Just a day or two after I posted Robert Gallardo's great photos from Honduras, some really good news dropped into my inbox: The critically endangered Honduran Emerald, the country's only endemic bird species, has been rediscovered in western Honduras, where it hasn't been recorded since 1935.
A team of American and Honduran researchers and conservationists found the bird in November in the western department of Santa Barbara after a contractor working on an environmental mitigation plan reported a sighting.
The research team said in a press release: "Finding the species in western Honduras gives hope for the conservation of the species, because the rediscovery increases both the known distributional range and population size of the species. However, due to the highly fragmented nature of its habitat, the species definitely warrants its status as critically endangered."
The team included ornithologist David L. Anderson of Louisiana State University, Honduran biologists Mario Espinal and Leonel Marineros, hummingbird specialist H. Ross Hawkins, and conservationists Deborah M. Atwood, Fito Steiner, and Robert E. Hyman of the Explorers Club. — M.M.