After a long gap in posts I’m now hoping to get back on track, refocus and breathe new life into Nurture Belize.
I resigned my position with Coppola Resorts just before Christmas so I’ve been focusing on how to move forward with life, and work. After 25+ years working with tourism to Belize and about 20 years being associated with Coppola Resorts I’m not about to now abandon Belize even though getting back may now be much less frequent than I’d like.
We’re now back into the nesting season for Scarlet Macaws and it’s time to be vigilant. I’m closely following the activities of Roni Martinez, Charles Britt and their “Scarlet Six” team via FaceBook. Let’s hope the “Scarlet Six” along with, local volunteers and FCDs rangers can keep the macaws and their chicks safe from persistent poachers.
I’ve been talking to both Rob Holmes the Founder and President of Green Living Project and Rafael Manzanero the Executive Director at FCD and hope to somehow come up with some funding to make a short film about the plight of Belize’s Scarlet Macaws. Green Living Project specializes in ‘story telling’ for short films on wildlife conservation, sustainable tourism, community and environmental education themes. They them showcase the films through a range of showcases – distribution via TV, film premiers in key US cities, custom events, mobile tours, web site and social media.
If our efforts to protect Belize’s Macaws are not visible and we don’t find a tried and tested mechanism for reaching out to supporters and potential philanthropists then we’ll continue to struggle. Green Living Project may just be the vehicle we need to reach a wider but targeted audience.
The small but growing team that protect Belize’s Macaws really do need sustainable financial support in order to protect this charismatic and endangered species for the long term. I will be renewing my efforts to help them in the struggle, I hope you can add your efforts too. Roni Martinez can be reached at email@example.com and Rafael Manzanero can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is Roni’s recent post on FB –