Friday, October 15, 2010

Birdathon weekend!

We're only hours away from the event that I have the honor of organizing this year, SalvaNATURA's 8th Annual Birdathon! This weekend, five teams will visit a number of sites all over El Salvador, trying to find as many bird species as we can. The event is a fundraiser for bird conservation in El Salvador and Honduras.

My team, which includes Roselvy and Oliver, will visit Barra de Santiago, Parque Nacional El Imposible, Santa Rita, and, if we have time, Los Cóbanos. All these sites are in western El Salvador.

We hope to find around 200 bird species, including the Common Tody-Flycatcher, pictured above.

If you haven't already been over there, please visit the birdathon blog for more information about the event, including instructions on how to sponsor it.

Common Tody-Flycatcher is a tiny bird that's found in edge habitats like garden, plantations, second growth and forest edges. This individual was at the edge of the mangrove forest at the Bocana Rio Jiboa, El Salvador, last week.

Monday I will report which birds we saw this weekend. Then Monday night, I will travel to Costa Rica, where I will be banding birds for a couple of months. Stay tuned...

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