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-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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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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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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Mabita Research Station, Honduras during June 1014

May Nothing Evil Cross this Door

A house constructed by parrot conservationists in Honduras builds hope for those near and far. Come celebrate the grand opening of this house by viewing these pictures with the words of the song, “May Nothing Evil Cross This Door.”

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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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Liberation of Macaws Continues in Honduras

  Just last week I reported how there are more rainbow birds flying in Mexico with 100% of all birds in two releases still surviving.  Now I am pleased to let you know that there have now been multiple releases of scarlet macaws in the remote area of Moskitia, Honduras and they too have had great success. […]

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Hunting and Poaching Earth’s Children

  I came across two scientific papers recently that speak to me about the depth of parrots’ ability to “speak” to one another, and to humans. The first paper is about Cosmo, an African grey parrot that lives with a human companion.  This study’s results “demonstrate for the first time that it is within the […]

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Releasing Wildlife as a Spiritual Practice

Many people are involved in rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, such as after the Gulf Oil Spill a few years ago, and the current wave of shearwater rescues on Florida beaches.  This work can feel good for there is nothing like seeing a bird take wing after you have spent hours of your time offering […]

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Sharing the World with Wildlife

Sharing the World with Wildlife

I am here in snowy Albany, New York at the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association 2011 Symposium. Over 400 people are here to teach, learn, and celebrate their work with wildlife. I am so impressed with the nursing, veterinary, and biological knowledge of the people who come here. For me there is a great sense that […]

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Rescuing Birds is Useful

Rescuing Birds is Useful

Photo by International Bird Rescue and Research Center – May, 2010 In the Gainesville Sun on June 11,  this headline read:  Scientists:  Rescuing Birds is Useless. As a scientist, bird veterinarian, minister, and a consultant in the human dimensions of conservation and wildlife, I found myself grateful that the ethical issues of bird rescue made […]

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