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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

CIEE Offers Next Public Presentation on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 About Parrot Population Surveys

The next in the continuing series of lectures by CIEE will discuss, “Population Surveys of Psittacids on Bonaire.” The family Psittacidae consists of the subfamilies, the African parrots (Psittacinae) and the Neotropical parrots (Arinae).

The speakers will be Frank F. Rivera-Milán of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service together with Fernando Simal of STINAPA Bonaire.  Dr. Frank F. Rivera-Milán is a population ecologist working with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Migratory Bird Management, where he specializes on bird population and habitat assessments. Dr. Rivera-Milán has over 25 years conducting research, monitoring, and management of bird populations in the Caribbean.  Geographical isolation and small population size increase the risk of extinction of island psittacids. Therefore, the integration of research and monitoring should be a priority for the management and conservation of these birds and their habitats. As part of ongoing monitoring efforts, a systematic sampling scheme and a combination of count methods were utilized to survey psittacids on Bonaire in March, 2010 and 2012 (prior to parrot reproduction) and again in October, 2010 and 2011 (after parrot reproduction).

The talk will begin promptly at 7:00 PM and run for one hour.  Everyone is invited to attend and entry is free.  The lecture will take place at CIEE’s headquarters on Bonaire, located at Kaya Gobernador Debrot 26.  (Source:  CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 24, 2012 at 11:39am AST
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