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A prime

stopover site

      Las Brisas Nature Reserve has

been identified as an important stopover site for Cerulean Warblers and other 

migratory species as well.  It is located on the lower northeast slopes of the Turrialba Volcano and has 

two different sections, one at 250 meters above sea level and the other between 650 - 1030m.a.s.l., overlooking the Caribbean Sea.  Part of the reserve is old-growth forest, but the majority of its area has been drastically transformed from poor pasture-land to a diverse forest through an exemplary reforestation project. and it is here that we have found the greatest concentrations of CERW.  A unique combination

of factors -- precipitation, temperature and maybe

even topography, combine to make a favorable

habitat preferred over other regions of

Costa Rica.

The following aerial photos show the extent of the habitat improvement at Las Brisas.  In 2001, extensive tracts of pasture are visible.  By 2020 the grazeland has grown into a tall secondary forest. 

 

Most of our banding actually takes place in these reforested areas and are used extensively by CERWs.

Aerial photo showing extensive grazeland in Las Brisas in 2001

Aerial photo showing the results of successful reforestation at Las Brisas in 2020

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2017 Partners In Flight Stewardship Award

In 2017 Partners in Flight presented the Stewardship Award to Erick Berlin for his efforts in the restoration of stopover habitat at Las Brisas, where high priority birds (such as the Cerulean Warbler) have been benefited.

Photo: Partners In Flight

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