It sounds crazy, but we've had to expand our menu at Reserva Las Gralarias to include worms! 

RLG's Latest Menu Item: Worms! 

By Jane A. Lyons

Vice-president, Las Gralarias Foundation

 

Our kitchen at Reserva Las Gralarias is well-known for its Ecuadorian and international cuisine."Yellow" But lately, we've had guests requiring different fare: worms!

For several years, RLG caretaker, Segundo Imba, has been successful at feeding some of our antpittas. This type of endeavor has now become fairly common at various birding lodges but, for numerous reasons, was never anything that we actively tried to do at RLG.  One day, though, I saw a Yellow-breasted Antpitta (YBA) in a garden behind the kitchen. When a few days later several of us saw one in front of the kitchen, we decided to throw a few worms to it in hopes of keeping it nearby and easy for our birding guests to see. Named “Yellow” by Segundo, that bird became a regularly photographed celebrity here at RLG. "Yellow” eventually moved down towards the creek though continues to call his very identifiable version of a typical YBA song. 

Moustached AntpittaJust when we were ready to take worms off the menu, in early August this year, a Moustached Antpitta appeared near the entry gate and in front of the kitchen. So of course we have had to feed it also. Worms are back!





 


In late August, we were happy to host at RLG a group of dedicated bird photographers from the island of Taiwan and mainland China. 

They shared their Chinese tea with us and seemed to be happy with our Ecuadorian/international cuisine. Most importantly they were able to see and photograph a lot of our most photogenic bird species. And, yes, they were able to get photographs of both Yellow-breasted Antpitta and Moustached Antpitta.

Some other nice sightings in August included a very territorial male Powerful Woodpecker at the guest house, our always-favorite Plate-billed Mountain-Toucans, many tanagers at our fruit feeders including the timid Blue-capped Tanager, and, for those who ventured out at night, an adorable family of Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrants. 

All in all, we've had a busy summer at RLG! If you missed some of our exciting sightings, catch up on all the goings-on at LGF's Recent News page on our website.
Blue-capped Tanager and Rufous-headed Pygmy Tyrants


Your Donations Make a Big Difference!

By Mary Ann Beauchemin, Membership
 

First of all, we want to thank all of you for your fantastic support of Las Gralarias Foundation! 

And we know you'll enjoy knowing that whatever you donate to Las Gralarias Foundation, 100% of your donation is used to support the ongoing work at Reserva Las Gralarias.

Board members and volunteers receive no compensation at all from Las Gralarias Foundation for their contributions of time and effort and cover the costs incurred by the foundation at their own expense.Powerful Woodpecker

Since its inception, the Las Gralarias Foundation has raised funds to help purchase over 1,000 acres, or 425 hectares, of habitat. Contribution dollars have also been spent to help build a research station, purchase equipment for use in research, award small stipends to researchers, and buy supplies for the Los Exploradores education program.

Because we depend on your support--as does the wildlife like the Powerful Woodpecker that has found a home at the reserve--we wanted you to know of a change.

We recently learned that Just Give has merged with another organization and as a result they are no longer accepting donations on behalf of non-profit foundations, including Las Gralarias Foundation. So if you go to the Just Give website, LGF no longer comes up in a search result. 

However, you still have two easy options to make a donation to LGF. You can make a one-time or recurring donation via our PayPal page using your credit card or your PayPal account. Or you can mail us a check--our address is at the very bottom of each Chirp. Details for both of these options also can be found on our webpage at this link:  http://lasgralariasfoundation.org/contribute/


 

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Photo Credits: "Yellow" courtesy of Michael Gray; Moustached Antpitta courtesy of Mauricio Ruano; visiting photographers courtesy of Jane Lyons; Blue-capped Tanager, Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrants, and Powerful Woodpecker courtesy of Roy Averill-Murray; Fawn-breasted Brilliant Hummingbird courtesy of Greg Lambeth






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