Children with Rosita at school in San Francisco, Guatemala

Sleeping Under Parrots and Stars

Under stars and parrots, peace can be found, and even multiplied a thousand times if we protect, care for, and cherish our winged companions on this earth and in our hearts. In Guatemala and Honduras, brave people are making a difference, bringing peace and hope to our world.

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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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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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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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Yellow-naped parrot eating Amate fruit in Guatemala City

In the City

It was with great pleasure that I along with others helped track down a yellow-naped parrot roost site in Guatemala City. It is the only known roost site in the whole country at this time. There are others, though not as many as before. We just have to find them, and find ways to protect them in their natural habitat and range.

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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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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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Map of Parrot Pathway in Guatemala - mapa La Ruta de Los Loros en Guatemala

Parrot Pathway – La Ruta de Los Loros

There are beautiful and wonderful places to go in Guatemala where you can see parrots, especially the endangered yellow-naped parrot. Follow this map of the Parrot Pathway (La Ruta de Los Loros) and journey virtually with Lafeber Conservation as we guide you to experiencing the conservation of this species.

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Sea turtle released in Guatemala

Turtle Love

  In many locations around the world this is Christmas week, and yesterday was the second day of Christmas.  According to a popular song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, the gift given for this day is two turtle doves.   For day one, the gift is a partridge in a pear tree. I was recently given […]

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