Friday, March 10, 2017

New Pictures. New animals. New news!

The Kinkajou, an occasional visitor to out camera testing area.
I'm tired of that Damn Snake! so let's get on with some pictures!

We have just returned from Costa Rica.  The project is active and is continuing to produce positive results.  Animal populations continue to be sustained.  We even got a first real glimpse of a jaguarundi with her kitten.

A Jaguarundi kitten towers over it's mother.
Some of the cameras fared well despite that over 6 feet of rain fell in a 30 day time at the end of November.

For the first time, we did not see any trespassers hunting on the land.  We did see plenty of dogs, which cause chaos in the forest.

Local dog harasses an agouti within the same minute.
We are up to 4 working wireless cameras.  As far as we know, we are still  the only project with wireless cameras in Costa Rica.  Movistar, our cell service provider, has been instrumental in helping us maintain connectivity.  We brought the cameras and they had the technology, but we had to merge the two, a first for this multi-national company.

Back in August HCO, the company who sells the wireless cameras that we use, offered up a contest on Facebook and we won!
We won a Camera!
The cameras email us images in minutes.  The images that we receive are much lower quality(resolution) than what is recorded to the card. Here are side by side examples:
Low resolution email image of Coati.

Better resolution of the same image downloaded from the SD card.
We have inspired at least six other property owners to use camera traps.  So our project is much more far reaching than we ever expected.

In early January, I was asked by a friend to set up some cameras on an old road up on the mountain behind Golfito.  The first time we checked the camera we got a male Puma image. We continued to see more of him regularly for the next three weeks.  We also discovered Puma droppings or scat which were given to mammalogists from the Phoenix Zoo. This will shed light on the cat's dietary information from fur analysis.
Our cameras got a Puma only 3 miles from our property.

As far as we know, this is the first photo evidence of a Puma seen in this vicinity in a long time.  There was also a documented report and video of a Puma crossing the Coto River just South of Golfito. Our place, Ocho Verde is just 5km or 3 miles from each location.

This is important as we try to determine if we have a big cat corridor from the Golfo Dulce Rainforest Reserve into the wilder mountains of Pavones and into northwestern Panama. Cat corridors are important for genetic diversity and healthy populations.  Other than a fortunate sighting, our camera traps will certainly be key in this determination.
This seems like a logical path for big cats

We can always use assistance with our project as there are constant financial burdens such as  batteries, data plans, memory cards, camera repairs, etc.  If you would like to offer further help, please use PAYPAL with the email address, or contact us directly at the same email address.
No brand was spared from the rain damage.

We have a remarkable support staff in the US that enables us to spend time on our project. Observant neighbors, reliable cat feeders, and an expert parrot watcher to name a few.  We are always grateful for their help!

See you soon --Thanks--Frank

If you have stuck around this is funny video from our cameras!

In the enire six weeks we were there, we saw 2 snakes and no fer-de-lances!