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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Sunset La Gracia, Guatemala

Thanks upon Thanks (Gracias a la Gracia)

The sun is ever with us out in the field working on parrot conservation. We are out early saying goodbye to the stars, and hello to the sun, and the reverse in the evening before we finish our day. We do this so the sun won’t set on parrots, ever.

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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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Santiago Lacuth climbing a macaw nest tree in La Moskitia, Honduras

Seeing Wild Chicks in Nests Makes Me Very Happy!

Dr. LoraKim Joyner interviews Santiago Lacuth, an indigenous leader of the Miskito people and also co-director of the new Rescue and Research Center of Mabita. He reports that he feels very happy when he see that the birds are in their wild nests, and have not been poached.

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Yellow-headed parrot chewing on bark

Saving Yellow-headed Parrots Means Ending Poaching, Now.

With my own hands, I took wild chicks from their parrot parents in Belize. It was for their own good due to the risk of poaching, but it still felt awful to do. For conservationists sake, the individual parrots, and for the species as a whole, parrot poaching in Latin America must end.

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Signs of Change

There are both good signs and bad signs of the conservation status of parrots. Even the negative signs though point to reality, which can help us all change for the good of our earth communities of many species. Here are four new anti-parrot-poaching signs that recently went up in Guatemala, thanks to Lafeber Conservation, ARCAS, and Guatemala.

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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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Loras Locas

Loras Locas (Crazy Parrots)

During my recent parrot conservation trip to Nicaragua I was amused, amazed, and perplexed while observing the behavior of loras.  Loras, in Nicaragua, generally refers to parrots, of which there are several species on the island of Ometepe. While situated in spots for counting the four species of amazon parrots (Yellow-naped, Red-lored, White-fronted, and Mealy) […]

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Messages to Parrots on Wings of Love

Messages to Parrots on Wings of Love

Nearly a year ago, Denise Richards displayed an exhibit featuring the plight of the parrots and people of Honduras in Northern California for Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead).  People visiting the display were invited to write messages to the parrots of Honduras after learning of poaching, habitat destruction, and risks to the […]

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The Beauty of the Belize Scarlet Macaw Project

The Beauty of the Belize Scarlet Macaw Project – An Update

In Belize the fight continues to conserve the birds by protecting the birds from poaching and to understand other factors that might limit their reproductive success.  After I left in April, a veterinary expedition headed by Dr. Isabelle Paquet-Durand of the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic returned to the area a month later to document […]

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Rest in Peace (RIP) Macaw

Rest in Peace (RIP) Macaw

  I was only back two days from my Belize/Guatemala/Mexico scarlet macaw journey when I got the news that poachers have struck in Belize, despite the tremendous efforts of those working there.  Here is the post from the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic’s Facebook page: R. I. P. little macaw. It is with great sadness […]

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Enduring Refuges

Enduring Refuges

Though the distances are not all that great in Guatemala, the condition of the roads and the traffic, not to mention the frequent stops for refreshment, mean that there is ample time to converse about parrots and people during this recent conservation trip. To pass the time as we travel around the Pacific-facing volcanic slopes, […]

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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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Gorilla Children Become Conservationists

Gorilla Children Become Conservationists

Conservationist routinely aim education and awareness efforts at children and youth because their views and opinions are not yet solidified, and also because they are the future.  The world made up of all species needs human children to grow up to care for others. The challenge comes, as it does with all ages, to convert […]

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Poached Eggs

Poached Eggs

Working with the Yellow-naped Amazon in the 1990’s in Guatemala I estimated that every year 10,000 individuals were illegally poached for the wildlife trade.  Even with so many birds for the taking, the competition between poachers to claim the prize of a nest of parrot chicks was intense in areas.  With the easy trees so […]

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Confiscated Conures In Honduras – An Update

I recently saw “Rio” for the second time and was moved once again with the movie. What struck me this time was the scene showing the clinical hospital of the macaw conservation project. The hospitalized birds were originally wild birds that had been taken from their flocks and families by poachers.  During the inhumane capture […]

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