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ONE MILLION TREES FOR MACAYA NATIONAL PARK

One of Haiti’s last national parks will receive a $ 9 million grant to ensure its preservation and 1 million trees will be planted this week (March 2018). In a press conference held Tuesday, March 21st, Astrel Joseph, Director of Water Resources within the Ministry of the Environment announced the launch of the planting of [...]

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION – OUR NEW STRATEGIC PARADIGM

Before and after Hurricane Matthew photos of a forest near Ti Letan, Massif de La Hotte, Haiti.  These wet forests have among the highest biodiversity in the Caribbean, but their future is in peril due climate change and current agricultural practices. Photos © Carlos Martinez Rivera According to the Global Climate Risk Index 2017, Haiti was [...]

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PLANTS OF MACAYA

A collaborative effort was undertaken in 2015-2017 between Société Audubon Haïti, University of Florida and the Ministry of Environment to create a catalogue of the flora of Macaya National Park.  Thousands of herbaria sheets were scanned and databased at the Florida Museum of Natural History and made available online (see Wercklea hottensis). Additionally, a collection of [...]

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NATURAL FOREST COVER IN HAITI

The newly established Grand Bois National Park crossed paths with Hurricane Matthew. Please help contribute to our recovery efforts. Help Protect Natural Heritage of Grand Bois. In addition to Grand Bois, the forests of Deux Mamelles and Grande Colline have become legally protected areas as a result of Société Audubon Haïti’s efforts. Forest cover analyses [...]

SPECIAL BIRD: BLACK-CAPPED PETREL

The Black-capped Petrel is one of the most threatened seabirds in the world.  It spends most of its life at sea, but each year it returns to the island of Hispaniola to nest and raise young.  Most of the nesting sites occur in the southern chain of mountains known as the Massif de la Selle [...]

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREAS

The Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) of Haiti are considered by scientists as the critical areas of the country that are home to the threatened plant and animal species unique to the island. Many of these species only occur in Haiti and nowhere else in the world. A large knowledge gap exists in knowing the exact [...]

SPECIAL MAMMAL: CUVIER’S HUTIA

Funding through the Darwin Initiative has allowed Société Audubon Haïti to take a closer look at one of two endemic land mammals that still occur on the island – Plagiodontia aedium or “zagouti” in the local vernacular.  This medium-sized rodent resides in limestone rock crevices and is mostly found in the remaining patches of mid- [...]

FROGS OF HAITI

Haiti has perhaps the highest percentage of threatened frog species anywhere in the world. Most of the threats are due to the loss of their forested habitat and the fact that so many of their natural ranges are restricted, sometimes to single mountains.  The southwestern area of Haiti, home to Macaya National Park, is considered [...]

CONSERVATION TRAINING

Conservation requires providing the tools to those most capable of teaching the principles and practice of conservation in Haiti.  SAH conducts workshops with teachers, protected area management staff, students, and local community leaders so that its mission to conserve Haiti’s natural heritage becomes more widespread. Financial support has been graciously provided by a wide network [...]