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Beyond the landscape

Spotting a red-shouldered tanager (Tachyphonus phoenicius) on the island of Marajó is not just a beautiful sight. The presence of this bird, which is typically found in open environments and actively participates in seed dispersal by eating fruit, is also a reminder of the diversity of plant formations in the Amazon. With location data collected by researchers and observant citizens, biologist Leonardo Miranda builds models that predict where species might exist. This is a useful tool when designing conservation strategies and assessing the effects of climate change.

Winning image from the 2021 Amazoniar competition, run by the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), submitted by Leonardo Miranda, a professor at the Federal University of Roraima