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Events

Contact:

Roger or Margaret Higbee at
724-354-3493
bcoriole@windstream.net.

March 2017 Meeting

Tue, March 7, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Blue Spruce County Park Lodge
Speaker: Fabiola Rodriguez, F dot Rodriguez at iup dot edu

Description

The Honduran Emerald (Amazilia luciae) is the only bird endemic to Honduras. This hummingbird species is included in the IUCN’s Red List as endangered, and its population is considered to be in decline. Honduran Emeralds inhabit thorn forest found in arid inter-montane valleys. These inter-montane valleys have seen a change in land use for human development purposes including activities associated with agricultural production, cattle grazing, and road infrastructure projects. Such development is the basis for the Agalta Valley’s economy. As such, activities that improve existing or create new opportunities for economic growth will benefit regional communities and Honduras in general. Any development project has economic and social value, but these need to advance carefully when they are in proximity or within fragile ecosystems. A scientific foundation should guide conservation and mitigation actions after development projects (i.e. road constructions).

A consultancy was commissioned to propose strategies for the conservation of the Honduran Emerald's habitat in Agalta Valley after the construction of the Agricultural Corridor Project (ACP). The ACP phase in the department of Olancho traversed a section of Agalta Valley where dry forest patches are found. These remnants are home to this endemic bird as well as other endemic plant species. We studied the Honduran Emerald in the sector of the Agalta Valley within the ACP. Our research shows the areas with the highest probability of occurrence based on a species distribution map, and our observational data highlight the importance of the dry forest ecosystem as it is used throughout the year for diverse ecological processes. Based on this experience, we recognize the dry forest remnants' frailty and emphasize how the on-going habitat stress makes this species and its habitat a conservation priority. These findings are intended to provide our in-country partners with science-based insight regarding patterns of the species' distribution and resource selection in the Agalta Valley.

Fabiola is a biologist from Honduras. She has worked with birds since taking an ornithology course in college at the National Autonomous University of Honduras in 2008. She has had opportunities to learn about birds in various habitats in her country; these habitats include cloud forests, pine-oak forests, and tropical dry forests. Currently as an IUP student in the biology masters program, she continues to learn and is also enjoying her stay in the US.

Crested Caracara, near Kissimmee Prairie Preserve SP, FL], Roger Higbee

Upcoming Events

Moraine State Park Outing

  • Tue, September 26, 8:00 – 11:00 am
  • Moraine State Park, under Rt 528 Bridge

Ghost Town Trail

  • Sat, September 30, 8:00 am
  • Dilltown

Tuesday Yellow Creek Outing

  • Tue, October 3, 8:00 am
  • Yellow Creek State Park Office

October 2017 meeting

  • Tue, October 3, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Blue Spruce County Park

Birdwatcher's Digest's Big Sit

  • Sat, October 7, 12:00 midnight – Sun, October 8, 11:59 pm
  • Anywhere

Tuesday Yellow Creek Outing

  • Tue, October 10, 8:00 am
  • Yellow Creek State Park Office

Yellow Creek Outing

  • Sat, October 14, 8:00 am
  • Yellow Creek State Park Office

Allegheny Front Hawk Watch

  • Tue, October 17, 8:00 am
  • Allegheny Front

Saylor Park and the Ghost Town Trail

  • Sat, October 21, 8:00 am
  • Saylor Park, 1284 Old Indiana Road, Blairsville, PA 15717

Tuesday Yellow Creek Outing

  • Tue, October 24, 8:00 am
  • Yellow Creek State Park Office

Yellow Creek Outing

  • Sat, October 28, 8:00 am
  • Yellow Creek State Park Office

Tuesday Yellow Creek Outing

  • Tue, October 31, 8:00 am
  • Yellow Creek State Park Office

Yellow Creek Outing

  • Sat, November 4, 8:00 am
  • Yellow Creek State Park Office

November 2017 Meeting

  • Tue, November 7, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Blue Spruce County Park