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Talara Reserve & The Endangered Peruvian Plant Cutter

Talara forests are home to the globally endangered Peruvian Plant Cutter

The dry forest of Talara, located in the province of Talara, Piura, is a predominately flat area of about 24,700 acres that is bounded on the east side by the Amotapes Mountain Range. The area is mainly comprised of thin forest with low trees and shrubs, of which the carob tree is quite common.

Talara is a critical site for the conservation of the globally endangered Peruvian Plant Cutter (Phytotoma raimondii), sheltering the most significant populations of this endangered and endemic bird of the dry forests of the northern Peruvian coast. Currently, the zone has no official protection. In the recent past, it was property of PETROPERU but has since reverted to the State.

NCI has started a project to promote the protection of areas of importance for the conservation of birds in the Piura region, and the project has prioritized protection of the Talara area. We have also applied for a conservation concession of 15,000 acres.

Coordinating with the local NGO, Light and Hope, NCI is also emphasizing development of educational activities on various environmental topics. We have already trained a number of teachers in the school adjacent to the conservation area on the Schoolyard Ecology methodology, and an educational guidebook has been produced with information on dry forests in the area. We have also helped to create a Children’s Birdwatchers Club.

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