Mexican Park Gives Macaws New Lease on Life

Allmänt / 2013-05-14 / 19:27:16

Here's the link to a short movie about this project that I'm working in. The girls you get some glimpses of are my new co-workers, but sadly most of them are soon leaving, since we're right now in a shift of staff.
This little guy I found in a walk-in aviary in the park. It's an Aztek Parakeet (Aratinga astec) and it reminds me so much of my friends back in Buenaventura! :)

First week in Palenque!

Allmänt / 2013-05-14 / 02:12:11
Hey everyone!
My first week in Mexico has been great! Except for the fact that it gets excruciatingly hot sometimes, this is a lovely place!
Early in the mornings we go to the ecopark to observe all the birds that have already been released (17), for example where they are sitting and flying and so on. In a flight cage in the park we have the next group of macaws that are going to be released sometime in July. They all have beak.markings, but not all of tose matches the ringnumber, so we have some sorting out to do. Later we're going to do a lot of behavior studies on them to make sure that they are all ready for life in freedom. After the release the macaws are still being fed every day in the release cage (which is also open for the birds to sleep in at night if they like) and in three trees in the park. This is a good way to make them stay close in the beginning, making it easier for us to observe them and make sure that they are adapting as they should. Eventually they will start to explore and disperse more and more and hang out by the release cage less and less. This approach is called a soft-release and it's the most succesful way to release parrots into the wild. In the beginning survival is much more important that complete independence!
One reason for my silence since I arrived in Palenque is that, due to previous incidents, we've all had to sign a confidentiality contract. I'm not completely certain at the moment exactly what that covers, but I promise that as soon as I got that sorted you'll drown in pictures of macaws! In the meantime I've got more than enough pictures from Ecuador to last me the summer.
For starters, this gorgeus Olive-striped Flycatcher. I've already showed you a picture of a juvenile, but this one here shows better why this was one of my favourite flycatchers :)

Sign of life from Palenque

/ 2013-05-07 / 22:21:22

My first day working in the ecopark with the macaws today! They are so lovely! So far everything is quite overwhelming, so don't really know what to write. You'll get a full update in a few days :)

These two are display-birds in the park, so not part of the project I'm working in.

I have a feeling I'm really gonna like it here! :)

Up in the air

/ 2013-05-05 / 23:40:55

The Mexico-day is here!
So far I've gone from Guayaquil to Panama City, and now I'm in Mexico City! One more flight and then I'm in Villahermosa where I will be picked up by two other volunteers and then we'll take a taxi to Palenque.

Yesterday I arrived in Guayaquil already at 4 in the afternoon. I spent most of the day in the park Malecon 2000, just like last time. There's a miniature historical museum there were you can learn about the foundation of the city and everything that's happened since.

I like Malecon because of the nice planted areas, where you can even see some nice birds! But also because it's full of security guards, so I feel safe. Yesterday one of the guards asked me why I was walking alone; where was my family!? So he took it upon himself to keep me company for the rest of the evening. A lot more fun than spending it alone in my hotel room, watching ecuadorian tv!

Next update will be from Palenque!! :)

Sista dagen i Buenaventura!

Allmänt / 2013-05-03 / 19:56:37
Anyone surprised that my last day in Buenavetura my alarm clock went off at 4 in the morning?
The last two days we´ve done the monitoring of all the nest boxes. In one area called Jarrin we noticed that some parakeets are sleeping in one nest. It´s right next to where the two chicks were stolen, so we had our guesses about which birds it could be. So this morning we got up before sunrise and closed the trapdoor. 3 pissed off parakeets we´re our catch. Feels like a good way to finish!
It´s starting to feel a bit heavy to leave, Ecuador is such a lovely place! But still, I can´t wait to start with my new project in Mexico!
These to cuties are from earlier in the season! :)

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