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Strange Tails

We're delighted to have a strong population of strange-tailed tyrants at the reserve. So much so that we've adopted these beautiful and endangered birds as the symbol of the Trust

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COLLETT TRUST FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES

Reserva Don Luis, Cambyreta, Corrientes, Argentina

                                   Strange-tailed-tyrant

                                          Respect Other Species

Thank you for visiting our website. We're a small trust dedicated to preserving endangered species and defending the habitats that are essential to their survival.

Our wildlife reserve is made up of 1,600 hectares (4,000 acres)  of grassland/wetland in north-east Argentina. We purchased this former cattle ranch in 2010 and have since worked constantly to restore its ecological balance and provide a safe, sustainable habitat for its magnificent flora and fauna.  We are primarily a research station and welcome visiting naturalists, biologists, ornithologists, Bat workers, experienced bird ringers and keen amateurs interested in conservation. We are also looking for volunteers.  See our page on Volunteering

Our Trust is also involved with the Jersey Bat Group in the island of Jersey, UK, where we have put up around 100 bat boxes in the island's woodlands in an effort to learn more about our local bats.

Our Transport at Reserva Don Luis                            

                               Maurio on horseback

 

We have several photo galleries that we hope you will look at including 'Birds of Ibera',  Mammals of Ibera,  Bat ID'Reptiles of Ibera', 'Endangered Species', 'Fauna of Iguazu' amongst others.  

Since April 2015 we have had an example of Crax fasciolata (Bare-faced Curassow) at our reserve, the first in Corrientes for decades.  We are actively searching for a breeding pair of this species so we can start a breeding program with the final aim of release in the wild.  Read more here for information on this Cracid which is highly endangered in Argentina.

                                  

Finally things are warming up at the reserve after a long winter. There is fruit on some of our native trees which is attracting birds, our Howler Monkeys and, we hope, bats.

 

There are many Strange-tailed Tyrants this year so we expect a lot of juveniles which should start appearing soon. The photo at the top of the page is a male Strange-tailed Tyrant.

 

                                Strange-tailed Tyrant, Alectrurus risora, Yetepa de Collar

                                 Alectrurus risora

 

We have an army of Capybaras in our garden and sometimes you can see 50 plus during the nighttime.  Even during the day there are usually several around.

                                   Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, Capybara, Carpincho                                              

                                Carpinchos                       

Much of our current work revolves around the study of our local bats (authorisation of Parque & Reservas) and we now have authorisation to conduct studies in the rest of the Province thanks to Recurses Naturales.  Currently we know of 14 definite bat species at the reserve which we have processed through capture and release.    For more information please look at our page on Bats of Ibera. There is no official bat call library in Argentina so we are creating our own and so far have identified 16 different species from our recordings, some of which are relatively unknown here.The following bats were captured, measured, photographed and recorded before release:  - Molossops temminckii. Eumops patagonicus, Molossus rufusLasiurus ega, Lasiurus blossevilliiEptesicus furinalis, Eptesicus brasiliensis Myotis nigricansMyotis riparius, Desmodus rotundusSturnira lilium, Platyrrhinus lineatus and Eumops bonariensis.  Finally we feel we are making some progress toward identifying our bat species in a country in which they generally persecute these specialised mammals. See the bats that we have identified on our Mammals of Ibera page.   

 

                      Platyrrhinus lineatus - White-lined Bat   

 We captured this bat in the south of the reserve in September 2017.  It is frugivorous and weighs aroung 25 grams                                                

white-lined-bat

                             

                         Lasiurus cinereus - Hoary Bat

Although we have not yet caught this beautiful bat at the reserve, (this one was caught in another province) we frequently hear it on our detectors.

Hoary Bat

 

                                 

This is the second largest wetland in South America and is renowned for its biodiversity, in particular amongst the bird species.  We have several endangered species at our reserve including the Maned Wolf, Marsh Deer, Neotropical Otter, Strange-tailed Tyrant, Marsh Seedeater, Greater Rhea and Ochre-breasted Pipit.  We are constantly adding new papers to our page Scientific Reports.

We have some exciting plans for reintroductions, initially of the Bare-faced Curassow where we have made a significant step in obtaining a male for the reserve.

This is very much a live site, with new content and photographs being added constantly.  We will be at the reserve from September for most of the Argentine spring and early summer, hoping to advance our projects.

We hope you'll enjoy your visit and that we'll be seeing you again.  Any queries please contact us at info@collett-trust.org

Miranda Collett

                                            Marsh Deer

 

 

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