Jun 23, 2021

2021 Ridgway's Hawk nesting season eyeing to be the most successful thus far!

Baby Buteo ridgwayi
Baby Buteo ridgwayi

We are happy to report that 2021 is shaping up to be the most successful year so far for the Ridgway's Hawk population in Puntacana. Last year we ended the season with 21 wild fledged young recruited and this year we have surpassed that number with 21 nestlings already fledged so far and we are monitoring 4 more nestlings that are still in the nest! Isn’t that just amazing?! But ofcourse, other exciting things happened this season... We found a new pair of hawks, two male hawks that were alone found their forever love, we finally found one pair that we spent all season searching for - and the good news is they are currently incubating eggs. Also a pair just laid a second clutch of eggs after already raising two beautiful nestlings this breeding season. This year we are monitoring 20 pairs of hawks in Puntacana.

Puntacana isn’t the only place where amazing things occurred this season. In Aniana Vargas National Park 24 nestlings were released with the help of volunteers that live in the community near the release site. Great things await for this new site. We have high hopes regarding this new population that we are creating. Throughout the year, our local team will continue to search for new pairs and continue doing environmental education work in the communities nearby. 

In Los Haitises National Park, the last stronghold for the species, our team of local biologists is monitoring close to 140 pairs of Ridgway’s Hawk. At the same time, we have all continued working hard to provide environmental education programs about the hawk to adults and children in Dominican Republic. During the height of Covid-19, we conducted online conferences and presentations with different schools in Dominican Republic, as well as for the general public. Now that the pandemic is a bit more under control, we have slowly started venturing into the communities again, going door to door to talk with people about the importance of the hawk and its conservation. This is the best way for us to complete the important work of reaching those who live near Ridgway's Hawk territory and who do not have access to technology. On May 25th we celebrated Ridgway's Hawk Day with an online conference that just went great! Times are changing and we are definitely changing with it. Finally, with our local partners, we began a virtual campaign, sharing news, stories, and images of the hawks on social media, in newspapers, and through radio messages. All in all we have reached over 4,000 people this year. 

Another successful season on the Ridgway’s Hawk Project.

Project Staff in action
Project Staff in action
A couple of newborns
A couple of newborns
Mar 30, 2021

Coral Gardeners share their experience on a new video!

Local Coral Gardener
Local Coral Gardener

Since we started this project three years ago, the contribution of these fishermen turned into Coral Gardeners, is reflected in each reforested meter on our Puntacana coast.

We are so happy to share with you this new video (link below), which presents one of our project members (former Fisherman), talking about his experience working on coral restoration and how much fulfilling is to be collaborating in the conservation of this species.

With each donation, we're getting closer to our fundraising goal and we keep working on a better future for our reefs and the marine life of this amazing paradise.

Recovered Coral Fragment
Recovered Coral Fragment
Working as Coral Gardeners
Working as Coral Gardeners
Working as Coral Gardeners (2)
Working as Coral Gardeners (2)

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Mar 30, 2021

Overcoming the pandemic

Dear donor, please receive our heartiest greeting.  Undoubtedly, your contribution to this project plays a key role in our mission to help to achieve the dreams of the youth living in the vulnerable communities of the tourist destination of Punta Cana.

We remain focused on providing better life opportunities to the students and all of the members of the polytechnic school in the community of Veron, through the improvement of this educational center.

Your support has made a great difference in this process !.

The 2020-2021 school year is going well. The continuation of the suspension of the face-to-face classes in our country, due to the isolation measures imposed by the Government to counteract the spread of covid-19, gave way to the continuation of the virtual education, following the guidelines of the Ministry of Education. Students and teachers, through the virtual classroom (zoom app, classroom platform, whatsapp) are developing the educational curriculum from their homes. This new modality (distance learning) continue representing a great challenge to the educational community, but all is going well

 Every day we realize of the importance of having developed the technology training program for years, without this program it would have been difficult for teachers and students to embrace the distance learning.

 Please see the 2 pictures attached.

 Fortunately the pandemic is under control in the DR: The new infections have decreased significantly and the vaccination program is going well thanks to the efforts of the government and the private sector. We hope that the school can return to face-to-face classes soon      

 In the upcoming months we will keep you updated on the progress of our project. If you have any comment, advice or question, please let us know and we will respond as best we can.

 Thank you very much again for your support, we truly appreciate it ! 

Best wishes !

 
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