Turquoise-fronted parrot flushed from nest in Paraguay

Endangered Species Smuggled to Europe in a Suitcase

On a recent parrot conservation trip to Paraguay, Dr. LoraKim Joyner confirmed the heavy toll of poaching to supply the international illegal wildlife trade in parrots. Traffickers design suitcases to incubate eggs and transport very young chicks, even before their eyes open.

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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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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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Honduran Macaw Project a Hit at Gallery Exhibit

Honduran Macaw Project a Hit at Gallery Exhibit

Macaws from Honduras were recently highlighted at the SOMarts Gallery in Northern California for Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead).  Denise Richards, a visual media artist at Dog’s Life Productions and faculty at San Francisco State University and Academy of Art University, created this exhibit so that others might understand the plight of […]

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Parrot Projects for 2013

Parrot Projects for 2013 – Leading the Way in Central American Parrot Conservation

Since Lafeber Consevation began funding avian conservation in 2009, our influence increasingly positively impacts parrot conservation in Latin America  We do this by donating directly to other projects, purchasing supplies and equipment, conducting publicity programs via this blog and other venues, publishing of papers, speaking at conferences, conducting workshops, and providing the consultation services of […]

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Indian Religions Support Avian Conservation and Compassion

Indian Religions Support Avian Conservation and Compassion

  As both a minister and a wildlife veterinarian, I am always interested in the intersection between religion and conservation. Sometimes the connection is causal, in that religion can support conservation efforts, or hurt it. One of the greatest examples I know of this is the Jain Bird Hospitalin Delhi, India. The devotees of Jainism, […]

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The Macaws of Nicaragua

The Macaws of Nicaragua – Mapping Out Their Presence (Forever!)

Two years ago I went to La Moskitia along with others from Honduras to investigate the status of Scarlet Macaws and parrots in the region. By only spending 10 days there we were able to initiate a working group that today with very little funding is seeing a positive outcome for the birds and people […]

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Poached and Caged Macaws Now Free Flying!

Rus, Rus – La Moskitia, Honduras When we left the field site surrounding Rus, Rus  in June, 2011 we knew 13 chicks needed protecting from poachers  The communities of Rus Rus and Mabita organized parrot patrols. The men of the community donated their time, and also got financial support from Born Free and Lafeber Conservation […]

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Free Falling

Rockland, Massachusetts:  August 28, 2011 (in the middle of Tropical Storm Irene)  I write this as a guest in the home of Marc Johnson and Karen Winsor of Foster Parrots.  The power is out due to weakened Hurricane Irene who is blowing through the area.  The power may be out here, but it was on […]

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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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With Poached Parrots Conservation is Never Easy and Never Over

With Poached Parrots Conservation is Never Easy and Never Over

Puerto Limpera, Honduras:  July 14, 2012 I spoke with Tezla Gonzalez of ICF today and here’s the latest scoop of what is going on with this year’s breeding season chicks…. A month ago when I left Honduras we had 13 chicks in wild nests, and 5 that had been confiscated earlier from our study area.  […]

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The Current Buzz About Amazon Parrot Counts in Guatemala

The Current Buzz About Amazon Parrot Counts in Guatemala

Department Santa Rosa, Guatemala June 26, 2011 Biologist Fernando Aldana with his sons David and Dani just sent me the results of their June roost count (and these photos – thank you!). They counted 25 Yellow-naped Amazons, all flying in pairs except for one group of three.  What might this count mean? The good news […]

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Scarlet Macaws in La Moskitia

Scarlet Macaws in La Moskitia, Honduras – What We Found

Rus, Rus, La Moskitia, Honduras: May 27 – June 6, 2011 We were in the field for approximately 10 days.  We performed a variety of duties, including parrot population monitoring, community organizing, and environmental education (check back for an upcoming blog).  We concentrated on Scarlet Macaw (Guara Roja) nests so as to get an overview […]

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No Matter Who You Are

No Matter Who You Are

May 2011, Mabita, La Moskitia, Honduras The second morning in the field before heading out to survey Scarlet Macaw (Guara Roja) nest trees our field team gathered in a circle to express words, prayers, and intentions for the day before us. We all are students of the human dimensions of conservation, and so we are […]

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Guatemalan Yellow-naped Amazon Conservation Team Update

Guatemalan Yellow-naped Amazon Conservation Team Update

Antigua, Guatemala: May 17, 2011. I began working with Yellow-naped Amazon conservation in Guatemala in 1987 through the invitation of Nini de Berger.  With her support as well as that of her husband, Francois, and many others over the years we were able to build a multilateral project that included captive breeding (Mariana Aviaries), a […]

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Free Flight

Free Flight

I began documenting my current trip to Guatemala highlighting the human dimensions of avian conservation through the use of media. In two weeks I will be in Honduras doing similar work in parrot conservation, and there too a professional film company will be present with us during our field research. This film company will be […]

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A Head Start with Nutri-Start

A Head Start with Nutri-Start

Often with wild Scarlet Macaws even though 3 chicks may hatch in the nest, it is uncommon for all 3 chicks to fledge successfully. Frequently the third chick has a slower growth rate than the older 2 siblings, fails to thrive, and dies. Conservationists are working hard to figure out why this happens and if […]

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Mi Agarraba (My Grabbed)

Flores, Guatemala – May 1, 2011.  Today is May Day and I head into the surrounding areas, not to study Scarlet Macaws and their ecosystem, but the Mayan people through their archeological sites.  As a conservationist, I believe the more we can know about the people, including their history and use of the forest and […]

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