viernes, 22 de enero de 2016

Volunteer Field Assistant: Maroon-fronted Parrots

We are looking volunteers to survey Maroon-fronted Parrots. This endangered species breeds in Northern Mexico, specifically in Nuevo León and Coahuila. They are found in pine forest in the Sierra Madre Oriental and nest inside of natural holes on cliffs.
Duties include recording breeding activity at the nest site as well as looking for fledglings, predators and other avifauna around the nest site. Surveys required sustained periods of stationary observation; expect to spend approximately 6-7 hours daily watching cliffs and 2-3 hours searching for predators and avifauna around nest sites.

The project is funded by Loro Parque Fundacion (Spain), National Comission of Protected Areas (Comision Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas-SEMARNAT), a Mexican federal agency, this project will be accomplished by the Ornithology Lab at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico.
No transportation to Monterrey is funded. Transportation airport-survey area-airport will be supported.

Dates of program: 15 August – 15 November, 2016 (closing date: 15 August, 2014)
Duration of program: 8-10 weeks
Age requirements: Adults of both sexes 18+
Qualifications/skills: Good physical condition is required as surveys require walking 4-5 km through mountainous woodlands daily. Surveys will occur during the rainy season so trails may be wet and muddy. At the end of the season cold and rainy days will be more often.
Cost: Housing and food will be provided.

Contact: Oscar Ballesteros Medrano (; Dr. Juan Garcia Salas (