One month in to 2023…
Want to support TWO great causes with ONE donation?
It’s not Giving Tuesday, but you can still feed two birds with one seed. Or plant two trees with one seed. Or feed a bird AND plant a tree with just one fruit since birds are seed dispersers, which means that by eating fruits and pooping out the seeds they are critical to forests… Getting […]
Environmental education is at the core of everything we do—support our work as we wrap up 2022!
Nearly two years ago, I posted a blog with the title: “Question: ‘Is Finca Cántaros Environmental Association (FCEA) focused on birds?’ Answer: ‘Yes AND no! No AND yes!’” At the time, I was resistant to embracing birds as an official focus of FCEA, despite the many bird-focused activities we have been running since day one […]
We just “finished” up a successful III Welcome Back Migratory Birds “Festival” at Finca Cántaros!
Why did I put the words “Festival” and “finished” in quotes? First of all, it wasn’t a traditional one-day festival, but a month-long series of fun and educational -series ofspaces for community members to come together and learn about—and take positive action on behalf of—migratory birds like warblers, thrushes, and tanagers. We explored the whys […]
Why do we organize an annual Welcome Back Migratory Birds Festival?
I recently sat aboard an “iron bird” headed south from Toronto, Canada to San José, Costa Rica, thinking about the many real (and much, much smaller) migratory birds charting a similar (or much, much longer) course compared to that plane. It is awe-inspiring! Among the migratory species: the beautiful Chestnut-sided Warblers, the emblem of Finca […]
Happy second and third birthday to my “babies”
I only have the one human baby, and it’s not her first birthday quite yet. But my other “babies” include Finca Cántaros Environmental Association (FCEA), legally incorporated in British Columbia, Canada two years ago yesterday (August 21, 2020), and the Children’s Forest, a collaborative community project created on cattle pasture within FCEA grounds in 2019. […]
The blog is back with exciting updates! But why the break?
The short answer: we’ve been so busy collaborating with partner organizations and multiple community members in order to plant hundreds of trees, while simultaneously running both ongoing and new programs, that my bandwidth for blogging has been limited. Perhaps that sounds a bit like one of those job interview exchanges where the potential employer asks, […]
Time for celebrations (and tests!) in honour of the Day of the Tree
FCEA is thrilled to celebrate exciting news with you: we recently acquired 42 hectares of primarily degraded cow pasture. The land is ripe with potential for forest restoration projects we can carry out in collaboration with our community and wonderful partner organizations, such as Osa Conservation, San Vito Bird Club, Las Cruces Biological Station, the […]
39 and thinking about time (and tropical forests)
I turn 39 today. As the date approached I indulged in cliché birthday behaviour of thinking about time—what has changed over the years, or not, and what is to come. When I was about to turn 13, I was living in Seoul, South Korea due to my dad’s job as a diplomat. Despite being contained […]