Updated: Nov 8, 2021
20 October, 2021
Esther Vallejo (left) and Sandra Cuadros in the field in Colombia. Photo courtesy of Sandra Cuadros.
IBCP is delighted to congratulate the winners of the 2021 Oscar Beingolea Raptor Research Grant! The grant committee at the Raptor Research Foundation received a number of excellent proposals to advance research and conservation of birds of prey in Latin America, and awarded grants to Sandra Cuadros of Peru and Esther Vallejo of Colombia. Sandra’s project, entitled, “Space-use by the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) and human perception in the Sondondo Valley: Identifying potential threats along the southern biological corridor,” focuses on the heaviest soaring bird in the world. Sandra will evaluate the threats to roosting areas of the Andean Condor in Peru’s Sondondo valley, assess this population’s connectivity with coastal ecosystems, and investigate the perceptions and attitudes of local residents on Andean Condors in this area.
Andean Condor. Photo by Michael Gäbler.
Esther’s project, “Conserving migrating raptors in Colombia” focuses on the most important raptor-migration flyway in the New World, the Mesoamerican Land Corridor, in which Colombia is the sole point of entry into South America for raptors migrating from North and Central America. Esther will collect data on the abundance and diversity of migratory raptors in central Colombia to inform conservation efforts. She will also train local people in raptor identification and monitoring protocols and conduct local education efforts to promote appreciation and awareness of raptors. IBCP joins the Raptor Research Foundation in congratulating both 2021 Beingolea Grant winners for their important work to advance raptor research and conservation and looks forward to learning from the results of these exciting projects!
Swainson’s Hawks (Buteo swainsonii) may travel over 20,000 km roundtrip each year on migration between their North American breeding areas and South American wintering areas. Photo by United States Bureau of Land Management