Rare Species Conservatory Foundation

Mentors: Paul Reillo and Karen McGovern

(located 1.5-2 hours north of FIU)

Bongo Antelope Fingerprinting- Identifying Individuals Using Stripe Patterns

Student will create a photographic record of all bongo resident at the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation and create a photo identification master log for each individual based on stripe patterns to be integrated into existing records at RSCF.

Pygmy Marmoset Vocalization Study

Students will record vocalization patterns of pygmy marmosets resident at the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation and interpret different calls in different situations (alarm, attack, mate calling, adults vs juveniles, etc.) creating a master vocal record with descriptors for each call.

Red-Browed Amazon Parrot Identification

Student will create a photographic record of all Red-browed Amazon parrots resident at the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation and create a photo identification master log for each individual based on feather color, band numbers and family groups to be integrated into existing records at RSCF.

Exotic Plant Identification and Utility Study

Student will identify, photograph and label exotic and invasive plants at the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation. Student will document what species (native, non-native, RSCF animals), if any, utilize the plants (nesting, consumption, etc.) and what long and short term effect that has on the landscape (further or accelerated spread of exotic plants, partial to total eradication of exotic plants, etc.) .

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