Conservation in the Neotropics is a global priority because of the high diversity of species found in tropical habitats of this bio-geographical region and the rapid rate of habitat loss and alteration. Within the Neotropics, Central America is particularly important because of the limited extent of remaining forest, high proportion of biological diversity, and large proportion of North American migrant species that winter there.
In 2005, The Peregrine Fund began the Neotropical Student Education and Research program to provide on-site research supervision to existing Peregrine Fund programs in the Neotropics, expand research on little-known or endangered species throughout the Neotropics, and implement a focused program to develop local capacity for raptor conservation and research through student training and education.
The goals of the Neotropical Student Education and Research program are to
- provide scientific leadership to The Peregrine Fund’s research programs in the Neotropics;
- recruit, fund, and supervise students to work on raptor species of concern while enhancing local capacity for research and conservation in Neotropical countries;
- ensure publication and dissemination of results in a timely manner;
- develop new research directions as appropriate.