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A new generation of Eco-Guides in Colombia

With the attendance of 9 rangers and the participation of Juan Carlos Luna and Miles McMullan as instructors, the third version of this activity was held which discussed topics such as: importance of birds, identification of different families and species in the field, capabilities and skills of a guide, group management and use and maintenance of equipment for observation.

Also, the instructors taught our rangers on how to lead people, how to display birds in a  simple way, list of reserve birds, management of large groups and management of the equipment needed to guide (MP3, speakers, laser, binoculars, bird songs and the field guide).

Similarly, there were other exercises to attract tourists among which included the installation of drinkers for hummingbirds, troughs for fruit feeders and the knowledge of other fauna and flora found in the reserves was emphasized.

During the 9 days of the course also the list of birds observed by the participants was shared, there were several English practice sessions (names of birds in English, body parts and colors of birds) and to describe the specific spot where a bird is located.

Finally an introduction about the geographical location of each reserve in the country was given, thermal floors and the living area, generalities of the reserves, residents of areas surrounding the reserves and the economy of the towns where protected areas are located.

At the end of the Ecoguide training course our rangers were very satisfied with what they learned and expressed interest in participating in more training and thus contribute to the conservation of the species of our country.

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