Margaret DiBenedetto

Margaret DiBenedetto


Published on Feb 10, 2015

The Wrap-Up

The finca worker, Jijo, accompanies us for two days, leading us along the mountain stream and then up the steep slopes, instinctively knowing when to stop and let us catch our collective breath, an...

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Published on Jan 21, 2015

Expedition of Ornithologists

The field work: finished. Data: gathered. Statistics: still being compiled.The exemplary team has deemed the expedition successful. With positive reviews all around, we were able to complete the...

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Published on Jan 14, 2015

Presence of Absence does not Indicate Absence of Presence

Various vehicular and hotel absurdities have not kept us from the mission at hand: to inventory to the best of our abilities the avian and other diversity of this 1,000 acre plantation, which by th...

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Published on Nov 13, 2014

Moving Forward

This week I had a productive meeting at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies to discuss our project.  Dr. John Lloyd was very helpful in suggesting sampling survey and inventory methods that will best...

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Published on Oct 25, 2014

Other Birds

While we're waiting to go to the DR, other bird projects fill the gap.  The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society is in the midst of the annual autumnal HawkCount.  Everyday for months, a master birder g...

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Published on Oct 19, 2014


A big THANK YOU to all of my backers!! We did it. We have enough to fund the ground expenses for this project.  I will spend the next two months preparing a list of the supplies we need, gathering ...

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Published on Sep 24, 2014

Why 300 Acres is a Big Deal

In most places, 300 acres probably isn’t a big deal. Where I live in the northeastern US, a 300-acre tract of protected forest is common.  Less than a drop in a really big bucket. There are islands...

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Published on Sep 08, 2014

Bicknell's Thrush.... or Not??

Of extreme interest in the birding community is the possibility that our project area may be of importance for Bicknell's Thrush.  Chris Rimmer of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies says it is entir...

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Published on Aug 27, 2014

Migration of the Ornithologists

We have had some good reception from Dominican ornithologists; 2 have come on board with more on the way.  Our experts from the US are also rallying and before long the list should be complete!Othe...

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Thanks Alica, ultimately, the project helped to save about a hundred of the three hundred acres, which fortunately includes the sensitive watercourse that runs through the land parcel. The sanctuary has also started a butterfly farm, adding environmental value. Thanks for reading our story!