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Title: El Pitirre
Uniform Title: Pitirre (Camarillo, Calif.)
Abbreviated Title: Pitirre (Camarillo Calif.)
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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: 1990
Frequency: bimonthly
Subject: Ornithology -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Birds -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
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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.
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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1990 VOLME 3, NUMBER )


El Pitirre is the newsletter of the
Society of Caribbean Ornithology.

El Pittirre es el boletin informative de
la Sociedad de la Omitologia 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 boletin.

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-Omitologfa
Caribefla, 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 Ornitologia Caribefia es una organizaci6n sin fines de lucro
cuyas metas son promover el estudio cientifico y la conservacidn de la avifauna
caribena, auspiciar un simposio anual sobre la ornitologia caribefla, publicar una
revista profesional lamada Ornitologia Caribefta (publicada en conjunto con la
Sociedad Ornitol6gica de Puerto Rico), ser una fuente de comunicaci6n entre
ornitdlogos caribefos y en otras dreas y proveer ayuda itcnica o datos a grupos de
conservaci6n en el caribe.



BOOKS FOR NATURE ............................... 4
N. A. BREEDING BIRD SURVEY ................... 4
OPPORTUNITY ....................................... 4
MEETINGS OF INTEREST .......................... 5

Second Symposium on Zoology Scheduled
for Havana, Cuba, 1991

The Second Symposium on Zoology will be held
in Havana, Cuba, from 18-23 June 1991. All
persons interested in zoology may participate in the
Symposium as delegates. The registration fee
(amount to be announced later) will include
attendance to work sessions, documents, accomoda-
tions, and social functions. Special rates will be
available for students and accompanying persons.
The Organizing Committee is arranging scientific
tours related to the Symposium. Concurrent with the
Symposium, a scientific exhibition will be presented.
The official languages of the symposium will be
Spanish and English. Simultaneous translation will
be provided for plenary sessions and main lectures.
Paper abstracts and full texts may be submitted in
Spanish or English for their publication.

Scientific Program
Papers will be presented in work sessions and as
posters. The main topics of the Symposium will be:
1. Systematics
2. Ecology
3. Ethology
4. Zoogeography
5. Anatomy
6. Paleontology
7. Population Genetics
8. Applied Zoology
9. Medical Zoology
10. Preservation and better use of natural

Plenary Sessions
Opening and closing sessions, as well as
lectures, will be conducted as plenary sessions.


Free Papers and Posters
Time allotted for scientific paper presentations will be
10 minutes with 5 minutes for debate.
Satellite Meetings
Scientific societies devoted to zoology may hold
work meetings during the Symposium. The Organ-
izing Committee will be pleased to receive applica-
tions. Interested scientific societies and organiza-
tions should contact the Executive Secretary of the

Havana has numerous fine hotels of different
categories, including:
First class hotel
single room
double occupancy
Tourist class hotel
single room
double occupancy
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Cuba Meeting (Continued)

To receive a Provisional Application Form (neces-
sary to be included in future mailings), contact:
Rafaele Alayo
Secretario Ejecutivo
II Simposio de Zoologfa
Palacio de las Convenciones
Apartado 16046
La Habana, Cuba

Manomet Bird Observatory's Field Biology
Traminig Programs
The Manomet Bird Observatory, in association
with Ohio Wesleyan University, Earlham College,
and Wheaton College, is offering several Field
Biology Training Programs of interest to Society
members in 1990-91, including:

Bird Communities of the Tropical Forest (28
January 10 May 1991; U.S.$1,000 travel expen-
ses). Students will join the Observatory's research
expedition to Belize to document the species,
abundance, and habitat preferences of neotropical
avian migrants during the northern winter. Belize
has large areas of undisturbed habitat and much
wildlife. Habitats include tall tropical forests, pine
woodlands, savanna, small lakes, and river systems.
Many animal species extinct or endangered elsewhere
are common in Belize, including jaguar, howler
monkey, tapir, and Ocellated Turkey. Whereas the
present status of habitats and organisms in Belize is
good, the natural ecosystesm are beginning to
deteriorate under pressure from increasing develop-
ment and human populations. The results of the
Observatory's baseline studies will be valuable to
Belize's conservation efforts.
Introductory seminars on the ecology of tropical
birds will take place at Manomet preceding field
work. Traveling to Belize, the research team will
explore the unspoiled rain forest of the Rio Bravo
Conservation Area in northern Belize. Students will
participate in bird banding and censusing, doc-
umenting vegetational structure, and determine
resource partitioning of non-breeding migrant and
tropical resident birds. The research team will return
to Manomet Bird Observatory to analyze and write
up results.

Coastal Populations of Birds in Belize (28 January -
10 May 1991; U.S.$1,000 travel expenses). Alan
Poole and Kathy Parsons will lead students in
exploration of the keys and mangrove islands of
coastal Belize. A remarkable assemblage of birds,
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Manomet Field Courses (Continued)
including Ospreys, Snail Kites, Noddy Terns,
Magnificent Frigatebirds, and numerous species of
herons, egrets, and ibises, is found in the study area
and remains unstudied.
After preparatory seminars at Manomet Bird
Observatory, the research team will spend five weeks
at a marine facility on Wee Wee Key, five miles
offshore near Belize's barrier reef. Students will
document bird diversity and abundance. Research
will emphasize colony-site selection and the habitat
requirements of colonially nesting waterbirds. The
ecology of inhabited islands will be compared to
similar, nearby sites that are not being used by
nesting birds. Students will assist in aerial and water
surveys of the majority of Belize's coastal.islands.
Students will enjoy opportunities to explore a tropical
lagoon ecosystem and to become familiar with
conservation problems in a developing country.
Shorebird Use of the Cabo Rojo Salt Flats, Puerto
Rico (12 August 13 December 1991; U.S.$500
travel expenses). Students will join Society members
Brian Harrington and Jaime Collazo on the extensive
Cabo Rojo Salt Flats, a primary stopover site for
shorebirds in the Caribbean. The Cabo Rojo Salt
Flats provide 1,100 acres of wetland habitat for 24
species of sandpipers and plovers. The salt flats
system is the largest and most important shorebird
habitat on Puerto Rico. More than 40,000
shorebirds (primarily "peep" species Semipalmated,
Least, and Western Sandpipers) pass through the
area during fall migration. Four species, including
the Snowy Plover, are breeding residents. The
diverse community of waders offers unlimited
opportunities for the study of migratory and resident
ecology, wetlands use and population dynamics.
The documented use of Cabo Rojo by shorebirds,
coupled with the persistence of four endangered plant
species, has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service to name the privately owned salt flats as an
area of critical wildlife value. Yet several
development schemes threaten continued use of the
wetlands by birds. Currently in place are salt
extraction lagoons which affect water and salinity
levels of the area. Conservation of natural resources
in the Caribbean is a critical issue. Students' work
will help in formulating a conservation strategy and
management plan for the Cabo Rojo Salt Flats.
Students will join Brian Harrington for five weeks
of preparatory seminars at Manomet Bird
Observatory. During this time, they will also gain
experience in shorebird identification and banding
techniques. The research team will travel to Puerto
Rico in late September to begin study of shorebird
use of the Cabo Rojo flats, including turnover rates
and activity budgets. Students will focus on

Manomet Field Courses (Continued)
shorebird research under Dr. CoIDazo's direction, but
will also be exposed to other research projects
investigating the effects of reforestation on montane
bird communities and the ecology of several species
of sea turtles.
Students will be housed at the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service headquarters at the Cabo Rojo
National Wildlife Refuge, Boquer6n. The field
station provides comfortable living and work space,
including computer facilities.
Tropical Forest Communities in Puerto Rico (12
August 29 November 1991; U.S.$950 travel
expenses). Economic pressures are causing
widespread destruction of one of the world's richest,
most complex, and least understood ecosystems:
tropical rain forest. This field semester in Puerto
Rico immerses students in a rain forest Environment,
as they conduct research with applications toward
conserving the endangered biological diversity of the
tropics. Since 1974, Manomet Bird Observatory's
Nick Brokaw has studied forests of Central America
and Puerto Rico. Students will join him in studies of
factors controlling the structure, species composi-
tion, and consequences of disturbance in a Puerto
Rican rain forest.
Students will begin the semester at Manomet with
four weeks of reading and discussion about tropical
biology, the ecology of tropical plants, the natural
history of Puerto Rico, conservation issues of the
tropics, and field methods. Then, during four weeks
in Pueto Rico, research will concentrate on the
ecology of trees in the Tabonuco Zone of the
Luquillo Forest, but students will also visit upper
montane, cloud, palm, and dry forest types. The
research objectives are twofold. to test hypotheses
about what produces and maintains biodiversity in
tabonuco forest, and to study the process of forest
recovery from disturbances, including logging.
Such questions are especially important in the
tropics, whose biological richness and vulnerability
will be seen on this island in the West Indies.

A brochure with further discriptions of these and
other Field Biology Training Programs, as well as
application procedures, can be obtained by writing
Field Biology Training Program
Manomet Bird Observatory
Box 936
Manomet, Massachusetts 02345
telephone: (508) 224-6521

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Photographs of West Indian Birds Needed
Jorge Moreno is putting together a collection of
slides of the Caribbean Islands avifauna for use by
Society members. If you have good slides of Carib-
bean taxa and are willing to let the Society make
copies, please contact Jorge by telephone (809) 722-
7517, FAX (809) 724-0365, or write him at the
Deparramento de Recursos Naturales, P.O. Box
5887, Puerta de Tierra, Puerto Rico 00906.

Books for Nature
Books for Nature is a grass roots organization that
sends field guides, technical literature, and basic field
research equipment to libraries, teachers, and field
biologists in developing countries. Their goal is to
encourage the growth of conservation biology as a
science and an ethic by increasing knowledge of the
natural world. Books for Nature tries to get their
books and field equipment free or at considerable
discounts and sends them where they are needed
with visiting researchers or by post. If you would
like to donate money, books, journals, or basic field
research equipment, please contact Books for Nature
(c/o Bernie Tershy, Neurobiology and Behavior,
Seeley G. Mudd Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca,
New York 14853, U.S.A.; telephone 607-255-2255
extension 370) first by letter. The organization
would also like to hear from researchers who have
contacts with needy institutions and can deliver
material directly.

North American Breeding Bird Survey
The North American Breeding Bird Survey
Program seeks participants to conduct surveys. For
the past 25 years the Breeding Bird Survey has
remained the only program in the world that provides
continental information, within a statistically reliable
framework, for populations of any group of
vertebrates. They have surveys in every state,
province and territory on the continent. However,
the program exists only through an international
network of volunteer surveyors. To qualify, an
observer must have good hearing and know all the
songs and calls of the local birds. This year, the
Program is placing special emphasis on recruiting
observers for Puerto Rico. If you can help, please
contact Breeding Bird Survey, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, Laurel, Maryland 20708, U.S.A.
(telephone: 301-498-0330). The Program can
provide researchers and managers with population
trends, annual indices, and raw data for North
American bird populations using both magnetic and
paper media.
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Special IOC Session for Bird Collection
Curators, collection managers, and preparators
who plan to attend the XX International Ornitho-
logical Congress this winter in New Zealand are
urged to participate in a Special Interest Group
discussion of "Current Ideas in the Management and
Preservation of Specimen Collections of Birds." The
intent is to share knowledge of (1) techniques,
materials, and treatments for specimen preparation
and storage, (2) undesirable materials and treatments,
(3) organizations and suppliers that provide exper-
tise, materials, training, and publications relevant to
bird collections, and (4) techniques for the manage-
ment of specimen data. If you are interested in
participating in this discussion at the IOC, please
notify Kimball L. Garrett, Section of Ornithology,
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County,
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, California
90007, U.S.A. (telephone: 213-744-3368).

Intra-Neotropical Migrant Survey

Betsy Trent Thomas is collecting the scattered
references and unpublished data on migration and/or
seasonal movements of neotropical bird species. She
is seeking correspondence with those interested in
this subject, and solicits data relating to such
movements not only from studies and observations
of individual species, but also from regional and site
birds lists kept by month. If interested, please
contact Ms. Thomas at: Waterfield, RL 1 Box 212c,

The Raptor Research Foundation will provide a
U.S.$600 grant from the Stephen R. Tully Memorial
Fund for research, management, or conservation of
birds of prey. Students and serious amateurs are
encouraged to apply. Send five copies of a succinct
proposal (5 pages maximum) outlining your
background, study goals, and methods, anticipated
budget, and other funding requests to James H.
Enderson, Chairman, Tully Grant Committee,
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado
80903, U.S.A. Applications must be received by 10
September 1990.

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Meetings of Interest
13-16 August 1990 Society of Caribbean
Ornithology, College of the West Indies, Kingston,
Jamaica (Jorge Moreno, Departamento de Recursos
Naturales, Apto. 5887, Puerta de Tierra, Puerto Rico
22-26 August 1990 Third International Conference
of Behavioural Ecologyv 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 Epidemiological Vectors," a
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 11th International
Symposium on Biotelemetry, Yokohama Interna-
tional Conference Center, Yokohama, Japan. (Dr.
Akihiko Uchiyama, School of Science & Engineer-
ing, Waseda University, 3-4-t, Ohkubo, Shinjuku-
ku, Tokyo 169, Japan; telephone: 03-203-13-4141,
extension 73-3413).
13-16 September 1990 The Second International
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 of Loro 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)

Late September 1990 The American Association for
the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Caribbean
Division will hold its annual meeting at the Mayaguez
Hilton in Puerto Rico in late September. The session
will be held jointly with National Science

Meetings (Continued)

Foundation's. EPSCoR (Experimental Program to
Stimulate Competitiveness in Research). (Dr.
George Hillyer, Pathology Department, School of
Medicine 617-A, GPO Box 5067, San Juan, Puerto
Rico 00936)
22-25 October 1990 'Biodiversity and Landscapes:
Human Challenges for Conservation in the Changing
World" Pennsylvania State University, University
Park, Penn., U.S.A. (ICC. Kim, 117 Land and
Water, Center for BioDiversity Research,
Pennsylvania State, University Park, Pennsylvania
16802, U.S.A. Telephone: 814-863-0159)
24-28 October 1990 -- Raptor Research Foundation,
annual meeting, Allentown Hilton, Allentown,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A. (Judy Wink, Carbon County
Environmental Education Center, P.O.Box 7, Jim
Thorpe, Pennsylvania 18229, U.S.A.; Hope
Carpenter, PRWA, R.D. 1, Box 1470, Mt. Bethel,
Pennsylvania 18343, U.S.A.)
11-14 November 1990 National Symposium on
Urban Wildlife, Stouffer Five Seasons Hotel, Cedar
Rapids, Iowa, U.S.A. (Lowell Adams, Symposium
Program Chairman, National Institute for Urban
Wildlife, 10921 Trotting Ridge Way, Columbia,
Maryland 21044, U.S.A.; telephone 301-596-3311)
11-15 November 1990 Society of Environmental
Toxicology and Chemistry's 11th Annual Meeting.,
"Global Environmental Issues: Challenge for the
90's," Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington,
Virginia, U.S.A. (Meggin Nagle, Meeting Coordin-
ator, SETAC, 1101 14th St. N.W., Suite 1100,
Washington, D.C. 20005; telephone 202-371-1275;
FAX 202-371-1090)
21-27 November 1990 20th World Conference of
the International Council for Bird Preservation,
Hamilton, New Zealand. Although a meeting of the
official constituency (sections, representatives,
member organizations, specialist groups), ICBP
members are welcome as observers and should write
for information to Conference Makers Limited, P.O.
Box 9126, Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand.
2- 9 December 1990 XX International Ornitholog-
ical CongressjXX World Conference ICBP, Christ-
church, 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

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Meetdngs (Continued)
Zoology, Victoria University, Private Bag, Welling-
ton, 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-
14-17 January 1991 Conservacion de la
Biodiversidad Caribefia. Universidad Aut6noma de
Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo, Reptblica Domini-
cana. (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 Biolo-
gfa, Universidad Aut6noma de Santo Domingo,
Santo Domingo, Repuiblica Dominic ana)
21-24 March 1991 Association of Field
Ornithologists, Ohio Wesleyan University,
Delaware, Ohio, U.S.A. Featuring a symposium,
"Avian Conservation: Problems and Solutions,"
sponsored by the Clark Fund. (Edward H. Bum,
Jr., Department of Biology, Ohio Wesleyan
University, Delaware, Ohio 43015)
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)

6-11 May 1991 Society for the Preservation of
Natural History Collections, hosted by the Canadian
Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (G.Kt
Fitzgerald, Canadian Museum of Nature, Earth
Sciences (Paleobiology), P.O. Box 3443, Station D,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada KIP 6P4)
15-19 May 1991 Joint annual meetings of the
Cooper and Wilson Ornithological Societies,
University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma,
U.S.A. (Gary D. Schnell, Local Committee;
Richard N. Conner, Scientific Program Committee,
U.S. Forest Service, P.O. Box 7600, S.F.A.
Station, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962 U.S.A.

18-23 June 1991 Second Symposium on Zoology.
La Habana. Cuba. (Sr. Rafael Alayo, Second
Symposium on Zoology, Palacio de las

Meetings (Continued)
Convenciones, Apartado 16046, La Habana, Cuba)

13-17 August 1991 109th Sated Meeting of the
American Omithologists' Union. Montreal, Quebec,
Canada. (David Bird)
24-30 November 1991 IV Neotropical Ornithology
Congress, Quito, Ecuador. (Humnberto Alvarez-
Lopez, President; Nancy Hilgert de Benavides, Local
Arrangements Committee, Corporacidn Ornitoldgia
del Ecuador, Casilla 9068 S-7, Quito, Ecuador.
Telephone: [593-21-240-642).
27 March 1 April 1992 57th North American
Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. Charo-

lette; North Carolina, U.S.A.

1992 The Wilson Ornithological Society will meet
with the Florida 0nmithological Society near Orlando,
Florida, U.S.A.

President: Jorge A. Moreno, Chief of Terrestrial
Ecology, Scientific Research Area,
Department of Natural Resources, Apartado
5887, Puerta de Tierra, Puerto Rico 00906
Secretary: Alexander Cruz, Department of EPO
Biology, University of Colorado, Campus
Box B-334, Boulder, Colorado 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, SL
Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands 00820
Ronald Wauer, 202 Padre Lane, Victoria, Texas
Tomis Vargas Mora, Secretaria de Agricultura,
Secci6n de Vida Silvestre, Santo Domingo,
Reptiblica 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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