El Pitirre is the bimonthly newsletter of
the Society for the Study of Caribbean
El Pittirre es el boledn inWormativo d
la Sociedad para el Estudio de la
James W. Wiley, 1863 Ciprian Avenue,
Camarillo, California 93010.
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mailed to the editor for inclusion in the
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The Society for the Study ofCaribbean Ornithology is a non-profit organization
whose goals are to promote the scientific study and conservation of Caribbean
birds and their habitat, to provide a link among island.ornzhologists and those
elsewhere, to provide written forum forresearchers in the region (refereedjournal-
Omrnitologia Caribela, published in conjunction with the Puerto Rico
Ornithological Society) and to provide dar or technical aid to conservation groups
in the Caribbean.
This is the first issue of the Society's newsletter, El Pitlrre. Its primary
function wil be to keep members abreast of events and issues relating to
Caribbean ornithology. In addition, comments, requests and notices from
members will be printed.
La Sociedad para el Estudio de La Omitologla Caribe C a es una organizaci6n sin
fines de luco cuyas metas son promoverel studio cientffico y la conservacidn de
la avifauna caribela, auspiciar un simposio annual sobre la orniologfa caribefta,
publicar una revista professional lamada Oraitologfa Caribeta (publicada en
conjunto con la Sociedad Ornitoldgica de Puerto Rico), ser una fuente de
comunicacind entire omit6logos caribeflos y en otras areas y provecr ayuda tdcnica
o datos a grupos de conservaci6n en el caribe.
Esta es la primera edici6n del boletin information de la Sociedad, El Pitirre. Su
funcidn primaria ser mantener los socios al dia sohe events pertinentes a la
omitologia caribella En adici6n, se publicaran comentarios, noticias y peticiones
de los socos.
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ST, CROIX'S SALT RIVER BAY THREATENED
Salt River Bay is a unique ecosystem in the IUS.
Virgin Islands. Because itis tb nas disnrbedmangpve and
salt lagoon system in the U.S. V gi laiidd because of
its several important histrAriad l4u .acihacgcual: sites, the
St Crix Environmental Asaciatio..(A).nsiders Salt
River to be the island's most critial site fr preservation. The
SEA Newsletter (September 197) reportedon the proposed
construction of the Vrgin Grand SL. roix, a major complex
consisting of a marina, 288-unit hotel, and 300
condominiums, to be built by the AIen-Williams Corporation
at Salt River. Although the builders have beenunable to
guarantee that the waters of the bay will notbe further degraded
by the project, and considerable concern exists that the
increased boat traffic in the Bay will harm the environment,
the Board of Land Use Appeals decided in favor of the
developers permits issued by he Coastal Zone Management
Committee and challenged by SEA last summer.
The development of the proposed marina will
undoubtedly lead to construction of additional facilities for
pleasure.boats. Already, other individuals are applying for
permits for marina consnuction in Salt River Bay. The
cumulative impact of these developments wilt be severely
adverse and irreversible, wih the Salt River becoming a
commercial marina, at the expense of the natural, historical,
and archaeological values that are at a premium in the Virgin
Islands. SEA rejects the developer's contendon that the project
will benefit the island, pointing out that (). here are sti over
30,000 acres on SL Croi where thoproject could be developed
and not create the kind of environmental havoc that would
occur at Salt River, and (2) thejobsproisedby the developer
will go to non-residents not to unemployed Crucians.
SEA suggests that persons concerned about protecting
Salt River from this damage should witee a lettr to the
Honorable Alan Smith Commissioner
Department of Planning and Natural Resources
179 AIona and Welgutst
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00802
Honorable Senator Virdin Brown
17th Virgin Islands Lgisature
P.O. Box 477
St. Thomas, US. Virgin Islands 00801
All St Crix Senaors
P.O. Box D,
SL Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands 00820
MEETINGS OF INTEREST
1-3 March Thrteenth- Vertebrate Pest Conference,
Montr=y Sheraton Iotel, Monterey, California US.A. (A..
Charles Crabb Chairperson, .Crop Science Department,
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo,
Clifornia 93407, U.S.A.).
17-22 March 58th Annual Meeting of the Cooper
Ortnthological Society, Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific
Grove, California 93950, USA. (r. Walter D. Koenig,
Hastings Reservation, Star Roue Box 80, Cannel Valley,
California 93924, USA 408/659-2664).
18-22 March The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting,
Gall House Hotel, LouisvilleKetucky (Harry E. Hodgdon,
Executive Director, The Wildlife Society, 5410 Grosvenor
Lane, Bthesda, Maryland 20814, U.SA. 301/897-9770).
18-23 March 53rd North American Wildlife &
Natural Resources Conference. Gait House Hotel,
Louisvle, Kentucy (Laurence R. Jahn Wildlife Management
Institute, 1101 14th St. NW.. Suite 725, Washington, D.C.
20005, U.S.A. 202/371-1808).
13-15 May Association of Field Ornithologists
Annual Meeting,. Vermont Institute of Natural Science,
Woodstock, Vermont 05091 (802457-2779). [Not 14 May
evening program will be "The Ivory-billed Woodpecker.
Stalking an tinct Spe.ies ini North America and Cuba,"
pneseated by Jerome Jackso)
17-20 Mayi 2nd Interatfonal Wildlife Symposium
on Economics &. Social Aspects of Wildlife,
Calinda Acapulco Quality Inn Hotel, Acapulco Conventions
Center, :Acapuc, Gerrero, Mexico (2nd International
Wildlife Sympsium, Organizing Committe, Mexico
Chapter, The Wildlfe. Society, Apartado Postal 13432
Mexico D.F,.,03500. 553-9408 in Mexico City.)
20-22 May "Themes in Caribbean Ornithology," a
symposium organized by the Society for the Study of
Caribbean Ornithology, Fredriksted SL Croix, US. Virgin
Islands (Jorge A. Moreno, Committee Chairperson,
Department of EP Biology, Campus Box b-334, University
of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309, U.S.A. 303/492-6685
[days] or 303/7690365 [evenings]).
5-12 Jme "Resource Availabiity and the Structure
and Functioning of Tropical Ecosystems," an
international symposium :on tropical studies .celebrating the
Silver Anniversary of the Organization ofTropical Studies
(OTS), University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA
(Jay M. Savage, Silver Anniversary Symposium, Department
of Biology, University of Miami, P.O. Box 249118, Coral
Gable, Florida 33124, U.S A.).
MEMNGS OF INTEREST (CONTINUED)
8-12 June Wilso Onithological Society Centennial
Meeting, R.seont College and The Academy of Natural
Sciences- o Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Dr.
Richard C. Bank.S WOS, Fish and Wildlife Service, National
Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. 20560.
9-10 June Anual Meeting, American Assocation
for the Advancement of Science Caribbean
Division (site o be announced).
14-17 June Ecologa Integrada en Defensa de. Ia
Naturaleza, L Simposlo de Zoologfa, Palacio de las
Convenciones, La Habana, Cuba (Dr. Marfa Herrera Alvalez,
President of the Organizing Committee, Aprtado 16046, La
Habana; Cuba. 809/22-5511 or 22-1623)
.7-12 August Animal Behvior Society, bissoula,
Montana, U.SA (Donald A, Jenni, Department of Zoology,
University of Montana, Missoula, Montana 59812, U.SA.
15-18 August 106th Annual Meeting of the American
Ornithologists Union, Fayeteville, Arkansas, U.SA.
(Douglas A James and Kimbery G. Smi Chairpersons).
16-19 August Second Annual Conference of the
Society for Conservation Biology, University of
Califonia, Davis, California U.SA. (Dr. Daniel Simberloff
Department.of Biological Science, Florida State University,
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2043, U.SA.)
6-10 October Second International Conference on
Behavioral Ecology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver,
British Columbia. Canada. (Conference Services, Continuing
Studies, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia,
Canada V5A 1S6. 604/291-3649).
October Meeting o the Parrot Working Group, International
Council for the Conservation of Birds Brazil
TRAINING PROGRAMS AND COURSES
Manomet B rd Observatory Field BiologyTraining Program
and Research Apprenticeship Training Programs. The Field
Biology Training Program will begin offering a ifl.semester
of college credit in 1988. Students participate in ongoing
environmental studies of tropical forests and avian migrants in
Belize; Cenral America; migration and breeding ecology of
landbirds: on the Gasp .Peninsula, Qudbec; colonial bird
ecology; marine mammal distributions in the Northwest
Atlantic; and others. Transfer credit through affiliates.
Financial aid is available.
TRAINING PROGRAMS & COURSES (CONTINUED)
Research Apprenticeships (2-4 months) in ongoing research in
avian, marine mammal, estuaine, and tropical forest ecology.
Available year-round. U.S.S250 per month and room
provided. Apprenticeships are designed for beginning
biologists with some field experience,
For information, write Field Biology Training Program or
Research Apprentice Program, Manomet Bird Observatory.
P.O. Box 936, Manomel, Massachussens 02345 U.S.A..
Captive Breeding of Endangered Species, The Wildlife
Preservation Trus Isle of Jersey, Channel Islands, England,
Great Brtain. Programs are available for persons with
practical experience with animals, institutions with captive
breeding programs,and students with interest in conservation.
Those interested in the programs. should send a proposal
before 1 June 1988 for participation in the subsequent year.
Selections are made in August. For information or to submit
a proposal, contact Training Program, Wildlife Preservation
Trust International, 34th Street & Gard Ave., Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania 19104, US.A.
The Nadonal Zoological Park, Washington, D.C., offers
summer courses in wildlife management and conservation.
The principal objective of the Wildlife Conservation and
Management Training Program is the scientific preparation of
persons from tropical countries. Courses.arealso organized in
these countries. The institutions interested in conducting such
a course in their country should select the candidates for the
course, identify the sites for field work and determine needed
logistics. The National Zoological Park. will attempt to
obtain funds for implementing the course and travel funding.
For field. courses in the National Zoo's Conservation and
Research Center for foreign students in universities in the
United States or persons-living in tropical countries and who
want o. continue with advanced courses in management of
wildlife, write R. Rudan (Program Coordinator), Department
of Zoological Research, National Zoological Park,
Washington, D.C 20008, U.SA
Course on the Management of Viable Populations The
Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University, offers a
3-day course on population viability for wildlife professionals
and graduate-level students. The fundamentals of
biogeography, ecology, population dynamics, and population
dynamics will be caught as they relate to protection, recovery,
and maintenance of populations of rare, threatened, and
endangered species. The course will also. cover case studies,
computer simulation models, and the legal and policy aspects
of population viability analysis and planning.
For information, write Center for Conservation Biology,
Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, U.S.A.
REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE
Research Assistantneeded for graduate student's study of sexual
selectioinin he yellow-knobed currasow in the Veezuelan
llanos, March-June 1988, Some field experience necessary,
knowledge of the tropics and Spanish helpful. Airfare and
roo/boarnd provided (conditional on funding), For more
information, send cirriculum vitae and cover letter to Richard
Buchholz, Department of Zoology, 223 Bartram Hall,
University of Florida, Gainesville Florida 32611, U.SA.
Research Assistant in study of the biology and conservation of
the Bahama Pamt on Abaco Island, Bahamas, May-
September 1988. Contact Rosemarie Gnam, Bird Division,
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at
79th St., New York, New York 10024, U.SA.
Volunteers for Earthwatch project supported in 1988: Avian
studies in southwestern Puerto Rico (Dr. Jaime Collazo and
Mr. Jos6 Coldn. For additional information, contact Dr.
Collazo, Wildlife Biologist, Caribbean Islands National
Wildlife Refuges, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Apto. 510,
Boqueron, Puerto Rico)
Amazon internships. Work/study at a field station 80 mi.
deep in climax tropical rainforest, Pe. Specialties include
rehabilitation, reintroduction of wildlife confiscated from the
illegal pet trad naturephotography field study. Mustpay air
fare, tuition, room and board, Contact AmazonCoservon
Foundation, 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores Floilda34635,
Experienced volunteers are needed torn mist nets and manage
data in association with the Word Wildlife Fund's Mimimum
Critical Size of Ecosystems project, 80 km north of Manaus
in Amazonian Brazil Airfare, room and board, and very
modest allowance are provided. Volunteers are expected to
work for 6 months, with the possibility of developing
independent research following the banding period. Working
knowledge of Neotropical birds useful and weigh heavily in
selecting candidates. Contact Rob Bieregaard, World Wildlife
Fund, 1250 24th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037,
Parrols needed for work on the biochemical sysEematics of
Psittacifomes. Frozen tissue is needed from a variety of tax.
Source may be adult or juvenile, wild-caught or captive-bred
birds, Michael Dion, Department of Zoology, University of
Texas, Austin, Texas 78712, U.SA
Byron Swift (2738 Chain Bridge Rd. N.W.. Washington, D.C.
20016, U.S.A.) requests bird lists of neotropical parks to build
a data base of binr species found in all major neotropical
protected areas. Systematic lists are needed, rather than
incidental observations made in 1-2 days.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE
"Checklist of Birds of SL Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands." 1987.
U.S.1.00. Fred W. Sladen, P.O. Box 4106. Christiansted,
St Croix. US. Virgin Islands 00820.
"Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S.
Territories, and Canada," edited by .C. Banks, R.W.
McDiamnid, and A.L Gardner. 1987, Fish and Wildlife
Service, Resourc Publ. 166, 79pp. Available from
Publication Unit, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Matomic
Building, Room 148, Washington, D.C. 20240, U.SA
Send nodces, articles, and other information of interest to
members of the Society of Caribbean Ornithology to: James
W. Wiley, 1863 Cprian Ave., Camarilo. California 93010,
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