Sam Williams started keeping parakeets and parrots as a boy growing up in Yorkshire, England. At 16, Sam was already breeding Amazon parrots, his aviaries consuming nearly half his family's garden. At that same young age, Sam's love of parrots led him to the fortunate opportunity to spend two months working with the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation and the wild Echo Parakeets, where he learned a great deal from Carl Jones and the other conservationists and was able to work with wild echo parakeets.
Two years later, in an ambitious fundraising effort, Sam managed to raise (GBP) £2,500 for the Echo Parakeets by riding his bicycle from the bottom of England to the top of Scotland. Soon after, Sam returned to Mauritius for a full breeding season, returning again four years later as part of his degree in ecology, obtained at Stirling, Scotland.
Sam's career later led him to Brazil, where he spent six months observing Lear's Macaws. Following that, Sam received support from the World Parrot Trust to research the Yellow-Shouldered Amazons on Bonaire. He now conducts a fully-fledged research project on Bonaire, which he hopes will benefit the conservation of these fantastic birds.
Sam and his fellow researchers in Bonaire have also recently launched Parrotwatch.org, which aims to follow the lives of three yellow-shouldered Amazon parrot pairs in their natural habitat on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. Parrotwatch works in close partnership with Salba Nos Lora (Save Our Parrot) a non-governmental group on Bonaire. SNL are actively involved conservation efforts to raise awareness of the parrot's status within the community on Bonaire. Their work involves a variety of approaches from coordinating education campaigns, planting fruit trees and conducting annual lora population counts, through to encouraging law enforcement. Money raised through Parrotwatch.org will support the efforts of Salba Nos Lora.