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Scarlet Macaw in Belize #480171
12/18/13 05:11 AM
12/18/13 05:11 AM
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Chiquibul's Macaw protection crew

Chiquibul's Macaw protection crew from daniel velazquez on Vimeo.

A documentary about the Chiquibul national park in Belize, and the people protecting it from poachers , a look at conservation today with Scarlet Macaw protection, and a short look back on Challilo Dam issue, and environmental destruction, with Sharon Matola, Greg Cho and people in Cayo.

Film is produced by Roni Matinez, Charles Britt and Filmmaker Daniel Velazquez active wildlife conservationist in Belize, this is also a creative art media project, in wish we gave cameras to the protection crew, and they took part in documenting.

Re: Scarlet Macaw in Belize [Re: Marty] #480179
12/18/13 05:40 AM
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BWRC and Chiquibul Scarlet Macaws

"My favorite 2013 experience" Contributing to the protection of the last of their kind, the Chiquibul Scarlet Macaws

It is sometimes easy to focus on the negative, especially when the weather is this bad, for this long? Muddy holidays with grey skies in Belize aside... 2013 has been an incredible year! One blog could not summarize it. So, as done in many regards during this year, I shall focus on individual, positive activities. The world seems full of bad news and negativity and I believe this rarely leads to positive outcomes. I prefer positive news, in order to hopefully inspire more of you to join in and to help one of the many individuals and organizations protecting nature, and wildlife, and ultimately your own existence. 

When thinking about the best experience in 2013, I have no doubt but to think of the support we were able to provide to the Forest Department as well as Friends for Conservation and Development, Scarlet Six and the Scarlet Macaws of Chiquibul. First I would like to thank my friend Charles Britt for sensitizing me to the urgent needs and incredible threats to these beautiful birds, years ago. Of course I have read, and liked, „The last flight of the Scarlet Macaw“. And which wildlife

vet does not dream of helping to save a species! But of course the vet only contributes a tiny portion, and the lion share of the effort is carried by the courageous rangers!

The rough estimates say we might have between 100-200 birds left. Studies on small parts of the population had shown poaching rates of up to 80 % of nests. To counteract extreme poaching pressures, in 2012 first efforts at protecting individual nests were made by FCD and Scarlet Six. Thanks to that, poaching pressure decreased in the study area. After several years of observation and pondering how I and the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic can assist the plight of this disappearing bird, we are now honored to be contributing a tiny part to the efforts. BWRC and our veterinarians provided the first in field health checks in 2013 and I participated in the Scarlet Macaw Working group since 2012. I have to also thank Dr. Joyner for joining and teaching us, sharing her records and experiences for our first trip into this incredibly beautiful wilderness to establish the methodology to conduct chick checks. Very nice for me was that the first trip group also included my brother.

To those who don’t know: I and most of my family have a huge fascination for the jungle. I believe it stems from some influential childhood years spent in South America but that is beside the point. The Chiquibul

Forest is something I deeply cared about since I came to Belize even though I get to go much too rarely. So finally going to the much debated Chalillo reservoir, up the Raspaculo branch and seeing this gem teaming with wild life with a family member, was special treat to me personally. The ticks especially on the first trip were my least favorite part... I have to thank Roni Martinez for his awesome company on all of our trips! And foremost I would like to send thanks to the many rangers for FCD and Scarlet Six and their volunteers who dedicate themselves to this incredible birds’ fight for survival. Thanks to everybody's awesome dedication, cooperation and coordination of efforts we were able to check a first 7 birds, who were almost all in good health. 

One of the most touching moments is shown in this picture taken by Roni. Thanks to LoraKims suggestion all rangers got to assist with health checks and got to listen to the incredibly fast heart beats of their precious charges. And I think the visual expression on his face, captured so well in the picture is better then all my words. It reminded me that my importance may lay more in what I leave behind and how much I can teach others to care, about nature, wildlife, and ultimately themselves. I truly cherish those moments when I am given the opportunity to share my passion and see it totally take over :)

One of the most upsetting moments was when we learned that those very same chicks we touched on our first trip, were poached only 3 days later. This most likely meant their death. And clearly demonstrated the need for more: more „boots“ on the ground, protection efforts, financial support to pay for it, alternative ways to prevent poaching of individual nests especially during the end of breeding season.

I would like to thank the many individuals who have made it possible for me to be able to contribute a small part. Please check out the websites of and email Roni from Scarlet 6 for more info at Consider a donation to the cause via either organization and/or if you would like to volunteer or intern with wildlife medicine and conservation contact us at BWRC

We are very exited and look forward to continue and intensify our collaboration for the 2014 field season.


Re: Scarlet Macaw in Belize [Re: Marty] #527607
12/10/17 06:15 AM
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Our endangered magnificent scarlet macaws are now in Red Bank. Seasonal from December to March only...

I took a walk this morning just to encounter this... Scarlet macaw season in red bank begins

Re: Scarlet Macaw in Belize [Re: Marty] #537242
07/11/19 06:46 AM
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A Scarlet Sky

A team of conservationists are fighting the odds to save what remains of the wild Scarlet Macaws in Belize. In a dense tropical jungle, a team of conservationists camp underneath the nests of endangered wild scarlet macaws in Belize, in order to protect them from being poached and becoming extinct amidst a silent war of poaching and habitat destruction

Re: Scarlet Macaw in Belize [Re: Marty] #538237
09/13/19 10:19 AM
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The scarlet macaw is Belize’s largest parrot and one of the iconic species found in the Chiquibul Forest. Illegal wildlife trafficking and poaching has been affecting the species for many years. But this year FCD has documented that more than 25 parrots were lost at the hands of Guatemalan poachers. Other Guatemalan communities may well be engaged on this activity; therefore, the losses can well be double or triple. If this trend continues, the species will become lost to Belize.

A national census conducted earlier this year showed that Belize has a minimum of 334 individual parrots in the wild. Its main breeding area is known to occur in the Chiquibul Forest, where it then flies across the Main Divide into the Stann Creek District for feeding purposes. Normally the species breeds during the months of March to August. This is the time when the birds are more vulnerable, thus the time when the FCD Research Unit spends its efforts conducting biological monitoring and patrolling the nesting areas. For the 2019 breeding season, a total of 26 eggs were layed in 10 nests, 13 parrots hatched and 10 fledglings left their nest by the end of the season.

Chiquibul proofs to have the right ecosystem for not only xate, mahogany and cedar but also for macaws. Maintaining a credible deterrence across the landscape has been a formidable task due to the limited resources. The FCD has been able to avoid any poaching on the primary area where biomonitoring takes place but other remote areas are being targeted by poachers. To address this situation FCD will aim for the following interventions: 1) seek funds to deploy Rangers into more distant areas; 2) request from Government the extraction of parrots that are at high risk of being stolen and lab rear them; 3) impose highest penalties for poachers caught in the act; 4) systematize a citizen science program that can provide for volunteers to assist in biomonitoring.

Over the years the US Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service, British High Commission Office in Belize, Belize Electric Company Limited and the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic have been assisting in the biomonitoring, research and education program.

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