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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Birds of Laguna de Apoyo

Over 225 species of birds have been documented in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve in Nicaragua. Not all birds are found just anywhere, of course, because of differences in the natural habitat, and because of differences in human impact in the environment.

FUNDECI/GAIA has conducted a systematic study of the variation in the bird communities according to land use in five different sites in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Mara McPartland, an ecologist from the United States who is on a conservation science internship at FUNDECI/GAIA, will present how land use affects the bird communities. Birds are excellent indicators of forest quality, as is shown by the results of this study.

The presentation will be held at the local elementary school, "Escuela Luis Alfonso Velasquez", just 200 meter from Estacion Biologica. The public is invited, to the presentation and discussion, and refreshments will be served afterward. Whether you are a scientist or conservation professional, birdwatcher or nature lover, or simply an interested person, you are invited.

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