Toucans and climate change: follow up

In January I did a post on Toucans and climate change and someone asked, “What can we do?”.

One strategy that Friends of the Rainforest is actively involved in is the Bellbird Biological Corridor project that is trying to create continuous habitat for birds such as the Quetzal along their migration routes.

Another approach is to improve their survival chances up here at their breeding sites. To do this, many local landholders, including reserves have provided nesting boxes. A number of species use these boxes including the resplendent quetzal.

These boxes help by providing more nesting sites, particularly in regenerating forest since suitable hollows are more common in more mature trees. The boxes are also designed for the birds to be able to nest but make it hard for a toucan bill to reach the nest. And they are strong, so it is difficult for a predator to tear it open and get at the eggs.

However, one year a reserve put a webcam in a nesting box so that people could watch the quetzals raise their young. People around the world watched in horror as the nest was raided and tried to make emergency calls to the reserve to rescue the nest. So the nesting boxes don’t have webcams any more!


One thought on “Toucans and climate change: follow up

  1. This is so interesting, Rowan. After I read your first post on the Toucans I was wondering about how the boxes worked–thanks for posting this. Hope all is well in Costa Rica!

    Best, Kate

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