Last month we reported on the beginning of the nest monitoring and protection field season on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. Since then the biologists and community have found eight confirmed active nests, four suspect nests, and one failed nest. The nest failed because bees took over the nest cavity.
We are unable to confirm the suspect nests or age the chicks exactly because we do not have the equipment necessary to climb nests on the Island. But we will soon! Norlan Zambrana Morales, leader of the parrot conservation group on Ometepe, the LOCOs, went with others to receive training in parrot tree climbing last week from Paso Pacifico biologists.
Now they are ready! All we need is the equipment, which I will bring in February to the island during the second wave of yellow-naped amazon breeding. In the meantime, the LOCOs will continue to work with community members and government enforcement agencies to patrol and protect these nests.
These biologists of this growing project sure are climbing towards success!