This video is called Rose-ringed [or: ring-necked] parakeets eating mahogany seeds.
Today, a flock of six ring-necked parakeets flying a few metres behind my window, calling.
Leiden parakeets get names and numbers
Leiden – Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 12:02
Chris de Waard
Already 85 wild parakeets in Leiden have recently received medals around their necks. Researcher Roland Jonker of the Center for Environmental Sciences of Leiden University wants the ‘Parakeets by numbers‘ project to map how the Leiden parakeet population evolves: “We would really like to know where the birds go, we are also curious about the size of the population and how long the Leiden parakeets live.”
The parakeets’ medals have unique letters and numbers, so the parakeets are easily recognizable. It is estimated that in and around Leiden approximately 850 ring-necked parakeets live. So by now about ten percent have clearly visible badges. Jonker hopes that from now on Leiden people will report back massively parakeets with medals by making pictures of them and posting these to the research project’s Facebook page. As a reward, people who rediscover a parakeet may name that bird.
The medals do not hinder the ring-necked parakeets, according to Jonker. Last year a few parakeets got ‘collars’ and when they were caught again later, it turned out they had not been harmed by them.
“Parakeets by numbers” is a joint project of the Center for Environmental Sciences (CML) of Leiden University and City Parrots in collaboration with the Bird Migration Station and Waarneming.nl.
This research project chose medals, not leg bands, for parakeets; as with the numbers, the birds do not have to be caught again to read letters and numbers, causing less stress for the birds.
This video is about ring-necked parakeets in Greece.
However, they are spreading to other cities like Haarlem.
The birds showed up for the first time in Haarlem in 2005. Last winter, 500 parakeets were counted at Haarlem sleeping roosts. In June 2014, 937 individuals were counted.
This video says about itself:
18 June 2014
A scientific research project is being implemented in the Tambopata-Candamo region of the southeastern Peruvian Amazon. Thanks to the voluntary work of researchers, we already have a repository of suitable full-HD footage that would require professional editing to produce the desired documentary. Such editing, or post-production, of the footage would include all activities carried out after filming such as editing, sound mixing, recording voiceovers and creating subtitles.
To make this project we have 2 main collaborators:
– Rainforest Expeditions (www.perunature.com) is a Peruvian eco-tourism company that operates 3 award-winning lodges in our research area.
– Filmjungle.eu Society (www.filmjungle.eu) is an NGO funded in 1996 by independent filmmakers. By now the Budapest-based Filmjungle.eu had become the most productive production unit for wildlife films and conservation documentaries in Hungary. Its award winning list of films include titles as Wolfwatching, Invisible Wildlife Photographer, Sharks in my Viewfinder and Budapest Wild.
Nowadays most scientific research [is] only available for a very narrow academic audience by publishing in scientific journals. Often the reality of the field-based research, which underpins these journal articles, is most interesting part and is worth to be communicated to a much broader audience by this kind of documentary. Public awareness is an important goal of any conservation research, and documentary films are great tools to accomplish this — not only by conveying our conservation message to many people around the world, but more crucially revealing truths based on scientific evidence.
You can find more detailed information about the research project at this site.
Read more here.
This video is called Parrot Clay Lick at Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador.
From the BBC:
23 May 2014 Last updated at 16:44 GMT
By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News
UK researchers that headed to South America to learn more about one of the world’s rarest parrots have returned with “more questions than answers”.
The parrot was only reclassified as a species in its own right in December, before which it was deemed to be a subspecies of a common group of birds.
Only 600 individuals are estimated to remain in the wild, prompting the new species to be listed as Endangered.
“The truth is that we came back with far more questions than answers,” explained expedition leader Mark Pilgrim, director general of Chester Zoo.
“Suddenly, there are a whole number of things that we didn’t expect and we now have questions about.”
One example was how the birds chose their roosting sites amid the mangroves of Cerro Blanco, located along the coast of western Ecuador.
“We knew from literature from our previous visit that the parrots roosted in the mangroves and flew to the dry forests to feed,” Dr Pilgrim told BBC News.
“The assumption was that they did that to protect themselves from predators that were not found on the mangrove islands, but they fly very far out into the mangroves.
“Shrimp farms use bird scaring devices, which are designed to frighten the herons and shore birds and stop them eating the farms’ stock.
“So is this affecting [the parrots’] behaviour? We don’t know.”
The study also raised questions about the birds’ breeding behaviour.
Based on data from earlier surveys and literature, the researchers assumed that they would be monitoring the parrots during the breeding season.
“However, we did not find any proof that they were breeding at that time,” explained Dr Pilgrim.
The team monitored the daily flights made by the parrots from the mangroves to the dry forests, and the return journey at the end of each day.
“One of the methods used to assess how many of the birds are breeding was to count how many single birds were making the flight.
Although the birds fly in large groups, Dr Pilgrim said it was relatively easy to spot pairs within the group. During the breeding season, it had been assumed that females did not leave their nests in the dry forests because they were incubating eggs or feeding chicks.
“So during the breeding season, you get a higher proportion of single birds travelling back to the mangroves than you do during the non-breeding season,” he suggested.
However, the team only recorded 11% of the birds in flight as “singles”.
“That could suggest that as few as 11% of the population were reproducing, which seems very low,” he observed.
However, Dr Pilgrim said that there was not 100% certainty that when the female is on the eggs in nests within the forest that the male still travels back to the mangroves.
“Maybe not all of them do travel back; maybe some of them stay in the forests in close proximity or share the nest with the female,” he said.
“So while there is some concern, there is still a lot to do before we can make clear and bold statements about what is happening there.”
But he added that there were some clearly positive aspects, as far as the remaining habitat was concerned.
“The dry forest area of Cerro Blanco appears to be extremely well protected; there is certainly a lot of ranger activity,” he said.
“All the time we were in the forest, we did not come across a lot of people who could be potentially poaching or tree felling.
“In that sense, it is very reassuring that the area appears to be well protected.”
Although a vast majority of the nation’s mangrove habitat was destroyed in the past to clear the way for shrimp farms, Dr Pilgrim said that the remaining sites were very well protected.
However, he added: “The estimated total population for this species is about 600. But the sub-populations are less than 250 birds. So, based on our findings, the IUCN is now classifying the birds as an endangered species.”
He acknowledged that the classification could be considered as a double-edged sword.
Although its continuing existence on the planet was uncertain, it did mean the species would be considered as a conservation priority, attracting resources.
Before the Ecuador Amazon parrot (Amazona lilacina) was recognised as an individual species, it was considered to be a subspecies of the four-strong Amazona autumnalis group that had a combined population of about five million, meaning it was not deemed to be a conservation priority.
Dr Pilgrim said that plans were in place to repeat the Cerro Blanco survey every third year in order to build up a long-term dataset that would allow researchers to monitor the parrots’ population dynamics.
He observed: “The forest is protected, the mangrove is protected, there does not appear to be a huge amount of nest predation from people, so – in that sense – there is nothing drastic going on that is threatening them right now.”
This video is called Blue-throated Macaws in the Barba Azul Nature Reserve, Bolivia.
By Martin Fowlie, Wed, 09/04/2014 – 09:37
The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) has announced this year’s conservation team awards. Twenty six grants have been awarded in 16 different countries worth a total of $450,000.
This year’s projects form another extremely diverse group ranging from conservation of Slender-snouted Crocodile in Gabon, to surveying and assessing three Red Listed tree species in the Western Ghats of India. This year, for the first time, the CLP will be supporting a project from Antigua and Barbuda.
“These awards have identified 110 young conservation leaders from developing countries early in their careers. They join a global network of more than 2,500 conservationists in the CLP alumni. These people are committed to conservation and improving the state of nature globally”, said Kiragu Mwangi, BirdLife’s CLP Programme Manager.
Bird species that will be the focus of some of this year’s projects include the Critically Endangered Blue-throated Macaw, Sociable Lapwing, Black-breasted Puffleg and Siberian Crane. A further two projects will focus on the Serra do Urubu Important Bird and Biodiversity Area in north-eastern Brazil and the Inter-Andean Slopes and Chocó Endemic Bird Areas in Colombia.
In addition to funding all participating team members will get the chance to access a wealth of conservation expertise and receive training from within the CLP Partnership.
All award-winning team members will become part of the CLP alumni network that supports approximately 2,500 conservation leaders. The Alumni Network provides ongoing professional development to our emerging leaders and positions them to multiply their impact in the conservation sector.
“Through this programme, we invest in ongoing professional development and mentoring to further build skills and knowledge”, said Kiragu.
Alumni members also receive access to additional grants, mentoring from CLP staff and training. A representative from each award-winning team will also take part in CLP’s two-week Conservation Leadership & Management Training Workshop in June 2014 at a remote ecological research station in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies.
The CLP has supported over 554 projects since the programme’s start in 1985.
The CLP is a unique partnership between BirdLife International, Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International and Wildlife Conservation Society. The mission of the CLP is to advance biodiversity conservation globally by building the leadership capabilities of early-career conservation professionals working in places with limited capacity to address high-priority conservation issues.
Full Project List
Future Conservationist Awards (up to $15,000)
- Assessing Extinction Risk of Kenya’s Exploited Coral Reef Fish
- Conservation Assessment of Ibadan Malimbe in South-Western Nigeria
- Combining Research and Local Community Involvement to Save Lemur in Madagascar
- Conservation Beyond Breeding Grounds: Tracking Sociable Lapwing in Eritrea
- Conservation of Slender-Snouted Crocodile in the Lake Region of Gabon
- Toward Sustainable Logging in São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe
- Conserving Endangered Silvery-Brown Tamarin in Highly Degraded Forests, Colombia
- Monitoring Harlequin Frogs in Sierra Nevada, Colombia
- Conservation Status Assessment of Salamanders in Santander, Colombia
- Unravelling the Occupancy Patterns of Guiana Dolphin in Southeastern Brazil
- River Dolphin Population Assessment in Yarinacocha Lagoon, Peru
- Promoting Local Participation in Habitat Conservation of Black-breasted Puffleg, Ecuador
- Status Surveys of Focal Species in the Magdalena Medio, Colombia
- Baird´s Tapir Conservation in Nombre De Dios National Park, Honduras
- Conserving West Indian Whistling Duck on Antigua and Barbuda’s Offshore-Islands
- Preventing Extinction of the Critically Endangered Blue-Throated Macaw, Bolivia
- Tackling Invasive Alien Species in the Western Ghats Hotspot, India
- Conservation of Otter Habitat Through Stakeholder Participation, India
- Survey and Assessment of Threatened Trees in Western Ghats, India
- Effect of Landscape Change on Mammals in Eastern Ghats, India
- Protecting Horseshoe Bats of Romania
Follow-up Awards ($25,000)
- Promoting Conservation of Threatened Birds in Western Colombia
- Promoting Conservation Through Ecotourism and Education in Serra Do Urubu Important Bird Area, Brazil
- Conserving Siberian Cranes in China Through Sustainable Water Management
- Conserving Livelihoods and Semnopithecus Ajax: Resolving Conflicts Around Khajiar-Kalatop Sanctuary-Chamba
Leadership Awards ($50,000)
- Dugongs for Life: Engaging Malagasy Communities in Marine Ecosystem Stewardship
From Wildlife Extra:
Illegal wildlife trader arrested
January 2014: An Indonesian wildlife trader, who specialised in smuggling live animals including baby primates and komodo dragons, has been arrested in Bali by forest rangers from the Ministry of Forestry.
The operation was completed by Ministry of Forestry and Jakarta National Police Criminal Investigation Division, who at the arrest confiscated four endangered Javan gibbons, two palm cockatoos and four baby siamangs, which were reportedly destined for Russia.
The alleged trader is connected to illegal wildlife trafficking rings in Russia, Singapore, Thailand, and Cyprus, according to Wildlife Conservation Society’’s Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU), which participated in the investigation.
“WCS congratulates BKSDA Bali and the Jakarta National Police Investigation Division (CID) for arresting this notorious trader,” said Joe Walston, WCS Executive Director for Asia Programs. “This arrest sends a message that Indonesia is serious about protecting its wildlife heritage from the ravages of the illegal wildlife trade.”
Last month, the trader allegedly shipped two Komodo dragons to Thailand and has sent hornbill beaks and threatened turtle species to Singapore. Javan gibbon, siamang, komodo dragon, and palm cockatoo are all strictly protected under Indonesian law; and all are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Redlist 2013 except for komodo dragon which is listed as Vulnerable.
Ir. Sonny Partono, MM, Director General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation, said: “We will thoroughly investigate this international trade gang and ensure the offenders receive the maximum penalty under Indonesian Law No. 5 year 1990 on Natural Resources Conservation and Ecosystem.”