Parrots and People Carry Messages

We are the messengers carrying unknown, precious messages, as are the people and birds whom we care for and with whom we work. The news we bring in Guatemala in our conservation work for parrots is that though the odds might seem long for preserving this earth, we can always care, cherish, and protect.

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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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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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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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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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Wildlife Conservation Society Staff in May Biosphere Reserve 2010

Human Reserves for Restoring the Maya Biosphere Reserve

Roan McNab, Director of Wildlife Conservation Society in Guatemala speaks of the inner resources that motivate and nurture his team in Guatemala to fight against overwhelming odds in their goal to save the scarlet macaw and other species within the Maya Bisophere Reserve.

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Roan McNab

Restoring the Maya Biosphere Reserve – Home of the Last Scarlet Macaws in Guatemala

Great news for Guatemala! Conservationists there are recovering habitat for the scarlet macaw. I have worked for five years with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) of Guatemala, and I am so very impressed with their dedication, and what they have achieved. Guest author Roan McNab, and Director of WCS, tells in his own words the challenges and accomplishments of his team.

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Biology team studying scarlet macaws at Coseguina Volcano, Nicaragua

Coseguina Scarlet Macaw Update

Good news! Macaws breeding at Coseguina Volcano and a great team is studying them, funded in part by Lafeber Conservation. The challenging news is the illegal logging and poaching of the chicks. But this is just the first year of the project and given time, I have hope they will keep the birds flying free there!

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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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