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.
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.
There’s a nice trip report by Christopher Gabbard, the Executive Director of Tulsa based Rainforest Restoration Fund that can be read by clicking here.
The Rainforest Restoration Fund is one of the main sources of grant funding for the annual monitoring and nest protection work undertaken by Roni Martinez and Charles Britt.
One of the things that I like most about what Roni is doing is that he’s using FaceBook to reach out to both a domestic and international audience. To compliment the small number of paid, well trained Belizean monitoring staff at the nesting sites (paid for by the RRF and Loro Parque grants) Roni recruits volunteers that spent one or more nights guarding nests in the Chiquibul. Many of these volunteers were Belizean. This is a smart strategy as the future of conservation in Belize and the survival of the macaws will ultimately be in the hands of passionate and motivated Belizeans’. FCD is also working on a similar strategy with the hope that the 2013 nesting season can be even more successful than this years.