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   Creating win-win solutions for biodiversity and people

Ceiba’s mission is to help people improve their livelihood through the conservation of biodiversity.  Our focus is on protecting the seasonally dry tropical forests of western Ecuador, and the Andean cloud forests, two of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth.  We believe that conservation of biodiversity can work to alleviate poverty if local landowners and rural communities are empowered to make ecologically-sound land management decisions.  Founded in 1997, with headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin, we work exclusively in the small South American nation of Ecuador which encompasses some of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems.

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Kapok Annual Newsletter 2017

November 27th, 2017 | Alyssa Daniels

2017 Annual Newsletter November 2017 download PDF What is Kapok?   Table of Contents Earthquake Recovery Recovery from Disaster Catalyzes Positive Change Relief and Recovery Fund Summary 2016-2017  Coastal Dry Forest Producing Science, and Food, ...

El Pahuma: one of best places to see orchids in Ecuador!

November 27th, 2017 | Catherine Woodward

The El Pahuma Orchid Reserve was written up as one of the best places to see orchids in Ecuador, near Quito, according to a 2017 article by CultureTrip. This lush cloud forest, owned by the Lima family, ...

TCS Students photograph flightless cormorants in the Galapagos

2018 Tropical Conservation Semester in Ecuador is Nearly Underway

September 21st, 2017 | Joe Meisel

All aboard!  Students are getting ready for the 2018 Tropical Conservation Semester, where they will spend five months exploring the incredible diversity of tropical ecosystems in Ecuador on a once-in-a-lifetime study abroad experience!  They’ll learn Spanish ...

Our camera trap project keeps giving us beautiful pictures and really valuable information about mammals in the area. Over this year we had been gathering information to create distribution models of the different mammal species. These models will help us to understand how the different species use the forest and which variable could be affecting its distribution, such us forest patch size, proximity to human settlements... This information will be extremely useful to implement an effective biological corridor.
Thank so much to all interns and volunteers that have been helping out in the long walks and data entry sessions.

Nuestro proyecto de cámaras trampa sigue dándonos preciosas imágenes e información muy importante acerca de los mamíferos de nuestra zona. A lo largo de este año hemos estado recolectando información para crear modelos de distribución de las distintas especies de mamíferos. Estos modelos nos ayudarán a entender cómo las distintas especies usan el bosque y qué variables pueden estar afectando su distribución, tales como el tamaño del fragmento de bosque, la cercanía a asentamientos humanos... Esta información será vital para implementar un corredor biológico que sea efectivo.
Gracias a todos los internos y voluntarios que nos han ayudado en las largas caminatas y sesiones de entrada de datos.
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The seventh graders from Unidad Educativa Tabuga came to visit the Reserve to learn about the Tropical Dry Forest and how its plants and animals are adapted to survive the drought during dry season. We hiked through some of the trails and were lucky to spot a troop of Howler Monkeys, an Ecuadorian Trogon, and even a giant Boa constrictor. We look forward to the next expedition!

Los estudiantes de séptimo grado de la Unidad Educativa Tabuga visitaron la Reserva para aprender sobre el Bosque Seco Tropical y cómo sus plantas y animales están adaptados para sobrevivir a la falta de agua durante la temporada seca. En nuestra caminata por los senderos tuvimos la suerte de encontrar un grupo de monos aulladores, un trogón ecuatoriano e, incluso, una enorme Boa constrictor. ¡Esperamos con ganas la próxima expedición!
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Thanks everyone so much for your generous contributions on #GivingTreesDay. With the match we raised almost $6000 in 24 hours! Thats 1200 trees! The campaign's not over til we've raised 10000 trees. We've still got one month to make this ambitious goal by the end of the year. If everyone who likes this page gave just $13 we could do it! ... See MoreSee Less

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