Cuba has been described as an “Accidental Eden," but that ignores the incredible efforts of native Cuban conservationists and international partners in working to preserve the unique biodiversity and natural heritage of the largest island in the Caribbean. With over 6,500 species of vascular plants, 154 native species of reptiles, 67 native species of amphibians, and with 27 of the nearly 400 species of birds documented in Cuba found nowhere else in the world, Cuba remains a shining hotspot for biodiversity. The mountainous forests of the Lomas de Banao Ecological Reserve exemplify that diversity, though much remains unknown in this region. Earthwatch is happy to again be partnering with scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and several of Cuba’s leading scientific institutions on the expedition "Mapping Biodiversity in Cuba" (https://earthwatch.org/expeditions/mapping-biodiversity-cuba). Join WCS ecologist and Cuba Country Director, Dr. Natalia Rossi, and her Cuban colleague Maydiel Cañizares Morera, an ornithologist at the nearby Parque Nacional Ciénaga de Zapata, as they share their latest findings and stories from the field. You’ll find that there’s nothing accidental about these dedicated scientists’ commitment to preserving Cuba’s natural heritage.