Finding Parrot and the People to Protect Them
Over the last year Dr. Joyner has been in contact with parrot conservationists in the organization Guyra Paraguay. They wish to help the parrots in their country, especially the vinaceous-breasted amazon, of which only about 100 are left in the country. Guyra graciously hosted Dr. Joyner and together they planned to do teaching and chick/nest surveys in the field, but recent violence kept this expedition from entering the target area. Instead, the team was able to train on monitoring and nest behavior evaluation in a reserve with vinaceous amazons, and later in an area with black-hooded parakeets and blue-fronted parrots. While there Dr. Joyner also taught at a veterinary symposium, a photography symposium, a university and the zoo. The goal is to continue supporting the first steps of parrot conservation in this country by returning in 2015 to teach in the field in two areas - the province of Concepción where there are green-winged macaws that are experiencing heavy poaching, and also in the reserves near Argentina and Brazil where the vinaceous amazon lives. For reflections on this expedition, go here.
This project will continue in 2015.