The Messenger

The Messenger Came To Tell Us

Parrots are messengers of the beautiful world in which we live, and how we all can make it even more so. This sculpture by Guatemalan artist Silvia Muccio Ruiz, “The Messenger,” portrays what the birds are saying to us, and how they ask for our good will.

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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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Rescue and Liberation Center of Mabita

Without the Forest There is Nothing

Because of Mamma Macaw, these giant rainbow birds are flying free. And because of them, her heart might know sadness, but knows joy and beauty even more so. In this video interview she tells of her experience with these birds in her native Miskito language, as well as in Spanish.

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Santiago Lacuth climbing a macaw nest tree in La Moskitia, Honduras

Seeing Wild Chicks in Nests Makes Me Very Happy!

Dr. LoraKim Joyner interviews Santiago Lacuth, an indigenous leader of the Miskito people and also co-director of the new Rescue and Research Center of Mabita. He reports that he feels very happy when he see that the birds are in their wild nests, and have not been poached.

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Yellow-headed parrot chewing on bark

Saving Yellow-headed Parrots Means Ending Poaching, Now.

With my own hands, I took wild chicks from their parrot parents in Belize. It was for their own good due to the risk of poaching, but it still felt awful to do. For conservationists sake, the individual parrots, and for the species as a whole, parrot poaching in Latin America must end.

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Yellow-naped amazon parrots looking for nests in a church in Guatemala

Parrots Choosing to Be Homed

Previously homeless parrots have found sanctuary in houses and churches in Guatemala for their chicks thanks to Tono Bonafasi who gave a chance for these bids to fly free, raise their young, and hopefully repopulate the land with parrot flocks.

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School children in Bartola, Nicaragua wearing "Fly Free Great Green Macaw" wrist bands

Beautiful Bartola Base Camp

Ecotourism can be a win-win in conservation. Tourists have the chance to connect with habitats, species, and peoples who open up the world (and heart and mind) of the traveler, and their dollars go to support a community’s effort to preserve their ecological landscapes.

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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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