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  • Decoding the Red Siskin’s genome.
    • Poster with the description of the Red Siskin’s genome. The studies were conducted at the Smithsonian Institution (USA).
    • Language: English
  • The Red Siskin – Infographics.
    • Illustration that shows the physical characteristics of the Red Siskin, the habitat where it lives, its feeding and reproduction habits, and the threats that compromise the existence of this species in Venezuela.
    • Author: Ana Lora
    • Language: English
  • How can you help? – Brochure
    • Information brochure on the RSI.
    • Language: English
  • Red Siskin recovery project brochure
    • Printing metrial.
    • Language: English

  • Back from the Brink: Saving the Red Siskin.
    • Smithsonian Institute for Biodiversity Genomics: Smithsonian scientists use novel genetic tools to help save an iconic bird from the brink of extinction.
    • Language: English
  • Red Siskin Sporagra cucullata.
    • Continuing our series on Neotropical birds categorised as Globally Threatened by IUCN and BirdLife International, Chris Sharpe discusses the ‘cardenalito’, a brightly coloured finch from northern South America.
    • Neotropical Birding Magazine, 18
    • Language: English
  • Trafficked tropical animals: the ghost export of Venezuela.
    • Author: Jeanfreddy Gutiérrez Torres
    • Date: October 1st , 2015
    • Language: English
  • The Gene That Paints Birds Red.
    • The Atlantic – “In the 1920’s, breeders turned yellow canaries red. Now, scientists have finally found the gene responsible.”
    • Author: Ed Yong
    • Date: May 19th , 2016
    • Language: English
  • On this year’s Endangered Species Day, Smithsonian – Va. facility celebrates new births..
    • WTop – Article written by Jack Pointer
    • Date: May 18th , 2017
    • Language: English
  • Venezuela’s Vanishing Red Bird Gets a Coffee Pick-Me-Up..
    • The New York Times – By Associated Press News (Article written by Fabiola Sánchez)
    • Date: November 01st , 2018
    • Language: English
  • Speaking of science: Fine feathers: Why red birds look so fit and sexy?.
    • The Washington Post – “For birds like the cardinal, red coloring is extremely important. The brighter the hue on a male’s feathers, the more likely a female is to take notice. Now two independent teams of scientists believe they’ve found the gene that allows birds to produce shades of red. And the identity of the gene might actually help explain why the color evolved in the first place.”
    • Author: Rachel Feltman
    • Date: May 20th , 2016
    • Language: English
  • Sacrificing One Species to Change the Color of Another.
    • The Atlantic – “Bird breeders pushed a Venezuelan finch to the brink of extinction so that canaries could be red.”
    • Author: Ed Yong
    • Date: June 10th , 2016
    • Language: English
  • The Red Siskin of Venezuela is disappearing.
    • Blue Channel 24 – “About 60 years ago, Venezuela had millions of siskin, a bird of about 15 centimeters, red and black, endemic in Venezuela and printed on the 100 Bolivars bills. Today, there are only 3,000 approximately.”.
    • Author: Kelly Vaquiro
    • Date: July 02nd , 2016
    • Language: English
  • Drink Coffee Responsibly, Save an Endangered Bird Species.
    • Earth Optimism Summit | Smithsonian Conservation Commons: “Coffee progressives and enthusiasts have probably heard of fair trade certified coffee – a sustainable development practice that facilitates responsible working conditions for coffee bean farmers often marginalized by the industry. But how many people have ever heard of bird-friendly coffee?”.
    • Radio Station: Onda la Superestación (107.9 FM)
    • Author: Lauren Ward
    • Date: November 21st, 2016.
    • Language: English.
  • A chocolate bar to save the Red Siskin..
    • Viva el Cacao – Article written by Carmen Isabel Maracara.
    • Date: December 21st, 2016
    • Language: English – Spanish.
  • Mantuano Chocolate “Cardenalito” (limited edition) arrived Venezuela.
    • Viva el Cacao – Article written by María Ángela Valbuena
    • Date: April 6th, 2017
    • Language: English.
  • Lost To Science For 60 Years, Táchira Antpitta Is Rediscovered In Venezuelan Andes.
    • The Cornell Lab Ornithology – Article written by Sarah Gilman.
    • Date: July 25th, 2017
    • Language: English.
  • Rare bird not seen in 60 years rediscovered.
    • Mongabay – Article written by Shreya Dasgupta.
    • Date: July 27th, 2017
    • Language: English.
  • 2017’S Top Lost Species Rediscoveries Spur Hope For Future Quests.
    • Global Wildlife Conservation – “A faceless deep-sea fish. A moth masquerading as a bee. A “bitey” boa. A mop-topped monkey. These are the quirky features of some of the incredible lost species rediscoveries reported in 2017.”.
    • December 17th , 2017
    • Language: English.
  • Coffee and Chocolate Could Help Preserve Endangered Birds in Venezuela.
    • SmithsonianMag – Conservation Commons
    • Date: November 05th, 2018
    • Language: English.
  • “No one is helping us”: Venezuelan conservation crippled by crisis.
    • Mongabay – Article written by Nora Ward
    • Date: November 14th, 2018
    • Language: English.
  • Protecting a Symbol.
    • Conservation Nation – “The dedicated folks at the Red Siskin Initiative are unflappable.”
    • Date: June 27th, 2019
    • Language: Spanish.
  • Red Siskin Initiative Soars to New Heights.
    • Conservation Nation
    • Date: September 26th, 2019
    • Language: English.
  • Saving Red Gold.
    • Bird Conservation, The Magazine of American Bird Conservancy – Article written by Howard Youth, pp. 30-35.
    • Date: March, 2020
    • Language: English.
  • Heavily Trafficked Songbirds Have a Path Back to Resiliency.
    • Smithsonian Magazine – Article written by Joshua Rapp Learn
    • Date: April 6th, 2020
    • Language: English.
  • Wildlife Conservation: Refuge for endangered Red Siskin songbird receives Species360 Membership Grant.
    • Article written by Mary Ellen Amodeo
    • Date: July 3rd, 2020
    • Language: English.
  • Know Your Coffee Birds: Red Siskin
    • Coffee & Conservation – Are your beans for the birds?
    • Date: December 31st, 2020
    • Language: English.
  • The Most Stylish And Sustainable Swimwear Brands To Know This Summer.
    • Forbes – Article written by Bianca Salonga
    • Date: May 14st, 2021
    • Language: English.