Saving birds is a global effort

Dr. Jessica Siegal-Willott and Kristine Williams were recently recognized by the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians for their work with wild bird populations.

Vet wearing NZP shirt listens to small bird's heart

Dr. Jessica Siegal-Willott examines a Golden White-eye.

They are among the multiple zoo veterinarians, veterinary technicians, curators, keepers, and biologists partnered with Pacific Bird Conservation and the Department of Fish and Wildlife for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands as part of a long-term project to preserve, maintain, and sustain wild populations of native forest birds. Most recently on location in Saipan, the partners use mist netting, health assessments, endocrine investigations and translocation to islands free of invasive species such as the brown tree snake to protect species such as the Golden White-eye (Cleptornis marchei) and the Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons). In addition, public education programs consisting of lecture presentations, hands-on demos for elementary school children, and field/hospital site visits for high school children were provided in Saipan, Rota, and Tinian.

Small yellow-brown bird on palm frond

Golden White-eye. (Photo via clear Canario, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Small bird with orange forehead, speckled chest

Rufous fantail. (Photo by Greg Miles, CC BY-SA 2.0)


Posted: 23 September 2019
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