Released scarlet macaw in Palenuqe, Mexico

2013 a Great Year for Scarlet Macaws in Mexico!

I am gladdened to hear of the macaw releases in Palenque, Mexico. They released 50 birds in 4 separate release flocks, and 48 are still flying free – that’s 96% surviving! They use many successful techniques, including building two observation towers to better track the movements and behaviors of the birds, and their innovations in radio telemetry.

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Second Release of Macaws in Palenque a Flying Success!

  On June 29th, 11 more scarlet macaws were liberated in Aluxes Park in Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico.  They joined with the 17 birds that were released in April 2013. Both groups are part of a larger program to continually release birds in this region so as to reestablish this species where they once flew abundantly.  […]

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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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It Takes A Village to Save a Forest

Last week I spoke about how a small group of people in Honduras were standing up for their rights and the well being of their lands and the birds that fly over them.  They are doing so at their own peril, with no guarantee that their risks will pay off.  They have had moderate success […]

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National Eagles Herald Hope

National Eagles Herald Hope

The Golden Eagle is not considered threatened, except in certain geographic areas where it is experiencing declining numbers, extinction from certain habitats, or tenuously recovering populations.  One such area is in Mexico, where the bird has increased from 45 reproducing pairs in the 20th century to 70 at present.  Environmental Minister Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada […]

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Earth’s Resplendent Species – The Good News of the Quetzal

Into my electronic mail box every day I get a summary of internet news articles on conservation.  It surprises me how many of these articles report the good news of species recovery.  I believe as conservationists we need to expose ourselves to these stories that depict positive outcomes for species, for if not, we might […]

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Illegal Parrot Trade Decreasing in Mexico

Illegal Parrot Trade Decreasing in Mexico

It’s so wonderful to highlight positive conservation news here, such as a recent report describing the decreasing illegal poaching of parrots in Mexico. Mexico has 19 species of endangered parrots, with trapping posing a great threat to their survival. Defenders of Wildlife wrote an extensive report in 2007, a year where approximately 65,000- 75,000 parrots were […]

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Hope for Sea Turtles

Hope for Sea Turtles – How You Can Help

After running the blog last week on Oscar Aranda and his turtle protection organization (Western Ecological Society) I contacted him to find out more about him and his work. LoraKim:  What might my readers do for Mexico and her turtle species? Oscar:   “I think any help is welcome. Of course a little donation can make […]

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