On the Trail of Endemic Birds & Parasites in Amazonia’s Endangered Belém Region

December 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom
On the Trail of Endemic Birds & Parasites in Amazonia’s Endangered Belém Region @ Online - Zoom

Despite the rich bird life of the eastern Amazon basin, few birders have visited the Belém Area of Endemism in northeastern Brazil – one of at least eight regions in Amazonia with unique species found only in each of these respective areas. The Belém area is the most endangered of the eight, largely because of deforestation that has left just 24% of primary forest standing.

Jason Weckstein, associate curator of ornithology at Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, will take us on an armchair expedition to this very special location, where he co-led a research team several years ago when he was a staff scientist with the Field Museum. He’ll share an up-close-and-personal look at everything from daily life in the field to the area’s biodiversity, endemism patterns in the birds and associated parasites found there, and how the team’s findings are being used to advance our understanding of speciation, disease and parasite ecology, and conservation.


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