Guyana: The South Rupununi Conservation Society field research resumes. Rangers are banding birds, studying movement patterns, and collecting blood samples for genetic research with support from the Mohamed Bin Zayed Foundation.
Searching for siskins in Puerto Rico: In December, Jack Eitniear, Center for the Study for Tropical Birds, Mike Braun and Brian Coyle, SI-NMNH, along with Sergio Colon and several other members of the Sociedad Ornitológica Puertorriqueña (SOPI) will launch a months-long search for Red Siskins on the Caribbean island, where they were last officially documented in 1983.
Broadening the mission in Venezuela: The international network built and fostered by the RSI has been contributing to conservation efforts of other species and ecosystems. With support from the William Belton Fund, we are looking for “Lost Birds” in Venezuela in partnership with American Bird Conservancy. Stay tuned for upcoming news about this important work.
New Equipment: We are very grateful for the donation of a new camera, audio recording equipment and truck parts from Idea Wild. These will support years of future field research in Venezuela including proposed 2017 work on trapping activity, potential threats from other native species, and Bird Friendly coffee.