From the 14th to the 21st of February 2011, researchers from “Crossing the Caribbean” carried out a pilot study in the Darién region of Colombia in order to identify potential study sites. After a successful journey, it was decided that from March 2011 (next spring migration), SELVA will work in the Tacarcuna Reserve in Sapzurro and with the Ecorisantri Association in San Francisco.
During the short study, the team recorded the first signs of spring migration with a spectacular flock of more than 1000 Turkey Vultures but even better was the finding of a White-eyed Vireo. This migrant has been recoded on the Colombian island of San Andres in the Caribeean but we believe this is the first record for mainland Colombia and possibly for South America!
Initiation of activities in Darién will complement SELVA’s work since 2009 in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. For more information on the project, click here.