- Project name: A community-based research approach to conserve the endangered Banded Ground-Cuckoo in Ecuador
- Project site: Canande reserve, Canton Quinindé, Ecuador
- EDGE species: Banded Ground-cuckoo Neomorphus radiolosus
- Active: 2018 - ongoing
Eliana first became interested in the Banded Ground-cuckoo after learning about the elusive bird when visiting the remnants of the Chocó rainforest in Ecuador. She has previously worked with the Jocotoco Foundation on a reintroduction project of Great Green Macaws.
Eliana hopes to learn many new skills through the EDGE Fellowship which will allow her to become a future conservation leader and pass her experience on to local people directly affected by deforestation.
Eliana’s project aims to identify key strongholds and preferred habitat of the Banded Ground-Cuckoo in order to expand the Canande reserve in a way that maximises benefits to the species. She plans to achieve this through the following objectives:
- Assess the population size of the Banded Ground-cuckoo by monitoring point transects in the Canande reserve and the surrounding unprotected forests.
- Characterise microhabitat preferences of the Banded Ground-cuckoo.
- Train local residents and park guards to conduct monitoring.
- Promote the importance of conserving the Banded Ground-cuckoo by organising workshops in local communities.
- Implement a feeding station to give national and international
visitors the chance to observe the species.