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Tiny new private reserve protects endangered bird-rich cloud forest in Peru

Tiny new private reserve protects endangered bird-rich cloud forest in Peru mongabay.com August 21, 2011 A new private nature reserve in Central Peru protects endangered high-altitude cloud forest, reports the American Bird Conservancy. San Marcos Private Conservation Area consists of 970 hectares (2,400 acres) of Polylepis forest, a high-elevation habitat that supports a wealth of bird species, including the Royal Cinclodes, White-browed Tit-Spinetail, and Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant. Five new plant species and two new frog species have already been discovered within the borders of the San Marcos Private Conservation Area. While limited in extent, San Marcos PCA protects a key watershed that feeds the Andean community of San Marcos, the city of Huánuco and 11,800-acre Tingo Maria National Park. Cloud forests like San Marcos are particularly important in maintaining water flow...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0821-peru_san_marcos.html

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