Children with Hooded Grebe Passion
Melina came back from the center walking with her mother, Andrea Ibáñez. It was late, a Saturday at three AM, but it
was nice, the weather allowed it. They were arriving
at Chaco Street, it was quite dark, when they see a bird
lying on the ground and the mother says: "It's a pigeon". Melina's reaction was immediate: "No, mom! It's a Hooded grebe! We have to take it, it is in danger of extinction! "
The sensitivity and knowledge of a 10-year-old girl put in motion the mechanisms to help this small bird.
In order to provide adequate attention to the small hooded grebe that Melina clearly identified, intervention was given to the Wildlife Directorate of the Provincial Agrarian Council for being the Application Authority that intervenes in these cases, and then was taken by Emanuel Tiberi , conservation agent of Ambiente sur and reference of the hooded grebe Project, to the veterinary of Juan Pablo Tomatis.
The excitement of Emanuel and the professional was great: it was the first time that both had literally in their hands this beautiful bird and both were well aware of the enormous responsibility that competed them to be an endangered species.
The Hodded Grebe fell in the middle of the city, outside the environment that is his own, perhaps disoriented by artificial lights similar to those of the stars that guide his route. Although the response was rapid and the necessary measures were taken, it was not possible to save it.
"I value the possibility for all South Environment staff to experience an approach to an animal that is in danger of extinction, which is a natural monument and an emblem of the institution."
"This is an experience and an experience that we can add to the conversations about Hooded Grebe, I could have it in my hands, understand why the shape of its legs, its gallantry and I saw what it aroused in children".
"This allowed us to confirm that the environmental education work we do from Ambiente Sur is bearing fruit and, in that sense, we should be more than satisfied with everything that has been done."
"On the other hand, it was valuable to learn how to act in these cases; The veterinarian shared with us knowledge of how to feed him or how to apply a catheter. This experience allows us to continue researching and knowing the species. "
— Emanuel Tiberi