Despite being protected under Brazilian law, the Alagoas foliage gleaner is facing the very imminent threat of extinction. Fortunately, SAVE Brasil (formerly BirdLife International Brasil Program), is working to conserve habitat at both Murici in Alagoas, and Serra do Urubu in Pernambuco. In 2001, international and national efforts led by SAVE Brasil resulted in the creation of the Murici Ecological Station in Alagoas. Covering over 6,000 hectares of protected habitat, work at Murici is currently overseen by seven conservation organisations that, together with SAVE Brasil, form the Muruci Pact (3) (5).
In 2004, SAVE Brasil also acquired the Pedra D'Anta Farm, a 360 hectare property immediately adjacent to the Frei Caneca private reserve in Serra do Urubu, Pernambuco. Together, these two fragments comprise over 1,000 hectares of contiguous protected forest, thus enhancing the chances of survival for a handful of Brazil's most threatened bird species, including in particular, the Alagoas foliage-gleaner. In collaboration with civil society organizations, community leaders and governmental bodies, SAVE Brasil carries out a range of conservation activities in the area. This includes regular monitoring of the local avifauna, community engagement, the implementation of environmental education projects, and the development of policies for the conservation and protection of the region's forests (5) (7).