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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Rosa with her adopated family in Honduras

Rosa Can Fly!

There was a time when I thought Rosa would die. She was infested with mites, was frigtheningly thin, shivered and called plaintively all the time. This on top of her two broken legs and wing. Due to the care given to her by Oneida and others in the village of Mabita, she improved, and just this month, I heard she can fly!

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Teaching Parrot Conservation on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Wild and Crazy Parrot Conservationists in Nicaragua

Perhaps one has to be a little bit crazy to take on parrot conservation, given the challenges and the hardships. But there is much to be gained, and if we can keep the birds flying free as we teach the children, when they are adults they will be fully fledged conservationists.

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Great green macaw in Nicaragua

Parrot Pilgrimage 2015

Pilgrimages draw people who are interested in finding more meaning, more joy, and a deeper connection to life around them and in them. I will be taking people with me on a conservation trip to Nicaragua in April 2015, and it will be a parrot pilgramage. Please join me.

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Child drawing great green macaw nest in Nicaragua

Foundations of Education in Macaw Conservation

In the northeast corner of Nicaragua near Costa Rica exists a nonprofit organization, Fundación del Rio, that protects the forest, the communities, and the macaws. They have been doing so for nearly 25 years, an entire generation growing up hearing the message of parrot conservation. Their efforts are producing great results – helping human and macaw families alike.

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Mountain Gorilla (photo by Dylan Walters)

Conservationists Save The World

In Virunga National Park, conservationists are saving the world – by saving themselves, the people in the communities around the park, and the gorillas and other wildlife. Says one of the park guards, “I have accepted to give the best of myself so that wildlife can be safeguarded. Beyond all pressure. Beyond all spirit of greediness about money. Beyond all things.” No matter where you live you too can give to wildlife and be a conservationist.

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