Two RSI team members from Provita, Ada Sanchez-Mercado and Jhonathan Miranda, arrived in the US in July asSmithsonian Research Fellows. Both visits were supported by the Round-up forConservation Fund of the Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ). Ada spent her visit leading the creation of a formal Red Siskin Recovery Plan for the Red Siskin Initiative, organizing research on how Red Siskin recovery planning can advance new IUCN Green Listing methods, finishing research on unsustainable harvest, and analyzing distance sampling data.
Jhonathan digitized field data, finished a manuscript on the recent rediscovery of the long-lost Tachira Antpitta (Grallaria chthonia), and began work on a publication on the population ecology of Red Siskins both in-situ and ex-situ. Their 5-week visit was split between the Rock Creek and Front Royalcampuses of the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (SNZP&CBI), and was supported by many collaborating staff from both locations, to whom RSI is very grateful.