Notes about this page.  

This page describes suggestions and real-life examples of deep, substantative and enduring relationships between clubs  These are probably the kinds of things that will emerge after clubs work together for awhile.  

Develop joint grant proposals

Develop joint research questions
Design field activities for answering questions

The ultimate field trip: visiting another club
Real-life user experiences.

      Julio Bu is a landowning environmentalist in an area of western Honduras where environmentalists are few and far between.  His small reserve protects a relatively intact patch of high elevation pine forest.  He has a love of birds and other things in nature (he is an expert in mushrooms!).  Missouri Audubon and the Missouri Department of Conservation found out through friends at Beaks and Peaks Birding and Adventure Tours that Julio was interested in birds and wanted to develop a hummingbird garden on his property.  Starting in September of 2016, Beaks and Peaks invested time, labor, money, and goodwill in helping Julio establish the first bird-feeding garden in western Honduras.  This garden includes about a dozen hummingbird feeders and a number of native plants that flower in late winter when hummingbirds are looking for plant nectar. 

     Within just a few days of the feeders being hung up, hummingbirds began using them.  In fact, the first species to take advantage of feeders was a migrant Ruby-throated Hummingbird from North America.  Now, 8 species of hummingbird have been recorded among the 68 total species observed there. 

     After the birds started coming, William and Katinka from Beaks and Peaks helped get the word out among members of the birding community that this was a place to see some great birds.  They helped create an eBird hotspot for the site, and they started bringing guest there on Beaks and Peaks tours.

      Birders from the Missouri Audubon Society are following up their initial success in working with the Bu family that they now are working to obtain a grant so that Julio can build a larger kitchen to offer breakfast to larger groups than he now can handle.  If you ever find yourself on the Central American highway 11-A west of La Esperanza, be sure to stop in and visit this private reserve.