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Cloud Forest Reserve
Septimo Paraiso Cloud Forest Reserve is a private protected area, created in 2001, with the aim of saving and preserving the forest and the diverse ecosystems that are contained within it. It is managed by the Green Mindo Foundation, which is in charge of the conservation and the study of its 420 hectares of pre-montane and montane cloud forest.
The Reserve has one of the largest bird counts of the north-western area of Pichincha, with 328 species of birds. Several species of mammal have been found; such as puma, spectacled bear, black howler monkey, capuchin monkey, Andean coati, armadillos, white tailed and brocket deer, two toed sloth to name just a few. Also an incredible number of reptile and amphibian species have been spotted, plus an overwhelming number of plant species. The altitude within the reserve drastically changes from 950 meters to 1650 meters above sea level. In addition, the isolation of the region has created one of the most delicate, but rich and complex ecosystems known in the Mindo region.
What is cloud forest?
The definition given by the UNEP is
“Tropical montane cloud forests are a rare type of evergreen mountain forest found in tropical areas where local climatic conditions cause cloud and mist to be regularly in contact with the forest vegetation. These forests support ecosystems of distinctive floristic and structural form and contain a disproportionately large number of the world’s endemic and threatened species.” Press for link
For information on the Cloud Forest Agenda UNEP.
Cloud Forests usually occur between 1,400 and 2,500 meters above sea level. They get their name from the persistant mist and fog that occurs at vegetation level. Due to the persistent cloud cover, cloud forests are very moist zones which helps to cool down temperatures.They are a source of water and contain an impressive biodiversity that is just beginning to be studied. They are of prime importance for the survival of all living things and the planet as such.
El Septimo has several systems of feeders onsite. Close to the lodge there is a hummingbird feeder area with many bottles of the sweet liquid. You can sit and watch in any part of the 360degree circle. They come so close you can hear and sometimes even feel the wings as they flutter by. Their chirping is constant. The other feeding system is the small platforms where the yellow plantain fruit is put. These feeders are specifically for fruit eaters such as: Black-wing Saltator, Flame-rumped Tanager, Palm Tanager, Golden-Naped Tanager, Black-capped Tanager, Blue-necked Tanager, Flame-faced Tanager, Golden Tanager, Swallow Tanager, Bananaquit, Buff-throated Saltator, Variable Seedeater to name a few.
A couple who have been coming to El Septimo for several years in a row now, suggested to El Septimo. Could we put up bird houses for the Guayaquil Woodpecker? This bird is part of the logo for El Septimo. Without delay, a call was made to ask the local carpenter if he could build 3 large bird houses. He worked diligently and the next day there were 3 brand new large bird houses. The same couple said it would be best to add a trap door on the bottom, so they could be cleaned out between seasons. The alterations were made and surprise we had them ready to hang in various parts of the property. One is hung high enough to be seen from the balcony of Room 11, located in the lodge. Then another was hung near to the washing section, by the court onsite. The third will be hung about a 15-minute walk from the lodge out to the platform.