Luz M. Melendez Preserve
Since 2012 we have made wildlife surveys covering Luz M. Melendez Preserve and the surroundings, listing 239 species of birds and 22 species of large and small mammals, currently we are working surveying the plants, insects and butterflies.
This piece of rainforest land is in the stages of succession, with Kapok trees, Ironwood trees, wild garlic trees, palm trees, and fig trees, and Cecropia trees. This forest also frequently have terraces, one or meters higher that others, which represent historical floods. The forest and vegetation on each terrace is in a different stage of succession and of a different age, than the others. To the untrained eye this is unnoticeable, but to a botanist, it is like moving from one neighborhood to another in a large city.
eBird is an online database of bird observations providing scientists, researchers and amateur naturalists with real-time data about bird distribution and abundance.
eBird is an example of crowdsourcing, and has been hailed as an example of democratizing science, treating citizens as scientists, allowing the public to access and use their own data and the collective data generated by others.