Jaguar Guardian Blog – March 2012

April 20, 2012

Dear Friends,

Around the middle of the month, there was snow in the high Sierras to the east of the Northern Jaguar Reserve near the Chihuahua border. At the reserve, there was just a light rain, and the ensuing cold, cloudy days were very comfortable for us to check all of our camera traps. We were able to climb to the top of some of the hills between Babisal and Dubaral, and from there, we could see the white, snow-capped mountains in the distance.

We had 28 jaguar pictures in this month’s camera review. Most of these were of “El Inmenso,” although “Ferb” and “Caza” also appeared. Unfortunately, we have not had traces of “Mayo” very recently. It is possible that Mayo was displaced by El Inmenso and Ferb, and is now occupying lands south of the reserve. Ferb and El Inmenso have meanwhile been appearing in the Viviendo con Felinos ranches more frequently. Our colleague Daniela, who is the field technician for the neighboring ranches, recently had photographs of these two male jaguars at Bábaco. The female jaguar Caza is moving a lot through the reserve right now, as we can see in the photo documentation. We hope to soon have enough time to analyze all of this information generated by the motion-triggered cameras, and if you want collaborate with us, we would be very glad.

Finally, there were more people visiting this month. Once again, several volunteers accompanied Rick and Turtle to Babisal de Abajo to continue the construction of cabins and other infrastructure at this site. In one week, they made more than 2,000 adobe bricks that are going to serve to build the cabins and a composting outhouse. We could not help them this time because we were so busy with other work, but hopefully we can participate in the coming months. We have started to utilize the facilities as they are completed, such as the room to sleep in and the new shower!

That is all for now, more news in next blog.

– Carmina & Miguel

Our jaguar guardians, Carmina Gutiérrez and Miguel Gómez Ramírez, have worked at the Northern Jaguar Reserve since October 2008. As the reserve’s resident biologists, Carmina and Miguel patrol lands to keep out poachers, sustain ongoing management of the reserve, maintain a network of motion-triggered cameras, and inventory the ecological health of reserve lands and waters.

Top photo: Snow seen in the distant mountains; below: en route to check cameras at Los Pavos