National Geographic : 1998 Jun
ROLLING CLOUDS blanket the chill heights of Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala,prime quet zal habitat.Createdin 1990 and covering 584,000 acres, the reserve spans elevationsfrom 50 to 10,000feet and includes about 60 per cent of the nation's remainingcloudforest. AREA ENLARGED BELOW SAMERICA r ulf of Peninsula M exico " ME IC BELI Belmopan El Triun ~ E A Biosphere Reserve o Sierra de las Minas egdt th Range of north to south. There highlands whereresplendent quetzal either prote Protected area PACIFC A UA 0 200 OCEA N MILES Man ' LakNATIONAL GEOGRAPHICMAPS logging that are eating into theART BYWILLIAMH. BONDrange (art). RELIEFBYJOHNA. BONNER BIRD OF TWO HABITATS R BIn S adelsM sn tJn Monteverde Cloud biology the quetzal migrates vertically between Forest Preserve cloud forest and mid-slope altitudes, ratherthan north to south. The highlandswhere quetzals nest are either protected or inhospitable to the agricultureand logging that are eating into the birds' mid-slope range (art). In Sierrade las Minas naturalistJuan CarlosMendez and biologist Marie-ClairePaiz of Defensoresde la Naturalezaequip a male with a custom-made backpack radio transmitterto identify critical migratory habitatand set conservationpriorities.