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A Call for Action.

Action is needed in each country, but the most urgent needs are in Mexico, where tropical forests important to many high-concern land-birds are threatened by continued clearing for agriculture, livestock production, timber, and urban development. Many migrants from Canada and the United States depend on the same tropical highland forests in southern Mexico needed by highly threatened resident species.

Saving Our Shared Birds recommends six essential conservation actions:

  • Protect and recover species at greatest risk.
  • Conserve habitats and ecosystem functions.
  • Reduce bird mortality.
  • Expand our knowledge base for conservation.
  • Engage people in conservation action.
  • Increase the power of international partnerships.

Saving Our Shared Birds concludes that we can achieve our goals to conserve North America’s bird populations and the habitat they depend on, but the window of opportunity is rapidly closing. Conserving our shared birds will require a continental, and ultimately hemispheric, perspective and a commitment to international cooperation. Although this tri-national assessment is a major step forward for bird conservation in the Western Hemisphere, efforts in Mesoamerica, Caribbean, and South America must also address the highest priority conservation needs for the hemisphere’s shared birds.

Optics for the Tropics is committed to supporting the Tri-national Vision. For the next two years, we will focus on getting equipment to the four Regional Alliances that act as Joint Ventures in Mexico in order to carry out bird monitoring essential to this conservation plan. You can help! Make a tax-deductible donation today!

Optics for the Tropics is featured in the spring issue of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative’s “All Bird Bulletin, pg 15.”

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The Art to Preserve the Birds

Supporting Caribbean Bird Conservation Through Art

An initiative of “Caribbean Wildlife Art Working Group”, Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds, SCSCB and Optics for the Tropics


To help in preserve Caribbean birds and its habitat trough the financial support of small grants given by wildlife artist artworks donated to improve for this kind purpose.

Brief Outline:

Caribbean Wildlife Art Working Group from SCSCB and Optics for the Tropics are linked to contribute and improve the projects in the Caribbean region pointed in bird conservation, specially focused on threatened birds.

Optics for the Tropics had been doing many efforts to provide with optic materials such as binoculars, scopes and other items to several bird conservation projects in the area and Caribbean Wildlife Art Working Group join many artist with interest to preserve the nature, it had donated several artworks to raise funds for birds conservation in the Caribbean. It link, will allow to support with small grants and optics items to individuals who are leading projects on this mater in the Caribbean region. Each project should have an additional funding sources or the grant must be enough to cover the entire budget.

The small grant fundraising are obtained by selling bird paintings, these funds will be used to allowed OT to get new optic materials and to support the cash for small grants.


  • We only support small grants up to 300 USD.
  • We only support grants for the people (Caribbean ornithologist or conservationist) involved in birds conservation and study in the Caribbean region, in special for local people whose work in any protected area or that live or work in any way inside of the distribution range of the species involved.
  • We like to support projects to improve the knowledge through field work (expeditions) about range, reproduction or status of any threatened birds, very rare or critically endangered ones, therefore new important data for its conservation and related maters.
  • We are happy to join with other grant making foundations or wildlife artist to support a particular initiative.
  • The author must give us the contact of three referees that know about your project and qualification.
  • TGrants are made annually. We tend to make a grant for a period of one years but very occasionally a one-off grant may be made.
  • The expedient use of funds is an important criterion in assessing all applications.
  • There is no deadline for applications, the number of applications supported will be in relation to the fundraising able to obtain through the paintings sale and the amount of the project budget.
  • The application must be sent through email and the acceptance or not will be notify to each author by the same way.
  • Each author is responsible to present the complete results of his project at the end.
  • We can afford a continuation grant in exceptionally cases, when the result will be very important and compromise with the specie survival.


Joni Ellis, Director
Optics for the Tropics
2205 SE 23RD PL
GAINESVILLE FL  32641-1474
Nils Navarro
Caribbean Wildlife Art Working Group, SCSCB
Project Coordinator
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Optics for the Tropics Committed to Saving Our Shared Birds

On May 11th, 2010, government officials from Canada, Mexico, and the United States, on behalf of the landbird initiative, Partners in Flight (PIF), released the report, Saving Our Shared Birds: Partners in Flight Tri-National Vision for Landbird Conservation. Saving Our Shared (SOS) Birds is the latest effort by PIF to help species at risk and keep common birds common-its mission since 1990. Driving the report’s creation was the idea of a shared continent of birds and a shared continent of people connect to birds, transcending the borders of our three countries for conservation.