Announcement for Seminar – Wildlife Medicine and Conservation in Belize

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Isabelle Paquet-Durand to the University of Minnesota on Tuesday, February 7th at 3 pm in 365 Haecker Hall. Dr. Isabelle is a wildlife veterinarian, and founder and director of the Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic and Belize Wildlife Conservation Network. She will be here to talk about the Scarlet Macaw Project, a conservation initiative between the Wildlife Institute (WI), the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic (BWRC) and Friends for Conservation & Development (FCD).  The purpose of the Scarlet Macaw Protection Program is to support a specific Scarlet Macaw population in the Chiquibul Forest, which is under heavy poaching threat. The conservation strategy is to remove chicks from nest sites that are under heaviest threat of poaching, and for which security provision is most prohibitive. Chicks are reared with the aim to be reintroduced into the wild.

 

Animal Science students taking CFAN 3510: Wildlife Medicine and Conservation in Belize are able to participate in this project while in Belize. The Animal Biotechnology course (ANSC 3509) has also added a laboratory component that will participate in this project by genotyping these magnificent birds using DNA isolated from dropped feathers in the area. Drs. Melissa Palmer and Chris Faulk are hosting this seminar. Again, Dr. Isabelle Paquet-Durand will give her talk on Tuesday, February 7th at 3 pm in 365 Haecker Hall. Please come join us and support this conservation and authentic undergraduate research!