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Biology Conservation Techniques of Parrots and Macaws in the Peruvian Amazon

This is a field-based course in the Peruvian Amazon on the natural history, biology, and conservation of parrots and macaws. Psittaciformes are considered the most endangered large bird order in the world, with approximately 26% of the species classified as threatened, vulnerable, or endangered.

Biology Conservation Techniques of Parrots and Macaws in the Peruvian Amazon

Program Description

Students study the natural history, biology, ecology, behavior, and conservation of parrots and macaws, as well as the ecology of the rainforest ecosystem, history and geography of the area, and the interaction between indigenous communities and nature. Participants get firsthand experience in scientific field research techniques from researchers based at a long standing (1989) macaw conservation program—a research project focused on the conservation of macaws and parrots in the lowlands of southeastern Peru.

This course is open to students worldwide. Participants should be enthusiastic and keenly interested in rainforest conservation and specifically in the protection of parrots and macaws in the Peruvian Amazon. Students should have already completed their first year of university.

The 6 credit course in Biology Conservation Techniques of Parrots and Macaws in the Peruvian Amazon includes:

– Lectures and personalized tutoring on concepts of parrot biology and ecology
– Group discussions
– Independent study
– Field work to design and collect scientific data on wild populations of parrots and macaws
– Respond critically to conservation issues in a developing tropical environment

Assessment

– Participation (25%)
– Group discussions (25%)
– Group field project (30%)
– Field project presentation (20%)

Faculty

George Olah, MSc.
George graduated as with a MSc. in Zoology from the Szent István University, in Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, in Budapest, Hungary. He is presently a PhD student in the Australian National University and his research topic is the demography and population genetics of large macaws. George has participated in field research projects dealing with parrots and macaws in Argentina, Mexico, Bolivia and Peru.

Nancy Carlos, MSc.
Nancy graduated as earned her MSc. in Veternian Medicine from UPCH, while also specializing in Wildlife Conservation. Her research topics focus on zoonotic diseases and the health status of wildlife populations, particularly birds.