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Beyond conservation concern: monk parakeets hold clues about human influences on evolutionary processes

New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico
DOI: 10.18258/8034
Grant: Ornithology
Raised of $4,592 Goal
Funded on 12/02/16
Successfully Funded
  • $4,672
  • 101%
  • Funded
    on 12/02/16



This is a land-use map of Uruguay, displaying five relevant human land-use categories. I made this map using global land cover data based on Landsat satellite imagery. Other land-use categories are in white. The counties where fieldwork will be concentrated are marked with numbers. 1 = San José, 2 = Montevideo (contains Montevideo, Uruguay’s largest city), 3 = Canelones, 4 = Salto (includes Salto, second largest city). The two groups of polygons represent latitudinal extremes in Uruguay. I will aim to set up field sites in both the regions across these human land-use categories, such that each land-use category is represented by at least one site per latitudinal extreme.

I generated a set of random points across land-use categories within each of the 5 counties shown. Upon arriving to Uruguay, I will use the first month to survey sites within this set of random points. I will need landowners' permission to access many of these sites. After landowners grant their permission, I will pick sites that have the highest densities of monk parakeet nests, then proceed with plans to capture monk parakeets and measure nest morphology/insulative capacity. 


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