Maria de la Cruz turns 106 with the company of Paco, her red-lored amazon parrot companion (thanks to La Tribuna for the photo)

Parrots Make Us Happy (Loros Hacen Feliz)

Parrots can make us happy in so many ways. They fill us with gratitude, which can add joy and longevity to our lives, such as this woman in Honduras who turned 106 with her red-lored amazon parrot. May we in turn add years and the good life to the birds in our lives and world.

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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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Neotropic cormorant on Rio San Juan

People and Parrots By the Water: Nicaragua

Come visit Nicaragua and the people and parrots there by reading all about them in this blog and in future ones. I am just now returning from an 11 day conservation trip there and the leaving is such sweet sorrow, mostly because the people and parrots there are wonderful and I will miss them.

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Revving up the Pulse of Central American Conservation Through Pulseras

Revving up the Pulse of Central American Conservation Through Pulseras

Several years ago I began giving out pulseras (bracelets) to those with whom I worked on parrot projects.  They originated from World Parrot Trust and on them were flying macaws and the words “Fly Free.”  The bracelets were quite popular and helped unite us in our shared hope for the parrots. This past year the […]

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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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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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Scarlet Macaws Flowers of the Sun and Songs that Fly

Scarlet Macaws: Flowers of the Sun and Songs that Fly

It is the time of incendios. Fires in Guatemala and indeed throughout the Maya Selva (forest) are everywhere.  What causes these fires you ask?  Perhaps the root is human desire.  Current human practices means too many people encroaching into the forest without balanced and sustainable methods.  We might also blame climate change, along with the […]

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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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But It's A Wet Heat

But It’s a Wet Heat

There is an unspoken code of machismo in conservation.  It’s not like anyone is keeping score, however, each is quick to discount any discomfort lest to lose esteem from others on the conservation team.When I lived in the high dessert lands of the Southwest, for example, even though the temperature really could boil an egg […]

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Scarlet Macaws Flying Home in Palenque

Scarlet Macaws Flying Home in Palenque

  I like many others am very curious about the Mayan culture, especially so in my case because all of the countries in which I have projects claim Mayan ancestors.  Because of this my spouse and I have been hooked on a board game: Tzolk’in – the Mayan Calender. It has gears that spin like depictions of […]

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The Flight Continues

The Flight Continues: Scarlet Macaw Conservation in Belize

Many years ago when I lived in Guatemala I remember feeling a bond with Sharon Matola, the founder and director of the Belize Zoo. I still have never met her, but we were both women from the USA who had through happenstance found ourselves in Central America as defenders of wildlife.  Her story is more […]

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