Golden-winged Warbler Working Group

Conservation and research in action at Reserva El Jaguar, Nicaragua

Reserva El Jaguar is a private reserve located in Jinotega, Nicaragua. It is owned by the Duriaux Chavarría family and is dedicated to conservation, biodiversity protection, research and coffee production.  In addition to producing high quality coffee, the reserve protects cloud forest that provides valuable habitat to more than 374 species of birds, of which more than 75 are migratory. The reserve is also home to overwintering Golden-winged Warblers, that occupy habitat in and around the coffee farm and forest reserve.


A male Golden-winged Warbler assessed by researchers at Reserva El Jaguar. Photo: Liliana Chavarria

Children displaying Golden-winged Warbler school materials.

School children learning about local neotropic-nearctic migratory songbirds. Photo: Liliana Chavarria

Starting in 2010, the Duriaux Chavarría family led a five-year conservation project for Golden-winged Warbler in collaboration with the surrounding community that included propagating native tree species, planting them in and around local coffee farms, and fencing off forested areas to prevent habitat degradation from livestock. The project was then extended to create a larger conservation corridor, involving more than 100 producers and providing environmental education to the students of 6 rural schools.

The Duriaux Chavarría family have actively participated in research on the migration ecology and winter habitat associations of Golden-winged Warblers while simultaneously operating 2 MoSi banding stations that collect data from both migratory and resident birds. With the support of Southernwings, Reserva El Jaguar also installed a Motus tower that detects the signals of radio transmitters that have been placed on migratory birds, contributing to different migration and connectivity programs. Reserva El Jaguar serves as an excellent and unique example of the intersection between coffee production, habitat conservation, community conservation, and scientific research.

Georges Duriaux and Liliana Chavarria preparing to band birds at one of two MoSi banding stations at Reserva El Jaguar. Photo: Liliana Chavarria

Photo: Liliana Chavarria