Parrot counting site on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

The Loros of Ometepe – Spring Count 2014

We finished our first biannual Amazon parrot count of Ometepe Island – 873 yellow-naped and red-lored Amazons. This seems like enough birds for a sustainable population, but it is too early to tell what threats they may face. Come help us out while enjoying the beauty of this island!

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Black vulture on Ometepe Island

Quaking with Parrots on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Conservation work is never really easy, but sometimes it is a dream, such as the recent population monitoring of yellow-naped amazons on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. It was so lovely because of the companionship, the great vistas, and the relatively abundant parrots.

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One Earth Conservation and Ministry wrist bands

Banding Together For Parrot Conservation in Central America

There are many ways that we can help parrot conservation around the world. One way is to share our stories of how we care for birds, and also to be informed about conservation, such as reading this blog. We can also show our support and solidarity with those working on the front lines by wearing wrist bands, which lets every one know that they are not alone in their hope for the good life for these precious birds.

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Solentiname Archipelago

The Joy of Yellow-naped Amazons in the Soletiname Archipelago, Nicaragua

There is place of rests for guests, and it is known as the Solentiname Archipelago of Nicaragua. There efforts are being made to preserve the beauty of these islands, which consists of the yellow-naped amazon parrot which is make a come back on Macarroncito Island. Come journey with Dr. LoraKim Joyner and Fundación del Rio to find out more, to contribute, and to enjoy.

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LoraKim Joyner on mule in Fatima, Nicaragua

Successful Macaw Conservation: Steady Like a Mule

What do mules and conservation have in common? One, these wonderful beings can help us do our work on behalf of other species. They also demonstrate the values of slow, steady steps to get us to where we want to be in the world – a place where the many species can thrive, including humans as we behold the beauty and biodiversity around us.

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Celestine Lacuth at the Research Station being visited by two scarlet macaws of the liberated flock. - Mabita, Honduras

The Answer to Parrot Conservation: Yes! Au! Si! See!

The indigenous people of the region Mosquitia in Honduras are doing all they can to protect the parrots, their pine savanna and the forest. What sustains them in this work? For me the answer to this is the beauty of this earth -in them and all around them. This beauty compels them forward in hope for the difficult future before them. Their efforts, to me, shout so very strongly, Yes! to life.

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Alan&Dolly-Graham-Red-lored-Amazon-Square

Rescued, Released, and Reproducing

It is just amazing the resiliency of individuals on this earth. To feel the spark of hope about how we can continue on after adverse conditions, read about how the wonderful people of Belize Bird Rescue and Alan and Dolly Graham made it possible for parrots to not only return to the wild, but to live a full life by becoming successful parents.

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Neotropic cormorant on Rio San Juan

People and Parrots By the Water: Nicaragua

Come visit Nicaragua and the people and parrots there by reading all about them in this blog and in future ones. I am just now returning from an 11 day conservation trip there and the leaving is such sweet sorrow, mostly because the people and parrots there are wonderful and I will miss them.

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Location of yellow-headed parrots

Hope Still Flies Over Guatemala

In November 0f 2013 I was surprised to learn from a couple of birders that the yellow-headed amazon parrot (Amazona oratrix) historically occurred in Guatemala. This surprised me because I had not seen it on any of the major lists of parrots for this area, although the species does occur right over the borders into […]

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Jaguarundi

Being Present to Birds Brings Many Presents

Observing, studying, and counting birds involves long hours of what can seem like tedious focus. Yet in those moments of being with birds, we can grow mindful of how wondrous is life, and how being present to that possibility can enrich our lives greatly. Birding is indeed mindfulness practice.

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