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Title: El Pitirre
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Publication Date: 1990
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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.
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Sociedad de la Omitologia Caribeia


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PITIRRE


Society of Caribbean Ornithology
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1990


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EL PITIRRE I


El Pitirre is the newsletter of the
Society of Caribbean Ornithology.
El Pittirre es el boletd informative de
la Sociedad de la Omitologia Canibefa.
EDITOR: James W. Wiley, 1863
Ciprian Avenue, Camarillo. California
93010.
News, comments or requests should be
mailed to the editor for inclusion in the
newsletter.
Noticias, comenlarios o peticiones
deben ser envfadas al editor para
inclusion en el boletfn.


Tyrannus dominicensis


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 journal-Ornitologa
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 la Omitologfa Caribeta es una organizacidn sin fines de lucr
cuyas metas son promover el estudio cientifico y la conservaci6n de la avifauna
caribeia, auspiciar un simposio annual sobre la ornitologfa caribefla, publicar una
revista professional llamada Omitologfa Caribela (publicada en conjunto con la
Sociedad Omitol6gica de Puerto Rico), set una fuente de comunicacion enre
ornit6logos caribeflos y en otras Areas y proveer ayuda tecnica o datos a grupos de
conservacidn en el caribe.


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CONTENTS

SOCIETY 1990 MEETING ANNOUNCED. 2
A PROFILE OF JAMAICA & ITS BIRD LIFE 2
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF JAMAICAN BIRDS .... 4
ROCKLANDS WILDLIFE SANCTUARY..... 6
PUERTO RICAN FORESTS SYMPOSIUM .. 6
MICROCOMPUTERS WORKSHOP .......... 6
TUDY DOD ............................ .......... 6
NEWS OF SOCIETY MEMBERS ............ 7
PLOVER CENSUS .............................. 7
REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE ................. 7
MEETINGS OF INTEREST .................. 7
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Society to Hold 1990 Meeting in Kingston,
Jamaica
The Fourth Annual Meeting of the Society of
Caribbean Ornithology will be held at the University
of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica. Scientific
paper sessions will be from 13-15 August 1990. In
addition, three workshops will be presented:
"Funding Sources in the Caribbean," by Dr. Herbert
Raffaele (12 August); "Conservation Education
Techniques in the Caribbean," by Paul Butler (16
August); and "Columbid Populations," by Frank F.
Rivera Mil6n (date to be determined). Detailed
information on the meeting, including registration
and a call for papers, and available accommodations
will soon be sent directly to members.




A Profile of Jamaica and its Birdlife
Jamaica, the third largest island in the West Indies
archipelago, is 230 km long east to west and 80 km
across at its widest, with an area of about 11,400 sq.
km. Jamaica is an oceanic island; i.e., it was never
connected with the mainland or any large
neighboring island. Jamaica lies 180 km west of
Hispaniola, 150 km south of Cuba, and 650 km
northeast of Honduras, the nearest mainland. An
extensive cordillera extends east to west, beginning
with the John Crow mountains (over 1,000 m
elevation) near the eastern coast, followed by the
Blue Mountains (including the 2290 m Blue
Mountain Peak), then a series of lower limestone
hills, Mount Diablo, Bull Head, the Cockpit
Country, and Dolphin Head near the west coast.
Jamaica has a subtropical climate. The mean
monthly temperature at Kingston, along the
southeastern coast, varies between 230 and 270C,
with the lowest temperatures generally in January
and February, and the highest means in July and
August. Temperatures in the higher mountains are
substantially cooler. Rain falls year-round, but
averages heaviest in May and October. With the
prevailing easterly winds, highest rainfalls are
recorded from the John Crow Mountains, where the
annual average exceeds 500 cm. High annual rain-
fall also occurs in the northeastern lowlands, the
Blue Mountains, Dolphin Head, and the higher parts
of the Cockpit Country. With an average of less than
75 cm of rain per year, the Hellshire Hills region,
southwest of Kingston, is the driest area of the
island.
Jamaica has three main kinds of natural forest:
montane forest (Blue Mountains), wet midlevel
limestone forest (especially in the Cockpit Country


Jamaica (Continued),


and John Crow mountains), and lowland arid
limestone forest (e.g., parts of the southern
lowlands). Approximately 24% of Jamaica is still
covered with forests. However, natural forests are
rapidly being replaced with plantations of pine and
other fast-growing species (e.g., eucalyptus), so that
only about 7% of the island's natural forest is
moderately intact and only small parts of these areas
are virgin forests.
About 106 extant native birds have been reported
breeding in Jamaica, including 41 waterbirds and 65
land birds. About 235 species of birds occur in
Jamaica. The land birds display a high degree of
endemism, especially in the highlands, with 19
subspecies, 22 species, and 5 genera unique to the
island. Outstanding among these are the Jamaican
owl (Pseudoscops grammicus), streamertail
(Trochilus polytmus), yellow-shouldered grassquit
(Loxipasser anoxanthus), orangequit (Euneornis
campestris), and Jamaican blackbird (Nesopsar
nigerrimus; Table 1).
Most Jamaican land birds were probably derived
from the North American avifauna in Central
America. Two species are likely from South Ameri-
can genera, possibly after they had spread into
Central America, whereas six species probably
arrived from the south via the Lesser Antilles.
Conservation efforts important to the island's
avifauna include protection of habitat and control of
shooting. The Forestry Acts of 1937 and 1973
provide protection to some habitat, such as the
Cockpit Country Forestry Reserve. Other areas have
been established as game sanctuaries. Some of the
lands important to native birds (Blue Mountains,
John Crow Mountains, Portland Ridge, "cockpit
country," and major swamps) have been designated
as potential national parks under the National
Physical Plan for Jamaica (1971-1980).
The Jamaican Natural Resources Conservation
Department is responsible for wildlife protection.
Birds are protected under the Jamaican Wild Life
Protection Act administered by the Ministry of
Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources.
Stringent gun control has been instituted by the
Jamaican government. These policies have resulted
in a general awareness of the legal status of wildlife
among Jamaicans. A decrease m meat hunting has
been a by-product of the control
The Gosse Bird Club, which bad its beginning in
the nineteenth century, is an active group of amateur
and professional ornithologists. The Club's
Broadsheet has served as its publication vehicle since
1963, and has included papers on the distribution,
status, ecology, and behavior of Jamaican birds.
Another journal, Natural History Notes of Jamaica,
preceded the Broadsheet and also carried papers on
amaica's avifauna.


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Table 1. Endemic genera, species, and subspecies of Jamaican landbirds.

Name Level of endemism
Family Common1 Scientific Genus Species Subspecies


COLUMBIDAE Pigeons
Plain pigeon
Ringed-tailed pigeon
Common ground-dove
Caribbean dove
Crested quail-dove
PSITTACIDAE Parrots
[Olive-throated parakeet
Yellow-billed parrot
Black-billed parrot
CUCULDAE Cuckoos
Mangrove cuckoo
Jamaican lizard-cuckoo
Chesmut-bellied cuckoo
STRIGIFORMES Owls
Jamaican owl
CAPRIMULGIDAE Nightjars
Jamaican pauraque
NYCrBIIDAE Potoo
Common potoo
TROCHILIDAE Hummingbirds
Jamaican mango
Streamerrail
Vervain hummingbird
TODIDAE Todies
Jamaican tody
PICIDAE Woodpeckers
Jamaican woodpecker
TYRANNIDAE Tyrant Flycatchers
Jamaican elaenia
Greater Antillean elaenia
Greater Antillean pewee
Sad flycatcher
Rufous-tailed flycatcher
Stolid flycatcher
Loggerhead kingbird
Jamaican becard
HIRUNDINIDAE Swallows
Golden swallow
CORVIDAE Crows
Jamaican crow
MUSCICAPIDAE Muscicapids
Rufous-throated solitaire
White-eyed thrush
White-chinned thrush


Columba inornata
Columba caribaea
Columbina passerina
Leptotila jamaicensis
Geotrygon versicolor
Aratinga nana2]
Amazona collaria
Amazona agilis

Coccyzus minor
Saurothera vetla
Hyetornis pluvialis
Pseudoscops grammicus

Siphonorhis americanus
Nycfibius griseus
Anthracothorax mango
Trochilus polytmus
Mellisuga minima

Todus todus
Melanerpes radiolatus

Myiopagis cotta
Elaeniafallax
Contopus caribaeus
Myiarchus barbirostris
Myiarchus validus
Myiarchus stolidus
Tyrannus caudifasciatus
Pachyramphus niger

Tachycineta euchrysea

Corvus jamaicensis

Myadestes genibarbis
Turdus jamaicensis
Turdus aurantius


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Table I (Concluded).


MIMIDAE Mockingbirds
Bahama mockingbird
VIREONIDAE Vireo
Jamaican vireo
Blue Mountain vireo
EMBERIZIDAE Emberizids
Arrow-headed warbler
Bananaquit
Jamaican euphonia
Stripe-headed tanager
Yellow-shouldered grassquit
Greater Antillean bullfinch
Orangequit
Grasshopper sparrow
Jamaican blackbird
Greater Antillean grackle
Jamaican oriole


Minus gundlachii

Vireo modestus
Vireo osburni

Dendroica pharetra
Coerebaflaveola
Euphonia jamaica
Spindalis zena
Loxipasser anoxanthus
Loxigilla violacea
Euneornis campestris
Ammodramus savannarum
Nesopsar nigerrimus
Quiscalus niger
Icterus leucopteryx


1Names follow American Ornithologists' Union, 1983, Check-list of North American Birds, 6th
edition. Allen Press, Inc., Lawrence, Kansas.
2Considered by some as conspecific with Aratinga astec of Central America.


Profile of Jamaica (Continued from Page 2).

Publications on birds you might want to consider
carrying with you on your visit to Jamaica:

Bond, J. 1974 [and later editions]. Birds of the
West Indies. Collins, London. 256pp.
Jeffrey-Smith, M. 1956. Bird-watching in Jamaica.
Pioneer Press, Kingston, Jamaica. xvi + 159
PP.
Lack, D. 1976. Island Biology, Illustrated by the
Land Birds of Jamaica. Univ. California Press,
Berkeley. 445pp.
Steffee, N.D. 1983. Field checklist of the birds of
Jamaica. [1 page list, with status, distribution,
and common English and scientific names.
Available from Russ's Natural History Books,
Inc., 119 North Lakeview Drive, P.O. Box
1089, Lake Helen, Florida 32744-1089, USA].
Taylor, Lady R.G. 1955. Introduction to the birds
of Jamaica. Inst Jamaica. London, MacMillan
and Co., Ltd. iv + 114 pp.


Selected Bibliography of Jamaican Bird Topics

Appleby, R.H., and C.R. Cark. 1974. September
birdwatching in Jamaica. Gosse Bird Club
Broadsheet 22:10.
Bangs, 0., and F.IL Kennard. 1920. A list of the
birds of Jamaica. Pp. 684-701 in F. Cundall
[ed.J Handbook of Jamaica, Govt. Printing
Office, Kingston, Jamaica.
Black, A. 1989. Bird notes: zenaida dove. Gosse
Bird Club Broadsheet 52:13.
Bond, J. 1944. Notes on the arrow-headed warbler.
Wilson Bull. 56(3):172-173.
Bond, J. 1965. A few problems concerning the bird
life of Jamaica. Gosse Bird Club Broadsheet 4:1-
3.
Cruz, A. 1972. Food and feeding behavior of the
Jamaican crow, Corvus jamaicensis. Auk
89:445-446.
Cruz, A. 1972. Birds of the Lluides Valle (Worthy
Park) Region, Jamaica. Quart. J Florida Acad.
ScL 35(1):72-80.
Cruz, A. 1973. Food and foraging ecology of the
Jamaican becard. Auk 90:905-906.


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Jamaica (Continued)
Cruz, A. 1974. Distribution, probable evolution,
and fossil record of West Indian woodpeckers
(family Picidae). Carib. J. Sci., 14(3-4):183-
188.
Cruz, A. 1974. Feedin assemblages of Jamaican
birds. Condor 76(1):5 3-107.
Cruz, A. 1978. Ecology and behavior of the
Jamaican woodpecker. Bull. Florida State Mus.
Biol. Sci. 22:149-204.
Cruz, A. 1978. Adaptive evolution in the Jamaican
blackbird, Nesopsar nigerrimus. Omis Scand.
9(2):130-137.
Cruz, A. 1980. Feeding ecology of the black-
whiskered vireo and associated gleaning birds in
Jamaica. Wilson Bull. 92(1):40-52.
Cruz, A., and P. Fairbairn. 1980. Conservation of
natural resources in the Caribbean: the avifauna
of Jamaica. Trans. N.A, WildL & Nat. Res.
Conf. 45:438-444.
Diamond, A.W. 1973. Altitudinal variations in a
resident and a migrant passerine on Jamaica.
Auk 90(3):610-618.
Diamond, A.W. 1974. Annual cycles in Jamaican
forest birds. J. Zool. Proc. Zool Soc. London
173(2)277-301.
Downer, A. 1978. Cattle egret study. Gosse Bird
Club Broadsheet 30:10-11.
Downer, A. 1989. Post-hurricane observations.
Gosse Bird Club Broadsheet 52:8.
Downer, A., and R Sutton. 1972. Birds of the
Cockpit Country. Gosse Bird Club Broadsheet
19:12-14.
Fletcher, J. 1980. Some historical notes on the
extension of range of saffron finch in Jamaica.
Gosse Bird Club Broadsheet 35:8-9.
Gochfeld, M. 1985. Numerical relationships
between migrant and resident bird species in
Jamaican woodlands. Pp. 654-662 in Buckley,
P.A., M.S. Foster, E.S. Morton, R.S. Ridgely,
and F.G. Buckley [eds.] Neotropical Ornith-
ology, AOU Monogr. No. 36.
Goodbody, I. 1964. The breeding seasons of
Jamaican birds. Gosse Bird Club Broadsheet 2:3-
4.
Gosse, P.H. 1847. The birds of Jamaica. Assisted
by Richard Hill, esq., of Spanish-Town. John
van Voorst, Paternoster Row, London. 447pp.
Green, C.A. 1985. Birding Jamaica. Gosse Bird
Club Broadsheet 44:4-8.
Haynes, A. 1987. Human exploitation of seabirds
in Jamaica. Biol. Conserv. 41(2):99-124.
Hodgson, M. 1974. Birdwatching in Jamaica a
beginner's view. Gosse Bird Club Broadsheet
23:8.
Jeffrey-Smith, M. 1956. Bird-watching in Jamaica.
Pioneer Press, Kingston, Jamaica, xvi + 159
PP.


Jamaica (Continued)
King, W.B., and A.T. Feen. 1967. A short
Jamaican birdwatching tour. Gosse Bird Club
Broadsheet 9:9-10.
Lack, D. 1976. Island Biology, Illustrated by the
Land Birds of Jamaica. Univ. California Press,
Berkeley. 445pp.
Lack, D., and P. Lack. 1972. Wintering warblers
in Jamaica. Living Bird 11:129-153.
Levy, C. 1988. Bird notes: courtship display of the
solitaire. Gosse Bird Club Broadsheet 51:14-
15.
Levy, C. 1989. Banding report 1987-88. Gosse
Bird Club Broadsheet 52:3-7.
March, W.T., (and S.F. Baird). 1863. Notes on
the birds of Jamaica. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci
Philadephia 15:150-154,283-304.
Mittermeier, R.A. 1972. Jamaica's endangered
species. Oryx 11(4):258-262.
Newton, A., and E. Newton. 1881. List of the
birds of Jamaica. Handbook of Jamaica 1881:
103-117
Olson, SL., and D.W. Steadman. 1977. A new
genus of flightless ibis (Threskiorithidae) and
other fossil birds from cave deposits in Jamaica.
Proc. Bio. Soc. Washington 90(2):447-457.
Osborn, W. 1859. Notes on the mountain birds of
Jamaica. Zoologist 1859:6658-6665, 6709-
6721, 6753-6761.
Osborn, W. 1860. Notes on the mountain birds of
Jamaica. Zoologist 1860:6833-6841, 6873-
6880, 6925-6934.
Salmon, L. 1983. Jamaican euphonia Euphoni2
Jamaica. Gosse Bird Club Broadsheet 40:8-10.
Schuchmann, K.-L. 1980. Zur Okologie Jamaikan-
ischerKolibriarten. J.OmithoL 121(1):71-80.
Schuchmann, K.-L. 1980. Die Jamaika-Kolibris
Trochilus polytusr und Trochilus scitulus.
Biotropic-Verlag, Frankfurt.
Scott, W.E.D. 1892. Observations on the birds of
Jamaica, West Indies. II. A list of the birds
recorded from the island, with annotations. Auk
9:9-15, 120-129, 273-277, 369-375.
Scott, W.E.D. 1893. Observations on the birds of
Jamaica, West Indies. II. A list of the birds
recorded from the island, with annotations. Auk
10:177-181,339-375.
Siphron, J. 1976. Conpuss Gap birdlife. Gosse
Bird Club Broadsheet 27:4-5.
Smith, R.W. 1967. Bird protection in Jamaica.
Gosse Bird Club Broadsheet 9:11-12.
Smith, R.W. 1971. Some results of the banding of
North American wood warblers (Parulidae) in the
Mona Woods. Gosse Bird Club Broadsheet
17:15-17.
Smith, R.W., and A. Downer. 1968. Bird conser-
vation in Jamaica. Gosse Bird Club Broadsheet
10:9-11.


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Guanica Symposium (Continued).


Jamaica (Continued)


Spence, S. 1977. A study of Jamaican pigeons and
doves. Gosse Bird Club Broadsheet 29:2-4.
Steffee, N.D. 1983. Field checklist of the birds of
Jamaica.
Taylor, Lady R.G. 1955. Introduction to the birds
of Jamaica. Inst Jamaica. London, MacMillan
and Co., Ltd. xiv + 114 pp.
Tordoff, H.B. 1952. Notes on birds of Jamaica.
Auk 69:320-322.
Ventura, A.K. 1969. Birds of Caymanas Estates,
Jamaica. Their collection and habits. Carib. J.
Sci. 9:39-52.
Wingate. D.B. 1964. Does the blue mountain duck
of Jamaica survive? Gosse Bird Club Broad-
sheet 2:1-2.
Witt, H. 1980. Altitudinal variation and annual
cycles in the streamertail Trochilus polytmus.
Gosse Bird Club Broadsheet 34:7-11.


Rocklands Wildlife Sanctuary
Society members attending this summer's
meeting in Kingston, Jamaica, may be interested in
visiting the Rocklands Wildlife Sanctuary at
Anchovy, near Montego Bay on the northwest coast
of Jamaica. Ms. Lisa Salmon, long-time bird lover
and conservationist, opens her bird feeding station
on her patio for public viewing daily from 3 p.m. to
half-hour before sunset. Admission is about
US$3.00. Visitors will be treated to endemic white-
chinned thrushes, Jamaican orioles, streamertails,
and orangequits, among others. For further
information, write Lisa Salmon, Rocklands Wildlife
Sanctuary, Scarlett Road, P.O. Box 48, Anchovy,
Jamaica.

Second Symposium on Forests of Puerto Rico,
University of Puerto Rico Ponce, 2-3
November 1989
By Francisco J. Vilella
During the first week of November 1989, a
symposium was held at the Ponce campus of the
University of Puerto Rico to celebrate the 70 years
since the establishment of the Gunica Forest and to
present research findings of projects conducted at
Guanica over the years. A total of 20 papers was
presented during the course of the symposium. The
sessions were held in one of the main auditoriums of
the University and audience attendance was excellent
throughout the Symposium.
The tone of the symposium was set by Miguel
Canals' outstanding presentation on the present
threats and development trends at Guanica in a paper
titled "Development Pressures and the Future of the


Guanica State Forest as an Effective Conservation
Unit." Among the most interesting papers presented
were several on the work conducted over a number
of years. Peter Murphy presented a paper titled "Dry
Forests of the Tropics; Guanica in Context," which
gave a good perspective of how the Guinica Forest
compares with other dry tropical forests around the
world. John Faaborg and Wayne Arendt presented
an excellent summary of their work with bird
populations at Guanica in a paper titled, "Rainfall
Correlates of Bird Population Fluctuations in a
Puerto Rican Dry Forest: Summary and Update of a
15 Year Study." A most illuminating paper on the
historical aspects of land use at the Guinica Forest
and its impact on the present distribution of plants
was presented by Frank Wadsworth in a paper titled,
"Algunas Plantaciones Forestales en el Bosque
Estatal de Guanica."
Other papers presented preliminary results on
several aspects of the community and population
ecology of plants and animals at Gunica Forest.
Examples of these were Enrique Herrndez-Prieto's
paper on the ecological aspects of the bird
community at Guanica Forest, and a joint paper
presented by Vincente Quevedo and Susan Silander
on the endangered plant species at Guanica. Two
papers on the habitat use and nest site selection of the
Puerto Rican nightjar were presented by Francisco
Vilella. The symposium ended on an optimistic tone
and the audience gave a standing ovation to the
organizers, particularly to Professor Migdalia
Alvarez, for a job very well done.


Workshop on Wildlife Biology Microcomputers

A workshop on the use of microcomputers in
wildlife biology will be held at Colorado State
University (Fort Collins), 30 July-3 August 1990.
Aspects covered will include statistical analysis using
SAS and the use of spreadsheets for population
modeling. Enrollment is limited to 20 and tuition is
US$500 for the week. Contact: Gary C. White,
Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology,
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
80523 U.S.A. Telephone: 303-491-6930.


Tudy Dod Now Living in California

Annabelle "Tudy" Stockton de Dod, 1989
recipient of the Society's Distinguished Ornithologist
Award, and Donald Dod recently celebrated their
golden wedding anniversary at Berkeley, California,
where they retired from the Dominican Republic in


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Tudy Dod (Continued).
1988. Tudy and Don are keeping busy with
Caribbean projects, including trips back to the
Dominican Republic for Don's orchid work. They
would enjoy receiving correspondence from friends
at their new address: 2918 G Regent Street,
Berkeley, California 94705 U.S.A.


News of Society Members
Wendy (Leg Van Barneveld is now Resident
Director of the Hofstra University Marine
Laboratory, P.O. Box 90, St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica.

Dr. Fred Schaffner has left the National Audubon
Society and is presently employed as a Research
Biologist with the Terrestrial Ecology Section,
Scientific Research Area, Department of Natural
Resources, P.O. Box 5887, Puerta de Tierra, Puerto
Rico 00906.
Dr. Jose L. Vivaldi has accepted the position of
Management Assistant at the U.S. National Park
Service, Box 712, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
00902.
Society President Jorge A. Moreno has succeeded
Jose Vivaldi as Chief of Terrestrial Ecology with the
Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources.


International Piping Plover Census

The 1991 International Piping Plover Census is
being planned by piping plover recovery teams in the
United States and Canada, and will include a census
of wintering piping plovers in the Caribbean. The
team members request that anyone working in or
travelling to Caribbean beaches, mudflats, and
sandflats report sightings of piping plovers to Susan
Haig, South Carolina Cooperative Wildlife Research
Unit, Lehotsky Hall, Clemson University, Clemson,
South Carolina 29634, U.S.A.



Assistance Requested in Preparation of New
Field Guide

Dear colleagues:
This note is to inform you that I and several other
coauthors are compiling a new, completely illustrated
guide to the birds of the West Indies. Not only will
this book serve as a field guide, but it will also have
major components aimed at focusing interest on the


Field Guide (Continued).


conservation of the region's unique avifauna. To
make this guide as complete and up to date as
possible, we are soliciting several categories of
information which you may be able to provide:
reliable, unpublished bird records that alter the
known status of a species. This may vary
from the observations of vagrant species,
updating the status of endangered forms, or
documentation of increases or decreases in
population levels;
interesting information about the most unique
species on your island (folklore, unusual
behavioral characteristics, and so on);
nest descriptions of poorly known species; and
renditions of calls and songs of local species.
Please send any information to: Herb Raffaele,
Room 860 (ARLSQ), Office of International Affairs,
Fish and Wildlife Service, 18th and C Streets,
N.W., Washington, D.C., USA 20240 (Jamaica,
Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and the Cayman
Islands); or Robert Norton, c/o National Parks Trust,
Ministry of Natural Resources, Roadtown, Tortola,
British Virgin Islands (Bahamas and Lesser Antilles);
or Jim Wiley (in conjunction with Orlando Garido
of Cuba), 1863 Ciprian Ave., Camarillo, California
93010, USA (Cuba and Hispaniola).
I should also inform you that the largest
component of the revenues eventually generated
through the sale of this book will go toward promo-
ting bird conservation in the region. Most of the
remainder will finance production of the art work.
I thank you in advance for your support of this
effort and I look forward to your assistance. I
believe that your help in making this book a quality
product will ultimately prove a significant conti-
bution toward the conservation of the West Indies'
avifauna.

Herb Raffaele


Meetings of Interest
29 April 3 May 1990 Society for Ecologcal
Restoration. 2nd Annual Conference. Chicago,
Illinois. Abstracts due by 15 January. (William R.
Jordan Im, University of Wisconsin Arboretum,
1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, Wisconsin
53711, U.S.A.)
7-11 May 1990 Society for the Preservation of
Natural History Collections. 5th annual meeting,
Chicago, Illinois. (David Willard, Bird Division,
Field Museum of Natural History, Roosevelt Road at
Lakeshore Dr., Chicago, Illinois 60605, U.S.A.;
telephone 312-922-9410, ext. 269)


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Meetings (Continued)
31 May-3 June 1990 The Wilson Ornithological
Society and The Association of Field Onithologists.
ioint meeting, Wheaton College, Norton,
Massachusetts, U.S.A. Special events include
symposia on "The amateur in ornithology" and
"American avian zoogeography," and workshops on
"Standardization of field techniques and data
management among bird banders" and "Conservation
of coastal wetlands in the western hemisphere."
(John Kricher, Chair of Local Committee; Richard
Conner and Edward H. Bunt, Jr., Co-Chairs of
Scientific Program Committee)

4-8 June 1990 Association for Biology Laboratory
Education (ABLE), Southwest Missouri State
University. Includes 12-15 innovative interactive
workshops suitable for undergraduate biology lab
courses. (John Glase, Section of Neurobiology and
Behavior, 1130 Comnstock Hall, Comell
University, Ithaca, NY 14853, U.S.A.; telephone:
607-255-3007)

10-15 June 1990 Animal Behavior Society. State
University of New York, Binghamton, New York,
U.S.A. (Stim Wilcox, Department of Biology,
SUNY Binghamton, New York 13901, U.S.A.)
12-16 June 1990 Malaysia International Conference
on Conservation of Tropical Biodiversity. "In
Harmony with Nature," Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
(Ministry of Science, Technology & Environment,
50662 Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia).
17-20 June 1990 Society for Conservation
Biology, University of Florida campus, Gainesville,
Florida, U.S.A. Symposia include "Biological
conservation in the Neotropics," "Conservation and
sustainable development," 'Theory and practice in
Florida conservation," and "Can we manage public
lands for biodiversity?" (For authors of contributed
papers and posters: Dr. Stephen R. Humphrey,
Department of Wildlife and Range Sciences,
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611,
U.S.A.; telephone: 904-392-1721. For general
program information: Dr. Susan K. Jakobson,
Program for Studies in Tropical Conservation,
Department of Wildlife and Range Sciences,
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611,
U.S.A.; telephone: 904-392-8372).
18-24 June 1990 American Birding Association,
Fort Collins Marriott Hotel, Fort Collins, Colorado,
U.S.A. (Bob Berman, ABA, P.O. Box 6599,
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80934-6599; telephone:
800-634-7736)


McCLngs (Connuned)
25 June-1 July 1990 Joint meeting of the American
Ornitholoists' Union and the Cooper Ornithological
Society. Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (Lloyd F.
Kiff, Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology,
1100 Glendon Ave., Suite 1400, Los Angeles,
California 90024; Bryan Obst, Department of
Biology, University of California, Los Angeles,
California 90024)

1-7 July 1990 ICSEB-IV, International Congess
on Svstematics and Evolutionary Biology,
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland,
U.S.A. Theme: "The Unity of Evolutionary
Biology." (Congress Secretary, ICSEB-IV, Dept of
Microbiology, University of Maryland, College
Park, MD 20742, U.S.A.).
5-8 August 1990 Association of Systematic
Collections, joint meeting with AIBS, Richmond,
Virginia, U.S.A. (ASC, 730 11th St. N.W., 2nd
Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001-4584, U.S.A.)

6-11 August 1990 VIth International Conference on
Wildlife Diseases and 1990 Annual Conference of
Wildlife Disease Association, Berlin, German
Democratic Republic. The theme will be effects of
environmental pollution on wildlife, introduced
diseases into wildlife in the Old and New World and
health care and health problems in endangered
species. (Werner Heuschele, CRES, The Zoological
Society of San Diego, P.O. Box 551, San Diego,
California 92112-0551; Torsten Morner, Department
of Wildlife Diseases, National Veterinary Institute,
P.O. Box 7073, 750 07 Uppsala, Sweden).

13-16 August 1990 Society of Caribbean
Ornithology. College of the West Indies, Kingston,
Jamaica (Jorge Moreno, Departamento de Recursos
Naturales, Apto. 5887, Puera de Tierra, Puerto Rico
00906).
15-17 August 1990 Managing Predation to increase
Production of Wetland Birds Symposium,
Jamestown, North Dakota, U.S.A. (Alan B.
Sargeant, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center,
P.O. Box 2096, Jamestown, North Dakota 58402,
U.S.A.; telephone 701-252-5363).

22-26 August 1990 Third Intemaional Conference
of Behavioura Ecology and Foraging Behaviour,
Uppsala, Sweden. (Steffan Ulfstand, Department of
Zoology, Box 561, S-751, 22 Uppsala, Sweden)

23-30 August 1990 "Granivorous Birds as Pests of
Agriculture and Epidemiologial Vectors," a


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symposium within the 5th International Congress of
Ecology, Yokahama, Japan. (Jan Pinowski,
Department of Vertebrate Sciences, Dziekanow
Lesny, 05-092 Lomianki, Poland)

29 August 4 September 1990 Ith Interational
Symposium on Biotelemery. Yokohama Internation-
al Conference Center, Yokohama, Japan. (Dr.
Akihiko Uchiyama, School of Science &
Engineering, Waseda University, 3-4-1, Ohkubo,
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169, Japan; telephone: 03-203-
13-4141, extension 73-3413). Deadline for
registration: 31 May 1990.
16 September 1990 The Second Intenational Parrot
Convention, Tenerife (Canary Islands). The
theme of the convention will be "Captive Breeding
for Conservation." The primary language of the
Convention will be English, with simultaneous
translations into Spanish and German. The cost of
the Convention is U.S.$175, which includes
participation in all conferences, excursions, some
meals, and a guided tour ofLoro Parque. Hotel and
meal packages are available. (Loro Parque, 38400
Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain. Telephones:
3422-38 30 12 or 3422-38 30 90. Fax: 3422-38 73
21; Telex: 92398 LORO)
18-20 September 1990 Challenges in Conservation
of Biological Resources: Exploring New Tools for
Managers. Planners. and Educators. Sheraton Inn &
Conference Center, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A.
(Deborah Walsh Grover, Conservation of Biological
Resources Symposium, Cornell Cooperative
Extension, Department of Natural Resources,
Fernow Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
14853-3001; telephone: 607-255-2115)
11-14 November 1990 National Symposium on
Urban Wildlife. Stouffer Five Seasons Hotel, Cedar
Rapids, Iowa, U.SA. (Lowell Adams, Symposium
Program Chairman, National Institute for Urban
Wildlife, 10921 Trotting Ridge Way, Columbia,
Maryland 21044, U.S.A.; telephone 301-596-3311).
21-27 November 1990 20th World Conference of
the international Council for Bird Preservation,


Hamilton, New Zealand. (see below)


2- 9 December 1990 XX International Ornitholog-
ical Congress/XX World Conference ICBP.
Christchurch, New Zealand. The general theme is
"The World of Birds -- a Southern Perspective."
The scientific program will consist of 8 events,
including 4 plenary addresses and 6 symposia. (Dr.
Ben D. Bell, Secretary-General, XX Congressus
Internationalis Ornithologicus, Department of


Zoology, Victoria University, Private Bag,
Wellington, New Zealand; and Dr. Charles G.
Sibley, President, XXth International Ornithological
Congress, Tiburon Center for Environmental
Studies, San Francisco State University, Box 855,
Tiburon, California 94920, U.S.A. Telephone: 415-
435-1717).

14-17 January 1991 Conservacion de la
Biodiversidad Caribefia Universidad Aut6noma de
Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo, Rep6blica
Dominicana. (Michael Smith, Department of
Ichthyology, American Museum of Natural History,
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY
10024, U.S.A.; and Sixto J. Inchaustegui,
Departamento de Biologfa, Universidad Aut6noma
de Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo, Rep6blica
Dominicana)

22-26 March 1991 The Wildlife Society Annual
Meeting, Edmonton Convention Centre, Edmonton,
Alberta, Canada (Harry E. Hodgdon, Executive
Director, TWS, 5410 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda,
Maryland 20814, U.S.A.; telephone: 301-897-9770)
22-27 March 1991 56th North American Wildlife
& Natural Resources Conference, Edmonton
Convention Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
(L.L. Williamson, Wildlife Management Institute,
Suite 725, 1101 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
20005, U.S.A.; telephone 202-371-1808)

15-19 May 1991 Joint annual meetings of the
Cooper and Wilson Ornithological Societies.
University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma,
U.S.A.

13-17 August 1991 109th Stated Meeting of the
American Omithologists' Union. Montreal, Quebec.
Canada.
24-30 November 1991 IV Neotropical Orithology
Congress, Quito, Ecuador. (Humberto Alvarez-
Lopez, President, Nancy Hilgert de Benavides, Local
Arrangements Committee, Corporaci6n Ornitol6gia
del Ecuador, Casilla 9068 S-7, Quito, Ecuador.
Telephone: [593-2]-240-642).


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THE SOCIETY OF CARIBBEAN
ORNITHOLOGY
President: Jorge A. Moreno, Chief of Terrestrial
Ecology, Scientific Research Area,
Department of Natural Resources, Apartado
5887, Puerta de Tierra, PR 00906)
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
Ronald Wauer, P.O. Box 2145, Kingshill, St
Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands 00850
Tomts Vargas Mora, Secretarfa de Agricultura,
Secci6n de Vida Silvestre, Santo Domingo,
Repdblica Dominicana
Anne Haynes-Sutton, Marshall's Pen, P.O. Box 58,
Mandeville, Jamaica
Jos6 Col6n, P.O. Box 23163, UPR Station, Rio
Piedras, Puerto Rico 00931


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.C The Society


of Caribbean


SOrnithology





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, and to provide data or technical aid to
conservation groups in the Caribbean.

El Sociedad de la Omitologia Caribefia

La Sociedad de la Omitologfa Caribefia es una organizaci6n sin fines de lucro cuyas metas son promover el
studio cientifico y la conservaci6n de la avifauna caribeiia, auspiciar un simposio annual sobre la ornitologfa
caribefia, publicar una revista professional Uamada Omitologfa Caribefia, ser una fuente de comunicaci6n entire
ornitdlogos caribefios y en otras areas y proveer ayuda tdcnica o datos a grupos de conservaci6n en el caribe.
Annual membership dues are US$15.00. The Society of Caribbean Ornithology provides honorary membership
(dues waived) for some West Indian residents or institutions.
The Society holds an annual scientific meeting. Membership includes two publications, an annual refereed
journal, Omitologfa Caribefia, and a bulletin, El Pitirre, published three times per year.
For membership, fill in the form below and mail with dues (U.S. funds only) to:
Allan Keith, Treasurer
The Society of Caribbean Ornithology
P.O. Box 325 Vernon,
New Jersey 07976 U.S.A.

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