Tucked into the lush, biodiverse Caribbean lowland rainforests of Talamanca, Costa Rica, you will find the Kèköldi Hawkwatch, one of the largest migration count sites in the world. Identified as a major migratory bottleneck in the early 2000s, raptor migration monitoring took place here inside the Kèköldi Indiginous Reserve for about six years. Unfortunately, in the years following, the count struggled to stay organized.
But thanks to support from various organizations, new management efforts and repairs to the observation tower, the count was re-established for a full season count in the Autumn of 2021. The team of Costa Rican counters recorded an astonishing total of 2.76 million raptors from 25 species, confirming the place as the second largest raptor migration count sites in the world.
The Kèköldi Hawkwatch aims to sustain the count long-term and monitor raptor migration each spring and fall, providing opportunities for ecotours as well as education programs onsite and in local schools. Please help us reach our goal of $10,000 by supporting the Kèköldi Hawkwatch and sustaining this vital neotropical migration monitoring project.
100% of donations received will directly support a counter and a local assistant through March and April as well as help launch an education program with the local community this fall. Hawk Mountain will be training a Kèköldi educator at their hawkwatch this spring to prepare them for education initiatives this fall.
This is a partnership between Hawk Mountain, the Corredor Biologio Talamanca Caribe, HMANA and the Kèköldi Hawkwatch.
A huge thank you to 2021 supporters that helped us make this happen:
Marshall Reynolds Foundation, Kèköldi Raptor Migration Project, HMANA, Corredor Biologio Talamanca Caribe, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association and several private donors.