Mindo Biological Station MBS
“Research to Learn, Learn to Teach, Teach to Conserve”
Here at El Monte Sustainable Lodge we feel an integral part of conservation of natural areas is research. This is why the MBS was founded back in 2001 by El Monte Sustainable Lodge to facilate research of Mindo and the surrounding areas.
Research that helps unravel some of the biological mysteries of Mindo, such as how closely related species prevent intermixing, where North American migrants winter in Central and South America or the discovery of new species increases the interest in Mindo and aids in our efforts to conserve it.
The bio station is located just beside the main lodge of El Monte Sustainable Lodge within our private reserve.
Between El Monte`s cabañas and the MBS we have accomodations for groups up to 22. The MBS welcomes researchers and student groups at reduced rates, please contact El Monte Sustainable Lodge for more information.
The station itself protects 44 hectares of land and is located in the buffer zone of the 19,200 hectare Mindo-Nambillo Protected Forest and it is our hope that with more research into the ecology of this unique ecosystem we will be able to further promote conservation in the area.
Mindo Nambillo Protected Forest
El Monte Sustainable Lodge is located in the buffer zone of the Mindo-Nambillo Protected Forest. With 19,200 hectares (48,000 acres) under direct protection and much more under private protection the Mindo-Nambillo Protected Forest ranges in altitude from about 1,400 meters above sea level (4,200 ft) to over 4,500 meters above sea level (13,500 ft).
This public/private protected forest was declared as a conservation area in 1988 through the work of Mindo residents who formed the Amigos de La naturaleza de Mindo (Friends of Mindo Nature) and then officially declared as a Protected Forest by the Ecuadorian Government. Interestingly Mindo was 1st conserved primarily by the local residents for solely conservation reasons, then later the area was discovered by birders and other ecotourists. Mindo has been a shining example of how local conservation efforts can preserve large tracts of forest. In 1997 Mindo was declared “An Important Area for Birds” by Bird Life International and was the 1st declaration in South America.