The second quarter of the year has passed and is time to share what has happened in Macaw Conservation.
We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed preparing it!

Macaw Conservation News:

What's happened  on the second quarter of 2018...

I’m so excited to once again sit down and recap what Macaw Conservation has being up to for the past four months. It’s amazing how many events, challenges, daily chores you face in a month; imagine in four months!

It's incredible and such an accomplishment to feel the way we have evolved and developed as an organization. Our paths keep drawing their own lines and we surf with every wave learning how to flow with it. It's a big responsibility and is also an honor to keep on with our duty!

Rebeca Beita
Director of Communications

Let me share a glance of our experience in the Project:
Management of the Scarlet Macaws
Leg bands arrived at the program marked with a Macaw Conservation number series. These rings are so helpful, and they are part of the methodology we need to use to identify the birds. This arrival kept Chris busy!
Blood and cloacal samples were taken from all from all the macaws, giving them a complete evaluation: screen for diseases, determine gender and identify the genetic background of each bird. The results showed that all birds have healthy blood cell counts and are free of serious viruses.
Environmental Education
June is the International Environmental Month, so it was the perfect moment for us to visit two schools in the Osa Peninsula (Palo Seco and Dos Brazos de Río Tigre); followed by a presentation and activities with local kids at the annual Resident Birds Festival in Drake Bay.

It was such a lovely experience to realize how much a kid from this area knows about the Macaws and the threat they face to survive. We talked how many years they live for, what kind of fruits they like and how a macaw is not a pet and deserves to be living in the wild. It’s such an inspiration to see this new generation being more aware and appreciating the blessings from Mother Nature.
Chapter C: Construction!
We started with some major upgrades for the Research Assistant house.
We have now built a specific space for the kitchen; the room has a new closet and soon we'll start building a bunkbed. The idea in the near future is to build an extension with an extra room, as part of the project of building the new rehab clinic.

Four new rehabilitation aviaries for the rescue center are currently being constructed. This will free up more breeding aviaries that are currently occupied by rescued birds.

Volunteers and Research Assistants 
Last newsletter, we were talking about the launch of the Volunteer Program with our first volunteer Paige from UK; since then we have continuously received volunteers from different parts of the world. It’s been such an incredible experience: to share, to teach and to learn from a person that comes with this new energy and perspective. 

Thank you Estrella from ArgentinaJosh from Los Angeles (GreenLife program)Nelle and Merlin from Germany, Matt from NY, Matt from NZ, Sarah from NZ, Jakub from Czech Republic. 

Thank you all, we are truly grateful for your interest and contribution to make this dream happen! 
Macaw Conservation Crew
Click on the pic so you can enjoy the video where you can see the birds are settling to roost in the evening. 
Would you be interested in supporting our programs?
Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Center:
We desperately need to build a dedicated clinic at the rescue center so we have a clean and properly-equipped space to treat the injured birds that we receive. 100% of the center's running costs are met through donations and volunteer fees, and so every penny counts! You can find more information about the clinic and even make a donation through our new GoFundMe campaign, here
Pura vida!!
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