Assessing hurricane impacts to Puerto Rican Birds – 2018

Puerto Rican Tody, a native bird of Puerto Rico. Photo credit: Jose Salguero.

During September 2017, the island of Puerto Rico was impacted by two major hurricanes — Irma (September 7) and Maria (September 20).  These two storms, especially Maria, devastated infrastructure and natural areas throughout the island. FIF’s 2018 grant to the Sociedad Ornitológica Puertorriqueña, Inc. (SOPI) and Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) helped to fund an island-wide bird census to assess the … Read More

Helping to preserve Indri habitat on Madagascar – 2015

Indri, Madacascar

Critically endangered lemurs and amphibians cling to survival in the rainforests of eastern Madagascar, one of Earth’s major biodiversity hotspots. In the island’s Moramanga District, threats from extractive industries and unregulated subsistence agriculture pose dire risks to wildlife, including the Indri, the world’s largest surviving lemur species. FIF’s grant to the Rainforest Trust will help this organization purchase land and … Read More