500 per year banned together to protect a forest instead of letting a few selfish people cut the forest down. Life Net continues to host volunteers at Loma Alta to monitor the birds there (~ 300 species), including endangered species (about 20 different bird species) like the Esmeraldas Woodstar (hummingbird). It is wonderful to have shared the project with so many Ecuadorians and people from all over the world over the years! Tony is still involved with advocacy for coral reef around Maui and is also working to establish habitat corridors for endangered wildlife in the Southwest, organizing a "task force" to that end. The Huaorani tribe of the Amazon invited Life Net to help them develop a bird list for an ecotourism project, so we have a project there this coming summer 2012. A Maasai tribe in Kenya has invited us to develop a "walking safari" to help with youth employment and wildlife conservation and we are doing that this coming February. We are also partnering with Mashpi Reserve in Ecuador to monitor birds and develop a bird list for ecotourism and doing that summer 2012. for more details on the Huaorani project please check the following link: www.huaorani.com All projects need volunteers to help do the conservation work and to help fund them. Otherwise, we miss Maui, but are now enjoying the Sulphur Springs Valley of southeastern AZ, learning to grow food in the desert, composting, caring for a few ponds, turtles, frogs, and cacti. I am hoping to get more involved in studies of local birds, and participate in some of the birding festivals in the area famed as "hawk alley" and land of southwestern specialties. For example, I will be guiding a day trip for Wings Over Willcox (January 11-15, 2012), a fun birding festival featuring the great winter population of Sandhill Cranes. We hope you enjoy the attached Life Net newsletter and list of conservation projects for which Life Net is hosting volunteers. If you feel like making a resolution to save some of Earth's wildlife please join a Life Net project or support our work with a tax deductible donation to Life Net (address below). Please also, kindly share our project list with other friends who might like to help. Have a great 2012! Good Cheer! Dusti & Tony Dr. Dusti Becker & Dr. Tony Povilitis LIFE NET Nature

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