Speakers of the X. International Parrot Convention: Fernanda Riera Paschotto

April 29th, 2022 | by LubosTomiska
Speakers of the X. International Parrot Convention: Fernanda Riera Paschotto

Country: Brazil

Presentation: Monitored release of the endangered Lear’s Macaw: an urgent strategy to recover a functionally extinct population and its historical range

Fernanda is a biologist graduated at University of São Paulo. Being part of the Lear’s Macaw Research and Conservation Group since 2016, she has been participating in several researches focused on the Lear’s Macaw (Anodorhynchus leari), a globally endangered parrot endemic to the Caatinga biome of Brazil, and the develop of conservation strategies for the species: the annual monitoring of the macaws’ breeding biology and the study of the population dynamics; the study of the impact of invasive Africanized honey bees on the Lear’s Macaw breeding biology, which compete for cliff cavities used by nesting macaws; the developing and application of alternative and innovative methods for monitoring parrots, such as numbered medals and new bio-logging technology, that is allowing the extension of the research outside de known breeding sites of the species, in order to study the macaws’ movement ecology to better estimate the species’ home range and understand the macaws’ distribution, dispersal, space-use patterns and ecological needs (a research that is part of Fernanda’s Masters’ study at University of São Paulo); alongside with the release of captive bred and rescued Lear’s Macaws at Boqueirão da Onça site, aiming the monitoring of these individuals to locate the feeding sites and the critical areas of refuge of the species in this locality and to propose conservation strategies in these areas, creating an infrastructure to rescue a functionally extinct sub-population in the long-term – an initiative developed in collaboration with partners located in different parts of the world, including the Loro Parque Fundación.

Source: https://www.loroparque-fundacion.org/congreso-papagayos/en/speakers/

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