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Biology students fight against invasive parrots in the south of Madrid

Biology students fight against invasive parrots in the south of Madrid Biology students fight against invasive parrots in the south of Madrid

Biology students from the URJC have led a pioneering initiative in the fight against invasive species in urban environments. Through a service-learning project, they have raised awareness in the community about the impacts of the Argentine parakeet in localities in the south of the region, while providing a valuable service by collaborating with local authorities on control and management strategies for this invasive species. .

Biology students at the Rey Juan Carlos University have successfully completed an innovative service-learning project aimed at raising awareness about the impact of invasive species in urban environments. With the Argentine parrot (Myiopsitta monachus) as an emblematic case, they have highlighted the serious economic and environmental problems that these birds cause in cities.

More than 50 students have collaborated closely with the Móstoles City Council and other local authorities to disseminate this worrying reality and promote environmental awareness. From giving talks in institutes to holding seminars in senior centers and associations, they have deployed a variety of actions to combat this problem.

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In addition, they have carried out an exhaustive census of the parrot population in the municipality of Móstoles, using innovative technology such as the platform iNaturalist. This census provides a crucial basis for designing effective control and management strategies for this invasive species.

Luis Cayuela, the professor in charge of the project, highlights that “this experience has been tremendously enriching for the students, who have acquired fundamental knowledge about conservation biology while providing a valuable service to the community.” Isabel López-Rull, another of the teachers involved in the project, highlights the role that these types of learning experiences play “to promote higher education committed to the needs of the social environment and aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda”.

At the closing ceremony, representatives from the City Councils of Móstoles and Coslada and the University Service-Learning Office of the URJC were present, as well as professionals from the company MATINSA, responsible for executing the the Argentine parrot in the municipality of Madrid