October 18, 2012
This last trip to the Northern Jaguar Reserve was filled with surprise and adventure, much more so than in previous months. We were able to visit Los Pavos with assistance from Rick, the tractor, and the reserve vaqueros Laco and Laqui. They fixed the road and also worked with me out in the field. Most of the feline photos this month were of mountain lions and bobcats. There are just a few photos of jaguars and ocelots on the reserve and Viviendo con Felinos ranches, which happens during the rainy season when there is more water available. Although we did not have many jaguar photos, we hope to see more in the coming months.
Along the arroyo Cajón Los Pavos, we found a pair of military macaws in a tree above the canyon. We were able to observe them for some time. Personally, I have never seen macaws so close to where we were walking, and this was one of the best sightings I have ever had.
During our journey to El Carricito, we found that the rains this year were much more intense than last year. The water level was almost two meters high in some places. I also noticed when I was in the arroyo at Los Pavos that there was running water all the way to the end of the stream, which is incredible. When you walk in that area during the dry season, it is impossible to imagine water there. Seeing all of this water left quite an impression.
We had jaguar photos of “Caza” on the reserve at the Babisal arroyo, and right now it appears that we have two female jaguars in this area since there were photos of “Libélula” at Babisal last month. We hope that soon there will be some photos of the male jaguars that normally show up in our photos, like “El Inmenso” and “Ferb.”
In the month ahead, we hope to inspect more of the cameras on the nearby ranches and to visit Rancho El Saucito, which is in-between Agua Fría and Cajón del Mudo. I was recently taking photos and examining potential locations for cameras at El Saucito since this property may soon join the Viviendo con Felinos project. We hope to have good results here and more feline photos.
Daniela Gutiérrez has worked on the Northern Jaguar Reserve and Viviendo con Felinos ranches since March 2011. As a jaguar guardian, she maintains an extensive network of motion-triggered cameras on the reserve and ranches, inventories the ecological health of the land and water, and patrols the area to keep out poachers.