Monteverde Bat Jungle is a world class bat exhibit and research centre designed to introduce people to the incredible world of bats. We partner with the Monteverde Bat Jungle on a long-term research project investigating the bat diversity at Finca Cántaros.
The Motus Wildlife Tracking System “is an international collaborative network of researchers that use automated radio telemetry to simultaneously track hundreds of individuals of numerous species of birds, bats, and insects” (Birds Canada, 2020).
Finca Cántaros was the second location in all of Costa Rica to become equipped with the Motus Wildlife Tracking equipment, in order to monitor movement of birds and other species.
We are proud to be a part of this collaborative network—which can be described as citizen science or community science—so that we are able to collect important data about birds, bats or insects across long time periods and large distances than would otherwise be possible. This data allows us to respond better to scientific questions in many scientific fields of study, from population ecology to animal behaviour.
It also allows us to create more informed and robust conservation strategies. Motus Receivers, and the collaborations between people managing these receivers, facilitates a better understanding of the habitat needs and threats of countless species, and how we can do a better job protecting them.
To date our Motus Receiver has detected 13 individual birds, including: 10 Swainson’s Thrushes, 1 Red-eyed Vireo, and 2 Lesser Yellowlegs. You can visit the Finca Cántaros Motus Receiver page on the Motus site to check out more details about these exciting detections.
Finca Cántaros staff are conducting point counts using the PROALAS methodology, developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and CONABIO, with the goal of tracking changes in species diversity over time.
Deforestation, expansion of agricultural fields, development of infrastructure such as highways, among other anthropogenically driven land-use changes have made it increasingly challenging for many species of animals to move safely between disconnected forest patches. In collaboration with community members, volunteers, and neighbours, and with the support of material donations from local businesses such as CoopeSabalito and Materiales de Coto Brus, and the technical assistance and installation carried out by ICE (Costa Rica’s Electricity Institution), Finca Cántaros staff have created two wildlife bridges connecting the property to adjacent forest patches. We are monitoring the use of these bridges by potential species such as kinkajous, opossums, and other mammals, and hopefully one day, monkeys!
The Children’s Forest of Coto Brus aims to expand the reach of the existing forest of Finca Cántaros, and we are documenting the growth of the trees as well as the change in species diversity among communities of birds, bats and more.