For nearly two years an international group of parrot researchers and conservationists from the Parrot Researchers Group have worked to design a survey to help us understand what contributes to positive (and negative) outcomes in parrot conservation. Little is known about this topic so we undertook this project to collect information on parrot conservation projects including the characteristics of the parrot populations and conservation actions undertaken. We will use the information from this survey to correlate conservation activities and methods with reported conservation outcomes and publish the analysis in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. We also plan to make recommendations based on these findings and distribute these through publications, conferences, and other platforms.
We hope the results of this study will help improve conservation efforts by your organization and others by learning from the experience of others about the factors that correlate with success. All those who contribute to this study will have the option to join the study as authors. In order to qualify for authorship, you will need to 1) provide one or more full sets of project data, 2) read and comment on a preliminary draft of the article, and 3) review and approve of the final version of the article.
We invite any who are 18 years of age or older and who have worked with wild parrot conservation projects to participate by taking the survey. Projects may be ongoing or completed in the past, either is fine. Please, only one person per parrot conservation project should fill out this survey. For best results, we suggest that the director of the project or a member of the leadership team complete this survey. The survey takes about 30 minutes to fill out. You can read more about the study design and the survey, as well as take the survey here: https://tamu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2hpZ8VIVqHhQRxQ.
Your participation in this study is voluntary. You can decide not to participate in this research and it will not be held against you. You can leave the study at any time. If you feel any discomfort you can skip any question you do not wish to answer, or exit the survey at any point. Names and contact information will be stored separately from your survey data, and is being collected so that we can contact you for follow-up in case we need more information for better understanding or interpreting your answers. All identifiable information will be kept on a password protected computer and is only accessible by the research team. Your information will be kept confidential to the extent allowed by law.
Please feel free to ask questions regarding this study. If you have additional questions or concerns, you may contact the leads on this project, Donald Brightsmith (+1 979 255 7589 (text, call or WhatsApp) or Bright...@tamu.edu), or LoraKim Joyner (+1 914 325 9575 or amol...@gmail.com).
To start the Survey please click here: https://tamu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2hpZ8VIVqHhQRxQ
Don Brightsmith and LoraKim Joyner
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