It’s Scarlet Macaw nesting season again in Belize

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.

© Charles Britt

Capturing adult Scarlet Macaws to fit satellite telemetry devices to gather much needed data on a little known natural history © Charles Britt

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 roni.a.martinez@gmail.com and Rafael Manzanero can be reached at rmanzanero@fcdbelize.org

Below is Roni’s recent post on FB

A female Scarlet Macaw already incubating eggs, peeps out of her nesting cavity. She already expects poachers and knows they will be around sooner, rather than later. In 2011 almost 90% of nests being monitored were poached. In 2012 a fantastic coalition of organizations and individuals reduced the number of poached nests to 30%. This year, 2013, we join forces yet again in an effort to lower even more that number of poached nests in order to stabilize the Scarlet Macaw population in Belize. Tomorrow, April 9th, the Scarlet Six Team deploys to the depths of the massive Chiquibul to start another monitoring season. Along with powerful colleagues such as FCD, Belize Forest Department, Blancaneaux Lodge, WCS – Guatemala and Rainforest Restoration Foundation we look forward to protecting this species one more year. Who is missing in this team? YOU! Yes you. Have a few extra dollars you are not planning to use immediately? Have an extra day or two you could volunteer with us and save a species on the brink? Let us know.
Photo: A female Scarlet Macaw already incubating eggs, peeps out of her nesting cavity.  She already expects poachers and knows they will be around sooner, rather than later.  In 2011 almost 90% of nests being monitored were poached.  In 2012 a fantastic coalition of organizations and individuals reduced the number of poached nests to 30%.  This year, 2013, we join forces yet again in an effort to lower even more that number of poached nests in order to stabilize the Scarlet Macaw population in Belize.  Tomorrow, April 9th, the Scarlet Six Team deploys to the depths of the massive Chiquibul to start another monitoring season.  Along with powerful colleagues such as FCD, Belize Forest Department, Blancaneaux Lodge, WCS - Guatemala and  Rainforest Restoration Foundation we look forward to protecting this species one more year.  Who is missing in this team?  YOU!  Yes you.  Have a few extra dollars you are not planning to use immediately?  Have an extra day or two you could volunteer with us and save a species on the brink?  Let us know.
For anyone wondering what I’ve been up to since December you can follow my consulting work at http://www.neilrogersconsulting.com and read my new blog The Ice Collection that focuses on adventure travel to Northern Scandinavia, the West Nordic and Arctic regions.
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