Tropical kingbird collecting fruit for her chicks on Mancarroncito Island

Islands of Hope

Here once again I am pleased to report that we found more parrots than expected. This time it is with the yellow-naped amazon in Nicaragua on Mancarroncito Island in Lake Nicaragua. We still have much left to do to understand this species and to protect it, but we have hope, and will have continued pleasure to work in such a beautiful place with parrots, kingbirds, and Nicos (the people of Nicaragua).

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Parrot Praises

If you count them, conservation will come! This is the hope of our parrot population work in Latin America. By knowing roughly the numbers of parrots present and where to find them, we can draw up realistic conservation plans, targeting the communities and organizations that will most likely produce success. Such is the case in Honduras, where the organization CC-O found 115 yellow-headed parrots!

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Black-hooded parakeet

Paraguayan Macaws in Peril

I know we are so often overwhelmed with dire news – climate change, extinction, loss of biodiversity, and refugees. I am aware of how today’s post is just one another in a long stream about the difficult situations for our world parrots, this time in Paraguay. I do believe we need to start with reality – of their situation, and of their beauty. From there, we can do wonders.

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Collared Aracari in Paraguay

Toasting Parrots Before They are Toast

Some say that grapes are the sweetest fruit of the vine, and I say that the vinaceous amazon parrot is about the most beautiful thing this earth grows. Grapes turned to wine means “infinite love” for Sufi poet Rumi. Indeed our love is infinite – let’s use it to keep these wine colored parrots flying free in Paraguay!

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A Miskito woman taking care of the parrots of her land

Burning Commitment

The scarlet macaw is the color of fire, and it lights us up in joy, and fuels our commitment to preserve and cherish the beauty of this earth. Thank you macaws for giving us such a gift, and thanks to those who rescue them, and help the rescuers. Find out how others help, and you can too.

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Carpenters making nest boxes for parrots

They’re Back! Amazon Parrots Return to Las Magaritas

With all the hard news about climate change, loss of biodiversity, and extinction, it’s nice to hear about how one individual can bring a species back from where it had disappeared. Such is the case of Tono Bonifasi, who in Guatemala has made a conservation plan so that the yellow-naped amazon is once again flying free over his ranch.

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Coco River near roost site - separates Honduras from Nicaragua

Where the Wild Ones Sleep

My good luck streak for finding roost sites continues in Honduras. Actually the local people have known of the roost site for some time, and they are glad to show it to us. Come see these wild lands between Honduras and Nicaragua, and watch a video to hear the birds calling.

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Liberated scarlet macaw in Mabita Honduras

Now is the Time to Rescue and Liberate

The villagers of Mabita, Honduras are audacious in their hope to save themselves and their parrots. Though the future is far from assured, they take the steps to save their way of life, and our earth. Won’t you walk with them? To find how you can be part of this joyful liberation of people and parrots, please join our project.

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Maria de la Cruz turns 106 with the company of Paco, her red-lored amazon parrot companion (thanks to La Tribuna for the photo)

Parrots Make Us Happy (Loros Hacen Feliz)

Parrots can make us happy in so many ways. They fill us with gratitude, which can add joy and longevity to our lives, such as this woman in Honduras who turned 106 with her red-lored amazon parrot. May we in turn add years and the good life to the birds in our lives and world.

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Yellow-headed parrots leaving the roost site in Rio Bravo, Belize

Three for Three Boosts for Roost Sites

Finding roost sites means a lot to conservationists. One it helps us rejoice in seeing larger numbers of birds in one place, and also, studying roost sites helps us know how the populations are doing. I have been able with others to document new roost sites and three of the last three projects I have visited – what a boost for morale!

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Pacific Parakeet on Ometepe Island - Joyner

Parrot Tangos in the Mangos

One of the great pleasures in my life is to see hundreds of endangered parrots come flying into a roost site in the evening, watching them play, fuss, and socialize. When you have two scenic volcanoes in background, such as on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua, the experience is deeply connecting, spiritual, and awesome!

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Yellow-headed parrot in Cuyamel, Honduras

Putting Our Heads Together for the Yellow-headed Parrot

We now have an official count of the minimum number of yellow-headed amazon parrots in Northern Honduras. We were there in February 2015 and saw 13 and one nest. There are probably more, and there need to be many more of them, and that will take work, time, and commitment. Thanks to the Saint Vincent Group for making this work possible!

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Yellow-naped parrot eating Amate fruit in Guatemala City

In the City

It was with great pleasure that I along with others helped track down a yellow-naped parrot roost site in Guatemala City. It is the only known roost site in the whole country at this time. There are others, though not as many as before. We just have to find them, and find ways to protect them in their natural habitat and range.

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Antipoaching sign for parrot conservation in Guatemala

Signs of Change

There are both good signs and bad signs of the conservation status of parrots. Even the negative signs though point to reality, which can help us all change for the good of our earth communities of many species. Here are four new anti-parrot-poaching signs that recently went up in Guatemala, thanks to Lafeber Conservation, ARCAS, and Guatemala.

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