We aim to maintain and restore self-sustaining populations of Red Siskins in the bird’s natural habitat across its historic range. With this success, the Red Siskin will be a source of local and national pride, and a symbol of commitment to preserving natural heritage.
Near term goals
While many steps are required to realize this vision, the Project is making strong progress and continues to build momentum and add partners. Across the range of the Red Siskin, we have been very active with field research to achieve a better understanding of this species’ threats, ecology and evolution, which will facilitate the best possible decision making regarding conservation management and reintroduction. We are also building education programs and working on architectural design of Red Siskin conservation, rescue and education centers in Venezuela, while in Guyana, we are now focused on establishing habitat protection, creating a formal system for monitoring and reporting illegal trapping, providing education to local communities and building capacity through training in research and ornithological field skills. In the US, a captive population is now being established to support fundraising, education against the illegal pet trade, and research on husbandry, breeding, care and reintroduction techniques. Modern genomic methods are also being used to study important genetic questions and develop methods for managing captive populations. Partners in all countries are ramping up the effort to research and reduce trapping and trade in coordination with communities, local authorities and international organizations.
Making the difference
Several actions to protect Red Siskins are about to start. Three programs devoted to rescue, captive breeding, research, and public outreach are being created, in Venezuela and the US. Also local communities have begun to get involved in monitoring and protection in Guyana. Confiscation of poached birds, law enforcement, and public awareness are our mid-term targets, with creation of protected areas, reintroduction, and other actions as possibilities for the future, depending on research findings.