|Team Berak, 8 February 2014|
We ran 18 mist nets and captured nearly 100 individual birds (95 to be exact) at Berak - 13 carried bands from our field visit a year ago, while one tenacious Narrow-billed Tody still sported its band from 2005! Again, as last February, we were surprised to detect no Bicknell's Thrushes (BITH) in this forest patch, despite having mist-netted two birds at our smaller and more highly impacted La Visite site earlier in the week. Berak, which supported at least 7 BITH in 2005 (we banded 6), does not appear to have changed drastically since then, so the species' complete absence during two consecutive years is puzzling.
|Mist-netted La Selle Thrush, Berak, Haiti|
Although conservation in La Visite (and elsewhere in Haiti) remains fragile, positive signs provide hope that the tide can be turned. The battle is uphill, to be sure, but the cause is worth every effort we can muster.