In Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, the organization, Colectivo AVES-TAMIENTO EN HUMEDALES, has been doing a magnificent job in uniting their community to participate in the conservation of their local birds and their natural environment. For the Colectivo AVES-TAMIENTO EN HUMEDALES, the participation of the whole community is very important. They make sure that their activities are open to families, schoolchildren, and scientists so that everyone has information about the problems of the wetlands. The Eastern Hills of Bogotá are very important to the local birds. In 2018, the Colectivo AVES-TAMIENTO EN HUMEDALES won a binocular mini-grant from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Optics for the Tropics. Thanks to the binoculars, they were able to carry out more activities for the community of the region and integrate more people in their workshops. Binoculars are a wonderful instrument for observing and conserving birds!
MONTH OF MAY
In May, the Colectivo AVES-TAMIENTO EN HUMEDALES led an amazing bird watching tour in light of “Global Big Day”, a celebration for birds seen around the world. The bird watching tour was centered in the Tibabuyes wetland. The environmental police and people from the community, including youth, children, and adults attended. It was fantastic to see so many people united by the common interest to register the presence of local and migratory birds in the environment!
MONTH OF JUNE
A bird watching tour was made to observe birds in the month of June. They had the presence of the community in the village of Verjón Bajo, via Choachí. There were members from the Community of Observers of birds of the North-West “COAN“, some neighbors of the local community, and a teacher from the school of the Verjón of km15 via Choachí. It was great to hear everyone share something new they experienced in a rural environment. This experience allowed the participants to fully see the connectivity between the ecosystems of the wetlands and the Eastern Hills of Bogotá. In addition, an additional bird watching tour was conducted with the members of the North-West Bird Observer Community “COAN” in order to celebrate the third anniversary of their creation as well as the observation route, that was discovered at that time.
MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
During the month of September, the participants went on a birding tour with visitors from the urban area of Bogotá D.C.! They visited the Verjón Bajo path. The Colectivo AVES-TAMIENTO EN HUMEDALES facilitated various fun, educational activities about the local wetland!
MONTH OF OCTOBER
An environmental education meeting was held to identify the avifauna present in the Palma de Cera Natural Reserve, in the municipality of La Vega via Sasaima. There were many participants who enjoyed watching the birds with the binoculars of the mini-scholarship. They were so happy to see the birds so much closer, it helped them identify birds so much faster!
MONTH OF NOVEMBER
A birdwatching tour was done with the purpose of getting the children of Verjón Bajo path to participate and recognize the avifauna species of their region. The Colectivo AVES-TAMIENTO EN HUMEDALES revised the bird guides for different regions of the country and Bogotá D.C to fit with their focal species. After the tour, they built a “LIBRE AVE” (Bird Book), which is their first log of observations of birds, a great and fun material.
MONTH OF DECEMBER
A birdwatching tour was carried out with members of the North-West Bird Observer Community “COAN” in order to celebrate the end of the year by sharing a new trail discovered by km13 via Choachí. They had a lot of fun!
The Colectivo AVES-TAMIENTO EN HUMEDALES is very motivated to promote community education around birds and the environment of the wetlands of the local region. The binoculars of the mini-grant from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and Optics Tropics have helped make more bird observation trips through the wetlands of the region and gaining more participants in the activities! The participants have had the opportunity to see the environmental fragility of the ecosystems of the wetlands, creating more awareness. People of all ages participate, especially children and youth, who after the experience are motivated to learn and take care of nature and its birds.