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Conservation and Research

Desi Milpacher, Editor

Severe storms a serious challenge for Puerto Rican Amazon

Parrot Blogger: Desi Milpacher, Editor | Oct 18, 2017

"Before and after images give a sense of the damage done to the forest by Hurricane Maria. The forest has no more canopy. It will take many years for Rio Abajo to recover."
~ Tanya Martínez, Conservation Biologist on site at Rio Abajo Aviary, Puerto Rico

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Jamie Gilardi, PhD

Wild parrots at Rio Abajo

Parrot Blogger: Jamie Gilardi, PhD | Oct 14, 2017

Many thanks for your response to the crisis in Puerto Rico - it has been uplifting to see the outpouring of concern. We have had good news from the Rio Abajo aviary: the project team has confirmed sightings of wild Puerto Rican Amazons.  

"We've counted groups of wild iguaca in Rio Abajo. A...

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Jamie Gilardi, PhD

Their forests were decimated…

Parrot Blogger: Jamie Gilardi, PhD | Oct 04, 2017

“The aviary took massive damage during the storm, and the Rio Abajo forest can barely be called a forest anymore.”  
~ Tanya Martínez, Conservation Biologist on site at Rio Abajo Aviary, Puerto Rico
 

With sustained winds at 155mph, Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on September 20, cutting...

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Rowan Martin, PhD

South Africa’s Cape parrots recognised as a separate species

Parrot Blogger: Rowan Martin, PhD | Jun 16, 2017

The taxonomy of one of South Africa’s most iconic birds, the ‘Green and Gold’ Cape Parrot, appears finally to be settled, with various national, regional, and international bodies reaching consensus that they should be considered a distinct species. 

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