Calling Kingston People - Help In Parakeet Research
By OFadero | Sunday, January 09, 2011, 13:59
A researcher at the University of Kent is asking people in Kingston and the surrounding areas to send in parakeet feathers to help in Conservation Research.
Can you help research by collecting bright,green parakeet feathers?
Kingston Upon Thames and the surrounding areas are home to populations of parakeets that were apparently introduced into the wild by the release of a few birds in 1969. Now the number of parakeets in the UK is about 30,000.
Conservation biologists are using the success of the parakeet population to try and find out why some Parrot species are successful while others are not. To do this they are asking people to send parakeet feathers so they can look at the genetic history.
The collected feathers should be flattened, dried if damp, put in a zip-loc bag and labelled with the location/postcode they were found. If you collect feathers from different locations please put them in to different bags and label them with the location/postcode.
All the bags should then be put in an envelope and posted to:
Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology
University of Kent
More information on the research can be found here