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 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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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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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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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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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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Kneed for Need

Kneed for Need

Often when working in bird conservation we perform invasive or manipulatory techniques.  To identify individuals we place wing tags or bands, mark or cut feathers, insert microchips, and apply tattoos.  We also place radio telemetry collars around their necks, and satellite transmitters in their abdomen.  To understand their health we temporarily catch the birds, examine […]

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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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Bipolar Bird Poop Heals and Harms

In the last few month two reports surfaced noting in one case the harmful impact of bird feces, and in the other, its beneficial aspects. On the one hand, Spain has an ancient and dwindling cork oak forest where bird poop is harming the trees. “Over the last 40 years scientists had noticed that trees […]

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Recovering at the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Project

Recovering at the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Project

This past week I visited the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Project.  Jafet Velez-Valentin, the Aviary Manger, graciously hosted my visit, inviting me to spend the night at the aviaries.  By late afternoon I the only human up in the rain forest with clouds swirling around me and the hundred plus birds at the aviary. Except […]

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Bolivian Bird Conservation

Bolivian Bird Conservation – Asociación Armonia

I recently became aware of a most amazing organization of bird conservationists in Bolivia, Asociacion Armonia.  They have multiple projects involving many bird species, including the Blue-throated Macaw, the Horned Curassow, the Titiccaca Flightless Grebe, and the Bolivian Spinetail. They also develop field guides, support parks, and have a conservation center.  I believe much of […]

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Bald eagles

Bald Eagles, The Greatest Wildlife Success Story of Our Time

Right before our winter holidays here in North America, I was driving down to Orlando, Florida and spotted a Bald Eagle flying over the interstate. This is actually not so unusual to see as stretches of this multilane expressway pass by rural and conservation areas with plenty of water. What struck me as fantastic, was […]

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