There is much to report since our last Red Siskin Initiative
(RSI) newsletter. For starters, congratulations are in order!
Jon Paul Rodríguez, Research scientist at Instituto Venezolano
de Investigaciones Científicas and President of Provita, was
elected Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission;
Leroy Ignacio was elected president of the South Rupununi
Conservation Society (SRCS) in Guyana; and Sydney Allicock,
a sustainability champion for Guyana, was recently appointed
Minister of Indigenous People Affairs. To all of them, as for the
Red Siskin, we wish a fruitful future!
Smithsonian Visiting Researcher:Miguel Arvelo, RSI coordinator
at Provita in Venezuela, is working at the Smithsonian (SI)
Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Virginia and the
National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington
DC from August through December. He has been very busy
helping with research and planning, ex situ management,
strengthening and expanding our global conservation network,
outreach and communications, as well as fundraising.
Good luck Miguel!
RSI co-founder: Kate Rodriguez-Clark, formerly of IVIC in
Caracas, has relocated to Boston to receive much-needed
medical care. Her prognosis is excellent and she very much
remains part of the team.