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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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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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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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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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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Good Things Come in Threes

Good Things Come in Threes – People, Parrots, and Possibility in Nicaragua

There was good news last month for the macaws of Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica as representatives from all three countries gathered on October 30, 2013 for the first meeting of the newly forming “Lapa Grupo de Trabajo – Red Trinacional.” (Macaw Working Group – Trinational Network).  We met at the ecoreserve, Hato Nuevo, and […]

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Parrots of Ometepe Island

Parrots of Ometepe Island, a Promised Land

Several thousand years ago a people known as the Nahua came to an island in current day Nicaragua.  They were a people on the run, as their legends describe, fleeing from a conflict they did not win with the other major power in their area. Their predictions said they were to look for a promised […]

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