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January 31-February 6, 2016
1. Small rare jewel? All of the hummingbirds that grace the Jama-Coaque with their presence are appreciated, but we may have had a recent sighting of a Little Woodstar (Chaetocercus bombus). According to the IUCN Red List, this hummingbird is listed as Vulnerable because “the dearth of recent records suggests that the population may now be small, comprised of very small subpopulations, and declining significantly owing to rapid rates of deforestation.” Hummers are extra tricky to photograph, and the iridescence of their feathers can make ID challenging, so we aren’t yet 100% certain of this sighting. We’ll keep a sharp eye out and take more photos if we get the chance.
2. The newly cleared agroforestry plot of shade grown coffee got a big jump in the planting stage from a recent minga (workshop). TMA’s Agroforestry Director Nick guided the process, interns worked hard to lend a hand, and Head Park Ranger Marquez chased off a snake that was a little too close for comfort. The crop we hope to enjoy for many years to come is now well on its way!
3. Goodbye and thank you to Yoel! Yoel helped out at JCR in so many ways: logistics, enriching our mind-body health with Chi Gong lessons, telling of his work with the REDD+ international forestry consulting agency, and his awesome talents on TMA’s new red guitar, “Gypsy”. Thanks amigo, you will be missed!