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details for the proposed Quetzal Ecological Reserve

details for the proposed Quetzal Ecological Reserve

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    • 1. “Reserva Ecológica del Quetzal” A unique proposal to conserve 1000 acres (450 hectares) of precious montane tropical forest (“Cloud Forest”)
    • 2. The proposed Reserva Ecológica del Quetzal expands a growing corridor of conserved cloud forest located in the Mindo ecotourism region, just 1 hr from Quito, and abuts large private reserves, including Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve (1,200 acres) and Maquipicuna Reserve (8,400 acres) The greatest ecotourism attraction are the 300 species of birds found in these forests, including 2 quetzales, 45 hummingbirds, 40 tanagers, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock and several rare antpittas.
    • 3. Reserva Ecológica del Quetzal •Mission: To conserve valuable tropical forest while promoting scientific research, responsible ecotourism, appreciation of quetzals and other cloud forest-inhabiting birds and providing environmentally friendly employment opportunities for local residents. •Programs: – Visitor centers, one low (1400 m) and one high (2200 m), each with interpretive nature trails with various canopy observation platforms. –Quetzal Lodge, with 20 cabin units (10 associated with each Visitor Center), each with private bath and kitchenette. –small scientific research station to accommodate up to 4 visiting scientists conducting forest-based research. –Sponsorship of initial 1-yr bird inventory project to determine local populations that may be threatened (such as Crested Quetzal, Powerful Woodpecker and Tanager Finch) which may require specialized management practices within the Reserve. –Reforestation in 10-20% of the Reserve where forest was removed for timber and livestock grazing.
    • 4. Unique Approach to Financing •$500,000 needed for: land acquisition, Reserve management, minimal infrastructure for ecotourism and scientific research, and initial 3-yr maintenance •Principle funding comes from grassroots shareholders, rather than large donors –1 share= $400 plus $100 annual membership fee for Reserve maintenance –1 share earns acquisition of 1 acre primary forest for the Reserve, and as long as membership is current, 1 free week of cabin lodging each year (a $400 value annually!), and receipt of a newsletter for Reserve members.
    • 5. Project Administration •The Reserve will be a project of the Quetzal Foundation, a non-profit organization sharing the same mission with the Reserve. Profits acquired through the ecotourism business, donations or grants will be placed in Escrow for future land purchases •The Quetzal Foundation and the Reserva Ecológica del Quetzal is founded by Nick Komar, ScD, a career biologist for the US Public Health Service in Fort Collins, Colorado. Nick is fluent in Spanish, has traveled extensively in Central and South America, and has been an avid aficionado of quetzals and other birds since childhood. In Colorado, he has actively worked for conservation through affiliations with the Fort Collins Audubon Society and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. Nick Komar, Founder
    • 6. Images from the proposed Reserva Ecológica del Quetzal: High Elevation Unit Barred Becard Masked Flowerpiercer
    • 7. Images from the proposed Reserva Ecológica del Quetzal: High Elevation Unit Double-toothed Kite Andean Emerald
    • 8. Images from the proposed Reserva Ecológica del Quetzal: High Elevation Unit Southern Yellow-Grosbeak Great Thrush
    • 9. Images from the proposed Reserva Ecológica del Quetzal: High Elevation Unit Rufous-naped Brush-finch Rufous-collared Sparrows
    • 10. Crested Quetzal “walking stick” Images from the proposed Reserva Ecológica del Quetzal: Low Elevation Unit
    • 11. Montane Woodcreeper Images from the proposed Reserva Ecologica del Quetzal: Low Elevation Unit
    • 12. Masked Trogon Yellow- breasted Antpitta Images from the proposed Reserva Ecológica del Quetzal: Low Elevation Unit
    • 13. Violet-tailed Sylph Brown Violetear Images from the proposed Reserva Ecológica del Quetzal: Low Elevation Unit
    • 14. Torrent Tyrannulet Velvet-purple Coronet Images from the proposed Reserva Ecológica del Quetzal: Low Elevation Unit
    • 15. 10-20% of the proposed Reserva is currently grazed by cattle.
    • 16. Deforested areas would be selected for building sites and reforestation
    • 17. View of reforestation project on neighboring property
    • 18. Ecuador is an extremely popular birding destination American Birding Association Young Birder’s Conference, Tandayapa Lodge 2007. Photo by Lori Fujimoto
    • 19. A new paved road from Quito to Nanegalito/Mindo area means easy access to the Reserva (~1 hour drive from Quito airport), but greater urgency to protect forests from development
    • 20. Ecotourism in the Nanegalito/Mindo area: Wildlife photography, birding, hiking, cloud forest ecology, orchids, butterflies, fishing, mountain biking Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve Orchid & Butterfly gardens Mindo-Nambillo Ecological Reserve Mountain Tramway Alambi & Tandayapa Lodges Trout fishing ranches Tucanopy Botanical Garden Maquipicuna Reserve
    • 21. Ecuador: Fabulous Ecotourism Destination Crested Owl >1500 bird species in a country the size of Harpy Eagle Colorado Galapagos Islands High Andes Amazon Rainforest (Jungle tours) Volcanoes Pacific Coast lowlands and beaches Hiking, Mountaineering, Kayaking Rufous Potoo Hoatzin Ecotourism promoted by the Government Safe and inexpensive Sword-billed Hummingbird Andean Cock-of-the Rocks Giant Antpitta
    • 22. How can you help? Purchase share(s) in the Reserva Ecológica del Quetzal ($500/share) Invest in our Mission, by lending funds ($50,000 minimum) for land acquisition for the Reserva Ecológica del Quetzal ($250,000 needed by June 2010). ++++ Terms negotiable ++++ Make a Tax-deductible contribution Visit the Reserva as part of an Ecuador birding tour operated by Quetzal Tours (10% of proceeds go for sensitive land purchases) www.quetzalfoundation.org info@quetzalfoundation.org