The Redstart Connection
Local Communities Saving Birds in Chicago and on their Guatemalan wintering ground
Chicago area birders and the Q’eqchi people of the cloud forests are working together. We treasure some of the same birds; we just see them at different seasons. The Bird Conservation Network (BCN) has found a way to aid birds on both sides of the migration equation by partnering with Community Cloud Forest Conservation, a nonprofit social enterprise in the Guatemalan highlands.
Our Goal: $7500
$3750 to reforest 5 acres of cloud forest in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala link: http://www.cloudforestconservation.org/interact/reforestation.php
$3750 to analyze and share monitoring results and create habitat in the Chicago Region
The Redstart Connection is a grassroots effort to unite the bird conservation communities of the Chicago region and the Guatemalan cloud forest – to help the birds that we each enjoy in different seasons. Although the cultures and the political landscape may be different, the basic problem of habitat loss is the same.
The Redstart Connection is a project of the BCN. Our goal of $7,500 will help the Q’eqchi (pronounced Kek-chi) reforest 5 acres of cloud forest habitat AND fund an analysis of 12 years of BCN monitoring data to guide local land habitat restoration efforts AND help local volunteer organizations plant migratory bird habitat in Important Bird Areas of the Chicago area. All contributions are tax-deductible.
Can you help us meet our goal? Any donation, large or small, will move us closer. Consider these ideas:
- Include us in your charitable giving this year. All donations are tax-deductible and directly support the work of local communities here and in Guatemala.
- Make a donation to honor the work of a local bird monitor, BCN representative or restoration volunteer. Just tell us who they are and we’ll let them know about your donation.
- Make a donation to offset carbon emissions from a vacation flight, car rental, or birding trip. Although we don’t pretend that it’s possible to figure out exactly how many trees you would need to plant in this site to offset an airplane trip, all donations are used to plant trees which reduce greenhouse gases, as well as to help birds to withstand climate change by making healthy habitats here and in the tropics.
Want to know more?
Community Cloud Forest Conservation website http://www.cloudforestconservation.org)
Ken Rosenberg (Director of Conservation Science at Cornell Lab of Ornithology) said about this project, “I cannot imagine a higher priority.”
Join Rob and Tara of CCFC this spring at a talk at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Online registration is closed, but there are still spaces available. To register, call 847-835-8261
The Resplendent Quetzal And The Endemic Birds Of Guatemala’s Central Highlands: Community-based cloud forest conservation among the Q’eqchi’ Maya
Thursday, April 26, 7 pm
Regenstein Center Auditorium
Chicago Botanic Garden
Our fund drive this winter raised $1800 for the CCFC, enough to reforest almost 2.5 acres of cloud forest. The other pages of this website tell about a visit to the site of this work in September 2011. Enjoy!