Interesting article about a new nature reserve in central Peru that has been established by the American Bird Conservancy and the Peruvian conservation group. The San Marcos Private Conservation Area (PCA) protects more than 2,400 acres of high-altitude cloud forests:
Powerful Woodpecker [Photo credit: Kevin Heffernan]
Five new plant species and two new frog species have been discovered within the new reserve, which also supports birds like the Fire-throated Metaltail, Powerful Woodpecker and Brown-flanked Tanager. Only thirty percent of the forest has been surveyed, however, and it is possible that the endemic and endangered Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager may also occur here. The new reserve protects watersheds important to San Marcos, as well as to the city of Huánuco and 11,800-acre Tingo Maria National Park further downstream.