Conservation, Research and Education Opportunities International

Marine Turtle Center: Active participation by coastal communities and tourists to ensure survival of marine turtles on the Atlantic Ocean coast, Uruguay

A. Estrades 
The Marine Turtle Center (MTC/Center) in La Coronilla, Uruguay, was established to promote conservation of marine turtles and their habitats through environmental education and responsible ecotourism. The Center had been closed for the past four years due to deterioration of the facilities, and this award funded a remodel of the visitor center as well Read more

Paleoparasitological study of zoonosis in Patagonia, Argentina

M.O. Beltrame 
Paleoparasitology is focused on the parasitological examination of materials found in archeological and paleontological deposits. It has the potential to provide information about various cultural, paleoecological and evolutionary aspects. Parasitic relationships are sensitive indicators of developmental, ecological and cultural aspects of host populations – they can reveal potential exposure of humans and animals to Read more

Amphibian communities of agroecosystems in the Argentine Pampean green belt and their conservation challenges

M.G. Agostini 
This is a continuation of a previously funded project (2010).
Amphibians are important indicators of environmental health and play multiple functional roles in both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Amphibian populations have declined worldwide and this trend has been attributed to a variety of causes, including chytridiomycosis – an infectious disease caused by the fungus Batrachotrytium Read more

Conservation of the Pampas deer (Ozotoceros bezoarticus) in the semi-arid pasturelands of San Luis Province, Argentina: Relationships to land use practices

M. B. Semeñiuk 
The Pampas deer is endemic to South America and has experienced a drastic reduction of its historical range. Since the 1990s, multiple techniques have been employed to improve livestock productivity in the region, leading to increased fragmentation of habitat types and the displacement of native plant species with exotics. The primary objective of Read more

Determination, comparison and calibration of relative abundance indices and monitoring programs for the conservation of native carnivores Calden Forest, La Pampa, Argentina

J. Zanón Martínez 
The Calden Forest region of central Argentina has been severely impacted by a variety of human activities. Native forests have been eliminated in favor of agricultural lands and the legal and illegal hunting of wildlife – predominantly carnivores – have presumably affected these species, but there have been no management or research efforts Read more

Strongly interacting species: does puma predation on wild South American camelids structure biological diversity in the semiarid landscapes of the Andes?

E. Donadio 
The loss of species interactions, such as predator-prey relationships, may result in negative impacts that affect not only the interacting species but also other species and the biological communities and ecosystems they inhabit. For instance, the extirpation of wolves from most of North America resulted in prey species foraging in new wolf-free areas with Read more

Olrog’s gull Larus atlanticus interacting with fisheries in Argentina

M. Beron 
Olrog’s gull is one of the six species of gulls worldwide that are considered threatened, in large part because there are only 2,300 breeding pairs restricted to10 breeding colonies concentrating in two areas along the Argentina Patagonian coast. During the non-breeding season, the gulls migrate north to areas such as the nature reserve Mar Read more

Migration patterns and population connectivity of the Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger intercedens) in South America: a continental approach

R. Mariano-Jelicich 
The South American subspecies of Black Skimmer, Rynchops niger intercedens, is an important neotropical bird, widely distributed from Venezuela to the southeastern coast of Argentina. Population information for this subspecies is scarce and restricted to local distribution sites, making their conservation status difficult to determine. In Argentina, anecdotal information on breeding grounds suggest small Read more