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Did I see a banded bird?

Main Project Information
Presented By Eduardo Alexandrino, Wildlife Ecology, Management and Conservation Lab, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Goal Assess bird role in passive restoration of forest patches
Task Monitor forest birds with color bands in forest patches
Where Corumbataí, Microrregião de Rio Claro, Mesorregião de Piracicaba, São Paulo, Região Sudeste, Brasil, Piracicaba, Microrregião de Piracicaba, Mesorregião de Piracicaba, São Paulo, Região Sudeste, Brasil, Rio Claro, Microrregião de Rio Claro, Mesorregião de Piracicaba, São Paulo, Região Sudeste, Brasil

Since 2016, forest birds are being captured and marked with unique color band sequence in three forest patches in an agricultural landscape of southeast Brazil. This project is interested in successful visualization of those banded birds and their location inside or around these patches. The main intention of this project is to assess bird movement through these patches and provide data useful for future assessment of forest restoration potential.
However, the project goes also beyond. Although the number of Brazilian birdwatchers is increasing since early-century, conservation projects involving citizen scientists are still tremendously scarce in Brazil. The data collection in small forest patches in agricultural landscapes are often neglected, which hinder to solve questions related to forest restoration and bird conservation in those patches. Therefore, through the accomplishment of this project we also intend to persuade Brazilian birdwatchers to start spontaneous bird monitoring in forest patches.

How to Join

This project is open for all citizen nationalities. However, as Brazilian birdwatchers are also the subject of our research project, Brazilians interested in helping us should first answer an interview online (access here: This interview will be used also as your project registration.
For all other nationalities your registration is made through an online form (access here: After you just need to write an email for us ( and schedule a visit for one of the patches. The project is now being carried out in Piracicaba, Rio Claro and Corumbataí municipalities, São Paulo State, Brazil. The exact location of each patch is offered only for those volunteers that have completed fulfield the project form and after your contact with us.

All studied forest patches are around 30 minutes by car of Piracicaba and the main researcher and his team are visiting one of these patches weekly (until September/2018). Thus, please, send a message for the main researcher to know about the next field days ( You can also visit the forest patches without the researcher team presence, however you will need to provide your own transportation to the forest patch.
We can borrow you a good quality binocular. The citizen scientist should follow a field protocol which were designed to identify where each banded bird where observed during your birding.

In order to have good data collection we sugest all volunteers to start your birding right after the sunrise. Thus, we recommend you to sleep the night before in Piracicaba, city where the research lab is located.
You can do your birding alone or in small groups, but we recommend groups with no more than five members. All members group should also make your registration through the online form.

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Special Skills Identification of Brazilian birds, how to use a binoculars inside an forest habitat, birdwatching skills.
Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time An hour or so
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike
Tags bird banding, bird count, birding, birding aboard, birdwatching, brazil, forest ecology, restoration
Project Updated 09/26/2018