El Pitirre is the bimonthly newsletter of
the Society for the Study of Cariblbean
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The Society for the Study 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 written forum for resarchersin the region (refereed journal-
Omitologfa Caribefia, published in conjunction with the Puerto Rico
Ornithological Society) and to provide daa or technical aid to conservation groups
in the Caribbean,
La Sociedad para el Estudio de la Ornitologia Caribefla es una organizacidn sin
fines de lucro cuyas melas son promover el studio cienlifico y la conservacidn de
la avifauna cariPbeila auspiciar un simposio annual sobre la omitologia caribe6fa,
publicar una vista proffesional lamada Omitologia Caribeila (publicada en
conjunto can la Sociedad Ornitolgica de Puerto Rico), ser una fuente. de
comunicacin entire ornit6logos caribenos y en otras areas y proveer ayuda tdcnica
o dams a grupos de conservacidn en el caribe.
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NEW FIELD GUIDE PLANNED FOR WEST INDIES ..... 2
ST. LUCIA'S MARIA ISLANDS RESERVE ................... 2
MEETINGS OF INTEREST ............................. 2-3
TRAINING PROGRAMS AND COURSES ................. 4
OPPORTUNITES ................. ... ................................. 4-5
PUBUCATIONS AVAILABLE ................... ............. 5
NEWS ..................... .......... ..... ....... ....... ............ 6
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NEW FIELD GUIDE PLANNED FOR
A new field guide to the birds of the West Indies is.
planned by Robert M. Chipley, David Wilcove, and Bruce
Sorrie. The focus of the book will be identification. The:
guide is intended for use primarily by birders, but will also be:.
written for tourists with an interest in knowing birds of the
region. The authors would like to learn if others are working
on a similar guide for the-region. They are also eager to
establish contacts with ornithologists working in the area who
would share notes on the birds, particularly those that would
aid in identification. If you are writing a guide or would be.
willing to share information useful to the authors in their new
book, please contact:
Dr. Robert M. Chipley
Director, Preserve Selection and Design
The Nature Conservancy
1800 North Kent Street
Arlington, Virginia 22209
ST. LUCIA'S MARIA ISLANDS RESERVE
The Maria Islands Reserve consists of two windswept
islets off SL Lucia's southeastern coastL The 29-acre Reserve
offers refuge to several wildlife species that have been
extirpated from the main island of SL Lucia, victims of the
introduced mongoose. Caribbean martins, zenaida doves, aid
common ground-doves nest on the ground on the Reserve,
whereas ground nesting populations of these birds have been
eliminated from St. Lucia by the mongoose. The Reserve
provides habitat for several seabirds, including magnificent
frigatebirds, sooty and bridled terns, and red-billed tropicbirds.
The islands also provide refuge for several species of reptiles,
including the kouwes, possibly the rarest snake in the world.
The Maria Islands Reserve was established through
the efforts of the SL Lucia National Trust and the Eastern
Caribbean Natural Area Management Programme (ECNAMP)
in cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund. An
interpretation center located on a St. Lucia beach facing the
Maria Islands was built through World Wildlife Fund support.
Local residents trained as guides provide information to
visitors, who can tour the islands by boat. Income from
tourism is used for continued preservation of the islands.
For information about the Reserve, write:
SL Lucia National Park Trust
P.O. Box 525
Castries, St Lucia
MEETINGS OF INTEREST
11-13 May 1988 Association of Systematics Collections,
Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois. Includes a workshop on
living collections used for research [13 May] and a workshop
on endangered collections [12 May]. (K. Elaine Hoagland,
ASC, 730 11th St. N.W., 2nd floor. Washington, D.C.
17-20 May 1988 2nd International Wildlife Symposium on
Economics & Social Aspects of Wildlife, Calinda Acapulco
Quality Inn Hotel, Acapulco Conventions Center, Acapulco,
Guerrem, Mexico (2nd International Wildlife
Symposium, Organizing Committee, Mexico Chapter. The
Wildlife. Society, Apdrtado Postal 13432 Mexico D.F.,
03500. 553-9408 in Mexico City.)
20-22 May 1988-"Themes in Caribbean Ornithology,"
a symposium organized by the Society for the Study of
Caribbean Ornithology, Fredriksted, St Crix, U.S. Virgin
Islands (Jorge A. Moreno, Committee Chairperson,
Department of EPO Biology, Campus Box b-334, University
of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309, U.S.A. 303/492-6685
[days] or 303786-0365 [evenings]).
30 May- 3 June 1988 -.Society for the Preservation of Natural
History Collections, Carnegie Museum of Natural History,
Pittsburgh, PA. The meeting will include symposia on
museum conservation for natural history materials and health
and safety issues for individuals working with such materials.
(Duane A. Schlitter or Stephen L. Williams, Carnegie
Museum of Natural History, 5800 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh. PA
15206-3706. Telephone 412-665-2611). The SPNHC
meeting will be followed (4-7 June) by a meeting of the
American Association of Museums.
5-12 June 1988 "Resource Availability and the Structure and
Functioning of Tropical Ecosystems," an international
symposium on tropical studies celebrating the Silver
Anniversary of the Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS),
University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.A. (Jay M.
Savage, Silver Anniversary Symposium, Department of
Biology, University of Miami, P.O. Box 249118. Coral
Gables, Florida 33124, U.S.A.).
6-9 June 1988 Ecosystem Management Conference: Rare
Species and Significant Habitats, State University of New
York, Collego of Environmental Science & Forestry,
Syracuse, NY. Conference topics include inventory and
monitoring techniques, life history studies, habitat
management and restoration techniques, public involvement
and education, and effective interaction among scientists,
managers, land-owners, and conservancies. (Dr, Donald J.
Leopold, SUNY, College of Environmental Science &
Forestry, Syracuse, NY 13210).
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MEETINGS OF INTEREST (CONTINUTEl)
8-12 June 1988 Wilson Ornithological Society Centennial
Meeting, Rosemont College and The Academy of Natural
Sciences of Philadelphia, Philadelphia. Pennsylvania (Dr.
Richard C, Banks, WOS, Fish and Wildlife Service, National
Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. 20560,
9-10 June 1988 Annual Meeting, American Association for
the Advancement of Science Caribbean Division (site i be:
14-17 June 1988 Ecologia Integrada en Defensa de la
Naturaleza, L Simposio de Zoologia, Palacio de las
Convenciones, La Habana, Cuba (Dr. Maria Herrera Alvarez
President of the Organizing Committee, Apartado 16046, La
Habana, Cuba. 809/22-5511 or22-1623)
19-24 July 1988 First International Congress of
Ethnobiology, Belem, Brazil. Sponsored by the Nucleo de
Etobiologia of the Museu Paraense Emilio GoeldL (Prof.
Dr. Darrell Addison Posey, Nucleo de Etnobiologia, Museu
Paraense Emilio Goeldi-CNPq, Caixa Postal 399, 66.040
Belem, Para Brazil).
31 July 4 August 1988 Conservation Education
Association's 35th Annual Meeting, Pocono Environmental
Education Center. (PEEC, RD. 1, Box 268, Dingmans
Ferry, PA 18328, US.A).
7-12 August 1988 Animal Behavior Society, Missoula,
Montana, USA. .(Donald A. Jenni, Department of Zoology,
University of Montana, Missoula, Montana 59812, U.SA.
15-18 August 1988- 106th Annual Meeting of the American
Ornithologists' Union, Fayetteville,. Arkansas, U.SA.
(Douglas A. James and Kimberly G. Smith, Chairpesons).
16-19 August 1988- Second Annual Conference of the Society
for Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis,
California, U.SA. (Dr. Daniel Simberloff, Department of
Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee,
Florida 32306-2043, U.SA.)
24 September- 1 October 1988 "International 100th Annual
Meeting" or the Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschat, Museum
Alexander Koenig, Bonn, West Germany. Two key themes
will be Zoogeography & Systematics and Behavioral Ecology.
(I.L. Schuchmann, Museum Alexander Koenig, Adenauerallec
150-164, D-5300 Bonn, Federal Republic of Germany).
28-30 September 1988 Society of Avian Paleontology and
Evolution [SAPE],. Second International Symposium, Los
Angeles. California. (Kenneth E. Campbell, Natmal History
Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007,
40ctber 1988- "New D irectionsandProfessionalStandards,"
a symposium on natural history museums, Kansas City.
(Paisley S. Cato, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Sciences. Texas A&M University, College:Station, TX 77843-
2258, U.S.A. Telephone: 409-845-5777).
6-10 October 1988 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).
13-16 October 1988 Joint meeting of the Colonial Waterbird
Society and Pacific Seabird Group. Washington, D.C,. U.S.A.
13-19 October 1988 Second International Meeting of the
Parrot Specialist Group of ICBP/IUCN, Curitiba, Pamna,
BraziL. A section entitled, "The Caribbean Parrots and Their
Problems," will be held. Deadline for papers' and early
registration is 30 July., (Pedro Scherer Neto, Divisao de
Musea de Historia Natural, Secretaria Municipal de Meio
Ambiente, Rua Benedito Conceicao 407, 82500 Curitiba,
6-9 November 1988 42nd Annual Conference of the
Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
[includes the Caribbean), Hyatt Regency, Hiltonri Head Island,
South Carolina. (Robert J. Warren, School of Forest
Resources, University of Georgia. Athens, GA 30602),
22-26 May 1989 59th Annual Meeting of the Cooper
Ornithological Society, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.
(Dr. Edward O. Carton, Department of Fish & Wildlife,
College of Forestry, Wildlife & Range Sciences, University of
Idaho, Moscow, ID 83843).
June 1990 Joint meeting of the American Ornithologists'
Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society, Los Angeles,
2-9 December 1990 XX Ornithological Congress,
Christchurch, New Zealand. (Dr. Ben D. Bell, Secretary-
General, XX Congressus Internationalis Omithologicus,.
Department of Zoology, Victoria University, Private Bag,
Wellington, New Zealand).
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TRAINING PROGRAMS AND COURSES
Captive Breeding of Endangered Species,. The Wildlife
Preservation Trust, Isle of Jersey, Channel Islands, England.
Great Britain. 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 ar made in August For information or to submit
a proposal, contact Training Program, Wildlife Preservation
Trust International, 34th Street & Girard Ave., Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania 19104, U.SA.
The National 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 are also 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 to continue with advanced courses in management of
wildlife, write: R. Rudran (Program Coordinator), Department
of Zoological Research, National Zoological Park,
Washington, D,C. 20008, US.A.
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.taught 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.SA.
Research Assistant in study of the biology and conservation of
the Bahama Parrot on Abaco Island, Bahamas, May-
September 1988. Contact Rosemarie Gnam, Bird Division,
American Museum of Natural History. Central Park West at
79th SL, New York, New York 10024, U.S.A.
Volunteers needed for Earthwatch project supported in 1988:
Avian studies in southwestern Puerto Rico (Dr. Jaine
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, Peru. Specialties include
rehabilitation, reintroduction of wildlife confiscated from the
illegal pet trade; nature photography; field study. Must pay air
fare, tuition, room and board. Contact Amazon Conservation
Foundation, 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, Florida 34635,
Experienced volunteers are needed to run mist nrts and manage
data in association with the World 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 Bierregaard, World Wildlife
Fund, 1250 24th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037,
Research Assistant, 6 months, to assist with ongoing studies.
These include examining wading bird foraging ecology, white-
crowned pigeon reproductive success, and distribution of
wading birds in ihe Everglades. Applicants must be willing to
spend long hours working in mangrove swamps where
mosquitos can be ferocious and be able to ride in single-
engined aircraft. Telemetry experience helpful, but not
necessary. U.S.S1200/month. Applicants should have a
Bachelor of Science degree and some experience in field
biology. Send letter describing qualifications; curriculum
vitae; names, addresses, ahd phone numbers of 2 references to
G. Thomas Bancroft, Ornithological Research Unit, National
Audubon Society, 115 Indian Mound Trail, Tavernier, Florida
Student Programs at the Archbold Biological Station.
Archbold Biological Station is a non-profit privately endowed
biological field station in south-central peninsular Florida.
The Station offers two student programs.
Research Internship Program. The Rescach
Internship Program is directed toward undergraduates at any
level and students who have recently obtained their bachelors
degree and are planning to continue in graduate school or enter
a career in biology. The program involves half-time assisting
in assigned dues and half-time conducting an independent
research project under the direction of a staff member.
Appointments can be made at any time of the year. Students
receive free room and board and a stipend of S50 per week for
expenses. Research equipment and supplies are also provided.
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Applicants should indicate a first and second choice of
fields (vertebrate ecology, plant ecology) in which they prefer.
to work, and include (1) a letter giving a summary of general
biological background, interests, and the type of research
project in which he/she is interested, (2) a resume, and (3) two
letters of recommendation. Students are encouraged to make
arrangements with their home institutions for academic credit.
Graduate Research Assistantships. Students enrolled
in a graduate program may apply for an assistantship to
conduct their thesis research at the Station, or to use. the
Station facilities for studies dhat encompass a broader
geographic area. Projects proposed must be within the area of
expertise of a resident biologist who will normally serve as a
member of the graduate committee and assist in direction of
the research. Assistantships include housing, meals, $100 per
week, and full use of facilities for research while the student is
in residence at the Station. Students are expected to provide 20
hours per week of service as research assistants in their area of
interest. Starting time and duration of assistantships are
determined by the student's research plan. Applications should
include a proposal containing a schedule of work at the
Station, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.
Send applications or inquiries to:
Archbold Biological Station
P.O. Box 2057
Lake Placid, Florida 33852, U.S.A.
Field Assistants needed for study of cooperative courtship
displays and sexual selection in long-tailed manakins in Costa
Rica (Santa Rosa National Park and Monteverde). Mid-
February to August 1988 and 1989 or portions thereof. Room
and board, possibly assistance with travel Knowledge of
Spanish useful. Contact David McDonald, Department of
Zoology, 223 Bartram Hall, University 'of Florida,
Gainesville, Florida 32611, U.S.A
Graduate Research Assistantsbip for Master of Science in
Wildlife Ecology. To study effects of urban landscape and
development on avian communities. U.S.$7,456/yr. stipend.
Must start 22 August. Send letter of interest, resume, copy of
transcripts, and names of 3 references to: Dr. Joe Schaefer,
Department of Wildlife and Range Sciences, University of
Florida, 118 Newins-Ziegler Hall, Gainesville, Florida 32611,
U.S.A. Telephone 904-392-4831.
"Grants, Awards and Prizes in Ornithology," available for
U.S.S3.00 from Frank R. Moore, Assistant to the Treasurer,
American Ornithologists' Union, Department of Biological
Sciences, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg,
Mississippi 39406, U.S.A.
"Raptor Management Techniques Manual," edited by BAG.
Pendleton, BA. Millsap. KW. Kline, and D.M. Bird. 1987.
19 chapters. U.S.S30.00. Item #78780. National Wildlife
Federation, 1412 Sixteenth St, N.W, Washington, D.C.
"L'Evolutiondes Oisea ux d'apres le Temoignage des Fossiles,"
edited by C. Mouret-Chauvire. 1987. Proceedings of the first
international symposium of the Society of Avian
Paleontology and Evolution. Includes 18 contributions on
avian paleontology and historical biogeography (English,
French, German). U.S.S50.00 postpaid from Geobios, Service
Promotion, 43 Bd du 11 Novembre, 69622 Villeurbanne
1988 Conservation Directory, 300 pp. listing of conservation,
environmental, and wildlife organizations, federal and state
agencies. U..S.15.00 + S2,75 postage & handling. National
Wildlife Federation, 1412 16th St N.W., Washington, D.C.
"Managing Protected Areas in the Tropics," John MacKinnon,
Kathy MacKinnon, Graham Child, and J. Thorscll, compilers.
1986. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland. 295pp. U.S.S25.00,
papercover. [See review by Norman Myers in Conservation
Biology, Vol. 1, No. 4, 1987.
"Endangered Species UPDATE," a monthly bulletin providing
current news and information on endangered species topics. It
includes a reprint of the latest Endangered Species Technical
Bulletin (published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service).
feature articles, book reviews, technical notes (produced by The;
Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University), and a;
bulletin board, U.S.S15.00 for 12 monthly issues. Send
subscriptions to: The Endangered Species UPDATE, School
of Natural Resources, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,
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The American Ornithologists' Union has received a
two-year grant of $16,000 from the Pew Charitable Trusts for
a survey of Latin American libraries serving researchers in
natural history. The study's purpose is to determine.the needs
of those libraries and to encourage and facilitate donations of
natural history publications to them. Direct questions
regarding this study to Tristan J. Davis, Museum of Natural
History, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045, U.S.A.
A Workshop on Avian Research in Belize is being
organized for the American Ornithologists' Union meeting in
Fayetteville, Arkansas. The workshop will be held the
aftcmoon of 15 August 1988. Its purpose is to disseminate
information on avian research being conducted in Belize, and to
coordinate efforts and highlight research opportunities there.
Persons interested in participating and making a presentation
should send a tide and abstract by 1 June to Douglas James,
Department of Zoology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville,
AR 72701. U.S.A.
The Wildlife Permits Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service is now the Office of Management Authority and has
moved into new quarters. The new address, for matters relating
to impon, endangered species, and CITES permits, is Office of
Management Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O.
Box 27329 Central Station, Washington. D.C. 20038-7329,
Bard College has established a new graduate program leading to
the Master of Science Degree in Environmental Studies. The
interdisciplinary program will combine studies in the natural
and social sciences. It will be offered only in the.summer (ate
June-August) and will span 3 consecutive summers, with 36
credits. For more information, contact Donald Roeder,
Director, Master of Science in Environmental Studies
Program, Box 1, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New
York 12504, U.SA. Telephone 914-758-6822.
Register of Laboratories and Reference Centers for -Avian
Pathology and Disease. The Intemational Council for Bird
Preservation is publishing the Proceedings, edited by JIE.,
Cooper, of a Symposium on Disease and Management of
Threatened Bird Populations held in Canada in 1986. The
publication will include a register of persons and organizations
working on all aspects of avian pathology and disease. It is
hoped that the register will include all those interested in being
consulted over problems relating to morbidity and mortality
and to facilitate exchange of information and material among
those working on avian diseases. Anyone who would like to
be listed in the register should write for details and a
questionnaire to N. Hillgarth, Department of Zoology, South
Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, England, or JE. Cooper,
Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35/43 Lincoln's Inn
Fields, London WC2A 3PN, England.
THE SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF CARIBBEAN
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 Veron,
New Jersey 07976
Board of Governors
James Wiley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Condor
Recovery Program, 2291-A Portola Road, Venmra,
Fred Sladen, P.O. Box 4106, Christiansted, U.S.
Virgin Islands (St Croix) 00820
Ronald Wauer, P.O. Box 2145, Kingshill, U.S.
Virgin Islands (St. Croix) 00850
Tomds Vargas Mora, Secretarfa de Agricultura,
Secci6n de Vida Silvestre, Santo Domingo, Republica
Anne Haynes-Sutton, Marshall's Pen, P.O. Box 58,
Jos6 Col6n, P.O. Box 23163, UPR Station, Rfo
Piedras, Puerto Rico 00931
The Society is presently evaluating the feasibility of
putting out the newsletter every two months. A final
schedule is forthcoming.
The Society's journal, Omitologfa Caribefia, will be
out in late May 1988.
The Society thanks Alex Cruz, Jr. for the pitirre
drawing used in the first issue of the newsletter.
This issue's pitirre was drawn by Beth Wiley.
Thanks Beth and Alex!