Paraguay boasts 716 species of avifauna; Ñeembucú is home to around 350 of them.
The wetlands surrounding our home in Ñeembucú are home to many water dwelling species, such as the jabiru, and rare species including the Many-coloured Rush Tyrant. Estancia Nueva Gambach, home of the conservation organisation PRO COSARA, and also our field site in the Atlantic Forest, hosts over 430 species, including the Helmeted Woodpecker, making it the most bio-diverse location in Paraguay for avifauna. Our volunteer assisted mist netting project has already resulted in eight publications in peer-reviewed journals, and there will be more as we continue to grow our knowledge of ecology of the birds of Paraguay.
Intern spotlight: Janine Antalffy (USA) and Celine Kowalczyk (France)
Combining ornithology and botany, Janine and Celine’s work focused on the diversity of avian seed dispersers and their impact on the regeneration of disturbed forest fragments. As a pair, they were able to double their effort and observe the same tree from different angles. This methodology enabled them to not only determine the species of the avian seed-disperser but also observe the way in which they consumed the fruit. By considering the number of fruits consumed as well as the way in which the bird took the fruit our researching duo was able to determine which species contributed most to the dispersal of the White Laurel Tree seeds.