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Symposium organised by Parrots International

The presentations were excellent as was the networking opportunity with other parrot conservationists

I have got just got back from Los Angeles where I attended the two-day weekend symposium organised by Parrots International. The presentations were excellent as was the networking opportunity with other parrot conservationists. There was lots of good news including the latest count of Lear's Macaws in the wild, which indicated there were now some 650 macaws at the two locations in Bahia.

Not so good was the information that the operation of the eco-tourist project at the Hyacinthine cliffs in Piaui by BioBrasil had been abandoned. I was unable to find the BioBrasil website to verify this. If correct this will be devastating for the Hyacinthine Macaws there, who have been "manipulated" to visit certain sites to feed and be photographed. I am trying to get further information on this and will report the results.

I have obtained a copy of the Management Plan for the Lear's Macaw produced by IBAMA with a team of experts and will provide a summary shortly. I can confirm that the three Lear's Macaws confiscated from Harry Sissen will remain in the UK at a new IBAMA approved Breeding Centre at Harewood Hall. The ownership of the birds will rest with the Brazilian Government and will be managed within the Captive programme.

Finally this website, which was put together over ten years ago  is being given an extensive overhaul. It should make it much easier to navigate as well as providing sound and unique video footage at long last.


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