Program Educates Cubans about How to Monitor Bird Species
June 8, 2010 | Grantee News | Conservation & Sustainable Development

MacArthur grantee Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology, in conjunction with Cuba’s Eastern Center for Ecosystems and Biodiversity, has developed a bird conservation education program that has reached over 70,000 primary and secondary students, their teachers, and community leaders living near 21 protected areas across the country. Among the educational materials are a double CD set of the calls and songs of 124 resident, migratory, and invasive bird species. Four thousand copies of the audio guide have been distributed to 80 protected areas in all 14 provinces of Cuba and all regional offices of the government’s natural resource research, regulatory, and protection agencies. The University of Havana will use the CDs in undergraduate and graduate degree programs, while the Eastern Center has used them to teach children to identify and monitor birds. MacArthur has made 150 grants, totaling over $15.5 million, to support conservation efforts, academic exchanges, and research in Cuba since 1988.

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