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New Manager Introduction

September 4, 2013

Hello everyone!  We are the new managers here at the beautiful Reserva Las Tangaras.  After a really helpful orientation from outgoing extraodorinaires Tom and Freya we´ve spent our first week brainstorming, planning, and getting started on the projects we´d like to create and contribute to during our time here.  We just wanted to post a quick introduction to both ourselves and our projects.  Updates will be following!

Our first task was putting up the lovely new sign for the reserve that Tom and Freya created.  Here´s a look at the new sign and us (the sign is better looking)



We also spent a fair bit of time creating and distributing new flyers (not featured) for the reserve around town focusing on our accomodations.  Andrew and I have both worked in international eco-friendly and conservation minded tourism in the past and are hoping to increase awareness of the efforts and research of the reserve.

Our first personal undertaking, and one that we´re most excited about, has been to identify some of the native plants in the reserve.   With her experience and interest in native plant conservation and education, Emme, with Andrew´s help, will be trying to accomlish three goals:

– First, add drawings and information of more plants to the existing reserve manual.

– Second, create signage and identifiers for various species along the reserve´s trails so that guests can view them as they walk.

– Third, create a native plant garden focusing on useful, edible, and flowering plants.

Here she is identifying:



Another main project we´re hoping to do is some overhaul on the existing hiking trails for the reserve.  Prior to being here Andrew was part of a trail crew in the US maintaining and creating different trail systems throughout Arizona, so we´re hoping to put some of his knowledge and experience to use.

Other than these projects, we also have plenty  of ideas for smaller scale improvements we can add to the reserve.  Two things we have started on are improving the orchard (botanical sprays, nutrient mulch, ground growth clearing, etc.) and creating a new covered information booth at the entrance to the reserve in front of the lodge.  Here we hope to have copies of bird lists, information about the reserve and the Cock-of-the-Rock Lek, trail guides, etc. to make information more accesible to visitors.

As always there is lots of work just in the upkeep of the lodge, hosting of guests, and avian data collection, and we are sure to have many more ideas for future projects.

Further updates to come!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Jay Fisher permalink
    September 4, 2013 12:38 pm

    You guys look great ! Buena suerte y disfrutar de la buena vida, el amor ya, pap


  2. Tom Lord permalink
    September 7, 2013 10:28 am

    Thanks guys, looks like you are settling in nicely. thanks you so much for finishing off the sign for us – we just ran out of time! Sounds like you’ve got some great ideas too, good luck identifying those plant species! Any more luck with the tanager feeder??!


    • September 19, 2013 12:56 pm

      Howdy there. It was our pleasure it is really a beaut! The tanagers have been hopping around every morning in the trees just in front of the porch during our breakfast each day. Also there is a new type of Hermit visiting, the Tawny bellied possibly (not 100% sure just yet). And finally, just to let you guys know…. we saw an ACOR mating! Last Sunday the female came and we saw which group she visited. Very exciting. Wish you guys had been here to see it! Hope all is well with you both


  3. Nikki Easterling permalink
    September 8, 2013 11:03 am

    Hi Emme & Andrew – love your first entry and the pics. Looks like a beautiful place. Oh, the adventures you are having. Just skyped with Noah – he is so ready to come home! I miss you all so very much. Keep up the good work and call me when you can so we can talk about my (possible) trip. Keep the pics and blog coming! Big love, MOM


  4. September 13, 2013 8:39 pm

    Off to a great start! Keep up the good work!


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