Created in 2003 to protect an important segment of the Magdalena Valley in central Colombia, El Paujíl Nature Reserve of ProAves provides essential protection to the Critically Endangered Blue-billed Curassow and many other rare species, including the Magdalena Spider Monkey, Magdalena Lowland Tapir, Spectacled Bear, and Jaguar. The ecosystems of the Magdalena Valley are incredibly diverse with astounding levels of endemism. Sadly, 98% of the region’s lowland rainforests already have been destroyed from cattle ranching and illicit coca plantations.
With support from Rainforest Trust, Fundación ProAves just completed the expansion of the reserve by 400 hectares, securing additional protection of this ecosystem for its vulnerable species.
Fortunately, the conservation efforts of ProAves and its forest guards at El Paujil Nature Reserve have permitted the recuperation of the population of the Blue-billed Curassow, which is considered one of the most endangered birds on the planet. As a result, today it is estimated that more than 1,000 mature individuals are thriving in the Magdalena Valley.
To raise awareness about the species, ProAves launched an educational outreach campaign in 2009 with local communities. Over 200 workshops were conducted, and the Blue-billed Curassow is now celebrated in an annual festival.
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Colombia’s bird checklist increases to 1,934 species, the greatest of any country, documented in volume 25 of Fundación ProAves’ scientific journal Conservación Colombiana. The journal also presents other articles, including new records for the country of Pileated Finch Coryphospingus
During the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, the ProAves of Colombia Foundation has made significant progress in their Conservation programs by linking 21 properties with a total of 1,382 hectares approximately owned and 02 plots of 165 hectares, belonging to third parties (neighbors) outside the
In the last months, ProAves has developed a new initiative to gender approach in two municipalities in the Departments of Antioquia and Meta; to train women in economic empowerment, under the strategy: Women Empowered By Conservation (MEC). As part of the work lines of Education and Conservation
Thanks to the efforts of ProAves, Thirteen (13) Reciprocal Agreements forWater (ARAs) have been signed this year, as a strategy of Payments for Environmental Services and Socioambiental Marketing showing the commitment of the community of Jardín towards the care of their water sources; making that
ProAves publishes volume Number 24 of the scientific journal Colombian Conservation October 27, 2016; a special edition dedicated to peace and the conservation of biodiversity in Colombia. It should be noted again that the list of birds of Colombia increased to 1,937 species. For this edition the
Fundación ProAves has published selected papers from the 24th volume of its scientific journal “Conservación Colombiana”. The annual Colombian checklist increased to 1,937 species. This edition includes a scientific paper about a new butterfly species for science is described
The Biological Education and Gender Empowerment Program applied to the Amazon Project is 6 years old and has had continuous activities with different actors in the villages of the municipalities of Mapiripán, San José del Guaviare and Inirida under the approach of two lines of work; biological
During the past year, ProAves Foundation has worked hard in implementing conservation corridors and environmental education strategies with communities to protect the wide biodiversity in the municipality of Timbiquí, Department of Cauca in Colombia. Within the framework of the above observations,
Communities, organizations and environmental institutions continue in joining efforts to end the threat to the Yellow-eared Parrot and Wax Palm at Easter, to strengthen the message of conservation of these species. “This sister (Mother Earth) cries out because of the damage that we cause
ProAves participated in the meeting of the Golden Wings Alliance at the invitation of American Bird Conservancy with the major objective of developing conservation strategies for the Golden Winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) in their non-breeding areas. The meeting took place from May 30 to
With the aim of strengthening the conservation work being done in the Cerulean Warbler Bird Reserve, located in one of the most biodiverse areas in the country, La Serranía de los Yariguíes, ProAves has promoted inter-institutional spaces for the purpose of defining partnerships to ensure the
In recent months we found 7 artificial nests occupied by two species of parrots, the Yellow-eared parrot (Ognorhynchus icterotis) and the Rusty-faced parrot (Hapalopsittaca amazonina) in two ProAves Reserves. During this time we made visual observations, documented their reproductive
In April 2009, a salting for rusty-faced parrots (Hapalopsittaca amazonina) was discovered in the ProAves Dusky Starfrontlet Bird Reserve, since knowing of the species we have monitored their particular behavior. The salting was discovered in April 2009 in the Dusky Starfrontlet Bird Reserve,
After several printed editions of the List of the Birds of Colombia in Conservación Colombiana Journal; ProAves publishes online the same list, reporting 1912 bird species for Colombia, maintaining our privileged first place as the most diverse country in the world in its avifauna. Download the
Pumas, spectacled bears, pavas, tapirs, deers and antpittas have been captured by the camera traps installed in the ProAves Andean Parrots Birds Reserve and El Mirador property of the town of Genova. Their presence shows the biological value of protected areas and encourages us to take action to
“Conservation Jewel” is World’s Second-Most Important Site for Threatened Birds and Amphibians Important habitat for a rare bird, Colombia’s endangered Santa Marta Parakeet, will now be protected following the purchase of a property by ProAves, a leading Colombian conservation organization
A year after the creation of the Chamicero de Perijá Bird Reserve in Colombia, a new bird species found there has been formally described. The Perija Tapaculo (Scytalopus perijanus) was discovered by a team of Colombia scientists, led by Jorge Avendaño and Alex Cortes, in the Reserve in 2014.
The meeting was held at El Dorado Bird Reserve between April 2nd – 9th, 2015 and was attended by nearly 50 people, including administrative staff, educators, rangers, area directors and guests. After an intense fight to protect the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, all the Fundación ProAves
The Reconcile with Nature campaign achieved once more that a celebration of great religious significance could be lived in harmony with God and nature. During the celebration of Palm Sunday, ProAves in its line of Environmental Education, celebrated the Campaign Reconcile with Nature in Bogotá and
A ten-year effort carried out by three conservation groups has led to the establishment of a critical six-mile-long by half-mile wide conservation corridor in Colombia that provides important winter habitat for the iconic Cerulean Warbler, a small but spectacular bird that has seen its population
Bulldozers open roads damaging the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Gaira River Basin (main tributary of the aqueduct of Santa Marta) and INSIDE El Dorado Bird Reserve, irreplaceable natural treasures of Colombia and the world. On March 30, 2015, more than 50 people from ProAves and the resident
An intense and prolonged dry season in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta combined with fires set by Kogi indigenous people for agricultural purposes has devastated its fragile high-elevation habitat (páramo), home to a suite of endemic plants and animals. Two conservationists Carlos Julio Rojas and
The Local System of Protected Areas in Jardín was created thanks to the initiative presented by ProAves and the Town Council of Jardín supported by the Universidad de Antioquia to the Government of Antioquia under the Community Initiatives Competition 2014. The creation of the Local System of
The Helmeted Curassow Bird Reserve and part of the Yellow-eared Parrot and the Orange – Breasted Falcon Reserve are now registered as Civil Society Reserves, 1378 acres are now part of the National System of Protected Areas SINAP. The newest and most important link is made in The Helmeted
During four days in December last year, were carried out counts of one of the most endangered parrot in Colombia, the Santa Marta Parakeet. It was conducted at two places in the Natural Bird Reserve El Dorado, places where the species is abundant and there is a healthy habitat for their
The jaguar, the Tanagers and the Fuertes parrot already have their own festival. In 2014 we first celebrated the Jaguar Festival in Mapiripan, Meta; the Tangaras Festival in El Carmen de Atrato, Choco and the Fuertes’s Parrot Festival in Cajamarca, Tolima; regions in which ProAves have
Colombia, Australia, China, Ecuador, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico and the United States. These countries have a third of the global diversity of birds, mammals and amphibians, which partly explains why most of the losses are so concentrated. However, other megadiverse countries like Brazil, India
Thanks to hundreds of researchers a new publication highlights the serious problems facing birds in Colombia – establishing a barometer for the state of the environment in this, the richest country for birds on earth. For the first time, “The State of the Birds of Colombia”
Since February 2014 nursery and reforestation activities have been developed in the Tangaras Bird Reserve, a nursery of 200m2 and an annual production of 15,000 seedlings of 12 different species, it is expected that 2014 will finish with 46 acres reforested. After almost a year since the
ProAves participates in the Anorí Municipal Environmental Bureau, a process led by Corantioquia, where different activities are socialized, debated and coordinated, in partnership with the community and in the Environment’s benefit. The Municipal Environmental Bureaus are an interaction
8 Threatened Parrots Festivals, Migratory Birds & the Jaguar join the community in activities that promote and make visible the ongoing efforts to protect endangered species in Colombia. About 5.000 people will show the world their commitment to save many species from extinction through the
ProAves is conducting a series of workshops in handmade shoes, sandals and candles, with the objective of providing economic alternatives for families in rural communities adjacent to some reservations. During the first workshop, held in April in the town of Roncesvalles, Tolima, buffer zone of the
During the last years major approaches have been achieved with the community in the areas of influence of the ProAves reserves located in the departments of Nariño and Cauca. Since their creation in the El Pangan (Nariño), Zamarrito del pinche (Cauca) and Rana Terribilis (Cauca) reserves, the
During several field trips to the El Pangan Bird Reserve and other locations in the western cordillera of Colombia researchers made an important discovery of a new plant species endemic to Colombia The discovery was published in the Phytotaxa Magazine by researchers Diana Gamba, Frank Almeda
To celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on October 9th, ProAves is organizing the 1st contest of photography and illustration for active members: “Migratory Birds, Extreme Travelers”. IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY A MEMBER REGISTER NOW Participate and win: two nights for two people in
With this major acquisition El Paujil Bird Reserve reaches 8448 acres of conservation for one of the most vulnerable ecosystems in Colombia, the tropical rainforest, protecting a wide range of endemic and critically endangered species. El Paujil Bird Reserve was created in 2003 is located in the
Colombia is one of the richest countries on the planet in amphibian species, according to censuses conducted in the month of July, there is an encouraging abundance of these frogs at El Dorado Bird Reserve. This Biological group represents an ecologically valuable ecosystem given their importance
ProAves invites organizations and individuals working with different animal groups to participate in the workshop of the Alliance for Zero Extinction to be held in the framework of the IV Congress of Zoology 2014 in Cartagena. The workshop’s main objective is to integrate all conservation