Spatial Modeling for the Search and Conservation of the Endangered Harpy Eagle and King Vulture in Mexico

9 Feb 2022 Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve, Mexico, Central and Latin America Birds | Communities

Alan Monroy Ojeda

During the present research and conservation project we will: 1. model and analyze the current potential distribution of the harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) in Mexico and the king vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) in Mexico and the Neotropics; 2. We will create a model to identify and validate harpy eagle nesting areas in Mexico, and 3. Assess the conservation status of the harpy eagle and the king vulture in Mexico.

1. The research will provide a map of key areas where Harpy Eagles and King Vultures are to be found (Region Mexico and Middle America).

2. The models will show key nesting area for the two species, which will be designated as key monitoring and conservation areas (Region Mexico and Middle America).

3. The current field conservation efforts will be focused on the areas designated by the distribution models and, search efforts will be done with trained local indigenous groups.

4. Local indigenous communities will participate through the projects field work and several environmental awareness workshops on the importance of birds of prey will be held in priority conservation areas.

5. The nesting areas models will be useful for any other conservation efforts in south America aiming to find Harpy Eagle nests.

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