Parrot Conservation in the Neotropics

The recognizable Amazona parrots are highly threatened by the pet trade, hunting, and habitat destruction. This module provides an overview of how their popularity has enabled their status as a flagship species and a conservation tool. The St. Lucia parrot, once reduced to as few as 100 birds in the 1970s, is profiled here as an example to illustrate how these parrots have been used to promote conservation and increase public awareness and environmental education. In the accompanying exercise, students estimate the vital statistics of populations using raw data to determine best management strategies and sustainable harvest levels. 

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Conservación de Loros en el Neotrópico (Spanish)

See also:
Applied Demography
Management of Harvested Wildlife Populations
Parrots and Palms: Analyzing Data to Determine Best Management Strategies and Sustainable Harvest Levels

Theme: Ecology for Conservation

Language: English

Region: South America

Keywords: conservation, data analysis, management, threats, tools

Components: 5

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Case Study: Flagship Species in Conservation: The Case of the Genus Amazona

Author: M.A. Russello

   

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Exercise: Applied Demography: Parrots and Palms

Author: J.P. Gibbs

   

This exercise presents a scenario and raw data on a realistic conflict between parrot conservation and palm tree harvest. It requires that students analyze data very comparable to what would be gathered in the field, to (1) construct a life tables for the palm and parrot, (2) extract vital statistics about both the palm and parrot population from the life tables, (3) estimate maximum sustainable yield for both species, and (4) make a decision about the sustainability of harvest intensity.


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Presentation: Flagship Species in Conservation: The Case of the Genus Amazona

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Author: M.A. Russello

Teaching Notes: Flagship Species in Conservation: The Case of the Genus Amazona

Author: M.A. Russello

Solutions: Applied Demography: Parrots and Palms

Author: J.P. Gibbs


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