Ridgway’s hawk prospers in Punta Cana
Diario Libre reports an increase in the number of Ridgway’s hawks – also known as the Hispaniola hawk in the country as a result of more than a decade of work by the Grupo Puntacana Foundation
Thomas Hayes, a US biologist from the Peregrine Fund, has been working in the Dominican Republic for over 10 years studying one of the most threatened birds in the Dominican biosphere.
During a tour of the Grupo Puntacana installations, Hayes showed reporters each of the nests used for this year’s reproduction cycle.
According to Hayes, many of the hawks now in Punta Cana have been rescued from other areas and reintroduced into the protected area. The Hispaniola hawk, Buteo ridgwayi, is the most threatened species on the island, and 10 years ago it was said to be in critical danger of extinction with no more than 300 birds in the wild, mostly in Los Haitises.
It was then that the Peregrine Fund, with support from the government as well as the Grupo Puntacana Foundation and the Propagas Foundation launched the project to rescue and protect this bird of prey. The full article with color photographs and a short video can be seen here:
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
Aug 18, 2016
Category: DR Living |