Have fun saving the world. Enjoy spending time in the bicycle and walking trails while reporting observations of wildlife using the Project Noah app and your GPS. Identifications of the spottings are ideal, but if you need help, check the "ID help" button. Chimani software is creating a smart park tour app in 2012 in order to complement the Noah app. Pre-register for it at http://opwr.org to get it free. Sign in to join mission
Dry tropical forest once occupied more land area than rainforest, at 42% of all intra-tropical vegetation. However, it is easily converted to cattle pasture by logging and burning, and now very little dry tropical forest remains. In Central America sadly less than one-tenth of one percent remains. Because of these tremendous rates of loss, organisms that once were common in these forests now face extinction, merely for lack of habitat. Furthermore, because few functioning dry forest ecosystems remain (the forest is reduced to small, isolated patches in most parts of the world), their ecology is poorly studied, and their fauna and flora are far less well understood than in the much better-studied rainforests. Some positive developments can be reported, however, particularly in Nicaragua. In the southwestern Nicaraguan pueblo of El Ostional, the tireless efforts of Kevin Shea (a.k.a. Indio Jones) led to the establishment of the Ostional Private WildLife Reserve, later achieving the nickname "O". We at O are succeeding, without little if any private or governmental support, in resuscitating the nearly extirpated dry forest ecosystem in Ostional, an area which will soon enjoy visits by hundreds of thousands of ecotourists, students and researchers each year. O hopes to one day connect our reserve with the Mesoamerican biological corridor But the first steps are to get a resource inventory. What precious flora and fauna exist? This is where the citizen scientists come in.
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