Lunch & Learn Series: The Threat of Illegal Hunting in Colombia

HMANA Lunch & Learn Series: The Phantom; Tracking Red-shouldered Hawks

Wednesday, September 20 at 12:00 pm EST

We welcomed Esther Viviana Vallejo for the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) September lunch and learn program who presented the most recent information about the threat of illegal hunting that still persists to migrating raptors in Colombia. These birds play a vital role in our ecosystems, and yet, their very existence is jeopardized by the reckless actions of illegal hunters. She will share the data collected through the project “Conserving migrating raptors in Colombia” with a call to protect these magnificent creatures and preserve our ecosystems.
Esther Viviana Vallejo is a Colombian biologist and has been working with birds for ten years, with experience in wildlife management, conservation, consulting and environmental education. The first time Esther saw the migration was at the largest migration site in the world, Veracruz River of Raptors in Mexico. She never saw the sky again with the same eyes. She continued learning about raptors and migration as a conservation science trainee at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.

After completing her traineeship, she returned to Colombia and founded the NGO “TROPICOS Colombia”. The aim of this organization is to contribute to conservation initiatives and to support the creation of an official long-term raptor migration count site in central Colombia. She became the director of this initiative called “Conserving migrating raptors in Colombia”.



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