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Jan 28, 2019

2018 Round-up

Wild baby white front brought 'home' for dinner
Wild baby white front brought 'home' for dinner

2018 was a record year for our little rescue, in many ways.

We saw more intakes than ever with 309 cases, 93 of which were released during the same year. 108 of them are still undergoing rehabilitation, with 35 transferred to other facilities or to authorized carers. Amongst the intakes were 119 parrots, 60 raptors, 29 water-birds and 73 passerines, toucans and woodpeckers. Of those 309 cases, the general public generated 150 of the rescues from their reports, and the Forest Department and other organisations generated another 93 birds.

Our releases throughout the year included 92 parrots and 39 owls! Of the 166 birds still undergoing rehabilitation, all but 12 of them are parrots.

Our 2018 expenditure was slightly higher than usual at around $85,000US, but that’s to be expected with the increase in cases, however with our Annual in-country fundraiser, the support of the wonderful GlobalGiving donors, and financial and operational support from Rock Farm Guest House, our income was also a considerably more than usual. We also had much more in-kind support in the form of vets and interns than we have even had before. We received 168 days of veterinary care from 4 vets, and 770 days of intern assistance from 18 wonderful people from around the world.

We are delighted to say that our parrot rehab programme is growing and growing, and the ‘wild’ flocks around BBR are growing too! Many of them brought back babies this year, and the off-site releases of endangered yellow-heads were the fastest and most successful yet.

This coming April we will be sending 27 hand-reared yellow-head babies back to the wild, and we cannot wait to see this fabulous flock of youngsters flying free where they truly belong.

Once again, we could not do what we do without the financial and moral support of our GlobalGiving Community. We can never find the ways to thank you enough, certainly not with words along, but maybe if you go to our Facebook page or website and see the photos and videos of the birds you have helped us to heal and to grow and find their way to freedom, then you will know that every single dollar counts and it IS worth it and we simply couldn’t do what we do with you, the donor.

Thank you - from the bottom of every feathery little heart at BBR.

Nikki & the BBR Team

Three pionus taking a rain bath
Three pionus taking a rain bath
Pre-release farewell to whistling duck baby
Pre-release farewell to whistling duck baby
Education programme - thank you Anabela!
Education programme - thank you Anabela!
It's all about the release!
It's all about the release!
Released white-front up close
Released white-front up close

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Oct 31, 2018

The 'quiet' quarter!

Toto the red lored
Toto the red lored

Dear all

This quarter has been a lot quieter than the crazy baby season (just as it should be!) with only 40 intakes

We took in a couple of escapees, which tends to happen this time of year. Pepperoni, a red lored, flew into a school and attacked the kids and stole their pizza. He’s going to be a handful to rehabilitate: he’s already teaching everyone in the red lored enclosure to sing and whistle, as if they needed any more encouragement. He is the naughtiest of 3 red loreds we received that were quite clearly ex-captive escapees.

Another red lored was brought to us very close to death with an environment-related respiratory infection. After 3-yr old Tito suffered his third and most severe attack, his owners asked us to take him on. Lucky he was a fighter and eventually pulled through. He’s a great release candidate and has already made friends in the red lored aviary.

This week we are overjoyed to welcome back Dr Gemma and Dr Sophie for a short spell at BBR. As I type they are going through our 179 current cases: checking, medicating, releasing, taking notes, doing their vet stuff! It’s wonderful to have them back.

We also welcomed back Anabela, a primary school teacher from Canada. She volunteered with us for 2 months earlier in the year and decided to return for another two months in order to bring her humane education programme to some local schools. Great job indeed!

One of our 23 release highlights for the period was when Dr Sophie took a brief trip out to Half-Moon Caye to return one of the boobies we raised this season. He was delighted to be home and after making several circuits of the area to orientate himself, he was later seen hanging out with another family. A successful release indeed!

Two barn owls rescued from the hot sun on Carnival day back in early September were also recently released. A very dedicated and long-suffering friend risked life and limb to collect these lucky babies from Belize City during the worst possible time for her personal safety! It’s also wonderful that two guys in the city cared enough to call in the rescue, picked up the birds and kept them cool and safe for the day, and then hiked half way across town to get home in time to meet our friend for the handover. This from a city that has historically harboured superstition and ill feeling toward these birds. The times are a-changing!

Once again, a massive thank you to all of our donors this quarter. We simply couldn’t do what we do without you!

Nikki & the BBR Team

Red Foot Booby juvenile
Red Foot Booby juvenile
Dr's Sophie & Gemma removing the pin on a stygian
Dr's Sophie & Gemma removing the pin on a stygian
Anabela and her wonderful class
Anabela and her wonderful class
Sophie & Gemma sorting the white fronts out!
Sophie & Gemma sorting the white fronts out!

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Aug 2, 2018

Parrots, parrots everywhere!

Hi there

Hope your summer is going well and you’re avoiding any of the awful extremes we are reading about all over the world. Thankfully Belize is experiencing a ‘normal’ rainy season, with the rains coming exactly when they should and not leaving any destruction behind. No hurricanes or major storms either so far, thank goodness.

Breeding season is drawing to a close and the count for parrots so far this year is 99… Wow. It felt busy but I had no idea it was THAT busy! 39 of them were yellow-heads, which is staggering, and all down to the amazing dedication of the field teams: TIDE, Belize Bird Conservancy, Fabio Tarazona, Dr Sophie Herbert, Belize Forest Department and so many boots-on-the-ground local guys. You are all heroes. Every one of those parrot intakes would have perished or entered/remained in the pet trade. Now most of them get a chance to be wild birds again.

We were also blessed this summer with an incredible group of interns: 10 in total throughout the season. They are all incredible ladies (and one gent) and we certainly would have been an exhausted pile of mush without their dedication and wholly professional help.

We will leave you and this brief report with some incredible photos of the yellowhead babies being fed in their aviary. Thank you to the talents of Conch Creative for these delightful images. These babies are destined for release at the start of next breeding season (April 2019) and we absolutely can’t wait to see them fly free. We hope they will hurry up and wean themselves, but in the meantime we enjoy seeing their eager food-covered faces for their afternoon comfort food!

Talk soon with some of the release highlights of the season. Keep an eye of the facebook page for more up to date news, and if you get chance, please vote for us in the Global Giving photo competition over the next couple of weeks!

With extreme gratitude as always to you, our beautiful donors and sponsors.

Nikki & the BBR Team

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