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The Working Group Psittaciformes

DATE: Monday August 20th, 2018
TIME: 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM

The Working Group Psittaciformes (WGP) of the International Ornithologists’ Union was created during the 25th International Ornithologists’ Congress in Campos do Jordão (Brazil) in 2010, as a network of researchers working on Psittaciformes in order to establish, promote, and coordinate research projects on this globally endangered avian order. Since then, over 200 researchers from all continents have joined the group and several joint projects have been completed and published including a review of research and conservation for large African parrots, the regional update of current threats faced by Neotropical parrots, and a review paper analyzing the factors endangering parrots in the Australasian region.

The WGP has also convened themed symposia at regional ornithological meetings. A virtual library, an interactive web page, and social media sites have been created to assist researchers in their work and to facilitate communication. During the Satellite Meeting, we will discuss: (1) past successes and future plans for joint work; (2) research priorities for the next four years; (3) regional conservation priorities and strategies; (4) elections of regional coordinators and the Secretary for the period of 2018-2022; (5) ways of encouraging the participation in the WGP of colleagues from underrepresented regions such us South and South-east Asia, China, the Indian sub-continent, and the Middle East.

The Satellite Meeting will also host a Psittaciformes Reintroduction Workshop focusing on parrot reintroduction. The aim of this workshop is the exchange of practical information that can be implemented by researchers and managers in the field. The workshop will cover a variety of topics, ranging from captive breeding to post-release monitoring. Several researchers and managers will be in charge of the lectures, sharing their individual experience on these topics. The workshop will be consist of four sessions: 1) The potential genetic risks in reintroduction programs, 2) Candidates for releases: sources, training and challenges, 3) Training and monitoring post-released individuals, and 4) Overcoming the challenges of reintroductions.




08:40 - 09:30

"Eight years of Working Group Psittaciformes: aims, achievements, and future plans" 
(Convenor 1: Juan Masello)

09:30 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:45

Open Discussion

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 13:00

Psittaciformes Reintroduction Workshop Part I 
(Co-ordination: Igor Berkunsky, Noelia Volpe, Rafael Mounzon, Adrian Di Giacomo, Eliana Montenegro)

11:00 - 11:10

Introduction about the objectives and methodology of the workshop

11:10 - 12:00

Session 1-4 "The potential genetic risks in reintroduction programs" lead by Cristina Miyaki. In this session we will discuss the genetic criteria and concerns in the selection of candidates for reintroduction

12:00 - 12:10


12:10 - 13:00

Session 2-4 "Candidates for releases:sources, training and challenges" lead by Patricia Escalante and Bonnie Zimmerman. In this session, Patricia will talk about the challenges of lead with captive breed individuals; and Bonnie will share her experience dealing with individuals coming from the trade

13:00 - 14:00

Time for Lunch & IOC Registration 

14:00 - 16:00

Psittaciformes Reintroduction Workshop Part II
(Co-ordination: Igor Berkunsky, Noelia Volpe, Rafael Mounzon, Adrian Di Giacomo, Eliana Montenegro) 

14:00 - 14:50

Session 3-4 "Training and monitoring post-released individuals" lead by Erica Pacifico & Noelia Volpe & "Procedures for the selection of reintroduction sites for the Philippine Cockatoo" by Peter Windman. We will explore training of candidates, marking techniques, and telemetry options to monitor post-released individuals

14:50 - 15:10


15:10 - 16:00

Session 4-4 "Overcoming the challenges of reintroduction's". In this session Dianne Brunton and Luis Ortiz-Catedral will talk about what have we learnt from translocations of Red-crowned parakeet in New Zealand; while Sam Williams and Rafael Mouzon will share their experiences in the reintroduction of macaws in Costa Rica. 

16:00 - 16:15