Saving Belize's Birds 2022

by Belize Bird Rescue
Saving Belize's Birds 2022
Saving Belize's Birds 2022
Saving Belize's Birds 2022
Saving Belize's Birds 2022
Saving Belize's Birds 2022
Saving Belize's Birds 2022
Saving Belize's Birds 2022
Saving Belize's Birds 2022
Saving Belize's Birds 2022
Saving Belize's Birds 2022
Saving Belize's Birds 2022
Saving Belize's Birds 2022
Parrot nestling
Parrot nestling

I can’t believe May is over and the rains are upon us once more. It’s been an extremely short and moderate dry season, which is fabulous for BBR as the rains put an end to the heat, dust, fires and smoke. It also shrinks the window for land clearing, illegal and legal logging and so many other human activities that adversely affect the baby bird season. This may be why we have had such a quiet season so far (don’t speak too soon!) With fires abating and poachers held at bay by the muddy trails, the rangers in the southern reserves only needed to pull 6 yellow-headed amazon chicks this year. The addition to the flock of our single surrendered chick makes 7 yellow-heads in total to carry over to the next breeding season. Quite the breeze! We are caring for other species of parrot chicks rescued from fires, fallen nests, dodgy feather condition and a couple of inappropriate human interventions, but all in all a very gentle start to the season.

Thanks to some amazing generosity, we have been cracking on with several maintenance and expansion projects, and have also taken on a lovely new employee, Victoria, who amongst many other tasks, is giving a new look to our TikTok account. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Since last month’s update we have taken in 57 new patients, including 18 parrots, 9 owls, and various waterbird, woodpecker, toucan and songbird species. The variety has been fun and kept us on our toes, although the number of owls has been crazy.

We've made a start on our new songbird enclosure. We’re gutted we haven't finished it yet, but a combination of finances and available resources has held us back. We’re getting creative with natural materials so watch out for updates on social media. We did get the entire nursery tiled however, which has been on the list for the best part of 10 years. I did a happy dance on that floor I can tell you! We also refurbished and re-wired another of our 20 x 20 enclosures making another gorgeous, clean safe space for some of our 194 rehab patients.

I know you understand that we can’t do any of this without your incredible generosity. Every month we breathe a huge sigh of relief when the GlobalGiving disbursement hits our account. We simply can’t thank you enough, but we hope these brief updates will give you some idea of how much we rely on, and value, your kindness and support. This support is directly responsible for our success. Thank you so much, you are amazing!

with fondest regards

Nikki & the BBR Team

Pygmy owl chick
Pygmy owl chick
whistling ducks
whistling ducks
white-crowned parrot
white-crowned parrot
Nursery tiling
Nursery tiling
Baby red loreds
Baby red loreds
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Transfer Team! Driving the yellow-heads home!
Transfer Team! Driving the yellow-heads home!

The first quarter of 2022 gave us just 63 intakes, including 20 parrots,16 owls and 9 water birds. The remainder were toucans and different forest species, plus a few adorable doves!

We released 45 birds, including our 18 yellow-headed parrot chicks from the 2021 hand-rearing season. This brings our total of yellow-headed Amazon releases to 169, which in an estimated population of 1200 to 1600 individuals is a respectable percentage for an endangered species.

The early part of the year brought us several familiar faces and it was an absolute joy to see everyone after so long in isolation. We welcomed back our favourite veterinarian Dr Sophie, and biologist and rehabber Samantha Plencner. We were delighted to meet their respective partners Matt and Scott for the first time too. Scott was responsible for that fabulous video that you may have already seen – if not then here’s the link for you!

Also returning after too long of an absence were field biologists Nico Lormand and Darby Moore with their amazing skills of rehab, art, graphic design and photography amongst other things. Lauren Yang from San Diego Zoo made a lightning trip to help with the transfer of the yellow-head chicks she helped to hand-raise in 2021. We were so happy to have Bill Wasserman join us once more, not to mention the wonderful Maryann, who took a bunch of pictures to share with you on social media.

Some of the highlights for the organisation included our new billboard at the Guanacaste roundabout: one of the busiest junctions in the country. We refurbished and predator-proofed another two of our larger enclosures, made a start on the new songbird enclosure and carried out a lot of low-season maintenance on the hatches, doors and water systems – very dull but essential work.

Even though though the first few months of the year tends to be quiet, with visitors and the enclosure work it felt like a busy quarter.

We want to thank you so much as always for your incredible support - our GlobalGiving family are amazing. Your contributions average more than 60% of our total online donations, so you can see we would be sunk without you!

Thank you so much to each and every one of you. Your generosity enables us to help them to Fly Free!

Warmest regards from Nikki and the BBR Team

Dr Sophie & Matt
Dr Sophie & Matt
Nico inspecting a barn owl
Nico inspecting a barn owl
Our fabulous new Billboard
Our fabulous new Billboard
Lauren and her babies!
Lauren and her babies!
Too much going on down there!!
Too much going on down there!!

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Belize Bird Rescue

Location: Belmopan, Cayo - Belize
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Twitter: @BirdBelize
Project Leader:
Nicola Buxton
Belmopan, Cayo Belize
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