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South America Wildlife Volunteer & Research Travel
VOLUNTEER SONGBIRD FIELD TECHNICIAN in Guyana, South
America – A volunteer field assistant is needed from January-April
2013 for a study of neuroendocrine regulation of courtship display
in songbirds of Guyana, South America. Field conditions will be remote
and rugged without regular access to amenities. The research team
will be traveling through the rainforests and savannas of Guyana,
collecting specimens from nine species of endemic Manakin (Pipridae).
Applicants must be comfortable with primitive living, exposure to
potentially dangerous environmental conditions including parasites
and venomous snakes, and be in prime physical condition, capable of
long days of hiking and carrying heavy research equipment. Previous
experience with passerine mist-netting is preferred as is experience
in tropical field conditions.
Food and lodging as well as in-country transportation will be provided.
However, the assistant will have to purchase their own travel vaccinations
and airfare to and from Georgetown Guyana. To apply, please send cover
letter detailing interests and previous experience, resume, and list
of 3 references to WILLOW LINDSAY (EM: wlindsay AT olemiss.edu). Please
state dates of availability. Initial review of applications will begin
October 21st and will continue until the position is filled. posted
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ECUADOR CLOUD FOREST BIRD BANDING
EXPEDITION – Colonche Hills, Coastal Range, South America: 9-23
December 2012. Become a Life Net Volunteer! Join Dr. Dusti Becker
for an exciting 16-day conservation experience in the coastal cordillera
of western Ecuador.
Dr. Becker, a well-known tropical avian ecologist will lead the expedition
assisted by experienced Ecuadorian field assistants.
Volunteers monitor birds with mist nets and along transects in a community-owned
cloud forest protected area called the Loma Alta Ecological Reserve.
Volunteers will also participate in the 10th annual Loma Alta Christmas
Bird Count focusing on Choco endemics in the Colonche Hills and Tumbesian
endemics in coastal dry forest lowlands.
Loma Alta is home to more than 20 species of hummingbirds and 48 of
55 Tumbesian endemic birds making it a HOT birding spot. In 2004,
our research prompted national and international bird conservation
organizations to designate the area as an Important Bird Area (IBA).
Red-masked parakeets, crested guans, rufous-fronted chachalacas, Choco
toucans, gray-backed hawks, and ornate hawk eagles are just a few
of the regional specialties that are typically seen during a Life
Net field project at Loma Alta. The ecology of woodstar hummingbirds
including the endangered Esmeraldas woodstar is an additional focus
of our research and monitoring project, offering potential close-up
views of these spectacular tropical gems. Volunteers help set up and
monitor mist nets, extract birds from nets, carry birds from nets
to a banding station, and record basic ecological data. Bilingual
volunteers may contribute to environmental education and ecotourism
training Loma Alta. Volunteers will have some afternoons free to explore
and bird around the protected area, including searching for Mantled
Howlers and White-fronted Capuchin monkeys. Life Net projects advance
scientific understanding of the ecology of tropical birds and provide
incentive for local citizens to protect native habitats for birds
and other wildlife. The volunteer contribution of $1500 to the non-profit
Life Net is partially tax deductible and is used to cover costs to
sustain the volunteer group, pay local salaries, and contribute to
forest conservation at Loma Alta.
All transportation within Ecuador, room, & meals during the project
are covered by the donation. The expedition begins and ends in Guayaquil,
Ecuador. Contact DR. DUSTI BECKER (EM: dbecker AT lifenetnature.org)
for further details. Visit http://lifenetnature.org and go to the
volunteer page to download application form, briefing, and see photos
of the site. posted July 17
Amazon Shelter - CRCAS - has a week-long voluntourism
program assisting with rehabiliating rescued Amazon wildlife. There's
more information on our Amazon
Wildlife Volunteer page.
See our information about ProAves'
Ecovolunteers on our introduction pagefor ongoing Colombia
bird volunteer opportunities.
INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY -- We are looking
for undergraduates to participate in the Golondrinas de las Americas,
a network of biologists
studying tree swallows in the genus Tachycineta from Argentina to
Alaska. Founded by Cornell University professor David Winkler almost
decade ago and supported by the National Science Foundation, the Golondrinas
de las Americas project trains students to study the
breeding biology and behavior of swallows in North, Central and South
America. The internship lasts approximately two and one half to four
months depending on the season and location. Using standardized protocols,
students conduct field work, learn how to keep field records,
maintain nest boxes and search for swallows. The knowledge gained
from the project is helping us understand the reasons for geographic
variations in the clutch sizes of these birds. In the long term, we
anticipate the Golondrinas de las Americas project will contribute
our knowledge about the impacts of climate change and the life histories
of the birds and their insect prey. Interns must have a demonstrated
interest in environmental biology or a related field. The ability
to work, live, and communicate well with others under rigorous and
remote conditions is essential. Travel and living expenses as well
as a small stipend are provided. For more information or to apply
for the program, contact CAREN COOPER (EM: Caren.Cooper AT cornell.edu).
A completed application includes a cover letter, C.V. or resume, and
contact information for two professional references. For a map of
existing sites visit (URL: http://golondrinas.cornell.edu/Maps/MapOfStudySites.html).
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