Rapid Biological Inventories: Results from the Field: Cuba 08

Cuba: Camagüey, Sierra de Cubitas

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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.

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