Group Title: Pitirre (Camarillo, Calif.)
Title: El Pitirre
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Title: El Pitirre
Uniform Title: Pitirre (Camarillo, Calif.)
Abbreviated Title: Pitirre (Camarillo Calif.)
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Wiley, James W
Wiley, James W
Society of Caribbean Ornithology
Society for the Study of Caribbean Ornithology
Publisher: Society for the Study of Caribbean Ornithology
Place of Publication: Camarillo Calif
Camarillo Calif
Publication Date: Sept-October 1988
Frequency: bimonthly
Subject: Ornithology -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Birds -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Language: In English, with some Spanish.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan.-Feb. 1988)-
Dates or Sequential Designation: Ceased in 2002.
Numbering Peculiarities: Vol. 1, no. 3 covers the period May-Aug. 1988.
Issuing Body: Newsletter of the Society for the Study of Caribbean Ornithology, Jan/Feb.-Mar./Apr. 1988; the Society of Caribbean Ornithology, May/Aug. 1988-
General Note: Editor, 1988- James W. Wiley.
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Vol. 15, no. 1 (spring 2002) (Surrogate)
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Volume ID: VID00004
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 23284416
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issn - 1527-7151
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El Piirre is the bimonthly newsletter of
the Society of Caribbean Ormihology.
El Pittirre es el bolet infornimavo de
la Sociedad de OrmiDlogia Caribefa.

EDITOR: James W. Wiley, 1863
Ciprian Avenue, Camarillo, California

News, comments or requests should be
mailed to the editor For inclusion in the
Noticias, comentarios o peticiones
deben ser enviadas al editor para
inclusion en el boleein.

The Society of Caribbean Ornithology is a non-profit organization whose goals
are to promote the scientific study and conservation of Caribbean birds and their
habitats, to provide a link among island ornithologists and those elsewhere, to
provide a written forum for researchers in the region (refereed jourma-Omitologia
Caribela, published in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Ornithological Society)
and to provide data or technical aid to conservation groups in the Caribbean.

La Sociedad de Omitologfa Cainbelfa es una organizacidn sin Enes de lucro cuyas
metas son promover el studio cientifico y la conscrvacidn de la avifauna
caribefla, auspiciar an simposio annual sobre la omitologia caribena, publicar una
revista professional lamada Ornitologfa Caribnla (publicada en conjunto con la
Sociedad Ornitoldgica de Puerto Rico), ser una fuente de comunicacidn entire
ornitlogos caribefios y en onras dreas y proveer ayuda ttcnica o datos a grupos de
conservacidn en el caribe.

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Pitirre, Gray Kingbird, Pestrige, Ptchary

SOCIETY ADOPTS NEW NAME ............. ..... page 2
1989 MEETING OF SOCIETY 2............................ 2
REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE ............................... 3
FUNDING SOURCE ....................... .. ......... 3
MEETINGS OF INTEREST .................................... 3
OPPORTUNITIES n...,... ....... .......... ........ ..... 4
SOCIETY DIRECTORY .. ........................................ 5

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Society Adopts New Name

The former Society for the Study of
Caribbean Ornithology will from now on be known
as the Society of Caribbean Ornithology.

1989 Meeting of the Society of Caribbean
The Society of Caribbean Ornithology will
host its second annual meeting in Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic, in late July or early August
1988 (will not overlap with the American
Ornithologists' Union meetings). The meeting will
run four days and will include symposia on
introduced birds in the West Indies, bird-plant
interactions in the Caribbean, and the role of
education in Caribbean bird conservation. Field trips
will follow the meeting. Discount airfares and hotel
rates will be available. For furtherinformation, write
Jorge A. Moreno
Department of EPO Biology
University of Colorado
Campus Box B-334
Boulder, CO 80309 USA

Report of the Education Committee
An Environmental Education Committee has
been formed with the following members: Charles
Chase, Barbara Dowell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center; Ann
Haynes-Sutton, Jamaica; Charles Luthin, Pan
American Officer, ICBP; Frank F. Rivera Milan,
Department of Natural Resources, Puerto Rico; Jose
Ottenwalder, Parque ZoologicoNacional, Dominican
Republic; Ro Wauer (Chairman), National Park
Service, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Committee's initial project is the
production of a poster that will advertise the Society
of Caribbean Ornithology, as well as to create
interest in Caribbean birds and their habitats. We
want to develop a poster that will appeal to children
and adults to encourage their help in protecting birds
and bird habitats throughout the Caribbean.

A request for slides that might be utilized for
the poster was sent to all the Society's members in
mid-August, but only one slide has so far been
received. There is still time for submission of an
appropriate slide; send to Ro Wauer, P.O. Box
2145, Kingshill, VI00851.

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Repon of the Education Commiuee (Continued)

A funding source for the poster production
has not yet been identified, .although a few good
suggestions were received. The Committee hopes to
complete this project prior to the August 1989
meeting of the Society.

Society to Prepare Annotated Bibliography of West
Indian Ornithology
The Society of Caribbean Ornithology is
preparing an annotated bibliography of the literature
on birds in the West Indies. The boundary of the
region considered will follow the faunal area outlined
in the most recent edition of James Bond's Birds of
the West Indies. The Society's annotated
bibiolography will be published in the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service's Biological Report series, and will
be available to individuals, organizations, and
governments as a reference source.
If you 1) have published any technical or
popular articles on West Indian ornithology, 2) know
about unpublished ornithological reports, 3) have
compiled a publication list for an island, island
group, or a bird species, or 4) know someone who
has done any of 1-3 above, please send reprints or
copies of the publications, lists or reports to:
CraigA. Faanes
Wildlife Biologist
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2604 St. Patrick Avenue
Grand Island, Nebraska 68803
Craig's telephone number is 308-381-5571 if
you need additional information.

Society Compiling List of Researchers and Their
Activities in the Caribbean

The Society of Caribbean Ornithology is
compiling a list of researchers with interests in the
Caribbean Basin. Governments and individuals
throughout the Caribbean concerned with
conservation of their island resources often have
difficulty gaining access to the results of studies that
may support their activities. The Society's list of
researchers and their areas of expertise will be
available to individuals and governments in the
Caribbean as a reference guide to support local
conservation efforts. If you are currently working or
are interested in conducting research in the Caribbean
Basin, please send your research activities and areas
of expertise to Reed Bowman, National Audubon
Society, Research Department, 115 Indian Mound
Trail, Tavemier, Florida 33070, USA.

El Pitirre Vol. l,No. 4

Second Meeting of the Parrot Specialist Group,
Curitiba, Brazil
The International Council for Bird
Preservation (ICBP) held its Second Meeting of the
Parrot Specialist Group at Curitiba, Brazil, from 13-
18 October 1988. Several papers on West Indian
parrots were presented, including:

"Status and conservation of Lesser Antillean
parrots," Paul Butler and Peter Evans.
"Status and conservation of Greater Antillean
parrots," James W. Wiley.
"Breeding biology and conservation of the
Bahama Parrot, Amazona leucocephala
bahamensis," Rosemarie Gnam.
"Recent conservation efforts for the Puerto Rican
Parrot, Amazona vittara," Marcia H. Wilson
"Status and conservation of the Yellow-billed Parrot
(Amazona collaria) and Black-billed Parrot
(A. agilis) in Jamaica," Yvette Strong
Nigel Collar and Jorgen Thomsen
summarized the conservation needs for the region
and presented recommendations for conservation of
West Indian parrots. These recommendations and
papers presented at the meeting will be published by
ICBP in their proceedings of the meeting.

Request for Assistance
Help needed for Bahama Parrot- As part of
an ongoing conservation project on the endangered
Bahama Parrot (Amazona leucocephala bahamensis)
on Abaco Island, Bahamas, information is needed on
feral cat control programs on islands. Bahama
Parrots are extremely vulnerable to nest predation by
feral cats because of their subterranean nesting habit.
In 1988, 53% of the parrot nests in our study area
suffered from feral cat predation. The Bahamas
National Trust chapter on Abaco is hoping to begin a
feral cat control program in 1989 and seeks logistical
advice. Please send information to:
Rosemarie Gnam
Department of Ornithology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West@ 79th St.
New York, NY 10024
Piping Plover Sihtings Requested A
Piping Plover winter distribution survey was
conducted along the Atlantic (Dec.-Mar. 1986-87)
and Gulf (Dec.-Mar. 1987-88) coasts of the United
States. We believe that most of the Atlantic coast
breeding population is overwintering outside of the

Request for Assistance (Continued)

United States. Any residents or birders visiting the
Caribbean this winter (Oct.-Mar.) are requested to
report Piping Plover sightings (date, location,
numbers seen, bands) to:

Janice Nicholls
Department of Zoology-Wildlife
331 Funchess Hall
Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849-5414 U.S.A.,
Craig Faanes
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2604 St. Patrick, Suite 7
Grand Island,Nebraska 68803
This information would be greatly appreciated.

Funding Source
The Pan American Continental Section of
ICBP offers small grants for avian conservation
projects in Mexico, Central and South America, and
the Caribbean. Proposals for research, habitat
protection and management, and public education
will be considered; all projects must have a clear
conservation component. Write for details on
applications. Pan American Office, ICBP, P.O. Box
1369, Melrose, FI 32666, U.S.A., or Brian
Harrington, Manomet Bird Observatory, P.O. Box
958, Manomet, MA 02345-0958. Deadline for
application is 1 Feb.1989.

Meetings of Interest
17-22 March 1989 54th North American Wildlife
and Natural Resources Conference, Omni Shoreham
Hotel, Washington, D.C., USA. (L.L. Williamson,
Wildlife Management Institute, Suite 725, 1101
Fourteenth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005,
24-26 May 1989 Institute of Tropical Forestry
Golden Anniversary Symposium, A Century of
Research at the Institute of Tropical Foresty: Results
from the First Half, Themes for the Second,
Condado Beach Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico. A
session on wildlife research will be presented by
John Terborgh, Princeton University. Registration
fee U.S.$50.00. (Julio C. Figueroa, Institute of
Tropical Forestry, Call Box 25000, Rio Piedras,
Puerto Rico 00928-2500).

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25-28 May 1989 Wilson Orrithological Society,
SL Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana. (Doris J.
Watt, Department of Biology, Saint Mary's College,
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556 [telephone 219-284-
4668] ,and Richard C. Banks, U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service, National Museum of Natural History,
Washington, D.C. 20560 [202-357-1970]).

5-8 June 1989 International Symposium on
Vertebrate Biogeography and Systematics in the
Tropics, Bonn, West Germany; (Gustav Peters,
Vertebrate Symposium '89, Zoologisches
Forschungsinstitut und Museum Alexander Koenig,
Adenauerallee 150-164, D-5300 Bonn 1, West
11-17 June 1989 American Behavior Society,
Northern Kentucky University.
14-16 June 1989 Association of Field
Ornithologists, Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire.
Housing and meals will be at the Appalachian
Mountain Club's Pinkham Notch Camp at the foot
of Mt. Washinton. (Carol Foss, New Hampshire
Audubon, P.O. Box 528b, Concord, NH 03301
U.S.A.). For information about the scientific
program (including inquiries about
paper/poster/workshop submission), contact Peter
F. Cannell, Division of Birds (NHB mail stop 116),
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560
22-26 June, 1989 59th Annual Meeting of the
Cooper Ornithological Society, University of Idaho,
Moscow, Idaho. (Dr. J. Michael Scott, USFWS,
Department of Fish & Wildlife, College of Forestry,
Wildlife & Range Sciences, University of Idaho,
Moscow, ID 83843, USA),
7-10 August 1989 American Ornithologists'
Union, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Kenneth C.
Parkes and Robert Raikow, co-chairs of Local

9-17 August 1989 XXI International Ethological
Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands. (XXI
International Ethological Conference, c/o QLT
Convention Services, Keizersgracht 792, 1017 EC
Amsterdam, Netherlands).

8-14 October 1989 Joint meeting of the Raptor
Research Foundation, Inc., and the ICBP World
Working Group of Birds of Prey, Hotel Mocambo,
Veracruz City, Veracruz, Mexico. Major theme will
be Biology and Conservation of Tropical Raptors.

Approximate costs will be US$420 for single and
US$300 for double; occupancy, including breakfast
and dinner. (Romeo Dominguez Barradas4 Local
Arrangements Committee, RRF/WWGBP Meeting,
P.O. Box 63, Xalapa, Veracruz, 91000 Mexico).
7-9 December 1989 Ecology and Conservation of
Neotropical Migrant Landbirds, Massachusetts. The
symposium will focus on breeding, wintering, and
migration ecology and population trends in North
American migrant landbirds. The purpose is to
update knowledge since the 1977 Smithsonian
symposium. Invited and contributed papers will be
presented. Abstracts are due 1 Feb. 1989. (John M.
Hagan, Manomet Bird Observatory, P.O. Box 936,
Manomet, MA 02345 U.S.A. Telephone: 508-224-
16-21 March 1990 55th North American Wildlife
and Natural Resources Conference, Denver,
Colorado, USA.
June 1990 Joint meeting of the American
Ornithologists' Union and the Cooper Ornithological
Society, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
June 1990 Wilson Ornithological Society and the
Association of Field Ornithologists will meet jointly
at Weaton College, Norton, Massachussetts.
2-9 December 1990 XX Ornithological Congress,
Christchurch, New Zealand. (Dr. Ben D. Bell,
Secretary-General, XX Congressus Internationalis
Ornithologicus, Department of Zoology, Victoria
University, Private Bag, Wellington, New Zealand).

Field assistants needed for an ongoing study
of coloniality in the Carib Grackle in Venezuela for 4-
5 mo. starting May/June. Work will include nest
observation and monitoring, trapping and banding,
blood sampling, and collecting various behavioral
data. Prior field work with birds and banding
experience desirable, but not necessary; enthusiasm
for hot, humid field conditions is important.
Expenses in Venezuela will be covered. Please write
(incl. CV and phone number) to David Lemonn,
Dept Biology, SUNY Albany, Albany, NY 12222

Field assistants needed to help with studies
examining wading bird foraging ecology, distribution
of wading birds in the Everglades, and White-
crowned Pigeon reproductive and feeding ecology.

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Opportunities (Continued)

One position mid-Mar. through Sept, another mid-
May to mid-Sept. Applicants must be willing to
spend long hours working in mangrove swamps
where mosquitos can be ferocious, and be able to
ride in single engine aircraft. Telemetry experience
helpful but. not necessary. $1200/mo. Applicants
should have B.S. or some experience in field
biology. Send letter describing qualifications,
resume, and names, addresses, and phone numbers
of 2 references to G. Thomas Bancroft, National
Audubon Society, 115 Indian Mound Trail,
Tavemier, FL 33070 U.SA. (305-852-8012).

Acknowledgements for Funding of 1988 Society
The Society of Caribbean Ornithology would
like to thank the International Council for Bird
Preservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service's Office of International Affairs for helping
to fund the 1988 meeting in St. Croix,

President: Jorge A. Moreno, Department of EPO
Biology, University of Colorado, Campus
Box B-334, Boulder, CO 80309
Secretary: Alexander Cruz, Department of EPO
Biology, University of Colorado, Campus
Box B-334, Boulder, CO 80309
Treasurer: Allan Keith, P.O. Box 325, New
Vernon, New Jersey 07976
Board of Governors:
James Wiley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
Southwest Research Group, 2140 Eastman
Ave., Suite 100, Ventura, CA 93003
Fred Sladen, P.O. Box 4106, Christiansted, St.
Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands 00820
Roland Wauer, P.O. Box 2145, Kingshill, St
Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands 00850
Tomas Vargas Mora, Secretarfa de Agricultura,
Seccidn de Vida Silvestre, Santo Domingo,
Rep blica Dominicana

The Society of Caribbean Ornithology (Continued)

Anne Haynes-Sutton, Marshall's Pen, P.O. Box 58,
Mandeville, Jamaica
Jos6 Coldn, P.O. Box 23163, UPR Station, Rio
Piedras, Puerto Rico 00931
Paul Butler, P.O. Box 1277, Kingstown, St.
Vincent, West Indies

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