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October 12, 2012

Research & Collections

by Brian O’Shea

I am currently in Suriname working with two Masters’ students conducting research on bird and mammal diversity in selectively-logged forests. I’ve done much bird survey work here over the past several years, and I come back as often as I can — Suriname is truly a gem, with more than 80% of its territory still covered by forest. Serano Ramcharan and Gisèle Nederbiel are looking at how bird and mammal diversity is affected by different timber harvesting strategies in a forestry concession area.

This morning I accompanied Serano as he surveyed birds along one of his transects. In the first hour after sunrise, we observed 38 species of birds on the 400-m transect. After the survey ended, our species list kept growing, as we ran into several mixed-species flocks and rustled up a White Hawk from near the ground.

We suspect this guy was following a nearby…

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