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New population of plateau dove was discovered in Cerrado

original text by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins / BirdLife International

In February 2019, the staff of SAVE Brasil (Representative of BirdLife in Brazil) began to hear exciting reports from members of the communities surrounding the Botumirim State Park in the state of Minas Gerais.

The community reported sighting of Columbina cyanopis (Critically Endangered), a species popularly known as a plateau, outside where the bird used to be found. The SAVE Brasil team was both excited and skeptical. One of the rarest birds in the world, the plateau roller was considered extinct for 75 years, before 14 individuals were seen in the wild in 2015. A new population, even small, would mean increased genetic diversity, and would also point to the possibility of more undiscovered individuals in nature.

On March 14, 2019, a team went looking for the birds. The birds were seen within the limits of the Botumirim State Park, about 5 kilometers from where the known population currently lives. The team searched the birds over five independent transects, playing call recordings to attract the birds.

After 45 minutes, the team search was rewarded. They spotted a pair of plateau doves while a nearby male sang. For the next three hours, the team spotted a fourth bird in the area. The sighting of the four new individuals represented a 26% increase over the previously known population.

Highland Roller. Photo: Ciro Albano / SAVE Brazil Collection

& #8220; Those working in nature conservation are generally very hardy, but it is difficult to look for rare species such as the plateau dove in a habitat that looks perfect for him and not find him there & #8221; says Marcelo Lisita, assistant After a year of looking at different locations without finding new individuals, it was with great excitement that we saw these few in a new area. ”

THE discovery of plateau dove was significant beyond its importance for the bird population. Since the discovery of the original population in 2015, SAVE Brasil has been working closely with neighboring communities to raise awareness about the bird. In early 2018, SAVE opened the reserve for visitors where birds are found. Since then, they have been working to try to ensure that communities benefit from ecotourism. Having a community member reporting a sighting shows that these outreach efforts are successful.

Despite the new population, the outlook for the plateau roller is still unclear, so SAVE is doing everything possible to increase the chance of survival of the species. In January 2018, with the support of Rainforest trust, the organization was able to buy a small plot of land where the bird was originally found, forming the Rolinha do Planalto Nature Reserve. Reserve visits are strictly controlled and need to be scheduled in advance through SAVE. On July 6 of the same year, the local government established approximately 36,000 hectares of protected land, creating Botumirim State Park, which overlaps the SAVE reserve and expands the total protected area.

Recent research on the turtledove has given us reason to be hopeful. So far, eight nests were found, although only one puppy ran away. With the discovery of the new population, the team also renewed its efforts to look for other places where the plateau can be found. Out of the four individuals reported by community members, they have had no luck, but they are not losing hope. There are still many places to visit.

THE SAVE Brasil execute the project Saving the plateau roller and its unique habitat in the Cerrado with support from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

 

Considered extinct in the state of Minas Gerais, weevils are reintroduced in a protected area in the north of the state.

via Ariramba Institute

The weevil (Sporophila maximiliani) is one of the most birds rare and endangered and currently free-living populations in the country are unknown. The last record in the wild occurred at the end of 2014, where a small population was located in the interior of the state of Mato Grosso, which has not been seen since. In the rest of the country, the boll weevil has been extinct in practically its entire area of occurrence. In order to reverse this situation, in November 2018, some pairs of bollards were reintroduced in northern Minas Gerais, in a protected area priority corridor Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu. Prior to reintroduction, the boll weevils underwent screening and adaptation procedures, including the selection of pure specimens, sanitary examination battery, adaptation for long-haul flights and adaptation to local weather conditions.

The reintroduced weevils are adapting very well to the natural environment and we are optimistic about the future possibilities”Explains Prof. Dr. Flávio Kulaif Ubaid, project coordinator.

The boll weevils are being monitored by project biologists and the next steps include the reintroduction of more couples. “We want the weevil to re-inhabit the paths of northern Minas Gerais and why not at all Cerrado. In the medium term, our goal is for the free-living weevil population to be substantially increased until the species moves into less critical threat categories.”Reports Dr. Ubaid.

The project supported by CEPF and the International Institute of Education of Brazil -Reintroduction of bicudo in key areas for the conservation of the Cerrado & #8211; is managed by Ariramba Institute of Nature Conservation It also has the support of several professionals from different institutions and universities in Brazil. THE Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund It is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

People's Land Films the Plateau Roller

Columbina cyanopis (Plateau Roller). Photo: © SAVE Brasil

 

THE highland roller (Columbina cyanopis) is one of birds more rare in the world and was missing for almost a century until a small population was rediscovered in May 2015 in Minas Gerais. Due to its rarity, the species was listed in the Probably Extinct category, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Environment. According to the BirdLife / IUCN list the species is considered Critically Threatened (CR). The rediscovery of the plateau roller was one of the most important ornithological finds of the last decades, having great international repercussion. Now the challenge is to develop conservation actions that ensure the protection of the population found and the habitat where they live *.

Since May 2015, when Rafael Bessa rediscovered the species, the SAVE Brasil has been working to measure how many individuals there are in nature and where they are. After intense searches, Botumirim, a small municipality in the north of Minas Gerais, was pointed out as the only locality with records of the species so far. It was clear that this population needed protection, so a nature reserve was created, a private property of 593 hectares *.

The project “Saving the plateau roller and its unique habitat”, which is supported by CEPF Cerrado and is executed by SAVE Brasil, has as its main objective to promote the long-term conservation of the Cerrado in the plateau roller rediscovery area, with special attention to the protection of this critically endangered species.

The Terra da Gente program, which portrays Brazilian biodiversity in various corners of the country, went to the city of Botumirim (MG), near the Espinhaço Mountain Range, to register this rare animal. Check out the full article and the video at the site!

* Adapted from text provided by SAVE Brasil.


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

 

Avoiding the Merganser Extinction in Chapada dos Veadeiros, Goiás, Brazil

The project “Avoiding the extinction of the Brazilian Merganser in the Veadeiros-Pouso Alto-Kalunga corridor” Its activities started in January 2018, in the city of Alto Paraíso de Goiás, located in the Chapada dos Veadeiros region. The project aims to carry out monitoring and research activities of the Merganser, public awareness actions and training on the current conservation status of the species. The project lasts for two years and is funded by the & #8220; Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund ”- (CEPF)with the support of International Institute of Education of Brazil (IIEB). The project is executed by Amada Land Institute of Social Inclusion (IAT)Its basic team is composed by the General Coordinator: Gislaine Disconzi, Field Coordinator: Fernando Previdente, Educommunication Coordinator: Maria Beatriz Maury and Financial Coordinator: Paulo Henrique Golçalves.

Why take care of the Merganser?

With a small population and living in a restricted environment, the Merganser is a rare bird that is critically endangered. Its occurrence is currently only in Brazil. It has already disappeared in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Paraná and Santa Catarina and also in Argentina and Paraguay. Its presence indicates a good state of conservation of the environment, being a species restricted to environments of rapids, waterfalls and backwaters of clean and crystalline waters.

Some results of the project and its partnerships

Brazilian Merganser Launched as Brazil's Water Ambassador

On March 20th of this year, in the World Water Forum, in Brasilia, the Merganser received from the Ministry of the Environment the title of Ambassador of Brazilian Waters.

AMADA TERRA INSTITUTE TEAM WAS AT THE 8TH WORLD WATER FORUM: Gislaine Disconzi, Project Coordinator, Maria Beatriz Maury, Educommunication Coordinator, along with Ricardo Soavinsky, ICMBIO President, Rita Surrage de Medeiros, Pato Mergulhão PAN Coordinator CEMAVE, Prof. Sávio Bruno Freire, from UFF, Luís Fábio da Silveira, from USP, Paulo Zuquim Antas, from Funatura, Reinaldo Lourival, Nature and International Culture, Fabiane Sebaio, from Cervivo and Sônia Rigueira from Instituto Terra Brasilis. Celebrating the well deserved choice of the Brazilian Merganser for the title of Brazilian Water Ambassador. Photo: © IAT

Sighting of individuals on field expeditions

Since the beginning of the project, trainings, river embarkations and expeditions of reconnaissance of areas of the species registration have been carried out, aiming to locate individuals for future marking, ringing and placement of radios and GPS. In two of these expeditions, a couple and an individual have already been sighted. In Chapada dos Veadeiros, it is estimated that there are about 50 to 60 individuals, which makes these sightings a spectacular result, in a short period of time.

Individual located on the project expedition Avoiding the extinction of the Merganser in Chapada dos Veadeiros. Photo: © IAT

Chapada Television Show

In June, TV Record aired a documentary series about Chapada dos Veadeiros, dedicating an episode to the Merganser. To this end, he accompanied the Project team on one of their expeditions. This is a very positive result, which helps in the conservation of the species.

Record Series

https://noticias.r7.com/jornal-da-record/videos/pesquisadores-tentam-preservar-especies-da-chapada-dos-veadeiros-07062018

To know more

Project Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pato.mergulhao.7

Project Photos

https://www.facebook.com/pato.mergulhao.7/photos?lst=100002529835047%3A100026683758830%3A1530830913&source_ref=pb_friends_tl

 

* Text provided by Maria Beatriz Maury, Coordinator of Educommunication, Instituto Amada Terra

 

 

Do you know the plateau dove?

THE highland roller (Columbina cyanopis) is one of birds more rare in the world and was missing for almost a century until a small population was rediscovered in May 2015 in Minas Gerais. Due to its rarity, the species was listed in the Probably Extinct category, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Environment. According to the BirdLife / IUCN list the species is considered Critically Threatened (CR). The rediscovery of the plateau roller was one of the most important ornithological finds of the last decades, having great international repercussion. Now the challenge is to develop conservation actions that ensure the protection of the population found and the habitat where they live *.

Since May 2015, when Rafael Bessa rediscovered the species, the SAVE Brasil has been working to measure how many individuals there are in nature and where they are. After intense searches, Botumirim, a small municipality in the north of Minas Gerais, was named as the only place with records of the species so far. It was clear that this population needed protection, so a nature reserve was created, a private property of 593 hectares. THE Reserve turtledoveplateau, which in the future will be a Private Natural Heritage Reserve, protects the only known population of the species *.

The project #8220; Saving the Plateau Roller and its Unique Habitat & #8221;, which is supported by CEPF Cerrado and executed by SAVE Brasil, has as its main objective to promote long-term conservation of the Cerrado in the plateau reddiscovery area, with special attention to the protection of this species, which is critically endangered. extinction.

Meet more about plateau dovetail, its vocalization, behavior and habitat on the SAVE Brasil and help us to keep it is critically endangered species!

* Adapted from text provided by SAVE Brasil.

 

 

 

The return of wildlife in a restored area on the Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor

ECOA's technical team (Ecology and Action) along with seated monitors have been monitoring a reforested area of 22 ha, which had the process of restoration started in 2016. In these visits, they identified areas with great potential for natural regeneration, where springs are gradually recovering with the aid of reforestation vegetation. In addition to the restoration process of ecosystem services, ECOA's technical team has been recording the constant return of wildlife in the region. In the area the presence of the tapir (Tapirus terrestris)hand-naked (Procyon cancrivorus) and tuíiús (Jabiru mycteria).

Records of the presence of tuíiús and hand-naked in the area undergoing regeneration. © ECOA
Tapir footprint in the area. © ECOA

ECOA performs project activities “Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor: filling social and environmental gaps”In regions of the municipalities of Nioaque and Miranda (MS). The project is supported by CEPF Cerrado and aims to assist in the revegetation and conservation of the biome, by strengthening non-timber extraction in the communities and settlements of the Miranda corridor - Bodoquena.