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
The growing diversity of the animals of Reserva Don Luis is a fresh source of delight every time we return. We don't play favourites, but it's impossible not to engage more with some of our more conspicuous guests. One of these is the strange-tailed tyrant. The male is stoic in his tolerance of one of nature's strangest - and it would seem least practical - adaptations. He's willing to suffer to be beautiful, and somehow manages to fly with tail feathers that were surely designed for a bird three times his size.
We love his perseverance; his resolution to succeed against challenge, and his ability to prove that anything is possible. He's appearing in growing numbers on the Reserva Do Luis, and his success has become an allegory for, and a symbol of, our own.
When we started the process of updating and redesigning our website, we wanted to adopt an image that symbolised our aims and our challenges. This brave little flycatcher, with his indomitable character, was the perfect choice.
The logo is a stylised profile of a male tyrant, silhouetted against the sunrise. We coloured the sun the blue of the Argentinian flag in honour of this country's beauty, its climate and the breathtaking span of magnificent animals that it nurtures.
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Our bat team is conducting bat research both in the Ibera Marshes and in other provinces. We are especially concentrating on Misiones at the moment where we find the largest bat in Argentina, Chrotopterus auriitus and Myotis ruber, two species that we are researching.
Thank you so much for your generous donations to help us with fighting the wildfires last year. We could not have managed without you.
The drought continued this year but fortunately the wildfires did not reach the reserve (although they came very close). As a result of the more than 3 years of drought, the areas of marshland (esteros) have all but disappeared, and cattle from our neighbours are managing to get into the reserve quite easily through previously inaccessible areas. We are having to replace 4 km of fencing in the north partly due to the aforementioned reason and partly due to last year's wildfires. Our neighbour to the north has completed his part but we do not have the money to pay for the required posts, wiring and varillas in order to do our part.
We are pretty desperate for donations so we can complete the fencing and keep out the constantly invading cattle.
Are you able to help?
There's always too much to do, and far too few resources to do it. The Reserve is still a new project, but it's already making a significant difference to the fates of a growing diversity of threatened species. If you can help, then there's an exciting and rewarding opportunity for you here.
We usually look for volunteers for spring and summer (Sept - March in Argentina).
We have build a cabana to house up to 4 people at a time and will be on the lookout for keen enthusiasts with some qualifications to help us with our projects. Occasionally we take unqualified volunteers to help us with jobs around the reserve but I have to stress it is not a holiday. We have 2 projects that are either ongoing or we hope to start during 2023/4 and require volunteers to help us with the research.
Study of the breeding habits of Alectrurus risora including monitoring of their nests. Due to covid, this project has been delayed, but we are ready to get goung again in the spring. We plan to ring the juveniles in the nest with coloured rings and also do some mist-netting of the adults.
Continue with our successful bat research at the reserve, in the rest of Corrientes and in Misiones or maybe further afield.
If you feel interested in our projects and would like to volunteer please contact us.
Please bear in mind that you will be expected to help out with whatever is needed at the time and that we do have more than our fair share of insects, including mosquitoes and Deer flies. The sun can be very fierce, even in September, and temperatures can be high. We would expect volunteers to stay for3 weeks minimum. Anti-rabies vaccinations are essential if you wish to handle bats.
Below are some of our recent volunteers: Alex Roberts, Ed Marray, Cassie Horton, Abel Yunis, Sergio Ramirez, Arturo Roselli, Sebastian Navajo, Edith Villordo, James Crees, Alex Buxton, Florencia, Sebastian Santiago, Martin Oporto, Lucila Amato, Martin Rizzo, Melina, Valeria, Fede, Maria, Beatriz Luraschi, Gustavo Casares, Molly Watson, Leo Georgadis, Melisa D'occhio, Victoria Brenn, Ernesto Villa, Ezequiel 'Puma' Lis, Mariano Aimar, Victoria Brennan.