Making connections for conservation
PO Box 1244
CA 93002-1244 Ventura
Contact person: Sarah M. Otterstrom
- Educational policy/project
- Environmental organization
- Environmental project
- Volunteers are welcome.
In early January, we celebrated our 7th annual Christmas Bird Count. This year, the efforts of 56 volunteer birders led to a record 172 species being observed in Nicaragua's Paso del Istmo wildlife corridor. Promoted by the Audubon Society since 1900, this global event provides the chance for expert and amateur birders to discover birds within a 15-mile radius of their community.
Partners are key to the founding and continuation of this beloved event, which was first launched through the leadership of former board member Dr. Frank Joyce and his family. For this year's count, we were fortunate to have additional support from the U.S. Forest Service International Institute for Tropical Forestry, the Kathryn B. McQuade Foundation, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, SET NET Communications, FUNDENIC-SOS, and Reserva Natura.
Founded in 2005, Paso Pacífico´s mission is to restore and conserve the natural ecosystems of Central America´s Pacific slope by collaborating with landowners, local communities and involved organizations to promote ecosystem conservation.
Paso Pacifico envisions a Central America where well-managed conservation areas are connected by viable biological corridors that span from ridge to reef, including restored tropical dry forests and marine protected areas.
Through programs informed by the most cutting-edge conservation science and implemented through close cooperation with local communities, Paso Pacifico is making leaps for ecosystem conservation. By rebuilding forests and connecting ecosystems from land to sea, we are actively combating climate change and saving wildlife, such as endangered sea turtle, spider monkey, and yellow-naped parrot species.
In working towards its vision, Paso Pacifico empowers communities to develop more sustainable livelihoods in eco-tourism, fishing, agriculture, and natural resource management; advances women and children as environmental leaders; and develops strong, collaborative relationships with private landowners and the private sector. With our holistic, forward-thinking approach, Paso Pacifico is making connections for conservation.
• Deforestation & Climate Change
• Endangered Wildlife
• Marine Degradation
Our Program Areas
• Reforestation & Restoration
• Coastal Conservation
• Private Reserves
• Climate Change Mitigation
• Conservation Science: Ecosystems
• Research Science: Umbrella Species
• Applied Science: Agriculture & Rural Development
• Environmental Education
• Community Outreach
• Geotourism: Sharing Nicaragua´s Natural Beauty & Culture
Sarah M. Otterstrom is the Executive Director at Paso Pacífico.
For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work. Volunteers are welcome and will most likely be asked to work remotely at this time.