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Bicknell’s Thrush to profit from expanded reserve

Simply in time for fall migration, Dominican Republic conservation group SOH Conservación has bought 432 acres of land with monetary help from American Chook Conservancy (ABC). The brand new acquisition will significantly develop the 35-acre Bosque de las Nubes (“Forest of the Clouds”) Reserve and act as a buffer in opposition to unlawful incursions into the adjoining 277,964-acre Sierra de Bahoruco Nationwide Park. It is going to additionally develop habitat safeguards for Neotropical migrants just like the susceptible Bicknell’s Thrush and quite a lot of endemic species such because the endangered Hispaniolan Crossbill and the Dominican Republic’s nationwide hen, the Palmchat.

“When most individuals consider the Dominican Republic, they usually consider its stunning Caribbean seashores and waters. Nevertheless, the nation can be dwelling to an unimaginable variety of mountainous forest habitats which are important for a lot of species of migratory birds that we see in North America throughout our summer time,” stated Marci Eggers, ABC’s Director of Migratory Chook Habitats in Latin America and the Caribbean. “This growth of the Bosque de las Nubes Reserve is a vital step in the direction of making a protected hall for Neotropical migrants within the Dominican Republic.”

The Dominican Republic is likely one of the most essential nations for hen conservation within the Caribbean. Its numerous habitats and heat local weather shelter Neotropical migrants in the course of the North American winter. The nation additionally hosts greater than 30 hen species discovered solely on the island of Hispaniola, which the Dominican Republic shares with Haiti.

A Palmchat perched on a department within the Bahoruco Mountains, Dominican Republic. Photograph by Neil Bowman/Shutterstock

The Bosque de las Nubes Reserve and adjoining Sierra de Bahoruco Nationwide Park are positioned within the Sierra de Bahoruco BirdScape, a precedence area recognized by ABC and companions for the nation’s migratory species. Situated within the Dominican Republic’s southwest nook, this BirdScape stretches throughout the luxurious Bahoruco mountains, the place broadleaf, pine, and cloud forest habitats all host numerous avian communities at completely different elevations. The realm is critically essential to the Bicknell’s Thrush, which breeds within the coniferous forests of New England and southeastern Canada, and winters totally on Hispaniola.

Sadly, the Bicknell Thrush’s comparatively small nonbreeding vary has left it notably susceptible to the impacts of habitat loss on the island, and its inhabitants is declining by a minimum of 7 % per yr. ABC has been working with companions since 2006 to reverse this development by addressing unsustainable logging and agriculture, together with different sources of forest loss within the Dominican Republic. Actions up to now have included facilitating reforestation efforts and supporting enhancements to protected space administration.

Growth of the SOH Conservación-managed Bosque de las Nubes Reserve is the newest essential step within the means of guaranteeing enough nonbreeding habitat for Bicknell’s Thrush. The addition brings ABC one step nearer to establishing a conservation hall that spans your complete Sierra de Bahoruco BirdScape.

Species profile: Bicknell’s Thrush 

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