Thanks to a strong alliance of World Land Trust, Saving Nature, American Bird Conservancy and Rainforest Trust as well as local landowners (La Zebra and Tierra y Río), the Colombian nature conservation organization Fundación Biodiversa Colombia was able to secure almost 3,839 acres, doubling the size of the El Silencio nature reserve to 6,844 hectares .
This latest land acquisition connects the two main forest areas in the area through wildlife corridors and protects the largest contiguous forest in the Magdalena Valley in northern Colombia. This habitat is of great importance to the endangered brown spider monkey and the blue-billed curassow, as well as three other threatened and endemic species of apes, lowland tapirs, cats such as puma, ocelot and jaguar, nearly 300 species of birds, endangered hardwood trees and other wildlife. In addition, the reserve’s wetlands and riparian forests are important to the Magdalena River Turtle, American Manatee, American Crocodile, and species of fish that are of great economic value to local communities. The same riparian forests in El Silencio are important wintering areas for prothonotary warblers that nest in the eastern United States.
In a 2019 study published in The Condor: Ornithological Applications, Ohio State University’s Christopher Tonra and colleagues analyzed geolocator tag data from Prothonotary Warblers and found that most of the birds are in the Magdalena River Valley area of Colombia Winter recovered.
Blue-billed Currasow, Copyright Brian R Field, from the Surfbirds Galleries
In 2020, a blue bill curassow was videotaped along a path bordering a forest restoration plot in the El Silencio Reserve.
“This is very exciting, not only because it proves the success of the restoration goal, but also because it is very close to the research station, which makes it easier for us to study and observe the species,” says Fernando Arbalaez, Executive Director of Fundación Biodiversa Colombia .