Rapid Biological Inventories: Results from the Field: Cuba 10

10: Cuba: Siboney-Juticí

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Editors: Ansel Fong G., David Maceira F., William S. Alverson, and Jennifer M. Shopland

Design: Costello Communications, Chicago

Translations: Tyana Wachter, Guillermo Knell, Patricia Álvarez, Jennifer M. Shopland, and William S. Alverson

Web design and development: Allyson Meyer, Sergio Rabiela, Ryan Peters, and Asha Patel

Funding: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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Our inventory in Siboney-Juticí Ecological Reserve was briefer than the typical “rapid inventory” because Hurricane Lily chased us from the Reserve. Nevertheless, during the two intense days that we had in Siboney-Juticí, we recorded some new species for the site and the region and were able to assess the status and distribution of the terrestrial habitats. These data, combined with data collected previously by biologists working with BIOECO (much of this information published here for the first time) fulfilled the basic goals of our inventory.

We would like to thank everyone who assisted us before, during, and after this inventory. Although in the following paragraphs we name some people individually, all receive our warmest gratitude.

In Havana, Nadia Pérez and Regla Balmori of the National Museum of Natural History of Cuba (Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de Cuba) shared their friendship and their organizational abilities. Reinaldo Estrada of the National System of Protected Areas (Sistema Nacional de Áreas Protegidas [SNAP]) provided very helpful comments on the results and recommendations arising from our fieldwork. Other organizational units of the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment (Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente [CITMA]) coordinated the permits for access to the study area and for the collection of specimens. The Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., kindly granted visas for the U.S. participants.

During the expedition, Emelina Martínez took charge of preparing and serving breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners that are so important in the field, giving her best and preparing special treats that everyone appreciated. Drivers José L. Fabar, Ramón Cueto, and Roberto Romero provided transportation to and from the Reserve. To them, many thanks. Members of the community of Siboney were very kind and readily shared information with members of the social inventory team. The botanical team thanks Florentino Bermúdez and María del C. Fagilde for their kindness and help during the work in the herbarium at BIOECO. Ansel Fong G. is grateful to the Cleveland Zoological Society for its financial support of the first inventories of reptiles in the Reserve, and to the workers at the ecological station at Siboney for all the help that they have given during his work there. Dan Brinkmeier, Álvaro del Campo, Isa Halm, and Julie Smentek provided logistical support in the hectic days prior to the presentations of our preliminary results in Santiago and Havana.

Tyana Wachter and Sophie Twichell, as always, contributed all necessary coordination, making easy what seemed difficult; Tyana was also very helpful in corrections and translations of the report. We also thank Patricia Álvarez and Guillermo Knell for additional translations, and Yazmín Peraza, Corine Vriesendorp, Guillermo Knell, and Brandy Pawlak for their careful review of drafts of this report. We are very grateful to Merlin Tuttle and to Bat Conservation International for the use of photos of the bat species that inhabit the Reserve. Thanks also to Petra Sierwald for her review of Appendix 5 (spiders) and for her valuable suggestions for editing it. Jim Costello and the staff of Costello Communications were tremendously patient, creative, and helpful in getting the text and images into production.

We thank John W. McCarter Jr. for his constant support of our program. Funds for this rapid inventory were provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The Field Museum.

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