Parrots and People Carry Messages

We are the messengers carrying unknown, precious messages, as are the people and birds whom we care for and with whom we work. The news we bring in Guatemala in our conservation work for parrots is that though the odds might seem long for preserving this earth, we can always care, cherish, and protect.

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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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wild yellow-faced parrots termiteria

The Mysterious and Threatened Yellow-faced Parrot

Not much is known about the mysterious yellow-faced parrot in Paraguay, except that their populations are threatened. They are unusual in that they nest in termiteria, on the ground, and have unusual feather patterns and colors that seem to change as they age. We were awed as we sought to understand them.

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Parrot conservation program in Honduras

Child Protection Services for Parrots

Adult parrots experience a strong bond with their chicks and eggs, and we see this all the time in the field. Predators, human and otherwise, can break that bond and cause hardship for the parrot family. That is why we organize for parrot conservation, protecting the children of this earth.

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Dr. LoraKim Joyner teaching how to take care of red-lored amazon

Conservation:  An Act of Restoration

Incredibly hopeful things happen all the time in parrot conservation, for instance, when a red-lored amazon chick surprisingly reunites with his flock. While in Honduras in May 2014 we saw this happen, and we were glad. Conservation gives us the chance to restore nature, and our relationships with earth and her beings.

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Teaching Needs

In my travels I have the honor of teaching workshops in parrot conservation, avian medicine, and the human dimensions of conservation in many different countries.  The highlight for me during these lectures and workshops comes not so much when I impart information or tell of my experiences, but when I hear the heart and hopes […]

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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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Republic of Central American Conservation

Republic of Central American Conservation

On Sunday, September 1st I was on my way to give a presentation on avian medicine and husbandry to some veterinarians in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, hosted by Dr. Orlando Ordonez in his clinic (Thanks to Dr. Ordonez for hosting the gathering of veterinarians, and biologist Sherry (Pilar) Thorn for arranging it).  Suddenly the street beside us […]

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Parrots Not Going Gentle into the Night

Parrots Not Going Gentle into the Night

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night – Dylan Thomas Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they […]

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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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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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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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Parrot Conservation in Nicaragua: Looking for Loros

  Have you ever gone looking for something really precious that you know should be where you put it, and when you cannot discover its location, you succumb to a feeling of senseless loss and frustration?  If so, then you can well imagine being with me and my cohorts this past week in Nicaragua as […]

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Rescuing the Yellow-Nape in Guatemala: A National Treasure

I end my weeks in Guatemala with a workshop bringing together the Yellow-Naped Working Group. There are familiar friends whom I have know over the decades, as well as many new faces flushed with the possibility of preserving this treasure in their midst.  Marco Centeno, one such long term friend and leader of the National Board […]

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Vulcanizing Conservation

Vulcanizing Conservation

    We drop down from the highlands near Atitalan Volcano, passing through malodorous fields of rubber trees around Mazatenango and Retalhuleu, and then rise again up to the slopes of Santa Maria and Santiaguito Volcanos to visit Patrocinio Reserve.     We are hopeful that this reserve could be a location for protecting yellow-naped […]

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Points Worth Recounting

Points Worth Recounting

From the lowlands of the south coast of Guatemala, our conservation journey now takes us up to the Boca Costa (the Pacific slope going up into the rising volcanoes).  Our first stop is Los Tarrales Reserve, a working ranch (finca) that is also an avitourism location for many a traveler in this part of the […]

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National Bird Day 2013

National Bird Day 2013

Question:  What do you give a parrot who does not have even the basics of what they need to flourish? Answer:   A loving human being to adopt them and to bless their lives. In so doing, the humans that rescue and adopt birds are blessed with the tremendous gift of helping, caring, and loving.   […]

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