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PLANTS OF MACAYA

A collaborative effort is underway between the Société Audubon Haïti, University of Florida and the Ministry of Environment to create an atlas of the flora of Macaya National Park.  Thousands of herbaria sheets are being scanned and databased at the Florida Museum of Natural History, available online (see Wercklea hottensis). Additionally, a collection of field photos [...]

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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 [...]

PARC NATIONAL NATUREL MACAYA

  Société Audubon Haïti is beginning a new initiative to support the scientific research of this iconic park in Haiti.  Activities in support of the park management plan are planned for 2015-2017 and include capacity building, biological inventories, databasing, conservation and environmental education.  Workshops, such as the March 2015 (photo) event, reached out to 5 [...]

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 [...]