Ecological Inquiry

  • Formal ScienceMOU University of Wyoming
  • Formal ScienceCo-work with la Escuela Politécnica Nacional
  • Citizen ScienceAudubon Christmas Bird Count
  • Citizen ScienceiNaturalist.org Tree Phenology

Innovative Research Station

With this mind-boggling amount of biodiversity surrounding us, it´s a true challenge to begin to understand it. In the roughly 50 mile transect where our reserves are distributed we have about as many bird species as North America! We also have more tree species in an acre than all of North America and Europe combined.

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, and more.

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

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

Also, since 2012 MCF leads an Audubon Christmas Count circle whose center falls over the town of Los Bancos. We partner with friends and local guides to bring together as much expertise as we can for this event. Did you know that the Audubon Christmas Count is the largest and longest running example of citizen science ever undertaken? You can watch a New Hampshire Public TV documentary about Christmas Counts here. It spends a good chunk of the program with us, passing through birding circles in Cuba and other fun spaces.


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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 the last several years we have signed memoranda of understanding and have received letters of support from various universities on three continents. We have several interesting proposals in the works and hope for the future.

 

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The more you look, the more you see…