Study area: Spain, Cantabrian Mountains (Las Ubiñas-La Mesa and Babia-Luna Natural Parks)
Beginning of ringing and monitoring activities: 2017
Ringing and field work activity: Starting in 2017
Main goals of the activities:
• Melanin-based colour responses to climate change. A case study with snowfinches (genus Montifringilla and Pyrgilauda). Project funded by the British Ecological Society (2016). The aim of this project is to study whether and to what extent melanin-based colouration patterns of snowfinches (species and subspecies of the genus Montrifringilla and Pyrgilauda) are associated with eco-evolutionary responses to global warming.
• Abiotic and Biotic Influences on Spatio-temporal Population Dynamics in Alpine Environmental Conditions: the snowfinches as a case study. Project funded by MINECO – Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (2017-2020).
We aim at collecting a database that will form a spatio-temporal time-series that will bring information on causal pathways, making it possible to address the following objectives:
a-Disentangling the roles of abiotic and biotic factors influencing population size and distribution throughout monitoring the reproductive and wintering populations;
b-Disentangling the roles of abiotic and biotic factors influencing spatio-temporal synchrony in population dynamics;
c-Disentangling the roles of abiotic and biotic factors influencing the evolution of communal roosting;
d-Disentangling the roles of abiotic and biotic factors influencing dispersal and group movement dynamics through both colour ringing and radio-marking methods;
Ringing activity results: not yet
Colour ring project: to be defined
Monitoring of reproductive biology: yes
Coordinator of the Spanish in the Central Cantabrian Mountains Group "Las Ubiñas-La Mesa and Babia-Luna Natural Parks"
• Maria del Mar Delgado - Research Unit of Biodiversity (UMIB, UO-CSIC-PA), Oviedo
Researchers involved (Central Cantabrian Mountains)
• Chiara Bettega - Research Unit of Biodiversity (UMIB, UO-CSIC-PA), Oviedo
Spain Cantabrian Mountains - Las Ubiñas-La Mesa Natural Park