We are once again the midst of rainy season. This is what sustains our new planted trees, provides the tropical forests with moisture and sustenance, and is a period of growth and renewal.
Baley Good, partner in birding to Amy, presented an analysis of the effect of habitat type, habitat age and altitude on the abundance of birds within the reserve in July and August. Looking at the 9 most abundant bird species, she performed a multiple regression analysis to determine which of the three factors had an impact (if any) on the birds’ abundance. She only found one significant relationship, that the hummmingbird, Lesser Violetear, preferred planted habitat over naturally regenerated, old growth, or mixed habitats (p = 0.007), with 82% of all sightings occurring in planted habitat.
Baley also managed to capture a couple great photos (through her binoculars) of a juvenile Barred Forest Falcon sunning itself and a juvenile Ornate Hawk-eagle.
Maria Camila Giral has been with us working on our camera trap project. Besides accomplishing the mammoth task of entering our backlog of camera trap images into a database, she conducted an analysis on the activity patterns of the animals found on the camera traps and whether camera trap captures were evenly distributed throughout the reserve. Of the 10 species that were seen in more than 20 independent events on the camera traps in 2016 and 2017, 6 were diurnal (active almost entirely during the day), Collared Peccary was mostly diurnal (mostly active during the day), the Common Opossum was mostly nocturnal (mostly active at night), Paca was nocturnal (active almost entire during the night), and Dice’s Cottontail was cathameral (sporadic and random intervals of activity during day or night). She also found that camera trap capture frequency (number of images per days set) was significantly higher in the wet season when compared to the dry season and the transitional period between the dry and wet season meaning animals are more active/present in the reserve during the wet season.
When looking at locations, there was a significantly larger amount of captures at two locations. The location with the highest captures was located along a ridgeline, in forest that was transitioning from younger regenerating habitat to primary forest, and was located at a pinch point on the trail, where animals had to pass to one side of a large boulder. She theorized the 2nd location was near dens of Dice’s Cottontail and Common Opossum due to the large number of those animals seen on the camera trap.
I’m Timothy Carlson from San Diego California. I got my degree in history from the university of Colorado. I’m really excited to be in the mountains studying butterflies trying to expand our species list and just enjoy being in the wilderness in this beautiful place
My name is Jordan Chambers. I’m 23 years old and I am from San Diego (but spent my whole life living in Dubai). I am currently pursuing an evironmental studies degree at Santa Barbara City College, with plans to transfer to UCSB in the next year. Lately I have been spending whatever free time i have volunteering at different wildlife rescue organizations.I plan on further building my knowledge experience of man’s complex relationship with our environment, starting here at Cloudbridge by learning how to properly collect and assess data. I hope to apply this experience to some sort of wildlife management and conservation work in the future so we can work towards a mutually benefical relationship with Earth, rather than to take from it and give nothing in return.At Cloudbridge, I am of course studying the interactions and relationships between migrant and resident warblers, as well as the migrants’ interactions with other resident bird species. We will also be observing the perching preferences of the many flycatchers of Cloudbridge!
Annika FlinkHi! I’m Annika and I’m from Menlo Park, California. At the beginning of this year, I started a veterinary school program in the Caribbean and despite enjoying the experience of living on an island, I realized vet med wasn’t for me. Instead I chose to pursue what I studied in undergrad- wildlife biology. I came across the tropical bird monitoring internship through Cloudbridge and decided to apply. I’m currently participating in a fieldwork collection and data analysis study looking at how the arrival of migratory Warblers changes the behavior and distribution of resident Warblers in the reserve. I’ve been here for a little over a week and have had an incredible time so far. We’ve seen many different species of birds and get to experience the Costa Rican cloud forest first-hand!
Alice Martin-WalkerA couple of years ago I left my job running a charity bookshop in London so that I could travel. I found myself in Costa Rica, where it was really driven home to me how I am happiest when I get to spend most of my time outside, surrounded by wildlife, alongside people who are as passionate about it as I am. On my return to the UK, I moved to Scotland and I just completed an MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation. I still can’t believe how lucky I am to have the opportunity to do all this. I’m really looking forward to gaining experience on the camera project, by extracting and analysing past data and implementing a new standardised camera trap protocol that will allow us to collect more robust data of the terrestrial mammals on the reserve.
I am from British Columbia, Canada, and graduated from Quest University Canada with a degree in Environmental Studies with a main focus on Marine Biology. Although I focused on marine ecosystems in school I have a keen interest in learning as much as I can about our natural world and have taken up birding as a hobby back home, which led me to apply for the birding internship. It feels like paradise out here and I’ve enjoyed spending my days exploring the reserve and learning a lot about the birds and habitats in Cloudbridge, and also experiencing first hand what an ecosystem can look like after restoration
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