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Partnership between AFA and AVID

Their shared objective is to provide three 125 KHZ scanners to help conservation efforts to save the Lear's and Spix's Macaws

I received a belated copy  of AFA Watchbird (Volume XXXIII, Number 4, 2006) in which there is a report of partnership between the American Federation of Aviculture (AFA) and AVID Identification Systems Inc to provide three 125 KHZ scanners to help conservation efforts to save the Lear's and Spix's Macaws. One has gone to Yara de Melo Barros of IBAMA, another to Dr Lorenzo Crosta, the official Lear's and Spix's Macaw conservation committee veterinarian and the Lymington Foundation near São Paulo in Brazil. The Lear's and Spix's Macaws at the Lymington Foundation are already microchipped with AVID identification chips. The micro-chipping of all macaws in captivity will assist in controlling their movement between breeding centres and deter theft.

In the July issue of Papageien there is also the first part of an article on keeping and feeding of Lear's Macaws held at the Al-Wabra Wildlife Conservation (AWWP) in Qatar. Complied by Simon Jensen, now at Walsrode in Germany, Ryan Watson and Dr Sven Hammer, it provides a good deal of information about maintaining these magnificent macaws successfully in captivity.  There are a number of interesting articles on the blue macaws produced by the team at Al-Wabra, which can be viewed at the official website at http://awwp.alwabra.com/  under publications.


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