CONSERVATION IN ACTION
2013, our Junior Rangers have participated in citizen science
throughout the Paso del Istmo. Twice a month they visit seven routes
near their communities to monitor birds, mammals, reptiles, and
amphibians. This information is recorded in their field journals,
collected by our staff, and organized in a master database. The
information they collect is helping inform our conservation strategy and
prioritize our efforts.
support from our staff, the Junior Rangers have also set camera traps
along wildlife monitoring routes. Once a month they check their traps
and analyze the images. Through this work they are learning more about
local wildlife and further contributing to our understanding of the
This program is made possible by the Loro Parque Fundacion, Disney Conservation Fund, USFS-International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Prince Bernhard Nature Fund, USFWS Wildlife Withouth Borders - Amphibians in Decline, Surf Industries Manufacturing Association, Los Angeles Zoo, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, IDB- Multilateral Investment Fund, Man and Nature, SEE Turtles, Woodtiger Fund, the Henry and Iris Englund Foundation, and numerous private donors.
IN THE NEWS
On September 19th, roughly 2,500 volunteers participated in Nicaragua's International Coastal Clean-Up
and collected a little more than 15 tons of garbage. This is the seventh year Paso Pacifico has organized this event in collaboration with the Ocean Conservancy, Surf Industries Manufacturing Association
, IDB- Multilateral Investment Fund
, USFS-International Institute of Tropical Forestry and dozens of local partners some of which include the SER-San Antonio, SER Licorera, U.S. Embassy Managua, INTUR, Alcaldia de San Juan del Sur, Alcaldía de Diriamba, Guacalito de la Isla, Grupo Pellas, Casco Safety, and Coca Cola.
Over the years, tens of thousands volunteers have collected more than 100,000 pounds of trash along Nicaragua’s coastline. This year, a staggering 3,920 pounds of trash was collected from one beach alone. Aside
from removing trash from the beaches, this event helps bring
awareness to the issue of ocean conservation. There is a growing
community of people in Nicaragua concerned about ocean pollutants and
protecting the region’s marine ecosystems. We look forward to supporting
this event for many years to come.
PARTNERS MAKE IT POSSIBLE
the last three years, Paso Pacifico has worked to study and protect
amphibian populations throughout the Paso del Istmo. These efforts have
led us to identify two endangered frog species and now our efforts are
focused on safeguarding these species. This discovery and the growing
conservation effort to protect these species from extinction would not
have been possible without our partners on this program.
TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Martinez has led our environmental education program since it began in
2006. Since then she has mentored over four hundred children, engaging
them in their natural world through field trips and interactive lessons
on wildlife and environmental stewardship. Through her leadership, Julie
has helped to build the concern for nature into a community-based
Julie holds a degree in Biology from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) and a graduate degree in Environmental Management from Universidad Americana (UAM). She has also received training in experiential education from Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Art Corp. She is a key member of our team and we are deeply grateful for her talents and commitment to Nicaragua’s future.
Paso Pacifico would like to extend a special thanks to Olivier Behra
. In 1993, Olivier founded the conservation organization Man and Nature
with the aim of preserving Madagascar’s biodiversity and empowering
local people. The organization has been a tremendous success and has
grown to more than 10 countries on 3 continents, aiding thousands of
people in recovering their forests and gaining economic stability
through high value botanical products.
In 2012, Paso Pacifico began its partnership with Man and Nature to grow
two native tree species that contain high value oils and to restore and
improve management on two key watersheds in the Paso del Istmo. The
more than 60,000 trees planted through this program will protect the
waterways and soon provide income for the farming communities that maintain them.
We are grateful for Olivier's leadership in identifying the potential
for these botanical products and for gaining corporate and philanthropic
partners for this endeavor.