8th Newsletter


Please see the February issue of the Newsletter with the updates from the field and other exciting information about our project!

Newsletter 8

Will we soon see another wave of bird extinctions in the Americas?


The new blog post in the Conservation by Alex Lees compares bird extinction in temperate and tropical forests. Due to the loss of natural habitat, the situation is critical in Brazil and the next decade will decide on the fate of many species of South American birds.

image Alexander Charles Lees, curassow specimens ©Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi

image Alexander Charles Lees, curassow specimens ©Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi

Article in the Globo on the loss of biodiversity in the Amazon


Photo by Rede Amazonia Sustentavel

Photo by Rede Amazonia Sustentavel

Fires in the Amazon are dying off with the rain intensifying, but the impacts on biodiversity may be irreversible. The largest Brazilian newspaper decided to do a follow-up story on the El Niño fires with photos and quotes from Erika Berenguer and Nárgila Moura (Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi).

The full article is available at the link below (in Portuguese):


El Niño fires are raging in the Amazon – and we’re right in the middle of them


2015 is the year of extremely devastating fires in the Amazon. The fire and the smoke have severe impacts on the rainforests and the lives of the people living in the area, yet the interational media do not seem to dedicate adequate attention to what is happening in many Brazilian states.

Erika Berenguer and Jos Barlow have published a blog post where they speak about their personal experience of the fires and explain their impacts on the forest ecosystems. The post also contains a video produced by Adam Hughes.

The article is available at