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-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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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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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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The Beauty of the Belize Scarlet Macaw Project

The Beauty of the Belize Scarlet Macaw Project – An Update

In Belize the fight continues to conserve the birds by protecting the birds from poaching and to understand other factors that might limit their reproductive success.  After I left in April, a veterinary expedition headed by Dr. Isabelle Paquet-Durand of the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic returned to the area a month later to document […]

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Witness Protection Program for Turtles

What would you sacrifice to keep wildlife on this planet? While you ponder your response, know that Jairo Mora Sandoval died on May 30, 2013 protecting sea turtles in Costa Rica.  Despite having been chased by poachers with AK 47’s and threatened at gun point to cease his patrols along the beach where turtles came […]

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Rest in Peace (RIP) Macaw

Rest in Peace (RIP) Macaw

  I was only back two days from my Belize/Guatemala/Mexico scarlet macaw journey when I got the news that poachers have struck in Belize, despite the tremendous efforts of those working there.  Here is the post from the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic’s Facebook page: R. I. P. little macaw. It is with great sadness […]

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