Avian Conservation Research Exchange

 

In 2007, Linking embarked on a higher education initiative with the goal of providing training opportunities and research experience for students interested in shorebird conservation.  This is particularly important for students from Mexico where opportunities and capacities are often limited.  This program began by a partnership between Weber State University (WSU) in Ogden, Utah and the Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit (UAN) in Tepic, Mexico.   For eight weeks each summer, two UAN students travel to Utah to engage with WSU students learning field research techniques and participating in research projects on Great Salt Lake shorebirds.  Students learn and practice avian survey techniques, methods for monitoring shorebird productivity, mist-netting, trapping and banding procedures for studies on migration and survival.  In addition to the field work, students spend time in the laboratory learning avian classification, phylogeny and anatomy. 

Over the last year, this program has expanded along the Pacific Flyway to include students from Argentina and Chile.  We anticipate that this higher educational partnership will continue to grow and provide the training and experience needed by shorebird biologists of the future.

 

 Name

 Affiliation

 Karla Robledo

 Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit, Nayarit, Mexico

 Yolanda Gonzalez

 Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit, Nayarit, Mexico

 Ivan Popoca

 Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit, Nayarit, Mexico

 Rocio Medrano

 Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit, Nayarit, Mexico

 Jonathon Vega

 Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit, Nayarit, Mexico

 Paulina Martinez

 Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit, Nayarit, Mexico

 Marcela Castellino

 Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina

 Rommy Soto

 Universidad Católica de Santísima, Concepción, Chile

 Luis Mendoza

 Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Mexico

 David Molina

 Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Mexico

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