December 3, 2009
As with each month, we reviewed all of the cameras on the reserve and put out new cameras that will serve to complete our web design; we are placing more and more cameras in the field each time. With respect to felids, this month we had some very nice photographs of ocelots, bobcats, and mountain lions. Unfortunately we did not find any jaguar photos. We saw some jaguar tracks in a pond, but there was not a camera nearby. We hope to find more jaguar pictures coinciding with all of the new cameras we continue placing in the field to follow the web camera design. This is the first time all of the camera stations will be paired, so we hope we will finally have both sides of jaguars and be able to identify all of them in order to continue our analysis about jaguar populations.
This month was not only about field work; this time we had very different work since it was also the first time we visited the United States. We had the great opportunity to go to one very interesting meeting, the 2009 Carnivore Conference in Denver, Colorado, organized by Defenders of Wildlife. While there, we presented our results from the 10-year analysis that we did earlier this fall. That experience allowed us to meet different people, all of them really nice persons and very interested in jaguar conservation. So for a few days, we forgot all political frontiers and talked about the importance of conserving carnivore populations throughout the world. And one great thing besides the conference is that we were met with lots of snow; it was an excellent part of the trip that we will never forget.
After the Carnivore meeting, we went to Tucson to meet some donors and talk with them about our work and adventures on the reserve. At first, we were very nervous, but they were very nice and patient with our English – so we felt like we were at home, and we had a great night with them.
Finally, we really want to say thank you to all of the donors that always help us to continue jaguar monitoring and conservation and that are helping us to improve the infrastructure in order to make our days at the reserve safer and more comfortable.
– 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.