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Justin Proctor

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Marisol Mata Huertas

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Within the Valle Nuevo region of the Cordillera Central, nest boxes installed in 2008 are experiencing promising numbers of returning Golden Swallows (Tachycineta euchrysea). Their newly expressed adaptability to nests in boxes is giving us opportunities to study, interact with and create conservation measures for this vulnerable species listed on the IUCN's Red List. Little is known about this passerine and the reasons for its declining population. Yet, efforts are underway to study habitat needs and resource limitations to promote species recovery.

Assisted by Dominican students, a team of biologists led by Cornell University's Justin Proctor and Universidad Nacional de Tucuman's Marisol Mata will continue the effort to uncover the Golden Swallow's life history traits and develop conservation strategies beginning in April 2012. This will be the first comprehensive life history study of the Golden Swallow. Proctor and Huertas plan to work with Caribbean conservation organizations and draw international attention to this species of concern while also advancing science education for students in the Dominican Republic.

Site Coordinators: Justin Proctor (Email: and Marisol Mata Huertas (Email: Check out their blog.

Tachycineta euchrysea

The Golden Swallow