As a field biologist I research, track and help save endangered parrots in central America, ask me anything.
I work for The Ara Project, an NGO that works to re-establish, protect and enhance populations of endangered parrots across their former range in Costa Rica. We achieve this in several ways, primarily: re-introductions into suitable areas which historically saw species thrive; captive breeding and release; habitat and nest management/protection; increasing stakeholder involvement/interest; and educating local human populations. We currently have three main sites in Costa RIca and our efforts are focused on the Scarlet Macaw and the critically endangered Great Green Macaw.
My job is to assess and manage the wild populations of Scarlet Macaws in the north-west of the country. This requires a large amount of field work such as conducting behavior observations, population counts and chick ringing. However, I am also responsible for mapping and translating the data I collect into reports for stakeholders, donors and the project directors.
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