Presenters and attendees of the Mesoamerican Psittacine Symposium

Heroic Conservationists of Mesoamerica

Conservationists are endangered in Latin America, working under challenging and risky conditions. Yet they produce outstanding results, such as shared recently at the Mesoamerican Psittacine Symposium in BeliZe City, Belize

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Home oranged-chinned parakeet, Valle, Honduras

The Lives of Parrots and People – Part III

People love their homed parrots in Honduras, bringing company and beauty into their lives This behavior however is devastating the wild parrot population and results in low welfare conditions for the birds in the home. We can help the people care for their parrots better, both in the wild and the home.

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Gustavo Counting Parrots in Honduras

The Lives of People and Parrots – II

Journey with Dr. LoraKim Joyner now as she travels to the Pacific coast of Honduras and visits families with homed parrots. Such visits shed light on the species of parrots present in the area, the illegal wildlife trade, and the values, knowledge, and awareness of community members.

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Miskito girl with homed scarlet macaw

The Lives of Parrots and People

Stories of parrots and people together are full of all aspects of the animal condition; beauty, tragedy, care, compassion, and loss. Today we tell stories of crimson-fronted parakeets, red-lored amazons, scarlet macaws, and the Miskito indigenous people of Honduras.

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Parrot conservation program in Honduras

Child Protection Services for Parrots

Adult parrots experience a strong bond with their chicks and eggs, and we see this all the time in the field. Predators, human and otherwise, can break that bond and cause hardship for the parrot family. That is why we organize for parrot conservation, protecting the children of this earth.

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Yellow-naped Amazon parrot eating mangos en Valle, Honduras.

Yellow-naped Amazon Parrots on the Pacific Coast of Honduras

Not much is known or recorded about the current population of yellow-naped amazon parrots on the Atlantic coast of Honduras. We went there in mid-June to get an idea of the area, do a quick count, and make plans for future conservation efforts. This area is known as Costa de los Amates and it is where one can find the remaining mangrove swamps in Honduras.

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Children with Rosita at school in San Francisco, Guatemala

Sleeping Under Parrots and Stars

Under stars and parrots, peace can be found, and even multiplied a thousand times if we protect, care for, and cherish our winged companions on this earth and in our hearts. In Guatemala and Honduras, brave people are making a difference, bringing peace and hope to our world.

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Roseatte spoonbill on Bird Island, Nicaragua

Islands of Hope

These islands in Lake Cocibolca are wonderful places to visit. You can see so many parrots, as well as other kinds of birds. Your eco-tourist dollars will go a long way in supporting the conservationists of these islands so they can protect their birds. Consider a trip soon to give the people there hope, and to grow hope in your own homeland.

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Sunrise over Rio Tegucigalpita near Cuyamel

What Would Berta Cáceres Say?

You make thing being a conservation is exciting and a glamorous vocation, or you might think it is terribly uncomfortable most of the time, and even dangerous, such as here in Honduras where I am and where Berta Cáceres was murdered this morning. Conservation is all of these things, but mostly meaningful, worthwhile, and full of beautiful people and parrots.

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Pacific parakeet eating Madero flowers

Plethora of Parakeets, Ometepe, Nicaragua

Pacific parakeets are flowering on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua. As they are so little studied, we don’t know if their numbers are higher or lower than before, but we do know that in the past month they appeared in high numbers with their newly fledged chicks among them.

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Sunset La Gracia, Guatemala

Thanks upon Thanks (Gracias a la Gracia)

The sun is ever with us out in the field working on parrot conservation. We are out early saying goodbye to the stars, and hello to the sun, and the reverse in the evening before we finish our day. We do this so the sun won’t set on parrots, ever.

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Orange-fronted parakeet in Maria del Mar, Guatemala

Growing Yellow-naped Parrot Conservation in Guatemala

What happens when a loose band of wanna-be conservationists get together in Guatemala to save the yellow-naped amazon parrot? They become leaders in conservation, forming a group known as COLORES, which is dedicated to cherishing and preserving the South Coast of Guatemala. Here are some of their stories.

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