Focus on shorebirds
Shorebird species, like the Red Knot, which breeds in the Canadian Arctic and migrates 15,000 km to Tierra
del Fuego at the southern end of South America to winter, are in decline. Semipalmated Sandpiper is another
Arctic-breeding species in decline. Protected at key migration key sites on the Bay of Fundy, it faces threats at
wintering sites along the north coast of South America in the Guyanas, Suriname and northern Brazil. ICFC is
talking to shorebird experts and developing project plans to address problems that shorebirds face at key
wintering and migration stopover sites in South America. Stay tuned!
Success in foiling mink boosts Hooded Grebe breeding success.
This just in: During the 2013-2014 breeding season, guardians at Hooded Grebe nesting colonies
reported zero incidents of mink predation, indicating that enhanced mink control efforts were highly
successful. Predation by introduced American mink has been a key factor causing population decline for this
Critically Endangered Species. [>] Project page
Protecting the Amazon: Interview with Grand Chief Megaron
A Kayapo leader talks about threats to Kayapo lands, their motivation for protecting their lands, carbon
credits, cultural survival, and Toronto's winter weather! [>]
Grand Chief Megaron's visit to Toronto spotlights Canadian assistance in Amazonian conservation
© Jason van Bruggen/ICFC
The Kayapo people of Brazil perform a service to the world in protecting a vast area of the southeastern Amazon
from illegal logging, mining and land clearing for agriculture. But in Toronto recently a Kayapo leader pointed to
the key role played by their foreign partners, ICFC chief among them.
The Amazonian rainforest benefits the world by supporting about a third of the planet's terrestrial species
and providing hugely valuable ecosystem services such as climate and water regulation.
Grand Chief Megaron explained through a translator that their land means everything to the Kayapo and
that support from international conservation organizations is crucial in enabling them to continue to protect their
lands from increasing threats.
[>] Read more [>] Related Globe and Mail story, Jan. 20, 2014.
Susan Canney gives TED talk on Mali elephant project
Kayapo cover story in National Geographic!
In a newly posted TED
talk, Susan outlines the
innovative approach taken by our Mali elephant project that has resulted
in continued conservation gains through Mali's period of crisis. (Follow Susan on
ICFC's flagship program receives world attention through a cover story
of the Amazon")
on the Kayapo in the January 2014 issue of National Geographic
And see the online
companion article, Rain Forest Warriors: How Indigenous Tribes Protect the Amazon
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WILD10: ICFC at the World Wilderness Congress
ICFC staff gave presentations to
conservation professionals from around the world this October at the tenth World Wilderness Congress
Salamanca, Spain. Susan Canney, Director of the Mali Elephant Project, presented on Community
Conservation During Rebellion, War, and Global Terrorism, and Barbara Zimmerman, Director of
Program, led a session on Keeping Primary Forests Intact: Why and How
Special report on biodiversity in The Economist
The September 14th issue of The Economist takes an
in-depth look at biodiversity
cautiously optimistic, but overlooks key concerns.
[>] Read more
Kayapo expedition expels illegal goldminers
In a dramatic surveillance expedition this summer, 46 Kayapo warriers backed by ICFC's
organization expelled illegal goldminers from a remote location in Kayapo territories.
[>] Read more
New maps identify global conservation priorities
An important contribution for prioritizing conservation was made this year with the
a new analysis of the geographic distributions of three vertebrate taxa, with maps showing where
these species — and the most vulnerable among them — are concentrated.
[>] Read more
Consevationists meet in Ottawa for the BirdLife International World Congress
Conservationists from 122 countries convened in Ottawa June 19-22 for the 2013 BirdLife
International World Congress. ICFC was there...
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Mali — Elephant conservation hinders recruitment of young men to armed
Our elephant conservation work in Mali has continued through the recent
occupation by Tuareg rebels and Islamic militants in the north Gourma, and — in a striking
result — has offered young men an alternative to joining armed groups. They preferred to
work for the project creating firebreaks and in anti-poaching brigades.
[>] Read more.
Peru — Reserve becomes more crucial for "uncontacted indigenous people"
Reserve guards were startled recently to encounter uncontacted indigenous
people deep within the Los Amigos Conservation Concession in the Peruvian Amazon. These
people generally avoid contact with civilization and are protected by a large, remote reserve for
indigenous people "in voluntary isolation". [>] Read more
Ecuador — ICFC joins effort to enlarge Buenaventura reserve
Half the world's known population of the El Oro Parakeet is found in the small
Buenaventura reserve in Ecuador. There is an excellent opportunity now to expand the reserve.
ICFC and other conservation organizations joined partner Fundación Jocotoco in raising funds
an adjacent high-value property. This acquisition is now complete! [>] Read
ICFC Annual Report for 2012 now out
View a digital version
of the report or
for a printed copy.
Argentina — Newly declared Patagonia National Park to protect the hooded
Thanks to the work of Aves Argentina and (ICFC partner) Ambiente Sur, a
new national park was recently declared that will protect the core breeding population of the
Endangered hooded grebe, Podiceps gallardoi, on the Buenos Aires Plateau in Argentina's
Santa Cruz province. Field work is underway to survey the breeding population and address the
of the species' decline. See our project page.
Bruce Babbitt addresses ICFC gathering in Toronto
At a November reception in Toronto, we welcomed as speaker Bruce Babbitt, former U.S.
the Interior in the Clinton Administration and former governor of Arizona. Mr. Babbitt, an active
conservationist and director of ICFC partner Amazon Conservation Association (ACA), talked
ACA's Los Amigos Conservation Concession in Peru, which is located in "the last, best, most
undisturbed biologically intact part of the Amazon". He lauded ICFC's new trust fund for Los
as "a model for elevating protection" of public and private protected areas. We also heard how he
became involved in tropical conservation and his take on current conservation priorities.
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