The Tale of Chipilo is the result of the enthusiasm and initiative of José Arturo García Domínguez and José Raúl Vázquez Pérez. They participated in a research project with Pronatura Chiapas, A.C. to study the winter ecology of the Golden-cheeked Warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia). The story was first written and printed in Spanish. The Spanish version was adapted for English translation by Rebecca Peak and the English translation was donated by Manuela Cerruti, CT.
Funds to develop and field test instructional resources to accompany the English version of the story were provided by Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act and administered cooperatively between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department contract # 409330 and the Endangered Species Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Section 6 federal grant TX E-133-R. These funds were made available on a 3:1 (federal request:applicant match) basis of the total project cost.