Ecological Inquiry

  • Formal ScienceMOU University of Wyoming
  • Formal ScienceMOU Georgia Southern University
  • Citizen ScienceAudubon Christmas Bird Count
  • Citizen Camera Traps

Innovative Research Station

With this mind-boggling amount of biodiversity surrounding us, it´s a true challenge to begin to understand it. Consider that in the roughly 50 mile transect where our reserves are distributed we have about as many bird species as North America! Or that here we have more tree species in an acre than all of North America (maybe with Europe thrown in for good measure).

So, our method is an all-of-the-above approach: formal science, citizens´ science, casual observation and interaction with the environment, aesthetic pursuit of photography or other visual arts, you get the idea.

This nocturnal picture of an ocelot taken at Milpe, Cinco de Mayo 2015, tells us we´re doing something right:


Ocelot at Milpe Bird Sanctuary taken with remote sensor camera traps from

Also, since 2012 MCF leads an Audubon Christmas Count circle whose center falls over the town of Los Bancos. We´re in this with friends and local guides to help pick up just a little more information for this amazing program. Did you know that the Audubon Christmas Count is the largest and longest running example of citizen science ever undertaken? You can watch a great New Hampshire Public TV documentary about Christmas Counts by clicking on the green button “Counting on Birds.” It begins with the first ever circle in Keene, NH, and later spends a good chunk of the program with us, passing through circles in Cuba and other fun spaces.


These beauties flip, strut and pop in their courtship dances. See the MCF Video Channel on our home page to check it out!

As we say, many approaches are valid, and we also host and encourage formal scientific study in our reserves. Currently a graduate student from the University of Wyoming is performing his thesis field work at Milpe on the Golden-winged Manakin (Masius chrysopterus). A male Golden-winged shown below on his lekking log.

Also, in January 2015, we signed a memorandum of understanding with Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA, initiating the Human Environment Research Station “HERS” which will host studies across our reserves and neighboring areas into all manner of topics, biology, geology, sociology, and on and on. There is ample subject matter at hand.
Audubon CBC
Counting on Birds

The more you look, the more you see…