Sunday, 31 July 2016

Conservation dilemma in the Colombian mountains

The blue-bearded helmetcrest (Oxypogon cyanolaemus). Image credit: Carlos Julio Rojas / ProAves.
Blue-bearded helmetcrest rediscovered in Colombia,
but may still go extinct. © FundaciĆ³n ProAves/
Carlos Julio
Every now and again academic staff are contacted by journalists looking into a story they are putting together. Often they want to check out aspects of the story, and to get some quotes to support what they are writing.

Recently, Alex Ossola, a writer based in New York, contacted me about a conservation biology story she was writing about a hummingbird in the Colombian Andes. She was particularly interested in the way the hummingbird's fate is interwoven with a group of indigenous people and the modern world around them. It's an interesting story that is both unique in the details, but common in the generalities.

Her piece is now published in "Undark", a digital publication specializing in the intersection between science and society. I thought you might be interested in reading it, so click here to read the story of the blue-bearded helmetcrest.