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Editors: Luis M. Díaz, William S. Alverson, Adelaida Barreto Valdés, and Tatzyana Wachter
Design: Costello Communications, Chicago
Translations: Amanda Zidek-Vanega, Tyana Wachter, y /and W. S. Alverson
Web design and development: Allyson Meyer and Ryan Peters
Funding: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
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Our visit to the Sierra de Cubitas and the adjacent savanna
was even briefer than the typical “rapid inventory.” Nevertheless,
during the four days that we had in the field we registered new
species for the site and for the region, and made a preliminary
evaluation of the condition and distribution of the terrestrial
habitats. Our data, combined with data compiled by biologists
with the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural (MNHN, in Havana)
and the Centro de Investigaciones de Medio Ambiente de Camagüey
(CIMAC, in Camagüey), allowed us to reach the basic goals of our
inventory. Much of this information is published here for the first
time. Our team of scientists thanks all of the collaborators who have
shared data from their field studies and revisions of the literature.
We are grateful to each and everyone who helped us before,
during, and after the inventory. Although we name some
individuals below, all who helped us deserve our warmest thanks.
In Havana, Mariana Sáker, Yazmín Peraza, and Regla Balmori
of the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de Cuba shared their
friendship and organizational abilities. Reynaldo Estrada, of the
Centro Nacional de Áreas Protegidas (CNAP), provided very
valuable comments on the results and recommendations arising
from our field work. The Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y
Medio Ambiente (CITMA) helped coordinate access to the area
and permission for us to collect specimens for Cuban museums.
The Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C. kindly granted
visas for North American participants.
We thank our CITMA guides, Jorge R. Aguilar Pérez, Osmany
Ramos, y Wilton Machado, who shared their knowledge of the
area, and HAVANATUR staff for providing transportation to and
from the Reserve. Dan Brinkmeier, Álvaro del Campo, Isa Halm,
and Julie Smentek supplied logistical help in the frantic days prior
to presentation of our preliminary results in Santiago and Havana.
Robin Foster and Bil Alverson are indebted to Ramona Oviedo
Prieto and Eddy Martínez Quesada for their generous help with
plant identifications, using photos we took in the field.
Sophie Twichell and Tyana Wachter successfully established
the many elements central to the success of our work, making
the difficult look easy. We thank Amanda Zidek-Vanega for her
translations, and Eddy Martínez Quesada, Sara Thompson,
Brandy Pawlak, Guillermo Knell, and Corine Vrisendorp for many
hours spent gleaning errors and inconsistencies from the report.
We are grateful to Courtney Platt (Courtney Platt Photography,
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) and Merlin Tuttle (Bat
Conservation International, Austin, Texas) for allowing us to use
their photos of bat species that reside in the Sierra. Thanks are
also due Brian Cressman (Michigan Science Art, Ann Arbor,
Michigan) for the use of his illustration of a prehensile-tailed
hutia, to Gill Carter (Weslaco, Texas) and Lee Ellington (Lyford,
Texas) for their photos of the butterfly Siderone galanthis, to
John Dunning (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) for his photo of
Worm-eating Warbler, and to Tim Barksdale and Andrew Farnsworth
(Cornell Lab of Ornithology) for their photos
of Cuban Parrot and Cuban Trogon.
As always, Jim Costello and staff at Costello Communications
were tremendously patient, creative, and helpful in getting the text
and images into print.
Finally, we sincerely thank John W. McCarter Jr. for his
unflagging support and encouragement of the Environmental
and Conservation Programs. Funds for this rapid inventory were
provided through the generosity of the John D. and Catherine T.
MacArthur Foundation, and The Field Museum.