ometepe_052 by Mr. Luigi (2006) https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrluigi/220579146
It’s that time of the year again. LoraKim is now in Guyana, starting her seasonal parrot conservation work in various countries throughout Latin America. She’ll be back and forth between the U.S. and Central and South America from now through June 2018. For years now, she has been living a dangerous and challenging, but also great, adventure!
I am so excited that I will be joining her in the not too distant future. And so can you, if you are able! LoraKim is leading a group of people from the U.S. on a trip to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua the first week of December 2017, during which we will be assisting her and some local people with parrot conservation work. We will also participate in a number of One Earth Conservation Nurture Nature workshops and get to know some of the people of Nicaragua.
After reviewing a couple of websites to learn more about this part of the world, I am growing even more excited about living my own great adventure! Ometepe Island is also known as the “Oasis of Peace” in Nicaragua and the photos of the area are truly stunning. In addition to amazing scenery and diverse flora and fauna, there is a rich assortment of cultural and historical experiences to be had. At the same time, you can learn about some of the environmental challenges that even this lovely part of the world is facing and how you can help.
Recent population studies of the endangered yellow-naped amazon indicate that there might be 1,000 birds there, which is an incredible density of these parrots. Last year One Earth Conservation discovered something even more amazing – the birds are breeding much earlier than anywhere else in their range. This is a scientific marvel! The hard news is that these birds are being poached for the illegal wildlife trade. Working together with two non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the LOCOS and Flora and Fauna International, One Earth Conservation is studying and protecting these birds, and we invite you to come to and witness this incredible story of parrots and people.
For more information, please click here to download information about the trip, which is from December 4 to December 6, 2017. We will continue to accept applications to join us through October 15, so send yours in soon and live a great adventure of your own!