This nest was reported by Auri Crispín, from the School of Law
Photo by Luis Pedro Mirón

At the campus of Universidad Francisco Marroquín, May has begun with the bird nesting season. The one in the picture is near the School of Law and is one of the many nests that are in buildings and tress of the University.

During this season also the woodpeckers have our attention since they store seeds in the spaces between the brick walls. The walls that are used the most are located in the second floor of the Academic Building.

The preservation of the forest and its habitants has been a priority since the land was bought by UFM authorities. A proof of that can be seen in the architectural design of the University buildings and in the UFMs
Arboretum.

The UFM campus has remains of a Montano forest, primarily dominated by encines. These patches of forest in the city deserve our attention and conservation due to their importance for the protection of flora and fauna species that are being threatened by the demographic explosion of the mountains in Guatemala, including the metropolis of the central valley.

It is part of the UFM’s philosophy that, in a society of free and responsible persons, the environment conservation is attained more efficiently when individuals protect what is important to them. That’s why the environment quality is not a matter of laws and regulations. On the contrary is a matter of managing resources based on property rights and willful activities.

While referring to the UFM campus, journalist Juan Luis Font wrote: Have you seen what the garden landscaper of the central garden at Universidad Francisco Marroquín made at the depression between Vista Hermosa and Ciudad Vieja? It is a master piece!

Montanous forests occupy a small portion in the neotropic and are important since they are the habitat for many genetically diverse forest, ornamental, medicinal and food plants. Also, there are many endemic species, that is, species particular to a specific region.

Every year, in different months, the UFM campus is filled with nesting birds, orchids, fungus and other species that attract the attention of those who study and work here.

More photos,
here.