Parrot biologist Norlan Zambrana Morales climbing parrot nest trees

Climbing for Conservation Success

On a twin volcano island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, are a group of biologists supported by Lafeber Conservation who seek to cherish, study, and protect their parrots. Here is the latest update as the numbers of active nests they have discovered, and are protecting, is steadily climbing, as are they.

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Roseatte spoonbill on Bird Island, Nicaragua

Islands of Hope

These islands in Lake Cocibolca are wonderful places to visit. You can see so many parrots, as well as other kinds of birds. Your eco-tourist dollars will go a long way in supporting the conservationists of these islands so they can protect their birds. Consider a trip soon to give the people there hope, and to grow hope in your own homeland.

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Pacific parakeet eating Madero flowers

Plethora of Parakeets, Ometepe, Nicaragua

Pacific parakeets are flowering on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua. As they are so little studied, we don’t know if their numbers are higher or lower than before, but we do know that in the past month they appeared in high numbers with their newly fledged chicks among them.

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School children in Bartola, Nicaragua wearing "Fly Free Great Green Macaw" wrist bands

Beautiful Bartola Base Camp

Ecotourism can be a win-win in conservation. Tourists have the chance to connect with habitats, species, and peoples who open up the world (and heart and mind) of the traveler, and their dollars go to support a community’s effort to preserve their ecological landscapes.

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Tropical kingbird collecting fruit for her chicks on Mancarroncito Island

Islands of Hope

Here once again I am pleased to report that we found more parrots than expected. This time it is with the yellow-naped amazon in Nicaragua on Mancarroncito Island in Lake Nicaragua. We still have much left to do to understand this species and to protect it, but we have hope, and will have continued pleasure to work in such a beautiful place with parrots, kingbirds, and Nicos (the people of Nicaragua).

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Pacific Parakeet on Ometepe Island - Joyner

Parrot Tangos in the Mangos

One of the great pleasures in my life is to see hundreds of endangered parrots come flying into a roost site in the evening, watching them play, fuss, and socialize. When you have two scenic volcanoes in background, such as on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua, the experience is deeply connecting, spiritual, and awesome!

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Teaching Parrot Conservation on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Wild and Crazy Parrot Conservationists in Nicaragua

Perhaps one has to be a little bit crazy to take on parrot conservation, given the challenges and the hardships. But there is much to be gained, and if we can keep the birds flying free as we teach the children, when they are adults they will be fully fledged conservationists.

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Great green macaw in Nicaragua

Parrot Pilgrimage 2015

Pilgrimages draw people who are interested in finding more meaning, more joy, and a deeper connection to life around them and in them. I will be taking people with me on a conservation trip to Nicaragua in April 2015, and it will be a parrot pilgramage. Please join me.

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Child drawing great green macaw nest in Nicaragua

Foundations of Education in Macaw Conservation

In the northeast corner of Nicaragua near Costa Rica exists a nonprofit organization, Fundación del Rio, that protects the forest, the communities, and the macaws. They have been doing so for nearly 25 years, an entire generation growing up hearing the message of parrot conservation. Their efforts are producing great results – helping human and macaw families alike.

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Biology team studying scarlet macaws at Coseguina Volcano, Nicaragua

Coseguina Scarlet Macaw Update

Good news! Macaws breeding at Coseguina Volcano and a great team is studying them, funded in part by Lafeber Conservation. The challenging news is the illegal logging and poaching of the chicks. But this is just the first year of the project and given time, I have hope they will keep the birds flying free there!

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Parrot counting site on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

The Loros of Ometepe – Spring Count 2014

We finished our first biannual Amazon parrot count of Ometepe Island – 873 yellow-naped and red-lored Amazons. This seems like enough birds for a sustainable population, but it is too early to tell what threats they may face. Come help us out while enjoying the beauty of this island!

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One Earth Conservation and Ministry wrist bands

Banding Together For Parrot Conservation in Central America

There are many ways that we can help parrot conservation around the world. One way is to share our stories of how we care for birds, and also to be informed about conservation, such as reading this blog. We can also show our support and solidarity with those working on the front lines by wearing wrist bands, which lets every one know that they are not alone in their hope for the good life for these precious birds.

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Solentiname Archipelago

The Joy of Yellow-naped Amazons in the Soletiname Archipelago, Nicaragua

There is place of rests for guests, and it is known as the Solentiname Archipelago of Nicaragua. There efforts are being made to preserve the beauty of these islands, which consists of the yellow-naped amazon parrot which is make a come back on Macarroncito Island. Come journey with Dr. LoraKim Joyner and Fundación del Rio to find out more, to contribute, and to enjoy.

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LoraKim Joyner on mule in Fatima, Nicaragua

Successful Macaw Conservation: Steady Like a Mule

What do mules and conservation have in common? One, these wonderful beings can help us do our work on behalf of other species. They also demonstrate the values of slow, steady steps to get us to where we want to be in the world – a place where the many species can thrive, including humans as we behold the beauty and biodiversity around us.

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