The Initiative

The Red Siskin Initiative is an international partnership of public and private institutions communities and people working to understand, protect and restore sustainable populations of the Red Siskin.


Our mission is to restore self-sustaining populations of Red Siskins across their historical distribution.

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Understanding the Red Siskin

Our scientists use fieldwork, labwork, and in-depth analyses to study the threats to and the ecology and genetics of this species.

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Rescuing, raising and reintroducing more Red Siskins

We rescue individuals confiscated from the illegal trade, rehabilitate and reproduce them, and are developing strategies and methods to reintroduce them into nature.

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Connecting with people

Outreach and education are crucial to conservation success. Through formal and informal education programs, materials and events with communities, schools, institutions and governments we raise awareness of the plight of the Red Siskin and highlight ways to help.

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Ensuring Bird Friendly habitats while promoting social and economic justice

More bird-friendly agroforestry crops and protected areas guarantee environmental, economic, and social sustainability

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Promoting only sustainable use of Red Siskins

Did you know that breeders from around the world have joined efforts to save the Red Siskin?

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Learn more about the initiative

Explore our download area, where you can find and download documentation, scientific publications, presentations and informative material about the work we do.
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The Red Siskin

Once abundant across northern Venezuela, today it is a very rare bird.

An Iconic bird

The Red Siskin has been an inspiration for generations of Venezuelan musicians, poets and painters.

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Why is it endangered?

Human activities have driven the Red Siskin close to extinction. The main threats are unsustainable harvest and habitat destruction.

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How you can help

Take action

Everybody can make a difference. Share with others what you know about the Red Siskin, do not choose wildlife as pets, contribute to the project with money or time.


Your generous contribution will support essential research, habitat protection and recovery, anti-trafficking programs, captive breeding and education.

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Be a part

The Red Siskin Initiative is a partnership of many people and organizations who are committed to the successful conservation of this beloved species.

Who is involved

The Red Siskin is a source of local and national pride in all range countries. Work with us to help recover this iconic bird.

Lead partners

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