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Conservation actions in the Dominican Republic have led to an increase from 300 to 450 of the the Hispaniola Hawk or Ridgway’s Hawk (Buteo ridwai), an endangered species, reports Diario Libre.
Marta Curti, a biologist of the La Hispaniola Hawk Project, said during a video conference that the numbers are more significant because they are evidence of the protection the species has found on the island. The Puntacana Ecological Foundation has led the effort, with the backing of the Peregrine Fund. The intention is now to take this conservation effort to other areas in the Dominican Republic and replicate the success.
Curti recalls that work began in 2000 with the first research on the sweeping bird. When The Peregrine Fund began investigating the Ridgway’s Hawk, only 250-300 remained. The bird’s habitat was getting lost to human development and the remaining...