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Sep 15, 2017

Saving the Scarlet Macaw

Rafael Manzanero

There have been active efforts by the FCD and other environmental organizations to replenish the scarlet macaw population in the forest. Earlier this week, the season for scarlet macaw closed following seven months of research and biological monitoring in the area. Manzanero says that the good news is that in the past three years, they have not lost any of the birds or their nests to poachers.

 

Rafael Manzanero, Executive Director, FCD

“We have not lost any parrots in terms of poaching. It was during this last season however that until then we have been able to successfully able to apprehend two poachers. So we learnt more on how they operate and so we were successful this last season in terms of seizing two Guatemalans. The poaching of scarlet macaws is still one that is prevalent every year and that’s why we tend to get a presence on the ground. Having a presence however means that if there are seven nests, we need at least fourteen men at any given time. So the more of the parrots that we have or the active nests, means that we need to have more people. And as a result we have also offered to have volunteers in the area and also trying to engage Belizeans and other people as volunteers to participate in terms of having a presence. But I think scarlet macaws from our own estimates, based on the programs, it is starting now to have a higher number of parrots that we will consider to be going into the wild. So our suspicion is that the population will already be increasing.”

 

Manzanero says that the scarlet macaw population is about two hundred and fifty to three hundred parrots. 

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