Marcella-screen shotMarcela Castellino is an exchange student from Argentina who is studying the local movements of Wilson's Phalaropes at Great Salt Lake, Utah and in her home country at Mar Chaquita Lake.  Under the direction of Dr. John Cavitt at Weber State University, Castellino began her research at Great Salt Lake in the summer of 2013 by tracking where phalaropes move during the day and identifying important feeding and roosting sites on the lake.

Wilson's Phalaropes are small shorebirds that flock to Great Salt Lake in numbers around 500,000 while feasting on abundant invertebrates, particularly brine flies, found around the lake.  The phalaropes double their weight while at Great Salt Lake and fly non-stop to the northern reaches of South America.  Many of the phalaropes will travel farther south and winter at Mar Chaquita Lake where Castellino is continuing her research this winter.  Check out her video showing scenes from Great Salt Lake and Mar Chaquita Lake and explaining her work.

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Monday, 27 October 2014 00:00

Science Friday Highlights Rosalie Winard

12358-1American Avocet photos by Rosalie Winard make Picture of the Week on Science Friday's website.   Over half of all American Avocets visit Great Salt Lake, Utah every year during migration, and Winard uniquely captures just a few of these elegant birds on infrared film. Two of the photos show an avocet fitted with a satellite transmitter and leg bands to monitor it's movements throughout the year as part of a study led by Dr. John Cavitt at Weber State University.

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June 2014 Utah, Mexico and Canada teachers are getting together in Saskatchewan, Canada (June 7-9) for workshops. This is during the Chaplin Lake Shorebird Festival June 6-7, 2014. These workshops focus on ways to include important birds, migration, and conservation of the area into the classroom.

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Monday, 17 September 2012 00:00

Education Update from Mexico

Hello my friends: I want to share with you the presentation from the meeting on September 8th, and also the agreements that we took. In the presentation you can see some of the pictures of the birds that we are going to observe and the activities that we are going to develop this month.

About the meeting that we had wth Dr. Carlos Villar at CHICS, I want to tell you that we obtained important support for our work. Just by coincidence he is working with Snowy Plovers, and he has located many of them. He offered us to go on a field trip to the Marismas region and observe at least 4 of the 6 species that we have writen down as highly important. The tentative date is to go down on Saturday 22 of September, with the possibility to go with one or two students. Please if anyone is interested, let us know so we can organize the trip with the least expenses possible.

Warm wishes, if you need any more information contact the Miguel Hidalgo school or talk to Lupita.

Sincerely,
Abel Castillo

Best wishes for our friends in the US and Canada

 

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The Linking project has received a $70,000 grant from the Rio Tinto – BirdLife International Partnership Action Fund to support its tri-national efforts.
 
The funding is part of a larger program that Rio Tinto-BirdLife is starting to advance range-wide bird conservation in the Western Hemisphere through local community action associated with sites of significant importance to migratory and resident birds.
 
The Utah-based Rio Tinto business, Kennecott Utah Copper is a major partner in this effort. They are committed to assist with habitat protection in the Great Salt Lake — a key migratory bird habitat in the Americas.
 
Jonathan Stacey, BirdLife Director for the Western Hemisphere Flyways Program, said the project will commit a total of $130,000 in 2009. Part of that money will go toward support for the Linking program, and part will be spent on extending a program modeled on Linking into several South American countries.
 
“We feel able to proceed with what we believe to be a groundbreaking initiative that has, at its foundation, long established experience of linked community-based migratory bird conservation and education,” said Stacey. “The Linking Communities program will play a major part in extending this initiative throughout the Americas.”

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Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00

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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