Terrestrial habitats, such as forests, grasslands and wet peatlands, contain large volumes of carbon in their biomass and soils. Yet these habitats are being destroyed or degraded at an unprecedented rate, releasing stored carbon into the atmosphere and contributing to global warming. Avoiding the imminent loss of existing habitats prevents the release of stored carbon, whilst enabling the regeneration of degraded habitats gradually re-absorbes atmospheric CO2.
This small reserve has an amazing amount of biodiversity. It is most famous for one of it’s endangered inhabitants, the Black-breasted Puffleg Hummingbird. Though we didn’t catch sight of one, we will be back during peak season and crossing our fingers that we’ll see at least one and get a great picture to share with the rest of you. But even while missing this endangered bird, our trip was a success. We added a half dozen new species to our life list and might have added a few more if we wanted to brave the afternoon fog and cold. But damp had penetrated our fingers and toes and we decided to make it a short day. In order to stay longer, I have a few suggestions of items you will want to bring: