Environmental Education, Community Outreach & Scientific Research

We work with universities from Ecuador, Europe and the USA and also communities and neighbors from our region, and with the mind-bending amount of biodiversity surrounding us, it´s a challenge to even 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 in all of Europe!

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. We welcome your input and questions.

As stated in both our Mission and Vision statements, our organization has an overarching policy of working with local communities to solidify an environmental ethic that has been growing endogenously in the last two decades. In this work we are in a community of peers, where all parties contribute to the objectives of the effort.

Further still, in these community relations, as with all our endeavors, we strive to follow recommendations to achieve the United Nation´s Sustainable Development Objective 5 regarding gender equality. Considering these fundamentals, we propose the following strategies during the period of our new strategic plan:

Involve secondary schools in environmental education activities from both cantons San Miguel de Los Bancos and Pedro Vicente Maldonado at our Milpe and Río Silanche Bird Sanctuaries.

Develop a portfolio of priority research and internship topics, and the adequate incentives for academic participation in them, with special emphasis on the inclusion of women.

Deepen the cooperation relationships with Ecuadorian universities that possess the most geographic and thematic affinities.

Consolidate our volunteer program for national and international visitors, with special incentives for female students and professionals, including important roles in conservation and the management of our bird sanctuaries.

Prepare and execute annual programs, events and scientific courses for the public, including events specifically designed for children, youth and women.

Design and begin to execute a sustainable development extension strategy for neighbors of our bird sanctuaries, including agroforestry and habitat restoration themes.

Participate in area territorial planning with civil society and local government structures.

Our work in this program contributes to the UN´s Sustainable Development Goal #4 for Quality Education. Come participate in one of our courses, make a donation to support one of our outreach projects, volunteer with us to share your knowledge. This is not a one size fits all matter!