Strange Tails

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

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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Leo volunteer with bat

Help Needed

We need your help to provide a safe, sustainable environment for these irreplaceable and seriously threatened animals. Your donations - however small - are very welcome indeed, and if you can volunteer useful skills then we'd love to hear from you!

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Please consider giving us a donation as we are funded solely by personal money and donations.  The expenses of the reserve are quite high and include the employment of our ranger, buying and maintaining our research kit, gasoil for our tractor, garden machinery and transport to and from the local town, maintenance of our wooden houses and fences. There are several projects in which we would like to get involved but are unable to do so at the moment due to lack of funds.

We hate to ask for donations but we do need some help to keep the reserve running and our habitat protected for our amazing species.

Thank you!


Help Required

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). Covid has made this difficult, and we are only currently permitted to have volunteers from Argentina. We hope that this will change when more people become vaccinated, and the virus becomes less significant.
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 2021and require volunteers to help us with the research.
  1. Study of the breeding habits of Alectrurus risora including monitoring of their nests. Due to covid, this project is delayed. We plan to ring the juveniles in the nest with coloured rings and also do some mist-netting of the adults.
  2. 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 for a month 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.


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