The RSI is excited to announce that we have sequenced the entire genome of ten wild Red Siskin individuals, five each from Venezuela and Guyana, including a recently assembled high coverage reference genome that will serve as the backbone of our conservation genomics program.

Early quality assessment results for this reference genome are very promising. Many more genetic samples from modern wild and captive populations and historic museum specimens are in hand and will soon be sequenced. These resources will permit a much better understanding of the history and status of this species and enable the development of a genomic tools that are essential for well-informed conservation management.