“Long-term, locally-based biodiversity monitoring programs are essential for understanding and mitigating the effects of global change on tropical biodiversity while providing capacity-building, environmental education, and public outreach.”Sekercioglu 2011, Biological Conservation
Long-term monitoring is our overarching study. It is a study that is constant in an area over a long period of time. Long like 10, 20 or more years. This type of study is difficult to be implemented for logistical issues, like maintaining a team interested and empowered working on the same project for such a long time, and for financial issues, like help from financors and long duration funging. Seeing that long-term monitoring is a study with a vision to the future, where the major results don’t appear in one or two years, it ends up being a study form more valued and targeted for financing.
Through long-term monitoring we can identify and try to understand the unexpected and numerous variations in the environment and in populations of various species. Our primary activity at OAMa is monitoring, which has been part of our plans since the conception of this organization. Our monitoring is made by a base in bird banding stations. Right now we are working at two banding stations in the Mantiqueira mountain range, where we collect data monthly. The banding stations are fixed in the same locations, and each month we use mist nets set up at the same spots at the same time to capture the birds passively. Each bird is identified, banded (we put a small aluminum ring on their leg, like an ankle), evaluated, measured, photographed and liberated again to the forest. To know more about our methods and data collected, get in contact with us here.