Nov 24, 2020

Progress report, November 2020

Red-fronted amazons
Red-fronted amazons

Greetings from Guatemala where we are still recovering from tropical storms Eta and Iota which did a lot of damage to the eastern part of the country. We also continue to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic. The rate of infections has dropped and the government has lifted most of the restrictions on travel, but masks are still mandatory, and we are all nervously waiting for a second wave with the holidays. 

We are finishing up the sea turtle nesting season and have over 4000 eggs buried in the Hawaii Hatchery. That is a low number for us, but the beaches were closed for much of July and August, and we have not received any volunteers or interns to help us with egg collection and data gathering. 

Despite not having any volunteers, we continue to receive and treat rescued wild animals. The wild animals of Guatemala and the poachers and traffickers that prey on them don’t pay attention to pandemics. So far in 2020, we have received over 86 animals at our rescue centers in Peten, Guatemala City and Hawaii.

 

The 28th of August we carried out an animal release in the Yaxha Nakum Naranjo - National Park in Peten. Among the animals released:

  • Nine-banded armadillo - Dasypus novemcinctus
  • Ocelot - Leopardus pardalis
  • Jaguarundi - Herpailouros yaguarundi
  • Coatimundi - Nasua narica
  • 18 different turtles of 4 different species
  • 40 parrot - (including: White-fronted - Amazona Albifrons, Red-fronted - Amazona Autumnalis, Mealy - Amazona Farinosa, White-crowned - Pionus Senilis)

Our many thanks to the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) and the Humane Society International for their support with this release.  

 

The pandemic has been difficult for all of us, but it has been especially difficult for Fernando, Alejandro, Anna and the rest of the team of the rescue center in Peten who, without the help of volunteers and interns, have been working long hours to keep the 500+ animals at the center healthy and on the road to rehabilitation. Your generous donation have helped us keep the rescue center running by purchasing food and veterinary medicines for the animals. THANKS!

 

 

The red-lored amazon (Amazona autumnalis) is one of the most-frequently trafficked animals in Guatemala.  They can live up to 80 years, so, in addition to being illegal, keeping them as pets is a life-long commitment.  

These two parrots were recently donated to ARCAS by an elderly couple who, after 30 years, found they were no longer able to care for them.  In addition to being really loud, they can inflict serious bites.  

DON'T BUY WILD ANIMALS AS PETS!!!

 

 

 

We have also recently published several important papers on the sea turtles and parrots of Guatemala which you can find on our publications page: https://arcasguatemala.org/who-we-are/arcas-publications/

 

 

THE NEXT SIX MONTHS ARE CRITICAL for the survival of ARCAS and Guatemalan wildlife. 

We are happy to hear that a Covid vaccine is on the way, but it will probably not be readily available until next spring.  Although we are opening to the public in December, our volunteer and intern programs will probably not begin recuperating until mid-2021, and most of our institutional donors have put their conservation programs on hold due to the economic crisis.   

Meanwhile, we continue receiving orphaned animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade and are finishing up our sea turtle conservation season at the Hawaii Park.   

Please help us make it through the next 6 months by making a donation this GivingTuesday (December 1st) to https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-wildlife-rescue-in-guatemala/   Donations up to $2500 will be matched by GlobalGiving, though the % match will be determined depending on our ranking at the end of the day.   

Help ARCAS and the wildlife it protects make it through the next months!!! 

Nine banded armadillo
Nine banded armadillo
Olive ridley sea turtle
Olive ridley sea turtle
Injured margay
Injured margay
Margay recuperated
Margay recuperated

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Oct 16, 2020

Progress Report - October 2020

Burying an olive ridley nest, Hawaii Hatchery
Burying an olive ridley nest, Hawaii Hatchery

Dear friends of the Parlama,

 

Greetings from Guatemala where we continue dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. Like other places in the world, the infection rate has dropped and the government has relaxed restrictions which is nice, but we are all now nervously waiting for a second wave. Masks are still mandatory, and large gatherings are prohibited. The economy is not doing well. It’s sad to see single mothers with children waving white flags on the sides of the roads, asking for food.  In such an environment, it makes ARCAS’s work saving the wildlife of Guatemala even more challenging than usual.     

 

We are in the middle of the sea turtle nesting season, and to date have collected just over 4,000 olive ridley sea turtle eggs which is low for us. We have also received several stranded, dead sea turtles, and two injured turtles which have recuperated and returned to the ocean. 2020 has been a difficult year for us. The beach was closed for much of July – September, and we couldn’t carry out our egg collection patrols. Also, the Coronavirus pandemic closed down our volunteer and intern program which provides much-needed support to our egg and data-collecting activities.

 

We just launched a campaign to raise funds to make a push to fill the Hawaii Hatchery before the end of the season in December, so if you can help us, please make a donation following this link  https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rescue-30-000-sea-turtles-in-guatemala/ Also, if you could share this link with friends and family, we’d appreciate it.

 

Now that we are a 501c3 non-profit organization in the US, we have joined AmazonSmile. If you could help us by choosing ARCAS as your charity, we would appreciate it. Same products, same prices, same service. AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to ARCAS at no extra cost to you.

 

Thanks very much for your generous support for our sea turtle conservation efforts, especially in these times of crisis.   Please let me know if you have any questions, and please come and visit us (when the pandemic is over of course).  And please check with us if you want to come to the Hawaii Park to release hatchlings. Our first nests hatched out last week and we should have hatchlings to be released from now until the end of January, but it’s always best to check with the staff at the Park first.

 

Thanks,

 

Colum

 

 

Estimad@s amigos de la Parlama,

 

Saludos desde Guatemala donde seguimos lidiando con la pandemia de Coronavirus. Al igual que en otros lugares del mundo, la tasa de infección ha disminuido y el gobierno ha relajado las restricciones, lo cual es bueno, pero ahora todos estamos esperando nerviosamente una segunda ola. Las máscaras siguen siendo obligatorias y están prohibidas las grandes reuniones. La economía no va bien. Es triste ver a madres solteras con niños ondeando banderas blancas a los lados de las carreteras, pidiendo comida. En tal entorno, hace que el trabajo de ARCAS para salvar la vida silvestre de Guatemala sea aún más desafiante de lo habitual.

 

Estamos en la mitad de la temporada de anidación de tortugas marinas, y hasta la fecha hemos recolectado poco más de 4,000 huevos de tortuga golfina, lo cual es bajo para nosotros. También hemos recibido varias tortugas marinas varadas y muertas y dos tortugas heridas que se han recuperado y regresado al océano. 2020 ha sido un año difícil para nosotros. La playa estuvo cerrada durante gran parte de julio a septiembre, y no pudimos realizar nuestras patrullas de recolección de huevos. Además, la pandemia de Coronavirus cerró nuestro programa de voluntarios y pasantes que brinda el apoyo muy necesario para nuestras actividades de recolección de datos y huevos.

 

Acabamos de lanzar una campaña para recaudar fondos para hacer un esfuerzo para llenar el Tortugario Hawaii antes del final de la temporada en diciembre, así que si puede ayudarnos, haga una donación siguiendo este enlace https://www.globalgiving.org/ dy / v2 / pe / project-edit / edit-page-1.html? project.projId = 42261 Además, si pudiera compartir este enlace con amigos y familiares, se lo agradeceríamos.

 

Ahora que somos una organización sin fines de lucro 501c3 en los EE. UU., Nos hemos unido a AmazonSmile. Si pudiera ayudarnos eligiendo ARCAS como su organización benéfica, se lo agradeceríamos. Mismos productos, mismos precios, mismo servicio. AmazonSmile dona el 0.5% del precio de las compras elegibles a ARCAS sin costo adicional para usted.

 

Muchas gracias por su generoso apoyo a nuestros esfuerzos de conservación de las tortugas marinas, especialmente en estos tiempos de crisis. Por favor, avíseme si tiene alguna pregunta y venga a visitarnos (cuando la pandemia termine, por supuesto). Y por favor consulte con nosotros si quiere venir al Hawaii Park para liberar crías. Nuestros primeros nidos eclosionaron la semana pasada y deberíamos tener crías para ser liberadas desde ahora hasta finales de enero, pero siempre es mejor consultar primero con el personal del parque.

 

Gracias,

 

Colum

Olive ridley hatchling
Olive ridley hatchling
ARCAS and CONAP staff with facemasks
ARCAS and CONAP staff with facemasks
Stranded olive ridley sea turtle
Stranded olive ridley sea turtle
Olive ridley hatchling, Foto: JJUbico
Olive ridley hatchling, Foto: JJUbico

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Jul 27, 2020

Progress Report, July 23, 2020

...Margay after.
...Margay after.

Greetings from Guatemala where the Coronavirus pandemic continues, though it seems to be “flattening” out.  The government is doing fairly well in containing the virus and currently we have 41,135 cases with 1,573 fatalities.  Masks are mandatory, and unessential travel and large gatherings are prohibited.  People are getting sick of the lockdown and the economy is not doing well, but most people realize that this is necessary to beat the virus.  Nonetheless, it’s disturbing to see single mothers with children waving white flags on the sides of the roads, asking for food.  In such an environment, it makes ARCAS’s work saving the wildlife of Guatemala even more challenging than usual.     

 

The wildlife of Guatemala and the poachers and traffickers that prey on them don’t pay attention to pandemics, and we continue to receive a steady stream of confiscated animals in Peten, Guatemala City and at our project in Hawaii.  During this first half of 2020, we have received over 200 confiscated wild animals.  I attach some fotos of the animals and their stores. 

 

The pandemic has been difficult for all of us, but it has been especially difficult for Fernando, Alejandro, Anna and the rest of the staff of the rescue center in Peten who, without the help of volunteers and interns, have been working long hours to keep the 500+ animals at the center healthy and on the road to rehabilitation and release.  Your generous donation has helped us keep the rescue center running by purchasing food and veterinary medicines for the animals. 

 

On July 10th we initiated out sea turtle conservation season at the Hawaii Park, and Sofia, Mynor and the rest of the staff there is busy burying eggs in the hatcheries.  Despite having no volunteers, and a reduced budget, and despite the lockdown, we are hoping that we can beat last year’s record of number of eggs rescued and incubated at the Hawaii Hatchery. 

 

Our volunteer and vet training courses remain closed and most of our institutional donors have postponed planned giving.   We are in crisis mode, looking for alternative sources of income to pay staff and feed animals.  We have been focusing our efforts on on-line fundraising, especially GlobalGiving, and this has helped to fill in some of the gaps.  In addition to donating directly to our projects, GlobalGiving allows our supporters and ex-volunteers to create their own fundraising pages to invite their networks to support ARCAS’s wildlife conservation efforts, so if you can help in this way, let us know.  Celebrate your birthday, run a race, or start an employee competition — there are many ways you can help us through this crisis!

 

Now that we are a 501c3 non-profit organization in the US, we have joined AmazonSmile.  If you could help us by choosing ARCAS as your charity, we would appreciate it. Same products, same prices, same service.  AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to ARCAS at no extra cost to you. 

 

Also, you can help by becoming an ARCAS monthly donor.  You can do this via GlobalGiving, or through our Paypal account.  Recurring donors – even for small donations – are especially helpful as these are resources that we can count on from month-to-month to help us continue our work.   

 

Thanks very much for your support for our wildlife conservation activities in Guatemala, especially in these times of crisis.  Your donation helps us continue our efforts to save the wild ones of the earth.  Please let me know if you have any questions, and please come and visit us (when the pandemic is over of course). 

Hawaii meeting with all the precautions
Hawaii meeting with all the precautions
Last volunteers to leave during the pandemic
Last volunteers to leave during the pandemic
Armadillo ready for release
Armadillo ready for release
Torquise browed motmot
Torquise browed motmot

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